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Crawfish Festivals: Celebrating with Fun and Food

In Louisiana and the south, boiling and eating crawfish is a long standing family tradition. But we eat crawfish at places besides the home, whether it be in restaurants, family reunions, football games, or at company gatherings.

And we celebrate the crawfish in another way: Festivals! These events encompass all the good things about life along the Gulf Coast: food, fun, music and merriment!

More than 400 Louisiana festivals occur each year – which makes it easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here – ranging from Cajun and zydeco to Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, Louisiana's own swamp pop, country, salsa and more. Excellent Louisiana food is a given at any festival. And as always, Louisiana festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting new friends. - See more at:

More than 400 festivals take place every year in Louisiana alone, the reason why the State is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here – ranging from Cajun and zydeco to Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, Louisiana's own swamp pop, country, salsa and more. Excellent Louisiana food is a given at any festival. And as always, Louisiana festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting old friends, and making new ones.

And the list of festivals would not be complete without crawfish festivals, held all over Louisiana, from north to south, east to west, and in neighboring Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

2015 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Dancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish FestivalDancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

In the heart of Cajun Country, just east of Lafayette on I-10, is the community of Breaux Bridge, the Crawfish Capital of the World, close to Henderson, the gateway to the great Atchafalaya Swamp.

Breaux Bridge is known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World", and is home of the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival which will next be held on May 1-2-3, 2015.

Visitors to the festival always enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice, just to name a few).

Don't miss the crawfish races ... As the Crawfish Race Commissioner yells “ils sont partis”, the world famous race of the crawfish begins!  Numbered crawfish race to the finish line with skillful aid from their registered owners on an eight-foot circular target.  This race is open to all and a joy to watch.

There is also Cajun & Zydeco Dance Contests, the Breaux Heritage Tent, Crawfish Etouffée Cook-Off, the carnival midway, lots of music, and many more fun events.

The 2015 Louisiana Crawfish Festival in Chalmette

The 2015 Louisiana Crawfish Festival is scheduled for March 26-29, 2015 at the Sigur Cultural Center, 8245 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, Louisiana.

Chalmette is located in the Greater New Orleans area, on the east bank of the Mississippi River, downstream from downtown New Orleans.

The festival originated in 1975 and has grown to become a Louisiana tradition. Patrons frequent the festival, annually, from all areas of the United States.

You can dine on your choice of food, whether it be boiled crawfish, Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Pasta, Crawfish Pies, Crawfish Rice, Crawfish Etoufee, or Crawfish Jambalaya.

Cajun bands provide the music, and arts and crafts booths showcase local talent. There’s always a giant midway with carnival games, cotton candy, candied apples and fun rides.

Mudbug Madness 2015 in Shreveport

Part of the festivities at Mudbug Madness in ShreveportPart of the festivities at Mudbug Madness in Shreveport (Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

Mudbug Madness is a four day festival celebrating Louisiana crawfish & cuisine, along with great entertainment on three stages for all ages. It is held held at Festival Plaza in Downtown Shreveport.

The 2015 Mudbug Madness is scheduled for May 21-24, 2015.

What began in 1984 as a two-day street festival in downtown Shreveport is now one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular Cajun festivals, featuring renown Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages.

Now a four-day festival held each Memorial Day weekend, Mudbug Madness is nationally recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, drawing more than 50,000 56,000 people in one day. Mudbug Madness created renewed interest in Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage and the event’s original organizers are proud to have brought a little bit of south Louisiana fun north to Shreveport.

The 2015 Downtown Crawfish & Seafood Festival in Lake Charles

The Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish and Seafood Festival is held the second weekend of each April at the Lake Charles Civic Center in downtown Lake Charles. The event promotes awareness of the crawfish season, the history of the crawfish, and how the seafood industry has benefited Louisiana in the past 200 years.

The 2015 Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Fest will take place on April 10-12, 2015, in downtown Lake Charles.

Among the many events scheduled are the crawfish parade, crawfish pageant, carnival, art show and lots of great music!

Crawfest 2015 at Tulane University in New Orleans

Crawfest 2015 will be held on April 18, 2015 on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. 2 stages, 10 bands, 11,000 people, 300,000 crawfish, and many local art and food vendors make for a festive event!

Crawfete: Gourment Crawfish Festival in Baton Rouge

The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society's annual gourmet crawfish festival, CrawFete, will be held on April 16, 2015, at the Mockler Beverage Company. The event features 15 local chefs who will create crawfish dishes for participants to sample. more info

Louisiana Crawfish and Gator Festival in West Monroe, Louisiana

The first annual Louisiana Crawfish and Gator Festival will be held on April 30 - May 3, 2015, at the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center in West Monroe. Events will include crawfish cooking, alligator wrestling, fair rides, a petting zoo, an arts & crafts area, and country music. Marty Stuart, the Blues Brothers Band, Wayne Toups, and others are scheduled to perform.

Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza Festival in Metairie, Louisiana

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown will host the sixth-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest, a free street party celebrating Louisiana music and crawfish, on Sunday April 19, 2015. Pinch A Palooza will feature six bands and a full afternoon of activities. Admission is free. This year Pinch A Palooza will take fest-goers back to traditional Southern and New Orleans roots with a lineup that includes Cajun fiddler and hometown sweetheart Amanda Shaw, Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Vince Vance and The Valiants, New Orleans Karma, Cajun Zydeco band Chansons et Soûlards, Jackson, Miss.-based bluegrass duo Bill & Temperance, plus performances by Mardi Gras Indians krewe Big Chief Romeo & the 9th Ward Hunters and the 610 Stompers. Pinch A Palooza will feature games for kids, an art market, crawfish races, a crawfish eating contest with two heats of contestants, more than 2,500 pounds of boiled Louisiana crawfish and other Deanie’s crawfish specialities. New this year, Pinch A Palooza will host the culinary offerings of the NOCCA Institute’s Boxcar NOLA food truck.

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Market is located in Bucktown, at 1713 Lake Avenue, Metairie. More information is available at and

Looking to stay awhile and experience catching and boiling crawfish in Louisiana?

Mrs. Rose’s Crawfish Haven/Bed and Breakfast near Kaplan, Louisiana, is a country home-turned-hotel where guests can harvest crawfish in a nearby pond and boil them up for supper. The home was built in 1903. Barry Toups owns the crawfish fields next to the bed-and-breakfast and harvests them for crawfish. For an extra fee, he will take guests in his boat and show them how crawfish are harvested. The B&B features three rooms of varying sizes and amenities.

It is located at 6807 Highway 35, Kaplan, LA 70548. Phone 337-652-8870.

For more information on your stay in Cajun Country at the B&B, visit

2015 Crawfish Festivals in Other States

Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Spring, Texas
April 24-26, and
May 1-3, 2015
The Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival
Austin, Texas
April 25, 2015
Pearland Crawfish Festival
Pearland, Texas
April 10-12, 2015
Kemah Crawfish Festival
Kemah, Texas
March 20-22, 2015
Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas
May 22-24, 2015
Lonestar Crawfish Festival
Austin, Texas
April 25, 2015
Crawfish Music Festival
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Biloxi, Mississippi
April 16-19, 2015
April 23-26, 2015
31st Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Pensacola, Florida
May 1-3, 2015
14th Annual Gator By The Bay Festival - 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay. San Diego, California May 7-10, 2015

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