Crawfish Festival

May 4-6, 2018

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, held the first full weekend in May, provides the perfect opportunity to witness over 30 Cajun and Creole bands over three days coupled with the delicious crustacean, the crawfish. Sample crawfish dishes prepared every way imaginable-fried, boiled, étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie, jambalaya and crawdogs-along with other Cajun & Creole favorites. The Crawfish Festival also hosts a parade, crawfish eating contest, Cajun and Zydeco dance contest, crawfish étouffée cook-off, crawfish race, carnival rides for young and old alike as well as an arts and crafts fair.

Upcoming Festival Dates

May 3-5, 2019
May 1-3, 2020

History of the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

The world famous Crawfish Festival began in 1960 as a spin-off of the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration. The Louisiana Legislature had just named Breaux Bridge the Crawfish Capital of the World in 1959. The festival is now known around the country and even the world. Every May, thousands of hungry people flock to Breaux Bridge to be part of the festivities.

Boiled Crawfish on Table

FRIDAY, MAY 4 EVENTS

4:00pm – Gates Open

4:30pm – Opening Ceremonies – Crawfish Stage

4:45pm – Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest – Crawfish Stage

5:15pm-6:45 pm – Cajun Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville

12:00am – Festival Grounds Close

SATURDAY, MAY 5 EVENTS

10:00am – Festival Grounds Open – Information & Souvenir, Food, Beer, Coke, Water, Liquor, Commercial Vendors, Arts & Crafts Booths, Carnival Open

10:00am – Cajun Cooking Demonstration – Breaux Bridge Tent

11:30am-12:30pm – Cajun Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville

12:45pm-1:45pm – Cajun Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville

1:00pm – Zydeco Dance Contest – Festival Stage*

2:00pm – Cajun Dance Contest – Festival Stage*

2:00pm – Crawfish Eating Contest – Breaux Bridge Tent*

3:15pm – Crawfish Races – Breaux Bridge Tent*

4:15pm-5:15pm – Cajun Dance Lesson – Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville

5:30pm-6:30pm – Cajun & Zydeco Dance Lesson – Breaux Bridge Tent

12:00am – Festival Grounds Close

SUNDAY, MAY 6 EVENTS

9:00am – Festival Grounds Open – Information & Souvenir, Food, Beer, Coke, Water, Liquor, Commercial Vendors, Arts & Crafts Booths, Carnival Open

9:00am – Crawfish Etouffée Cookoff – Breaux Bridge Tent*

9:30am – Parade – Bridge Street to Rees Street to Parc Hardy

12:00pm – Cook-off Judging & Sampling – Time Approximate

4:00pm – Festival Grounds Close