Sitting along the shores of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is a destination for filling the last few weeks of summer.

Signature Events

August 1 – 6 – National Oyster Week 2023 (Anne Arundel County) Oysters clean Chesapeake Bay waters and provide habitat for other (delicious!) species like blue crabs, rockfish, and white perch. Did you know that eating oysters and recycling their shells leads to more oysters being returned to the Bay? Enjoy local oysters and give back to the Chesapeake Bay! Click the link to find out which area restaurants are participating in this delicious tradition!  

August 4 – Rotary Club of Annapolis 78th Annual Crab Feast (Annapolis) This crab feast is dubbed the World’s Largest Crab Feast, and for good reason. It’s an all-you-can-eat (and drink) event that invites folks from near and far to get their fill of Maryland’s famous blue crabs – plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbeque sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, watermelon, draft beer, and more.   

August 19 – Maryland Seafood Festival (Downtown Annapolis) The Maryland Seafood Festival has showcased great seafood, live music, arts and crafts, chef demos, and the crab soup cook-off to thousands of festival attendees for 55 years! This year it’s all happening at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock in the heart of historic Annapolis. This is one festival you do not want to miss.  

August 19 – CRAB Cup & Shore Party (Eastport) Kicking off at noon, more than 90 sailboats participate in a family-friendly, competitive pursuit race to determine who will be the day’s champion. If you are not a sailor but enjoy a day of fun competition, join the fun by watching from shore! The shore party starts at 4 pm at Eastport Yacht Club.  

August 26 – October 22 (Saturdays & Sundays) The Maryland Renaissance Festival (Crownsville) Hear ye! Hear ye! Step into the 16th-century Revel Grove and leave your modern woes behind. RennFest has something for everyone. From turkey legs to toasting with mead to jousting and cheering on your own Kingdom, it’s no wonder this immersive experience is one of Maryland’s most extravagant and popular events.   

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