Crawfish Festivals in Louisiana: Celebrating with Fun and Food


Boiling crawfish at a Louisiana Festival Boiling crawfish at a Louisiana Festival (Courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

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: 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 2017, from Kemah to Austin, from Fredericksburg to Pearland, 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 2017 crawfish festivals. If you would like your event included, or have updates, contact us.

List of 2017 Louisiana Crawfish Festivals

Festival City Date
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center
Chalmette, Louisiana March 23-26, 2017
World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
Northwest Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive
Eunice, Louisiana March 26, 2017
Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana April 7-9, 2017
Crawfest at Tulane University
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana April 22, 2017

14th Annual Crawfish Cook-Off
Sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of the South

Fritchie Park
901 Howze Beach Road

Slidell, Louisiana April 22, 2017

Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest 2017 ... live music and crawfish specialties, including crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, étouffée, and thousands of pounds of fresh boiled Crawfish.

Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie

11:00am - 9:30pm
Free admission

www.Pinchapalooza.com

Metairie, Louisiana April 23, 2017
Buras VFD Oilfield Crawfish Boil-Off
Fort Jackson
Buras, Louisiana April 29, 2017
NOLA Crawfish Festival
NOLA Brewery and Tap Room
3001 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, Louisiana May 1-3, 2017
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana May 5-7, 2017

3rd Annual Original Crawfish Gatorfest

Details at Facebook

University of La at Monroe (ULM)

Monroe, Louisiana May 18-21, 2017
Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza, Downtown
Shreveport, Louisiana May 25-28, 2017
Crawfish Mambo
University of New Orleans Campus
New Orleans, Louisiana May 13, 2017

 

2017 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

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

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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 5-6-7, 2017.

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 2017 Louisiana Crawfish Festival in Chalmette

The next Louisiana Crawfish Festival will be held on March 23-26, 2017 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

2017 Mudbug Madness in Shreveport

Mudbug Madness ... downtown Shreveport, Louisiana
Mudbug Madness ... downtown Shreveport, Louisiana (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.

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The 2017 Mudbug Madness will be held on May 25-28, 2017.

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 2017 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 2017 Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Fest will be held on April 7-9, 2017, 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

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Crawfest 2017 at Tulane University in New Orleans

Crawfest 2017 will be held on April 22, 2017 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!

More information at Crawfest at Tulane University in New Orleans website

32nd Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off

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The 31st Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off is slated for March 26, 2017 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, will be held on May 13, 2017. 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!

 

2017 NOLA Crawfish Festival

NOLA Crawfish King, Live For Live Music and NOLA Brewing Company are thrilled to present the first-ever NOLA Crawfish Festival.

Held in the middle of the 2017 spring New Orleans festival season, from May 1-2-3, 2017, the NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom.

The festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection - the absolute best crawfish, music, and beer the city has to offer at the NOLA Brewery and Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

For more details, visit www.NolaCrawfishFest.com  

List of Crawfish Festivals in Other States

Crawfish festivals in Texas

Crawfish festivals in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, California and other states


We are updating our list of 2017 crawfish festivals. If you would like your event included, or have updates, contact us.


Live Louisiana crawfish!
Live Louisiana crawfish! (Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)


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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