Fall Crab Festivals

Whether it’s Dungeness crab in Washington State, Stone Crab in Florida, or soft shell on the Chesapeake, there’s something for everyone during these September and October crab festivals.

One of the greatest perks about crab festivals is that a beautiful beach and coastline can’t be far away. Chances are you’ll be able to boat, swim, or at the very least, catch a few sunny rays at the Southeast festivals during a decidedly autumn month. Throw in some steamed crabs and drawn butter and your tummy will purr with delight. Don’t forget to sample the different varieties of crab cakes you’ll find at food vendors, however, as well as those delicious soft shell crabs that are fried to perfection.

There is also usually plenty of entertainment in the form of local bands and numerous restaurants giving tastings and doing demos. Come hungry for crab and you won’t be disappointed.

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival - St. Marks, FL - Oct 26 to Oct 26, 2019
Live music, family fun and fresh from the Gulf stone crabs are the hallmarks of this Florida festival.

Central Pennsylvania Crab, Beer and Wine Festival - Camp Hill, PA - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Enjoy artisan beer and wine from Central PA breweries and wineries, plus delicious steamed Harbor House crab and BBQ, and listen to live music. A portion of all proceeds benefit the Central PA Food Bank. 21+ only.

Naples’ Stone Crab Festival - Naples, FL - Oct 29 to Oct 31, 2021
A weekend of food and fun with activities both on land and in and around the water, starring the stone crab. Free admission!

Crabfeast - Chambersburg, PA - Aug 27 to Aug 27, 2022
Get ready for all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs! Crabfeast features tons of delicious food along with small games of chance, an auction and more. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization.

National Hard Crab Derby - Crisfield, MD - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
Features live entertainment, music, parade, fireworks, carnival rides, beauty pageant, races, contests and lots of family fun with crafts, arts, and more vendors. Famous for the crustacean race from which it gets its name

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