Held every year in May since 1960, The Crawfish Festival brings people from all over the world to the crawfish capital of the world. For three days, the city puts on a celebration honoring South Louisiana’s favorite crustacean alongside world-class musicians, Cajun culture and the cuisine that has made our area world-renowned.
But the festival is more than food and fun. It’s an important part of Cajun culture that gives back in spades to the community each year. While it may not be a free festival, your money is directly contributing to the communities of South Louisiana
A Festival for Good
The festival is more than just a good time for the whole family. The money it raises through ticket, food and event sales help to promote Cajun culture and crawfish farmers around the area. The board that develops, promotes and puts on the festival has raised over $1.3 million to date for numerous civic organizations and city improvements. In addition, it provides scholarships to local high schools and a volunteer opportunity to anyone who wants to contribute to furthering its mission.
Beyond its philanthropic side, the festival itself has become a prime place to learn more about Cajun culture and cut a rug with the locals. From food and music to local artisans, the festival turns Breaux Bridge into a hotspot of activity that allows visitors to immerse themselves in South Louisiana’s community and local flavor. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the area’s Cajun and Creole roots or simply have a good time surrounded by Southern hospitality, the city is the perfect place to introduce yourself to Acadiana.
Make Some Music With Some of the Best
Over the years, the festival’s music lineup has become almost as important as the food. World-famous Cajun, Creole and swamp-pop musicians have made it a mission to be in town for the Crawfish Festival. From Grammy-award-winning accordion and fiddle players to seasoned veterans who have played with the likes of Prince, Miles Davis and many more, you’re guaranteed to hear some tunes that’ll have your toes tapping all weekend long. And, with multiple stages located throughout the fairgrounds, there’s always something different to hear. No matter your tastes, you can witness over 30 bands perform over the three-day event if you think you have the stamina. It’s a perfect opportunity to see our musical tradition passed from generation to generation. Watch the Cajun dance contests, and if you’re brave, join in. There’s no better way to learn. There are even Cajun music workshops if the music inspires you enough!
If you’re looking for a weekend of amazing food, fun and a slice of South Louisiana’s history, look no further than the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. If you’re interested in attending and seeing how we celebrate crawfish, visit the festival’s event page for dates and start planning today!