32+ Crab Festivals in Maryland

Crab festivals in Maryland are aplenty, especially during the summer months.

So, I decided it’s time to put these annual crab festivals together in one big list, sorted by date, so that we Marylanders can plan ahead!

Crab Festivals in Maryland

If you were born and raised here, you certainly know this familiar term in Maryland: ‘Crab Feast’.

It’s a magical, happiness-inducing tradition that families all over our state partake in every summer.

Needless to say, my fondest memories growing up are sitting outside on the deck with my family, picking crab meat from a pile of steamed, Maryland blue crabs for hours, while talking and laughing.

It’s safe to say that it’s truly a rite of passage when growing up in Maryland.

Although times have changed and the population of Maryland crabs from the Chesapeake Bay has taken a hit over the years, enjoying a good summer crab feast is still a must!

So why not treat yourself and take the fam to the best of the best that Maryland has to offer!

Crab Festivals in Maryland

What is a Maryland Crab Festival?

If you’ve never been to a Maryland Crab Festival, you’re probably not quite sure what to expect.

Well, you can expect LOTS of food! And not just crabs!

Depending on the festival (some are huge while others are small and intimate), here’s a list of all or some of the great food you can expect to enjoy:

  • Steamed Crabs
  • Crab Cakes
  • Crab Cake Egg Rolls
  • Crab Nuggets
  • Crabby Pretzels
  • Crab Soups – Cream of Crab Soup & Maryland Crab Soup
  • Crab Mac & Cheese
  • Crab Quesadillas
  • Clam Bake
  • Old Bay Wings
  • Ceviche
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Shrimp Salad
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Fish
  • Fish Tacos
  • Fish & Chips
  • Lobster Rolls
  • Lobster Bisque
  • Clam Chowder
  • Salads
  • Potato Salad
  • Loaded Potatoes
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Hushpuppies
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Rolls
  • Baked Beans
  • French Fries
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Cheesesteaks
  • Meatballs
  • Pit Beef
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Turkey Breast
  • Fried Chicken
  • Ham
  • Ice Cream
  • Kona Ice
  • Kettle Corn
  • Smith Island Cake
  • Watermelon
Crab Festivals in Maryland

For some festivals, the ticket price includes AYCE (all you can eat).

Whereas other crab festivals in Maryland charge a la carte and let you decide how much you want to eat.

What Can I Expect At A Crab Festival?

In addition to the amazing food, you’ll also find that some or most of these festivals offer:

  • Local Wines
  • Cold Beer – Draft Beer & Bottled Beer
  • Spirits
  • Water
  • Sodas
  • Iced Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Food & Drink Tastings
  • Food Trucks
  • Food Vendors
  • Chef Demonstrations
  • Crab Picking Demos
  • Great Live Music
  • Vendors
  • Artisans
  • Shopping
  • Kids Activities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Entertainment
  • Fireman’s Parade
  • 5K Crab Run
  • Cruises
  • Crab Race
  • DJ
  • Dancing
  • 50/50 Raffles
  • Door Prizes
  • Pull Tab Games
  • Games
  • Giveaways
  • Car Shows
  • Contests
  • Petting Zoo
  • Opportunities for Sponsors
  • Some allow pets

Also, some of these festivals offer VIP tickets as well as discounted tickets for:

  • Designated Drivers
  • Senior Citizens
  • Veterans
  • Military

While many of these festivals are family friendly and pet friendly, others require that attendees be 18+ or 21+, so be sure to read all of the details before you buy your tickets.

1. Bushels & Brews – 8/12/23 & 9/9/23

Bushels & Brews
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hummingbird Inn
14 N Aurora St
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 376-5632

2. Choptank Cruise & Crab Feast – June 9, 2023

Choptank Cruise and Crab Feast
Organized by Howard County Government
Bain 50+ Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way 
Columbia, MD 21044

3. The St. Mary’s County Crab Festival – June 10, 2023

The St. Mary’s County Crab Festival
St. Mary’s Fairgrounds
42455 Fairgrounds Rd
Leonardtown, Md
[email protected]

Crab Festivals in Maryland

4. The Crab Place Crab & Cruises – May 2023 thru Oct 2023 (21 Themed Events)

Photo credit: The Crab Place

The Crab Place Crab & Cruise 
Most start at 4:30 pm and end at 9:30 pm
Each date is a different theme
The Crab Place Restaurant
504 Maryland Ave
Crisfield, MD 21817
(410) 968-3167

Crab Festivals in Maryland

5. Middletown Volunteer Fire Company Crab Feast – July 8, 2023

Middletown Volunteer Fire Company Crab Feast
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Middletown Volunteer Fire Company
Activities Building
1 Fireman’s Lane
Middletown, Md 21769
(301) 371-6907

6. Baltimore Magazine’s Crab Fest – July 24, 2023

Baltimore Magazine’s Crab Fest
12pm to 6pm
Rash Field
201 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230

7. Annual Crab Feast – August 4, 2023

Annual Crab Feast – Organized by National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
6pm to 10pm
Tall Cedars
2501 Putty Hill Ave
Parkville, MD 21234
(443) 426-4110
[email protected]

8. Annapolis Crab Feast – August 4, 2023

Annapolis Crab Feast – World’s Largest Crab Feast
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
550 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 263-4783

9. Maryland Seafood Festival – September 9, 2023

Maryland Seafood Festival – Requires crabs to be pre-ordered by 9/15/22
Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, Md
ABC Events 443-699-3158
[email protected]

Crab Festivals in Maryland

10. Birdland Crab Feast – 2023 1 Per Month During Sunday Road Games

Birdland Crab Feast
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
6526 Holabird Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 633-4040

11. Claws For A Cause

Claws For A Cause
Fisherman’s Crab Deck
3032 Kent Narrow Way S
Grasonville, MD 21638
(410) 827-6666

12. Grasonville VFD

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast
Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department
203 Vfw Ave
Grasonville, MD 21638
(443) 988-3608

Lastly, if you’re looking for a great, local crab house for a good crab feast minus the ‘festival’ part, click on over to Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md.

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1 thought on “32+ Crab Festivals in Maryland”

  1. I loved, loved, loved this “post!!!”
    I can’t wait to try the crab stuffed salmon!! I’m drooling!!
    I had NO idea there were so many wineries in Frederick? We need to set a time, ha!!
    Thank you for all your hard work researching everything and the fabulous pictures!!!


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