Crawfish Festivals in Louisiana: 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 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.
The list of festivals would not be complete without crawfish festivals, held all over Louisiana, from New Orleans to Shreveport, from Lake Charles to Breaux Bridge.
Many exciting crawfish festivals in Texas are scheduled in 2020, from Pearland to to Austin, from Fredericksburg to Kemah, and all over the Lone Star State.
And these days crawfish festivals are happening all across the USA, in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida ... and even New Jersey and California!
We are currently updating our list of 2020 crawfish festivals. If you would like your crawfish event included, or have updates, contact us. Note that some dates and events listed below are preliminary pending announcements by event organizers.
NOTE: Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to confirm dates, times and other details.
2020 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Dancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
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 1-3, 2020.
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.
More information at Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival website
The 2020 Louisiana Crawfish Festival in Chalmette
The Louisiana Crawfish Festival will next be held on March 26-29, 2020, 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.
More information at Louisiana Crawfish Festival website
2020 Mudbug Madness in Shreveport
Mudbug Madness ... downtown Shreveport, Louisiana
Mudbug Madness is a 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 Mudbug Madness will next be held on May 22-24, 2020.
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.
More information at Mudbug Madness website
The 2020 Downtown Crawfish & Seafood Festival in Lake Charles
The Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish and Seafood Festival is scheduled to be held on April 12-14, 2020 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 Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Fest is traditionally held in mid-April, in downtown Lake Charles.
Among the many events scheduled are the crawfish parade, crawfish pageant, carnival, art show and lots of great music!
More information at Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival website
Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
The Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off is traditionally held in late March, at the Northwest Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive, Eunice. There is free admission, free parking and music at the festival.
Taste with your eyes, ears & dancing feet the flavors of your favorite headline bands, your favorite etouffee, beautiful arts & crafts. Free Admission, Free Parking, FreeMusic & Fun for the Entire Family!
Crawfish Mambo: Cook Off & Music Festival on the Lake
The Annual Crawfish Mambo, which has grown into New Orleans' largest cook-off, is held in May of each year. Sample dozens of different crawfish boils cooked by teams competing for a cash "Best of Boil" prize and title. Feast on all-you-can-eat crawfish while the Mambo all-star music line-up keeps you dancing. Then take a break to shop the Mambo Artists Village before tasting some more.
The Mambo is held at the University of New Orleans, Lakefront Campus.
For more details, visit www.CrawfishMambo.com
Competition underway ... at Crawfish Mambo!
2020 NOLA Crawfish Festival
Sure to be the tastiest – and funkiest – throwdown this Spring, the NOLA Crawfish Festival held at Central City BBQ, is the only one of its kind in New Orleans, with three days of MUSIC, BEER, and, of course, hot boiled CRAWFISH from NOLA Crawfish King.
Visitors and locals alike will find common ground here as they groove together to some of New Orleans's finest musicians. Twist, pinch and devour piles of mouthwatering crawfish and fixins.
The festival will next be held on April 27-29, 2020.
It brings together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection - the absolute best crawfish, music, and beer the city has to offer, at Central City BBQ's Smokeyard, 1201 South Rampart Street in New Orleans.
For more details, visit www.NolaCrawfishFest.com
List of 2020 Louisiana Crawfish Festivals
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
|Chalmette, Louisiana||March 26-29, 2020|
World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
11th Annual Pinch A Palooza Festival and Crawfish Eating Contest
Family friendly crawfish and music festival! This free event takes place at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown and offers live local music, activities for kids, and over 5,000 pounds of boiled crawfish.
1713 Lake Avenue
|Metairie, Louisiana||April 4, 2020|
Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
|Lake Charles, Louisiana||April 12-14, 2020|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||April 18, 2020|
17th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Cook-Off
|Slidell, Louisiana||April 18, 2020|
Annual Old Metairie Crawfish Festival & Cookoff
There will be live music all day. Beer, refreshments and access to children’s premium entertainment will be available for purchase. Admission to the event includes all you can eat crawfish and fixings from each of the 40 teams, jambalaya, and pizza.
|Metairie, Louisiana||April 18, 2020|
NOLA Crawfish Festival
The Smokekyard @ Central City BBQ
|New Orleans, Louisiana||April 27-29, 2020|
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
|Breaux Bridge, Louisiana||May 1-3, 2020|
Riff Ridgel Crawfish Cookoff Benefit
Located on the North Shore just a short drive from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Tickfaw, Louisiana you will enjoy a variety of all the boiled crawfish you care to eat! You can vote for the team with your favorite tasting crawfish while listening to local musicians. You may even choose to enter the crawfish eating contest or the washer-board tournament while the kids are enjoying activities in the children's tent.
The Riff Ridgel Crawfish Cookoff is a 501(c)3 which provides financial support to local individuals with illnesses or disabilities. Over $80,000 has been distributed in the last 5 years to 11 beneficiaries.
|Tickfaw, Louisiana||May 16, 2020|
Twin City Crawfish & Music Festival
Live bands, petting zoo, full carnival, crawfish, vendors, and show, and 5k race
|West Monroe, Louisiana||TBA|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||TBA|
|Shreveport, Louisiana||May 22-24, 2020|
List of Crawfish Festivals in Other States
We are updating our list of 2020 crawfish festivals. If you would like your crawfish event included, or have updates, contact us.
Live Louisiana crawfish!
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 www.CrawfishHaven.net