Love crab? You’ve come to the right place. Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is all about crab — we harvest it from our local waters, cook it up all kinds of ways, eat tons of it, and celebrate it with various events. Here are a few ways you can be part of it!

Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off & Festival

July 8, 5-10pm, Cambridge
Taste crab dishes in five categories prepared by award-winning local restaurants — and then vote for your favorites! Plus a free outdoor festival with a professional crab-picking contest and more. BUY TICKETS.

Seafood Feast-I-Val

August 12, 1-6pm, Cambridge
Come hungry, because this all-you-can-eat fest on the waterfront features steamed crabs, crab soup, fried fish, fried clams, and much more. BUY TICKETS.

Crab Week at the Hyatt Chesapeake

August 19-26, Cambridge
A weeklong celebration of the crab with a “Gone Crabby” Family Iron Chef competition, bushel basket lid painting, marine animal pool races, and more. All at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort — a 400-acre resort on the Choptank River. RESERVE NOW.


September 30, Cambridge
What do you get when you combine Eastern Shore crabs with the fun of Oktoberfest? Crabtoberfest! Dancing, music, German beer, German and American food are all part of this fun evening.

Crab Feast Cruise on a Riverboat

Through October
Feast on local steamed crabs, Maryland crab soup and more while cruising on the water on an authentic paddlewheeler. RESERVE NOW.

Crabbing Trip with a Waterman

Go crabbing with a longtime Chesapeake Bay waterman through Stoney Cove Charters. Up to 6 people. You can even end your time on the water with a Eastern Shore-stye crab feast with those crabs you just caught! Call 443-205-9710.

Crabs Prepared Every Which Way

Most of our local restaurants serve up local crab caught right here in Dorchester County. They find all kinds of ways to prepare them, from the traditional: crab cakes, crab soup, and crab imperial — to the more unusual: soft crab pizza, avocado and crab salad, crab tots, crab mac and cheese. Check out our online Dorchester Dining Guide.

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“The foodie destination that’s sitting just off your radar? It’s Dorchester County, a seaside community on the shores of Chesapeake Bay in Eastern Maryland.” — The Dining Traveler (Read the story)