Saturday September 8th & Sunday September 9th, 2018
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD
Mark your calendars on September 8th & 9th for the 51st Annual Maryland Seafood Festival! We’re celebrating over 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 more!
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 charities.
|VIP||$65 (or $120/couple)|
|Seniors/Military||$10 (with ID)|
|1st Responders||first 500 FREE (with ID)|
|Crab Soup Cook-Off||$10|
|10:00am||Festival Opens to the Public|
|10:30am||Chesapeake Steel Drum Band||Main Stage|
|11:30am||Crab Soup Cook-Off||Crab Soup Tent|
|12:30pm||Loose Ties||Main Stage|
|2:30pm||Signal 13||Main Stage|
|3:00pm||Beer & Oyster Tasting||Crab Soup Tent|
|4:00pm||Crab Cake Eating Contest||Main Stage|
|4:30pm||Chasing Autumn||Main Stage|
|6:30pm||Scarab – The Journey Experience||Main Stage|
|8:30pm||FIREWORKS||on the beach|
|9:00pm||Festival Closes||Please Drive Safely!|
|10:00am||Festival Opens to the Public|
|11:00am||Common Courtesy||Main Stage|
|12:00pm||Beer & Oyster Tasting||Crab Soup Tent|
|1:00pm||Bobby and the Believers||Main Stage|
|3:00pm||III Day Weekend||Main Stage|
|4:30pm||Crab Cake Eating Contest||Main Stage|
|5:00pm||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|
Stan & Joe’s Saloon
Sherri’s Fun Foods
Chesapeake Food Works
Laughing Crab Catering
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Mason’s Famous Lobsters
Jailbreak Brewing Co.
Boy Scout Troop 278
The Tender Rib
Strawberry Street Event Concessions
Sweet Greek Grill
Saturday, Sept. 8 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 – 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 2017 menu.
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, 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.
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 a previous year Grounds Map. The 2018 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.
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.