365 Things to Do in Memphis #101: Eat Crawfish on the Tracks at Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 10th 2012 1055 0

Ed. Note: This post has been updated for 2017.

Every year, thousands of (think, more than 35,000!) crawfish fans flock to downtown Memphis for the annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, the largest mudbug fest in the city.


From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, the Rajun Cajun crew will cook and serve more than 15,000 pounds of crawfish. There will be live Cajun and Zydeco music, vendors, a gumbo cooking contest and all sorts of crawfish-related games (bobbing for crawfish, crawfish toss, crawfish racing, crawfish eating contests).

The family friendly festival takes place at Wagner Place (which runs along the river-side of AutoZone’s offices) and Riverside Drive. Admission is free, but you can buy buckets of crawfish and beer. Proceeds from the 25th annual festival benefit Porter Leath.

Go there:

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

Free admission, all ages
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wagner Place between Union and Beale St.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  2. Michael Belk says:

    This looks like fun.  This has to be the only time I would advise sitting on a railroad track.  The crawfish looks good.  

    I wish I knew how to eat crawfish, but I get intimidated by the shells, but the food looks great.

    I might have to come by this one for the fun.  thanks

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