Maryland Seafood Festival

Saturday September 8th & Sunday September 9th, 2018
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD

The event is rain or shine!

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.

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Options Prices
VIP $65 (or $120/couple)
General $15
Seniors/Military $10 (with ID)
1st Responders SOLD OUT
Crab Soup Cook-Off $10
On-site Parking $10


Saturday, Sept. 8
Time Activity/Event Location
10:00am Festival Opens to the Public
10:30am Chesapeake Steel Drum Band Main Stage
11:30am Crab Soup Cook-Off Crab Soup Tent
12:00pm Chef Demo with chef David Ludwig Chef Demo Tent
12:00pm Spencer Joyce Acoustic Tent
12:30pm Loose Ties Main Stage
2:00pm Alyssa Shouse Acoustic Tent
2:30pm Signal 13 Main Stage
3:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Crab Soup Tent
4:00pm Alyssa Shouse Acoustic Tent
4:00pm Crab Cake Eating Contest Main Stage
4:00pm Chef Demo with chef Clifton Hoffler Chef Demo Tent
4:30pm Chasing Autumn Main Stage
6:30pm Scarab – The Journey Experience Main Stage
8:30pm FIREWORKS (canceled due to forecast) on the beach
9:00pm Festival Closes Please Drive Safely!
Sunday, Sept. 9
Time Activity/Event Location
10:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00am Common Courtesy Main Stage
12:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Crab Soup Tent
12:00pm Chef Demo with chef Jeff Eng Chef Demo Tent
12:00pm Dana B. Acoustic Tent
1:00pm Bobby and the Believers Main Stage
2:00pm Chef Demo with chef Patrick Fanning Chef Demo Tent
2:00pm Crab Cake Picking Heats Near Main Stage
2:00pm Speaking in Circles Acoustic Tent
2:30pm Crab Cake Eating contest Main Stage
3:00pm III Day Weekend Main Stage
4:00pm Chef Demo with chef Clifton Hoffler Chef Demo Tent
4:00pm Speaking in Circles Acoustic Tent
4:30pm Crab Cake Picking Finals Main Stage
5:00pm Kelly Bell Band Main Stage
7:00pm Festival Ends Please drive safely!

 Ongoing Activities

Things to Do September 9 September 10
Festival Doors Open 10:00am 10:00am
Kids Zone All Day All Day
XPogo Demonstrations Throughout the Day Throughout the Day
Sand Soccer Youth Tournament Pros tournament plus clinics
Sprint Treasure Hunt Throughout the Day Throughout the Day
 Park Closes  9:00pm  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
Come try all the delicious soups and vote for your favorite!
Chef Demos
Chef Demos
Chef Demos
Watch local culinary artists display their skills. Don’t leave before getting a taste!
Test your eating, picking, and shucking skills against other competitors!
Chesapeake Arts Village
Chesapeake Arts Village
Chesapeake Arts Village
Shop local artists and merchants to find unique creations!
Sand Soccer
Sand Soccer
Sand Soccer
Register Today!
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, the Fishmobile, the Raptor's Eye display, and much more!
Private Cabanas
Private Cabanas
contact us at for cabana information


Click here for the 2018 menu!

Stan & Joe’s Saloon
Sherri’s Fun Foods
MacBrand Foods
Chesapeake Food Works

Laughing Crab Catering
Mister Fish
Jonathan’s Harbor
Orient Bowl
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
Timber Pizza

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the festival hours?

Saturday, Sept. 8 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 9th
  • 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 2017 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 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.

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 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.

Is there a map of the event?

Yes. Here is the 2018 Grounds Map.

What does the festival offer for kids?

There’s lots to do for the kids!

  • Entertainment Avenue – Inflatable Moon Bounce House, obstacle course and Slide
  • Fishmobile – Offering Live Exhibits & Touch Tanks (provided by Chesapeake Bay Trust)
  • “Raptor’s Eye” display – includes live birds of prey as well as “touchables” for the kids.
  • and more!
Am I able to volunteer my time for the festival?

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.

Where can I park?

Parking at Sandy Point State Park requires a pre-purchased parking ticket, available online for $10. There is also parking at Anne Arundel Community College for a suggested donation of $5 and free shuttle to the festival. Please visit the Festival’s Parking Information page for more information.

Can you make any hotel recommendations?

Yes. Country Inn Suites offers discount rates for the Maryland Seafood Festival! Visit their website or call 410.571.6000 to book a room.

Is the festival "green"?

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:

  • Eco Stations – Recycling, Trash, and Composting Bins at food-oriented sites with signage and instruction
  • Dedicated oversight of both patron and vendor activities
  • Grease recycling
  • Oyster shell “recycling”
  • Support of local charities
  • Support and promotion of “True Blue” – Maryland’s support of the native Blue Crab!
  • No more paper tickets for food purchases

And remember, without a healthy Bay there is no Maryland Seafood! Thanks for doing your part for the Bay and joining in our efforts!

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.

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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