Maryland Restaurant Weeks and Food Festivals


National Hard Crab Derby and Fair – September 2-4, 2022 – The Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby is a favorite annual Labor Day weekend event on the Maryland Eastern Shore, a unique crab themed event that includes crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, fireworks and more. Known by many as “The Crab Capital of the World”, Crisfield is home to many seafood restaurants and the Somers Cover Marina, one of the largest marinas on the East Coast.

Maryland Restaurant Week – September 16-25, 2022 – Maryland Restaurant Week is back for its third year, kicking off September 16th. For ten days, we’re bringing all counties and all restaurants together to celebrate and support our industry. For the restaurants: there’s no course requirements, no prix-fixe menus needed, and no entry fees. Participating restaurants may offer special menus, discounts or seasonal fare for dine-in, curbside, or carryout. The dining public is invited to enjoy these Maryland Restaurant Week-specific specials September 16-25, 2022. Brought to you by the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Calvert County Watermen’s Festival and Boat Docking Competition – September 18, 2022 – Starting at noon at Watermen’s Wharf at the end of Solomons Island. The Festival is perhaps best known for our Boat Docking Contest, during which work boats and charter boats compete within their divisions for cash, prizes and trophies.  Never a dull moment, this is a spectacular event to watch!  Beer, food and soft drink sales and exhibits by some of our sponsors will also be available. Live entertainment will be provided by Deanna Dove, the Island Girl herself. This year we’ll also feature a Buoy Toss Contest for kids 7 and under, a Small Ahchor Toss (8-10 year olds) and a Large Anchor Toss for 11-14 year olds.

Maryland Seafood Festival – September 24-25, 2022 – Maryland Seafood Festival is back with another year of tasty tradition! Saturday AND Sunday 11am-7pm, featuring live music performances, chef demonstrations, delicious seafood, creative craft booths, and an interactive kids zone – it’s guaranteed to be a shell of a good time! 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. 15, 2022.

J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – September 28, 2022 – All-You-Can-Eat.Steamed Blue Crabs, Steamed Clams, Steamed Corn, Raw Clam Bar, Fried Clam Strips, Fried Fish, Sweet Potato Fries, French Fries, Onion Rings and Watermelon. Includes beverages with all-can-drink Iced Cold Pepsi and Bottled Water, Cold Draft Beer (with I.D.). Drink responsibly and bring a designated driver! Bring family, friends & co-workers to join us for a beautiful day by the Bay with musical entertainment and enjoy the finest seafood our local waters and watermen have to offer.