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.

Louisiana Crawfish Festivals and Events in 2020

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: http://www.louisianatravel.com/festivals#sthash.9IHbOcsf.dpuf

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
Dancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

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.

click for more information about 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 ... 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

Click for more information about the 2018 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

click for more information about the Annual World Championship Crawfish Etoufee Cook-off in Eunice Louisiana

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!

For details, visit the EtoufeeCookOff.org website or Facebook page.

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 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Competition underway ... at Crawfish Mambo!

 

 

2020 NOLA Crawfish Festival

Click for more information about the 2019 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

Festival City Date

Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center

Website
Chalmette, Louisiana March 26-29, 2020

World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
Northwest Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive

Website
Eunice, Louisiana TBA

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
Noon - 8:00pm

Website

Metairie, Louisiana April 4, 2020

Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive

Website

Lake Charles, Louisiana April 12-14, 2020

Crawfest 2020
Tulane University Uptown Campus
10:00am - 7:00pm

Website

New Orleans, Louisiana April 18, 2020

17th Annual  All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Cook-Off
Sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of the South

Fritchie Park
901 Howze Beach Road

Website

Slidell, Louisiana April 18, 2020

Annual Old Metairie Crawfish Festival & Cookoff
St. Catherine of Siena
400 Codifer Boulevard
12:00 Noon to 8:00pm

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.

Website

Metairie, Louisiana April 18, 2020

NOLA Crawfish Festival
The absolute best crawfish, music, and beer the city has to offer.

The Smokekyard @ Central City BBQ
3:00pm - 10:00pm
1201 South Rampart Street

Website

New Orleans, Louisiana April 27-29, 2020

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Parc Hardy

Website

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana May 1-3, 2020

Riff Ridgel Crawfish Cookoff Benefit
11:00am - 4:00pm
Tickfaw Festival Grounds
50081 Highway 51, Tickfaw, LA 70466

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.

For more information: Website and Facebook

Tickfaw, Louisiana May 16, 2020

Twin City Crawfish & Music Festival
The Ike Hamilton Expo Center
501 Mane Street
West Monroe, LA

Live bands, petting zoo, full carnival, crawfish, vendors, and show, and 5k race

Facebook

West Monroe, Louisiana TBA

Crawfish Mambo
University of New Orleans Campus

Website

New Orleans, Louisiana TBA

Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza, Downtown

Website

Shreveport, Louisiana May 22-24, 2020

List of Crawfish Festivals in Other States

Crawfish festivals in Texas in 2020

Crawfish festivals in 2020 in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, California and 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!
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

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