Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby 2018 - Crisfield, MD

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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 Wednesday 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 some events.

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

  • Wednesday - August 29, 2018
    Carnival open 6-10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - August 30, 2018
    Carnival open 6-10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 31, 2018
    9:00 a.m. – Crab Cooking Contest – Somerset Intermediate School
    6:00 p.m. – Grounds open: rides, games, food, arts/craft
    6:00 p.m. - Silly Relays with CHS Sports Teams and a Crab Bowl
  • Saturday, Sept. 2, 2018
    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
    12:30 p.m. – Crab Picking Contest
    2:30 p.m. – 71th Annual Governor`s Cup Race - Crab Bowl
    3:30 p.m. - National Hard Crab Derby Race - Crab Bowl
    7:00 p.m. - Concert
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