Photo via the Governor’s Office on Flickr.
Photo via the Governor’s Office on Flickr.

Despite the squeamishness of some people recently quoted in The Washington Post, sitting down to pick crabs and drink beer is a rite of summer most Marylanders enjoy, a sacred part of the state’s identity.

To add an extra heap of state pride onto this beloved ritual, the Orioles are for the first time inviting fans to have a crab feast right on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

For $115, attendees can enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs–and pick them with the help of a complimentary Orioles crab mallet–plus sides (corn on the cob, potatoes, cole slaw, cornbread and cookies) and drinks (soda, water and beer) at tables set up on the infield dirt.

The feast is set for Aug. 17, from 6-10 p.m., and as you’ve probably guessed by now, the Birds will be out of town, playing in Boston against the Red Sox. Naturally, the game will be played on the stadium’s video board. And there’s complimentary parking to boot.

Tickets are available at To protect the field, attendees are advised not to live out their fantasies of baseball glory by wearing cleats. Or heels.

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...