Maryland Seafood Festival

It’s official – The Maryland Seafood Festival is coming to Annapolis City Dock.

August 19-20,2023 
City Dock and Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis, MD

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

Due to our new location, we have had to make some changes to the event.  Please read below for more information.

The event is rain or shine!

Parking is at the Naval Academy Stadium and is available for purchase for SATURDAY or SUNDAY.  You can pre-purchase your parking pass on our ticket page – parking will be $10 plus fee with a free shuttle to the festival.

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 August 10, 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 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) $40 (pre-order only). Limited availability and Market Price the day of event.


Saturday, August 19
Time Activity/Event Location
11:00am Festival Opens to the Public
11:00am Main Stage
11:30pm – Soup runs out or 2:30pm Crab Soup Cook-Off Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Main Stage
3:00pm Main Stage
3:00pm-7:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
5:00pm 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 Main Stage
12:00pm Main Stage
1:00pm – 6:00pm Beer & Oyster Tasting Beer & Oyster Tent
1:00pm Main Stage
3:00pm Main Stage
5:00pm 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
Kids Zone All Day All Day
Stay tuned for more details All Day All Day
 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
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!
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
Details coming soon!


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

Green Valley
Federal House
Market House

Funnel Fare
and more…

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the festival hours?

Saturday, August 19, 2023 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 20, 2023 – 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
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.

What does the VIP package include?

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

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.

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 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.

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?

yes, the festival is handicap accessible.

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.

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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