We Marylanders are modest folk, except when it comes to one thing. We have hands-down the best seafood in the world, and there’s no better way to celebrate that than by attending a Maryland seafood festival. Check out these amazing seafood festivals that bring together great people, amazing music, big-time family fun, and did we mention the best seafood in the world?
1 Flying Dog Sprint For Spat, Frederick
November 2, 2019
Love running? Love brew? Flying Dog’s Sprint for Spat— a running extravaganza unlike any other – is perfect for you! Race proceeds will go to Oyster Recovery Project (ORP) to continue their amazing oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Hang around after you finish the run for live music, fresh oysters, well-crafted beers, and post-race fun. More info and tickets
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4607 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703
2 Oyster Jam & Brew Fest at Phillips Wharf, Tilghman Island
November 2, 2019
Celebrate Oysters Phillips Wharf Style by exploring the bounty from at least eight aquaculture companies. Then savor the taste of fourteen different brews. Enjoy live music, oysters, a cool auction and great location. Plans are being made so check back for details. More Information...
3 The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast
November 16, 2019
Attend an Oyster Feast with lots of twists. Sample oysters on the half shell, fried oysters and oyster stew. You can also enjoy crab soup, Old Bay wings, pit beef, turkey, ham, kielbasa cheeses, fruit, salads, sides, beer and wine, soda and dessert.
4 Ocean City Restaurant Week
April 19- May 3, 2020
Participating restaurants offer special fixed price menus options. Take this chance to try new foods or return to your favorites and enjoy a great price. This extra long week is so popular, reservations are recommended.
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5700 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842
5 Hollywood Oyster & Seafood Festival
Celebrate all things Maryland including Maryland's beloved oyster. This festival also highlights Maryland's great breweries, wineries and distilleries, artisans and bands. All the fun takes place at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood.
6 Soft Crab Fair, Crisfield
The "Crab Capital" is calling all foodies to this Eastern Shore event which takes place at the City Dock. Enjoy the food and the ambience. The chefs take their crab dish making duties seriously at this fun festival. More information...
7 Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, Baltimore
This 6th Annual Maryland Festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 30,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and so much more. Find out what over 35,000 people have come to enjoy every year.
8 FreeState Beer, Wine & Seafood Festival at Linganore Winecellars, Mount Airy
The FreeState Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival combines the area’s best seafood, Maryland craft brewers, live music, Linganore wines, and artisan vendors. Admission includes a souvenir glass for tastings of all breweries, wine, and tours.
9 The Saint Mary's County Crab Festival, Leonardtown
Watch or join in for a crab-picking contest, enjoy the classic car show and be entertained by the live music. Most of all, enjoy the steamed and hard crabs, crab soups, crab cakes and other seafood concoctions that are available for purchase. Vendors will have plenty of homemade items on hand and you are sure to find "crabby-themed" items at this fun festival. More information...
10 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, Colton's Point & Leonardtown
July 10-12, 2020
Enjoy jazz, seafood and stunning waterside views with a variety of activities for jazz enthusiasts. To celebrate our 20th year, we’re adding a special Friday concert celebration, Sunday jazz brunches and activities in downtown Historic Leonardtown.
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38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626
11 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Crisfield
July 15, 2020
The J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is a Maryland must-attend, see-and-be-seen political institution, equal parts seafood and schmooze. The annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, Maryland's 54th Governor.
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Crisfield, MD 21817
12 Tilghman Island Seafood Festival
Held at Tilghman's Vol Fire Co. & adjacent Kronsburg Park. Steamed crabs, clams, chicken bbq, hot dogs, corn on the cob, fries, beer & sodas for purchase. Children's activities include games. Live music starts at noon. Crab race is at 3pm.
13 Fort McHenry Crab Feast, Baltimore
Annual Crab Feast on the grounds of Fort McHenry includes delicious BBQ and libations and the tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys. 6th year.
14 Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
The festival puts the real meaning into the phrase "endless summer." The location at Sandy Point State Park makes it easy to enjoy a beach environment and beach fun. The 52nd Annual Maryland Seafood Festival offers eclectic music, exciting contests & the most flavorful foods. Fun includes sand soccer, paddle-boarding, and of course the famous crab soup cook-off rounds.
15 A Taste of Chesapeake, Chesapeake City
Come by Chesapeake City for a taste of the local businesses! There will be live music, food from local restaurants, local craft beer, local wine, and other local vendors/shops! The Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a special housing ceremony and a fire company parade! This is a kid friendly event. Vendors will be set up behind the firehouse.
16 Rock Hall Fall Fest - Celebrate the Oyster
FallFest showcases the quaint hamlet of Rock Hall and celebrates their heritage as a waterman’s town. At his unique event, where musicians hold forth throughout the day, oysters are local and plentiful and children can participate in free activities. Approximately 40 artisans show and sell their wares at the festival and a large selection of food purveyors serve up Chesapeake Bay favorites.
17 Oysterfest 13 by Ryleigh's Oyster - Baltimore
Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause as Ryleigh’s Oyster celebrates the opening of prime Chesapeake Bay Oystering season for the 13th year in a row at this all-day food-and-entertainment festival. Having outgrown our beloved Cross Street in the Heart of Federal Hill, we have taken Oysterfest to the water - to South Point in Port Convington!
18 Tilghman Island Day
Arts and nautical crafts, boat building demonstrations, oyster shucking, crab picking and a look at the life of a waterman.
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US 322 to Rt 33
Tilghman, MD 21671
19 U.S. Oyster Festival, St. Mary's County
October 17-18, 2020
Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the U.S. Oyster Festival & the opening of the Chesapeake Bay's oyster season. U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships & National Oyster Cook-Off.
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42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
20 OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
A celebration of the Chesapeake Bay's oysters featuring live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and local fare, an oyster stew competition, cooking demos, and children’s activities.