Squeeze every bit of fun out of the summer with this delicious outdoor festival. Sample the area's best beers, wines, and local crabs on the banks of the Potomac.

You're going to need a designated driver for the Chesapeake Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival! Admission gets you four straight hours of tasting local craft beers and wines so pace yourself. Add on some steamed blue crabs, and you're in for the perfect summer outing.

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Event Details

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2019 | Session 1: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Session 2: 5–9 p.m.
WHERE: Southpointe at National Harbor | 802 National Harbor Blvd. | National Harbor, MD
TICKETS: $39 and up for adults | $30 for kids and under 21 for crabs only | Available for purchase online

You can also add on spiced, steamed crabs with four different tiers of tickets. The $39 wine and beer only tickets get you admission, a commemorative mug, and all the beer and wine you'd like to taste. The next tier up, for $59 per person, gets you all of that and a tray of six steamed blue crabs.

If you want unlimited crabs, the VIP tickets will cost you $89 per person, and you also get a commemorative mallet, all-you-can-eat corn, coleslaw, and potato chips. You are also guaranteed a spot at a table under the VIP tent so you can eat in comfort. The Platinum VIP tier includes all of the perks, additional specialty food items, and a guaranteed spot at the luxurious Platinum VIP tent for $125 per person.


Know Before You Go

  • Last call for beer and wine tastings are 15 minutes before the end of the session.
  • Crabs and other food are available for purchase for those who didn't buy VIP tickets.
  • All of the crabs are served steamed and spiced.
  • The closest event parking is the pay lot by the Gaylord Hotel.
  • Live music will be played during both sessions of the festival.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the official Chesapeake Crab, Wine and Beer Festival website.

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the Drink.Eat.Relax Facebook page.

Are you looking forward to this feast of a summer festival? If you've been before, what's your favorite part of the day? Let us know in the comments!