Hard Crab Derby

Labor Day Weekend
Somers Cove Marina

Crisfield's National Hard Crab Derby is an annual Labor Day weekend event. The unique crab themed festival features crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, beauty pageants, a parade, fireworks and more.


The festival begins Wednesday evening with a carnival, runs through the weekend and ends Sunday night with a Gospel concert and fireworks. Many events are free. There is a $5 admission fee on Saturday.


Monday, August 31st

7:00 pm

Miss Crustacean Pageant  

Crisfield High School

Admission $15

Tuesday, Sept 1st

7:00 pm

Little Miss/Little Mr. Pageant

Crisfield High School

Admission $10

Wednesday, Sept 2nd

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

6:00 p.m. Sing Crisfield!!                                            Preliminaries  FREE

Thursday, Sept. 3rd

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rides, Food, Vendors

Wristbands available for rides $15

Sing Crisfield!! Finals

Admission: $5


Friday, Sept. 4th

9:00 am

Crab Cooking Contest

Somerset Intermediate School,

Westover, MD

Admission Free

4:00 p.m.

Mud Bog

Crisfield Elks

6:00 pm

Carnival Grounds Open

Rides, Games, Food, Vendors 

Various Prices

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Admission Free

  • Wristbands available for rides.


Saturday, Sept. 5th

7:30 am 

Mike Sterling 10-K Race/Walk

City Dock

9:00 am

Lions Club Swim Meet 

Somers Cove Marina Pool

Admission Free

9:30 a.m. Crabs go on Sale for races!

                     Somers Cove Marina

11:00 am 

Crab Derby Parade

           Somerset Ave.

Admission Free     

 Grounds Open @ 12 Noon

Admission $5.00

Children under 5 are FREE!

Rides, Games, Food, Vendors  Various Prices

12 noon - 10:00 pm

Carnival Rides

**Wristbands available for

       12 Noon - 4:00 pm. 


12:30 pm

Skiff Races

Wellington Beach Free

12:30 pm

Crab Picking Contest

Crab Bowl 

2:00 pm

71st Annual Governor's Cup Race

Crab Bowl 

National Hard Crab Derby Race

immediately following Governor's Cup Race 

Crab Bowl 

8:00 pm

Boat Docking Captain's Party

Boat Docking Demonstration

Concert - The Kelly Bell Band

Admission $5

Sunday, September 6

8:00 am

Open Air Religious Service

​Crisfield City Dock

Admission Free

12 noon

Grounds Open

Rides, Games, Food, Vendors 

Various Prices

12 noon - 10:00 pm

Carnival Rides

Admission Free

  • Wristbands available 12 Noon to 4:00 pm.


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Boat Docking Contest

​Crisfield City Dock

General Admission $15


Captain's Deck $50

(covered seating & food incl. in Capt's Deck Admission)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Family Fun Old-Fashioned Games

Left of 7th Street Gate

$1 Games

FireBowl 2019

Christian Artist   

Admission Free

7:30 pm  Christian Concert 

sponsored by Living Hope Ministries and Firewall Youth
Admission Free


9:00 pm


Crab Bowl

Admission Free


Today crabs are brought to Crisfield from all over the Chesapeake Bay region and are raced at Somers Cove Marina on a slick, flat track in view of hundreds of spectators. Fifty live crabs at a time are launched from the wooden "crab cake track" onto a wet flat surface pitched at an angle. The first crabs off the surface are the winners of that heat. Heat winners continue to compete. The highlight of the race is...


by Mindie Burgoyne

Every Labor Day weekend, people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region visit Maryland's southernmost town to see some 400 blue crabs compete in one of the most celebrated crustacean events in America, the National Hard Crab Derby. Sixty-four years ago, watermen brought their feistiest live crabs to race in the street in front of the post office.