Maryland Seafood Festival

Saturday September 9th & Sunday September 10th, 2017

Mark your calendars on September 9th & 10th for the 50th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival! We’re celebrating 50 years of food and fun at Sandy Point State Park with a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, and exciting cook-off competitions!

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.

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 will have a shuttle to transport guests from the parking to the Maryland Seafood Festival and back again! A portion of the proceeds from the satellite parking fees are donated to YMCA Camp Letts.

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

 Schedule of Events

Things to Do September 10 September 11
Festival Doors Open 10:00am 10:00am
Stay tuned!
 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 in the __ tent or submit your own below!
Chef Demos
Chef Demos
Chef Demos
Watch local culinary artists display their skills in the __ tent. Don’t leave before getting a taste!
Test your eating, picking, and shucking metal against other competitors!
Chesapeake Arts Village
Chesapeake Arts Village
Chesapeake Arts Village
Shop local artists and merchants to find unique creation!
Beer & Oyster Tastings
Beer & Oyster Tastings
Beer & Oyster Tastings
What goes better with oysters than beer? Get your fill in the __ tent!
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
The kids will love Entertainment Ave, the Fishmobile, the Raptor's Eye display, and soccer & zip-lining on the beach!
On the Water
On the Water
On the Water
Get out your SUP paddle and enjoy the Bay!
Sand Soccer
Sand Soccer
Sand Soccer
Don't forget to bring your cleats to the beach!
Adventure Activities
Adventure Activities
Adventure Activities
We've got a variety of cool stuff to keep you busy!


Stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the festival hours?

Saturday, Sept. 10 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – 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. The Arts and Crafts and VIP ticket holder areas are also under a tent.

What is the price of admission?
  • VIP Tickets – $65 single / $120 couple
  • General Admission – $15 Online through September 11th
  • Seniors 65 & Older (must present valid ID) – $10
  • Active Duty 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.

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, Import and Craft Beer Tastings, Wine Row and much more. The Festival also features a large variety of artisans and craft vendors, interactive kids zone, ZipLine 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 Grounds Map for 2016.

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.
  • Soccer Demos – kick the ball around in sand soccer demos.
  • Paddle Board demos – try out a paddleboard, fun for all ages.
  • Crafts on the beach – lots of arts and crafts, including face painting.
  • Ziplining On The Beach – First Come/First Serve or sign up for a time (nominal fee). Time subject to change, weather permitting.
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.

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?

Dogs are not allowed on festival grounds in accordance with Sandy Point State Park Regulations. Please visit the their website for additional information.

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