The first crab derby was held at the old Lexington Market Grounds after an argument ensued as to who had the fastest crabs in Baltimore in 1859. In 1920, the quickest crabs were selected by local bootleggers to outrun law enforcement between Lexington Market’s catacombs and points all over Maryland during prohibition…these efforts proved wildly unsuccessful, but gave us crab racing as we know it today. Since then the Lexington Market Crab Derby has been held every year to determine the fastest three year-old crustacean in Maryland. Hosted annually, the fastest crabs from across Maryland compete for the coveted Faidley/Devine Cup and to have their named etched into history on the winner’s trophy housed inside of Lexington Market.

Join Lexington Market for the Annual Lexington Market Crab Derby. The event will take place Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm in the arcade.  Enjoy delicious eats from some of Lexington Market’s most iconic vendors, live music by Stryker's Posse, games, a VIP area, family zone,  crab picking,and of course the world-famous Lexington Market Crab Derby.

The Lexington Market Crab Derby is fun for all ages!