We can’t think of anything more summer than smashing crabs with hammers. In preparation of summer officially ending after Labor Day, we are bracing ourselves for one last taste of summer at the Hammer & Claws All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast taking place Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 9th. That’s three whole days elongating the summer through crab smashing! Choose from 4 different sessions throughout the weekend.

Over 40,000 blue crabs will be transported over from Maryland. Mallets will be provided, but each pro has their own methods of de-shelling those pesky little guys. Be sure to lick your fingers clean from all that delicious Old Bay seasoning. There will be plenty of wine and beer to wash it all down.

As if all that didn’t entice you enough, check out photos from last year’s event. Get all the details below, get your tickets, and we’ll see you there!


Hammer & Claws All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast

Friday, September 7th – Sunday, September 9th, 2012

The Tunnel @ The Terminal Stores
269 11th Avenue, Chelsea

Hammer & Claws is the all-you-can-eat annual crab feast which occurs the weekend after Labor Day (September 7 – 9), will help keep the feeling of summer going a little bit longer this year.

Now in it’s second year, Hammer & Claws is presented by Maryland native Joshua Morgan and will take place in the historic Tunnel Space of the Terminal Stores building in Chelsea (269 11th Avenue, between West 27th and West 28th Streets).

Throughout the three-day festival, approximately 40,000 Maryland blue crabs will be steamed with 1,750 lbs of Old Bay, cracked with 5,000 mallets, and enjoyed by approximately 4,000 patrons. In addition to the all-you-can eat crabs and all-you-can-drink wine and beer, there will be traditional sides such as coleslaw, potatoes, and corn on the cob.


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Dates/ Times:

September 7: 8:00 – 11:00 PM

September 8: 12:00 – 3:00PM; 8:00 – 11:00PM

September 9: 12:00 – 3:00PM


Ticket prices: 

$89 per adult

$45 per child ages 6-12

Free admission for children under 6 years old


A portion of the proceeds from the Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast will be donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (www.cbf.org) to help the foundation in their continuing efforts  of restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.