Maryland Seafood Festival

It’s official – The Maryland Seafood Festival is returning to Sandy Point State Park.

September 14th and 15th, 2024 
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD

We can’t wait to see you at this staple of Maryland heritage! 

The event is rain or shine!

Parking details coming shortly.

BACK THIS YEAR – The Naptown Seafood Sampler!  This sampler includes 8 samples from local area restaurants plus a drink (beer, water, soda) for only $25. Limited quantities are available so don’t miss out!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Jimmy’s Famous Seafood is taking pre-orders for steamed crabs.  A LIMITED number of steamed crabs will be available on-site without pre-orders.  PLEASE PRE-ORDER BY August 1st, 2024. 

The Maryland Seafood Festival hosts loads of seafood vendors, local shopping and vendor options, a fantastic beverage selection with lots of local craft beer and kids activities.  The Crab Soup Cook-off will again occur on-site on Saturday and tickets are available in advance.  We are excited to be including many of the local restaurants in the festival.  Once you are done enjoying the festival, please wander around downtown Annapolis (DTA) and take advantage of the many establishments within walking distance.

Tickets are non-refundable.  NO PETS ALLOWED!

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Options Prices
General Admission – Early Bird $10
General Admission – regular $15
General Admission – day of $20
Kids (12 & under) FREE
Navy Stadium Parking w/free shuttle $10
Crab Soup Cook-Off (Saturday Only) $15 (Limited ticket availability, get yours now!)
Steamed Crabs (1/2 dozen) Pre-Order Ended. Limited availability and Market Price the day of event.
Naptown Seafood Sampler
Includes 8 samples from local area restaurants plus a drink (beer, water, soda).
$25 (Limited ticket availability)


Saturday, August 19
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00am Hold Fast Main Stage
11:30am – Soup runs out or 2:30pm Crab Soup Cook-Off Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Ruben Montoya Main Stage
2:30pm Crab Cake Eating contest Main Stage
3:00pm Mozaic Main Stage
3:00pm-7:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
5:00pm Tony Stramella Band Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Closes Please Drive Safely
Sunday, August 20
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00pm Shawn Musselman Main Stage
11:00am – 7:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Ready Set Go! Main Stage
2:30pm Crab Cake Eating contest Main Stage
3:00pm All You Need Main Stage
4:30pm Oyster Shucking contest Main Stage
5:00pm Grayson Moon Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Ends Please drive safely!

 Ongoing Activities

Things to Do August 19 August 20
Festival Doors Open 11:00am 11:00am
Mildred Belle Deck Tours 11am-6pm except 3:15pm-4pm 11am-5:30pm except 3:15pm-4:15pm
Chesapeake Watermen Displays All Day All Day
United States Coast Guard All Day All Day
Eco-Adventures Exotic Animals All Day 11am – 5pm
Deep Eddy Experience All Day All Day
 Festival Closes  7:00pm  7:00pm

Things to Do

Live Music
Live Music
Live Music
Enjoy live music all day!
Crab Soup Cook-Off
Crab Soup Cook-Off
Crab-Soup Cook-Off
Sample some the areas finest soups in 3 different categories
on Sat. 8/19 from 11:30 am until 2:30 or sooner if the soup runs out!
Crab Cake Eating
Oyster Shucking
Chesapeake Arts Village
Chesapeake Arts Village
Chesapeake Arts Village
Shop local artists and merchants to find unique creations!
Beer & Oyster Tastings
Beer & Oyster Tastings
Beer & Oyster Tastings
What goes better with oysters than beer? Get your fill in the Beer & Oyster Tent!
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
XPogo demonstrations, Inflatable bounce houses, US coast guard boat, exotic animal display, and more


Click here for 2023 menu and map.

Food vendors:
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Sherri’s Crab Cakes
McGarvey’s Saloon
Laughing Crab Catering

Green Valley Marketplace
Federal House Bar & Grille
Annapolis Market House

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
The Choptank (in the oyster tent)
Funnel Fare
Cup O’ Dough

Kathy’s Donuts
Kona Ice

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the festival hours?

Saturday, September 14, 2024 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 15, 2024 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What is the price of admission?
  • Early Bird General Admission – $10
  • General Admission once Early Bird is sold out – $15
  • General Admssion – day of – $20
  • Kids – 12 & Under FREE
  • VIP Tickets – TBD
Where can I park?

Parking will be at the Naval Academy Stadium and requires a pre-purchased parking ticket, available online for $10. Parking at the stadium includes a free shuttle to the festival.  The festival is over at 7:00pm and the shuttle will stop at 1 hour after at 8:00pm.

Additional parking options can be found at Visit Annapolis, Click Here.

Does General Admission include all-you-can-eat food/drinks?

General Admission does not include food or drink. Most food inside the festival is purchased via cash, although some food vendors accept credit cards.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the festival.

What is there to do besides taste seafood?

Live entertainment is provided during the weekend long event. Special events include Crab Soup Cookoff, Craft Beer & Oyster Tastings, Deck Tours of the Mildred Belle, Deep Eddy Experience, Build a Reef Ball, Drive a Tesla (conditions apply) 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.

What does the festival offer for kids?

There’s lots to do for the kids!

  • Entertainment Avenue Inflatables
  • Build a Reef Ball
  • Waterman Display
  • Tour of a Working Fishing/Crab Boat
  • Pogo stick shows
  • and more!
What does the VIP package include?

Due to our new location, we are re-evaluating our VIP section and will update soon.

Can I bring coolers or outside food/beverages to the festival?

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.

Should I bring a chair to the festival?

The festival offers a numerous areas to sit and enjoy your purchased food. 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 that space is limited.

Is there a dress code or prohibited attire?

Profanity or obscene gestures/references on any part of visible clothing/jackets/hats etc is not allowed.  Attendee will be asked to remove items and/or refused admittance.  Refunds will not be given.

Is there a map of the event?

Yes. The festival map will be updated and posted prior to the festival.

Is the festival handicap accessible?

yes, the festival is handicap accessible.

Can I bring a pop up tent or beach umbrella?

Pop-up tents and beach umbrellas are not allowed at the festival.

Can you make any hotel recommendations?

Yes! There are discount rooms available for our customers at Country Inn and Suites by Radisson. Simply go to, put in Annapolis for destination and use the Promotional Code = ABC23.

Can I camp or park my RV at the festival overnight?

There is no RV parking at the Maryland Seafood Festival.  You can find information on local RV parking at The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau website.

What is the festival's cancellation policy?

Tickets are non-refundable.

The Festival is open rain or shine. The event is held in an open air setting, however there are eat-under tents provided on the Festival grounds.

Am I able to volunteer my time for the festival?

At this time, we do not have any volunteer opportunities.

I would like to schedule a bus group to attend the festival. How can I do that?

Please read the information and complete our online bus reservation form if you would like to bring a bus group to the Maryland Seafood Festival.



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