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, arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, beauty pageants, a parade, fireworks and more.


Friday, August 27th

7:00 pm

Little Miss/Little Mr. Pageant  

Somers Cove Marina

Admission $

Thursday, Sept. 2nd

7:00 pm

Miss Crustacean Pageant

Somers Cove Marina

Admission $

Friday, Sept. 3rd

9:00 am

Crab Cooking Contest

Somerset Technical High School,

Westover, MD

Admission Free


Saturday, Sept. 4th

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

Starting @

Library Collins & Maryland Avenue    

Admission Free     

12:30 pm

Skiff Races

Wellington Beach Free

1:00 pm

Crab Picking Contest

Crab Bowl 

2:30 pm

71st Annual Governor's Cup Race

Crab Bowl 

National Hard Crab Derby Race

immediately following Governor's Cup Race 

Crab Bowl 

7:00 pm 

Ms. Crab Claw

Local Band following Crab Claw

Sunday, September 5

8:00 am

Open Air Religious Service

​Crisfield City Dock

Admission Free

12 noon - 4:00 pm

Boat Docking Contest

​Crisfield City Dock

General Admission $15

5:30 pm

Beer & Wine Garden

Corn Hole Competition


Somers Cove Marina

7:00 pm - 10 pm

Live Band - Groovalicious 

Somers Cove Marina​

9:00 pm




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