We look forward to seeing you at the Maryland Seafood Festival. Some of the most frequently asked questions are highlighted below. However, if you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call us at 410.353.9237.
What are the festival hours?
- Saturday, Sept. 6 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 7 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What is the Festival’s Cancellation Policy 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. Please visit the Festival’s website to view a layout of the event. VIEW THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS MAP
What is the Admission Price for the Festival?
Tickets can be Purchased Online or at the Gate. Click here for Admission Prices and to Purchase Online.
General Admission – $15 Online through September 8th
VIP Tickets – $65 single / $120 couple
Includes admission, beer/wine/soda/water. Exclusive restrooms. Complimentary priority parking adjacent to the main entrance available with online purchases only.
Seniors 65 & Older (must present valid ID) – $10
Active Duty Military (must present Valid ID) – $10
Kids – 12 & Under FREE
Can I get a refund on my tickets if I am not able to attend?
Sorry, tickets are non-refundable.
Does Admission include all you can eat food/drink?
General Admission does not include food or drink. Food inside the festival is purchased via cash. Some food vendors accept Credit cards.
What does the VIP Package include?
VIP Tickets: Includes 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, 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, including:
- Live music performances
- Local charities and professional food vendors selling delicious treats
- The Capital’s Crab Soup Cook-Off Saturday
- Xpogo Stunt Show
- Large variety of artisans and craft vendors
- Chef Demos
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Row
Professional food vendors.
Is the Festival Handicap Accessible?
Sandy Point is a State Park that includes paved parking lots, grassy areas, dirt walkways, and sandy beaches. The park is handicap accessible. Visit the Park’s website to see more about their accessibility http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/accessforall.asp.
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 http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/southern/sandypointmap.html to see a map of Sandy Point State Park.
What does the Festival Offer for Kids?
Visit the Festival’s “Just for Kids” page.
How can I volunteer?
Please visit our Volunteer information page
Where can I Park?
There are new changes to parking this year. Please visit the Festival’s parking information page.
Are there Hotel Recommendations?
If you are looking for hotels, Country Inn Suites offers discount rates for MSF. Country Inn Suites www.countryinns.com/seafoodfest.
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. Read More
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. www.visitannapolis.org/visitor-info/visitors-center/index.aspx You could also check the website for the Maryland Association of Campgrounds at http://mdcamping.com/ If 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. CHECK OUT THE FESTIVAL’S MENU
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. 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 following website for additional information. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/pdfs/sandypointfaqs.pdf
For more information contact 410.353.9237