Saturday September 9th & Sunday September 10th, 2017
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD
Looking to play soccer on the beach? Click here to register a team for the Sandy Point Beach Bash Sand Soccer Tournament sponsored by Kind Healthy Snacks!
Mark your calendars on September 9th & 10th for the 50th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival! We’re celebrating 50 years of food and fun at Sandy Point State Park with a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, exciting competitions, kids activities and fireworks!
Currently schedule to appear, Jimmy Riffle of Animal Planet’s Gator Boys, with his traveling Zoo Road Show, which will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the worlds most feared but misunderstood reptiles.
While you sample all of our tasty offerings, enjoy all of our maritime related exhibits, contests, and activities. The Maryland Seafood Festival also hosts loads of local shopping and vendor options, a fantastic beverage selection with lots of local craft beer and wine, and tons of kids activities, all hosted along the beautiful shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay.
Looking to help out? We have numerous volunteering opportunities. Please check out our volunteer page to sign up.
Parking at Sandy Point will be available only for those who pre-purchase a parking pass. Additional parking is available at Anne Arundel Community College, and there will be shuttles to transport guests from the parking lots to the Maryland Seafood Festival and back again! A portion of the proceeds from the festival go to our local YMCA Camp Letts.
|VIP||$65 (or $120/couple)|
|Seniors/Military||$10 (with ID)|
|1st Responders||FREE (with ID)|
|Crab Soup Cook-Off||$10 (for 10 samples)|
|10:00am||Festival Opens to the Public|
|10:30am||Chesapeake Steel Drum Band||Main Stage|
|11:30am||Crab Soup Cook-off||Crab Soup Cook-off Tent|
|11:30am||Xpogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|12:00pm||Doug Segree||Main Stage|
|12:00pm||Chef Demo||Chef Demo Tent|
|1:00pm||Xpogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|1:15pm||Groove quest||Main Stage|
|2:00pm||Chef Demo||Chef Demo Tent|
|3:00pm||Shift Work||Main Stage|
|3:00pm||Xpogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|3:00pm||Craft Beer & Oyster Tasting||Crab Soup Cook-off Tent|
|4:00pm||Chef Demo||Chef Demo Tent|
|4:30pm||Crab Cake Eating Contest*||Main Stage|
|5:00pm||Leaf Jumpers||Main Stage|
|5:00am||Xpogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|6:30pm||Oyster Shucking Contest**||Main Stage|
|7:00pm||Weird Science||Main Stage|
|9:00pm||Festival Closes||Please Drive Safely!|
|6:00am||Fishing Challenge Registration||Beach|
|10:00am||Festival Opens to the Public|
|11:00am||Sand Soccer Tournament Begins||Beach|
|11:30am||XPogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|12:00pm||Steve Kenney & the Brighter Visions||Main Stage|
|12:00pm||Chef Cooking Demonstration (free samples)||Chef Demo Tent|
|12:00pm||Craft Beer & Oyster Tasting||Crab Soup Cook-off Tent|
|1:00pm||XPogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|2:00pm||Chef Cooking Demonstration (free samples)||Chef Demo Tent|
|3:00pm||XPogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|3:00pm||Cantler’s Crab Picking Contest||Main Stage|
|3:30pm||Jr. Cline & the Recliners||Main Stage|
|4:00pm||Chef Cooking Demonstration (free samples)||Chef Demo Tent|
|4:30pm||Crab Cake Eating Contest||Main Stage|
|5:00pm||XPogo Demonstration||Main Bath House|
|5:30pm||Kelly Bell Band||Main Stage|
|7:00pm||Festival Ends||Please drive safely!|
|Things to Do||September 9||September 10|
|Festival Doors Open||10:00am||10:00am|
|Yogibo Musical Chairs||Times Vary||Times Vary|
|Sprint Treasure Hunt||All Day||All Day|
|Walk-through Reptile Zoo||11:00am-6:30pm||11:00am-6:30pm|
|Annapolis Crab Derby||12:00pm – 4:00pm||12:00pm – 4:00pm|
|Crab Shell Painting||12:00pm – 4:00pm||12:00pm – 4:00pm|
|Fish Mobile||All Day||All Day|
|Birds of Prey||–||10:00 – 3:00pm|
Boy Scout Troop 278
Stan & Joe’s Saloon
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Sherrie’s Crab Cakes
Chesapeake Food Works
Buffalo Wild Wings
Laughing Crab Catering
The Sweet Grill
Saturday, Sept. 9 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are non-refundable.
In case of inclement weather:
The Festival is open rain or shine. The event is held in an open air setting, however there are multiple eat-under tents provided on the Festival grounds.
General Admission does not include food or drink. Most food inside the festival is purchased via cash, although some food vendors accept credit cards. You can click here to see a copy of the 2016 menu. The 2017 menu will be available one week prior to the festival.
VIP Tickets Include: admission, beer/wine/soda/water. Exclusive restrooms. Complimentary priority parking adjacent to the main entrance available with online purchases only.
Live entertainment is provided during the weekend long event. Special events include the Crab Soup Cook-off, Chef Demonstrations, Import and Craft Beer Tastings, Wine Row and much more. The Festival also features a large variety of artisans and craft vendors, interactive kids zone and much more. There is plenty to do, for all members of the family.
While the park is handicap accessible, visit the Sandy Point State Park’s website to learn more about their accessibility.
Please note, the Festival is held on the South Beach area which has a majority of hard packed dirt and beach access. Some of the Festival events/activities do include the sandy beach, but no stairs. To get a better idea of the grounds, visit our link for the Festival Grounds Map or you can also visit the Sandy Point State Park website to view their map.
Yes. Here is the Grounds Map for 2016. The 2017 map will be uploaded in September prior to the event.
There’s lots to do for the kids!
Yes! We are looking for friendly people to help us put on a great event. Volunteers receive free parking at Anne Arundel Community College and admission to the Festival. Click here for more information.
Yes. Country Inn Suites offers discount rates for the Maryland Seafood Festival! Visit their website or call 410.571.6000 to book a room.
Yes! We have a number of Green initiatives to do our part to protect the Chesapeake Bay and the seafood bounty it provides. The Maryland Seafood Festival will continue the Maryland Seafood Festival’s Pledge to “Go Green!” With our crowds enjoying the bounty of the Bay, it only makes sense to be good stewards in return.
This year’s Festival efforts include:
And remember, without a healthy Bay there is no Maryland Seafood! Thanks for doing your part for the Bay and joining in our efforts!
Sandy Point State Park does not allow camping or overnight parking on grounds. The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau should be able to help you find camping/RV locations. You can also check the website for the Maryland Association of Campgrounds. If you are using the “interactive directory” on their site, Central Maryland Area would probably be the closest to the festival, which is located in Annapolis, MD.
Coolers and outside food/beverages are not permitted at the festival. The purchase of food and beverages inside the festival helps support local organizations and charities. The Festival offers a wide variety of food, beer, wine, soda, tea, and water.
The festival offers a large eat under tent where chairs and tables are provided. Seating is also provided at the main stage. You are more than welcome to bring your own chairs if you would like, but keep in mind the festival spans about 2-3 football fields.
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the festival.