LivingTravel2018 Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby - Crisfield, MD

2018 Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby – Crisfield, MD

The Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby is a favorite annual Labor Day weekend event on Maryland’s east coast, a unique themed festival that includes crab races, crab cooking and selection contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parades, fireworks. and more. Known to 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. The festival begins on Wednesday night with a carnival, lasts all weekend, and ends on Sunday night with fireworks.

While many events are free, there is a $ 3 admission fee on Saturday and additional fees apply for some events.

Somers Cove Marina, 7th Street
Crisfield, Maryland
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Crab Derby Schedule 2018

  • Wednesday – August 29, 2018
    Carnival open 6-10: 00 pm
  • Thursday – August 30, 2018
    Carnival open 6-10: 00 pm
  • Friday, August 31, 2018
    9:00 am – Crab Cooking Contest – Somerset Intermediate School
    6:00 pm – Open Ground: Attractions, Games, Food, Arts / Crafts
    6:00 pm – Silly Tales with CHS Sports Teams and a Crab Bowl
  • Saturday, September 2, 2018
    7:30 am – 10-K run / walk
    9:00 am – Lions Club Swim Meet – Marina Pool
    11:00 am – Street Parade – Main St.
    12 noon – Doors open
    12:30 – 1:30 – Skiff Races – Crisfield City Pier
    12:30 pm – Crab selection contest
    2:30 pm – 71st Annual Governor’s Cup Race – Crab Bowl
    3:30 pm – National Hard Crab Crab Race – Crab Bowl
    7:00 pm – concert
  • Sunday – September 3, 2018
    8:00 am – Outdoor Church Service – Crisfield City Dock
    12 noon – Doors open
    1:00 pm – Boat Docking Contest – Crisfield City Dock – $ 15 Entry
    6 pm – Christian Concert
    9:00 pm –
    Fireworks website :
    For more information on the area, see the Maryland East Coast Visitor’s Guide.

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