Thousands of seafood lovers crowded into downtown Annapolis over the weekend for the 57th Maryland Seafood Festival.
The event moved this year to the picturesque City Dock after two decades at Sandy Point State Park, just up the coast and also along the Chesapeake Bay.
Festivalgoers enjoyed music, food and crafts, contests and more. A scheduling conflict at the state park was the catalyst for the decision to hold the festival along the Annapolis waterfront.
“It’s been wonderful and the city has been so welcoming. At the end of the day, it’s super to be back downtown,” said festival producer Brendon Schoenfeld.
The two-day event included an oyster shucking competition, a crab soup cook-off, a crab cake-eating contest, and steamed crab preorders from Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. As in past years, live music was a main draw. Sunset cruise ships dottedi the waterfront along with many other private boats that came out to enjoy the vibes.