The Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby is a favorite annual Labor Day weekend event on the Maryland Eastern Shore, a unique crab themed festival that includes crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, 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.
The festival begins on Thursday evening with a carnival, runs through the weekend and ends on Sunday evening with fireworks. While many events are free, there is a $3 admission fee on Saturday and additional fees apply for concerts and some other events.
Somers Cove Marina, 7th Street
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2017 Crab Derby Schedule
- Thursday - August 31, 2017
Carnival open 6-10:00 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. – Crab Cooking Contest – Baptist Church, Somerset Ave.
6:00 p.m. – Grounds open: rides, games, food, arts/craft
7:00 p.m. - Crisfield Idol - in the Crab Bowl
- Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 - $3 Admission fee
7:30 a.m. – 10-K Race/Walk
9:00 a.m. – Lions Club Swim Meet – Marina Pool
11:00 a.m. – Street Parade – Main St.
12 noon - Gates open
12:30 – 1:30 – Skiff Races – Crisfield City Dock
2:00 p.m. – Crab Picking Contest
2:30 p.m. – 65th Annual governor`s Cup Race - Crab Bowl
3:30 p.m. - 65th National Hard Crab Derby Race - Crab Bowl
4:30 p.m. – Arm Wrestling Contest – Crab Bowl
7:00 p.m. - Concert
- Sunday – Sept. 3, 2017
8:00 a.m. – Open Air Religious Service – Crisfield City Dock
12 noon- Gates open
1:00 p.m. – Boat Docking Contest – Crisfield City Dock
5:30 p.m - Gospel Concert - Crab Bowl - Marina
9:00 p.m. – Fireworks
For more information about the area, see A Visitors Guide to the Maryland Eastern Shore.