This Saturday, Baltimore City welcomes it’s first seafood festival! With local restaurant favs like Ryleigh’s Oyster, Blue Agave and Dooby’s participating, it’s definitely going to be a foodie haven! But if you think it’s just a grown-up affair, think again.

“This event was designed with families in mind!” said Beth Laverick, Baltimore mom, owner of B Scene Events, and festival organizer.  “As a mother of two, I understand the challenges of venturing outside of the house with 2 kids — let alone a large scale festival!”

A unique family space sponsored by the Maryland Maternity Access Coalition and Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance will feature toys, crafts, games, bubbles, and face painting by Awkward Planet (dressed up as superheroes no less!). While most kids won’t dive into ceviche or the raw oyster bar, Café Gia’s will be serving up their infamous meatballs and Stuggy’s will have pint-sizer favorite mac ‘n cheese.

Kids 12 and under are admitted free to the festival with paying adult– but you definitely want to take advantage of the kids meal and activity pass! For just $11, kids receive a boxed lunch (sandwich, chips, fruit and drink), a kid-friendly swag bag, and an activity pass for kids to visit the temporary tattoo station, fish sand art, fish bracelet making, and a crab headband. There are only 200 kids packages available and you must purchase them in advance.

In fact, it’s a great idea to purchase your adult tix in advance, too. You’ll save $6 for general admission if you purchase tix online (they are $35 at the door). General admission includes a souvenir glass; swag bag; two drink tickets for beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages; and 10 tickets to use towards food items (items will be priced between $1 and $7 depending on the restaurant and item). Additional tickets for food and beverages may be purchased at the event $1=1 ticket. Crab packages, VIP tickets, and private crab table packages are available in advance as well.

You just may see your favorite Baltimore school teachers at the festival!  Patterson Park Public Charter, Hampstead Hill Academy, Mt. Washington Elementary, and Roland Park Elementary will be manning the bars in exchange for tips to raise funds for their school.

“When I launched B Scene Events, my hope was to create events that would attract both families and young professionals,” said Beth. “Our events are kid-friendly, but also adult friendly as well. My goal is to attract and retain families in Baltimore City.”

Looking for something sans kids? B Scene will be offering mom wine trips to Virginia’s Wine Country and couples brew tours. Stay tuned!

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The Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival taking place Saturday, September 20th from 12pm to 6pm at the Canton Waterfront Park.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance. The event is expected to sellout in advance as space is limited.


editor’s note: This post is sponsored by B Scene Events.