Crawfish Festivals in Louisiana: Celebrating with Fun and Food
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 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 2018, 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 2018 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.
2018 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 4-6, 2018.
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 2018 Louisiana Crawfish Festival in Chalmette
The next Louisiana Crawfish Festival will be held on March 22-25, 2018 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
2018 Mudbug Madness in Shreveport
Mudbug Madness ... downtown Shreveport, Louisiana
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 2018 Mudbug Madness will be held in May 24-27, 2018.
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 2018 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 2018 Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Fest will be held on April 13-15, 2018, 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 slated for March 25, 2018 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, will be held on May 12, 2018. 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!
2018 NOLA Crawfish Festival
NOLA Crawfish King, Live For Live Music and NOLA Brewing Company are thrilled to present the NOLA Crawfish Festival.
Held in the middle of the spring New Orleans festival season, on April 30 to May 2, 2018, 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.
For more details, visit www.NolaCrawfishFest.com
List of 2018 Louisiana Crawfish Festivals
|Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center
|Chalmette, Louisiana||March 22-25, 2018|
|World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
Northwest Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive
|Eunice, Louisiana||March 25, 2018|
|Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
|Lake Charles, Louisiana||April 13-15, 2018|
|Slidell, Louisiana||April 21, 2018|
Fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation called Crawfish for Cancer on April 21, 2018 from 12:00-5:00pm at Mardi Gras World. Nine teams participating in a crawfish cook off.
|New Orleans, Louisiana||April 21, 2018|
|NOLA Crawfish Festival
||New Orleans, Louisiana||April 30 - May 2, 2018|
|Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
|Breaux Bridge, Louisiana||May 4-6, 2018|
Festival Plaza, Downtown
|Shreveport, Louisiana||May 24-27, 2018|
University of New Orleans Campus
|New Orleans, Louisiana||May 12, 2018|
List of Crawfish Festivals in Other States
We are updating our list of 2018 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