The Leonardtown Lions Club proudly presents the

38th Annual St. Mary's County Crab Festival

The 2024 Crab Festival will be held at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 8.

The Crab Festival is a celebration of St. Mary's Crab Culture and Cooking.
Expect to find plenty of steamed hard crabs, crab soups, crab cakes, and other seafood dishes available for purchase.

The Festival takes place at the St. Mary’s Fairgrounds, located about 2 miles south of Leonardtown on route 5: 42455 Fairgrounds Road, LeonardtownMD

Before or after your meal, browse among our regional crafters!
If you've been looking for that special, handmade gift or item with a 'Crabby' theme, you'll probably find it here!

Enjoy local entertainment and Live Music !!

Visit our arts and crafts area and take home a memory!!*

See a GREAT Classic Car Show!!

​Register to show your car by completing the registration form at

A Fun Crab-Picking Contest

This is your chance to show just how good you are at Crab Picking and at the same time, take home a trophy.

Each person’s ‘pickings’ will have all non-meat parts removed and then weighed by the contest judges.

If you’re interested in being a part of this event at this year's Crab Festival, please contact Lion George Kirby at 240-577-0029 or  There will be a fee to participate ($20 in advance, $25 the day of the festival), BUT you'll be able to eat what you pick! laugh Register at

A Child-Friendly Petting Zoo !
Nearly 100% of all Crab Festival Proceeds go to Local and International Lions Club Community Service Programs such as: Leader Dogs, Vision and Hearing Support, Free Vision Screening and much more!
Gate Admission: $10 dollars per person.
Age 12 and under, free!
Food Purchases extra.

**The Crab Festival is Pet-Friendly!**

*General Information? Questions? Want to show your art/craft? Please contact us:
Super Hard Shell Sponsor ($1500)
The Fleury's of Paw Paw Hollow
Hard Shell Sponsor ($1000) 
Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematoria Companion Care Veterinary Hospital Evergreen Disposal
Lexington Park Chevrolet Buick GMC UP Doppler Consulting
W.M Davis General Contractors
Soft Shell Sponsors ($500)
Cedar Point Federal Credit Union Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Interstate Title & Escrow
Law Offices of Daniel A.M. Slade Toyota of Southern Maryland OakPoint Insurance
Utopian Institute of Family Living
Crab Cake Sponsors ($250)
A. Shane Mattingly PC
Applebee’s - California Askey, Askey & Associates Big Ed's Tire Pros
BJ Wholesale Club - California
Back Road Inn
Cedar Lane Pharmacy, LLC Cheseldine Tire & Auto Christine Wray & John Felicitas
Cross, Wood & Wynkopf and Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.
Edward Jones – California, MD - Joanie Smith
Leonardtown Centre Liquors Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home Parlett Affiliated Companies, LLC
Pearle Vision
Quality Built Homes, Inc.
Sneade’s ACE Home Center - Leonardtown
Winters Sheet Metal, Inc.
Ye Olde Towne Café, LLC
Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, Tri-County Aire - $100


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