Maryland Seafood Festival

Saturday September 25th & Sunday September 26th, 2021
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD

Tickets purchased for 2020 will be honored on September 25-26, 2021.  

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

The event is rain or shine!  Parking at Anne Arundel Community College will be available on SATURDAY and SUNDAY.  Pre-purchased on site parking is available for $10 (Sandy Point State Park charges $20 per car).  Please plan ahead.

NEW THIS YEAR – Due to the limited availability of crabs and crab meat this year, crab prices are higher than previous years.  In addition, 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 SEPT. 21, 2021. 

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 tons of kids activities, all hosted along the beautiful shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay.

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Options Prices
VIP $65 (or $120/couple)
General $15
Seniors (65+)/Military (with ID) $10
Kids (12 & under) FREE
On-site Parking $10
Steamed Crabs (1/2 dozen) $35


Saturday, Sept. 25
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00am Island Breeze Main Stage
12:00pm-5:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Sara and the Igniters Main Stage
3:00pm Michael McHenry Tribe Main Stage
5:00pm Weird Science Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Closes Please Drive Safely
Sunday, Sept. 26
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
12:00pm Bay Bridge Paddle Awards Ceremony Main Stage
12:00pm – 5:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Kiti Gartner & the Drifting Valentines Main Stage
3:00pm Another Day Band Main Stage
5:00pm The Golden Road Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Ends Please drive safely!

 Ongoing Activities

Things to Do September 25 September 26
Festival Doors Open 11:00am 11:00am
Kids Zone All Day All Day
Axe Throwing All Day All Day
Mobile Escape Room All Day All Day
Flippenout Trampolie Shows 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm
Annapolis Sports League Tournaments (Beach VolleyBall, KanJam) 12:00pm – 5:00pm register @
Annapolis Sports League Tournaments (Corn Hole, Spikeball) register @ 12:00pm – 5:30pm
 Park 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
Due to Covid precautions, we are unable to have the Crab Soup Cook Off this year.
Due to Covid precautions, we are unable to have the Crab Picking/ Eating Contests this year.
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
The kids will love Entertainment Ave, Odyssey Mobile Escape Rooms, and more!


Click here for 2021 menu.

Food vendors:
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Sherri’s Crab Cakes
The Paella & Tappas Place
Chesapeake Food Works
MacBrand Foods

Laughing Crab Catering
PKG’s Mobile Kitchen
Diner On The Go
Laughing Crab Catering
Sweet Satisfaction
Greer’s Kettle Corn

3 Jay’s (Saturday only)
Funnel Fare
Kathy’s Mini Donuts
Bayou Billy Old Fashion Soda
and more…

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the festival hours?

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 26, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Note new times this year!

What is the festival's cancellation policy?

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.

What is the price of admission?
  • VIP Tickets – $65 single / $120 couple
  • General Admission – $15 Online through September 26th
  • Seniors 65 & Older (must present valid ID) – $10
  • Military (must present Valid ID) – $10
  • Kids – 12 & Under FREE
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.  You can click here to see a copy of the 2019 menu.

What does the VIP package include?

VIP Tickets Include: admission, beer/wine/soda/water. Exclusive restrooms. Complimentary priority parking adjacent to the main entrance available with online purchases only.

What is there to do besides taste seafood?

Live entertainment is provided during the weekend long event. Special events include Chef Demonstrations, Craft Beer & Oyster Tastings 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.

Is the festival handicap accessible?

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 East 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 the Sandy Point State Park website to view their map.

Is there a map of the event?

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

What does the festival offer for kids?

There’s lots to do for the kids!

  • Entertainment Avenue Inflatables
  • 2 playgrounds on site
  • Gaming truck
  • Remote control cars
  • and more!
Am I able to volunteer my time for the festival?

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


Where can I park?

Parking at Sandy Point State Park requires a pre-purchased parking ticket, available online for $10. On Saturday and Sunday, there is also parking at Anne Arundel Community College for $5 and free shuttle to the festival. Sandy Point State Park will charge $20 per car to anyone trying to enter the park without a pre-purchased parking pass.  Please visit the Festival’s Parking Information page for more information.

Can you make any hotel recommendations?

Yes. DoubleTree of Annapolis offers discount rates for the Maryland Seafood Festival! Click here  to book a room.

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

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.

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 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.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the festival or in Sandy Point State Park.

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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