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What To Know Before You Go: Maryland Seafood Festival & Arts Alive Gala

Sep 07, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Maryland Seafood Festival

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Seafood Festival with two days of fun-filled activities, food, vendors, and so much more! A portion of the proceeds will go to the YMCA Camp Letts.

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The Basics

Date: Saturday, September 9th & Sunday, September 10th

Time: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (Sun.)

Location: Sandy Point State Park, located at 1100 E College Pkwy in Annapolis


The Details

What can guests expect? Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Seafood Festival featuring two days of live alligators with Jimmy Riffle and his crew from Animal Planet’s Gator Boys. Celebrate "50" with 50 things to do, including listening to live music, shopping at the Chesapeake Arts Village, sampling gourmet dishes at the Chef Demos, tasting Maryland Crab Soup at the Crab Soup Cook-off, and fireworks! Activities for the whole family abound including a treasure hunt, crab races, face painting, kid’s activities, and more!

Food and drinks? Enjoy a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes and cooking demonstrations. Also included is a beverage selection with tons of local craft beer and wine!

What about parking? Parking is available for those who pre-purchase a parking pass for $10. Additional parking is available at Anne Arundel Community College. Guests will be able to take a shuttle from the parking lot to the festival and back! 

Are tickets still available? Yes! Admission is $15 per adult; $10 senior/Military; and free for children 12 and under. VIP individual tickets are $65 and $120 per couple. Crab Soup Cook-off tickets are $10. Sunday Paddle Poker Run tickets are $45 and $40 for the Fishing Tournament. First responders are admitted free. Click here to purchase.

The dress code? There's no specific dress code, so wear what’s most comfortable. Temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be in the mid-70s with lots of sun.

Where do the proceeds go? A portion of the proceeds will go to the YMCA Camp Letts.

Arts Alive 19!


Enjoy A Night In Havana at Maryland Hall’s largest fundraising event of the year, Arts Alive 19! This year’s event kicks off in a giant “tent under the stars” on Maryland Hall’s front driveway with an extensive silent auction of unique and rare items and experiences. Tasting stations featuring signature dishes and drinks donated by area restaurants, caterers, and hotels will allow guests to sample delicious food throughout the evening.

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The Basics

Date:  Friday, September 8th

Time: 6–11 p.m.

Location:  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, located at 800 Chase Street in Annapolis


The Details

What can guests expect?  From 6–8 p.m., mix and mingle in the “tent under the stars” at Maryland Hall’s front entrance, sample delicious food, wine, beer, and signature drinks and bid on items in the extensive silent auction. At 8 p.m., swing inside to Maryland Hall’s renovated (and air conditioned) theatre for the live auction, raffle drawing, and lively Latin music by Grupo Quimao that will keep you dancing all night! During this casual performance, guests can dance in our orchestra pit, mingle with friends, and sample desserts, coffee, wine, beer, and signature drinks throughout the theatre.

Food and drinks? Enjoy an open bar with beer and wine plus the opportunity to purchase Pusser’s famous Pain Killers! Make sure to complement your drink with delicious food from one of the many restaurants including: Annapolis Smokehouse, Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company, Blackwall Hitch, Bowl of Cherries Catering & Events, Carrol's Creek, Galway Bay, Herrington on the Bay, Italia's Corner Cafe, The Kapow Group, Lemongrass, Luna Blu, Main & Market, Metropolitan, P.F.Chang's, Paul's Homewood Cafe, Ruth's Chris, Steak House, Saucy Salamander, Tsunami, and Whole Foods Market.

What about parking? There is free parking available on all sides of the building at Maryland Hall.

Are tickets still available? Tickets are $150 per person and be purchased through BidPal. They will also be available the day of the event at the door.

Click here to purchase.

The dress code? Men are suggested to wear “Annapolis formal:” Blue blazer, khakis, boat shoes-no socks, while women are suggested to wear a sundress or capris, sandals, flats, or other comfortable shoes (leave your high heels at home)!

Where do the proceeds go? Arts Alive supports the mission of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts to deliver art for all to the community and its residents.