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.

Go Away Covid!

Thursday, Sept. 3rd

7:00 pm

Little Miss/Little Mr. Pageant  

Somers Cove Marina 

$5 Tickets on Sale Now!

Friday, Sept 4th

7:00 pm

Miss Crustacean Pageant

Somers Cove Marina 

$5 Tickets on Sale Now!

Friday, Sept. 4th

9:00 am

Crab Cooking Contest

Somerset Intermediate School,

Westover, MD

Virtual Only


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

11:00 am 

Crab Derby Parade


12:00 pm

Crab Picking Contest

No Live Audience Permitted

Will stream live on the National Hard Crab Derby Facebook page!

12:30 pm

71st Annual Governor's Cup Race

No Live Audience Permitted

Streaming live on the National Hard Crab Derby Facebook page!

2:30 pm

Skiff Races

Wellington Beach Free

National Hard Crab Derby Race

immediately following Governor's Cup Race 

Crab Bowl 

Sunday, September 6

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Boat Docking Contest


9:00 pm


Somers Cove Marina

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.

crabs on the racing platform