Maryland Seafood Festival

2023 Dates to be Announced Soon, stay tuned!  Pricing and info is for 2022.
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 at Anne Arundel Community College will be available on SATURDAY and SUNDAY.  Pre-purchased on site parking is available for $TBD (Sandy Point State Park charges $TBD per car).  Please plan ahead.

AGAIN 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. 2023. 

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.

Tickets are non-refundable.  NO PETS ALLOWED!

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Options Prices
VIP (Includes Beer & Wine, Lite Snacks, VIP Parking, & Private Bathroom) $80 (or $150/couple)
General Admission $15
General Admission – Seniors (65+)/Military (Active Duty with ID) $10
Kids (12 & under) FREE
On-site Parking $10
Crab Soup Cook-Off (Saturday Only) $15 (Limited ticket availability, get yours now!)
Steamed Crabs (1/2 dozen) $40 (pre-order only). Limited availability and Market Price the day of event.


Saturday, Sept. 24
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00am Island Breeze Main Stage
11:30pm-Soup runs out or 2:30pm Crab Soup Cook-Off Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Moran Tripp Band Main Stage
3:00pm Back Pages Band Main Stage
3:00pm-7:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
5:00pm U2TOPIA Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Closes Please Drive Safely
Sunday, Sept. 25
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00pm The Chris Sacks Band Main Stage
12:00pm Bay Bridge Paddle Awards Ceremony Main Stage
1:00pm – 6:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Another Day Band Main Stage
3:00pm Wheelhouse Rock Band Main Stage
5:00pm 8 Ohms Band Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Ends Please drive safely!

 Ongoing Activities

Things to Do September 24 September 25
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
Phillips Wharf Fishmobile All Day All Day
King BMX Stunt Show 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
 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 is Back!
Sample some the areas finest soups in 3 different categories
on Saturday 9/24 from 11:30 am until 2:30 or sooner if the soup runs out!
Contests TBD, stay tuned!
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, Phillips Wharf Fishmobile, King BMX Stunt Show and more!


Click here for 2022 menu and map.

Food vendors:
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Sherri’s Crab Cakes
Chesapeake Food Works
MacBrand Foods

Green Valley
Myras New Orleans Food
3 Jay’s Seafood
Laughing Crab Catering
Renzi’s Wood Fire Pizza

Sweet Satisfaction
Funnel Fare
Kathy’s Mini Donuts
and more…

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the festival hours?

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 25, 2022 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What is the price of admission?
  • General Admission – $15 Online through September 25th
  • Seniors 65 & Older (must present valid ID) – $10
  • Military (must present Valid ID) – $10
  • Kids – 12 & Under FREE
  • VIP Tickets – $80 single / $150 couple
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.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

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

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!
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 a pop up tent or beach umbrella?

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

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?

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 grassy areas, beach access and some paved paths.  A few 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.

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 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 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 = ABC22.

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.

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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