Where To Get Crawfish In Memphis: 2019 Guide To Crawfish Festivals, Boils, Restaurants

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 30th 2019 11804 0

Updated January 2019

Crawfish season has almost arrived in Memphis! Here are the dates and info for 2019’s Memphis crawfish festivals and places in Memphis that do crawfish specials and boils. I’ll be updating this as the season goes on. Submit your event here.

Festivals + One Day Events

Overton Square’s Crawfish Festival

This event is nuts. It’s a million people, a million pounds of crawfish, streets full of vendors, art, music, and activities. It’s chaotic (especially later in the day) but in a fun way. Think of it as the official start to Spring in midtown. It’s also the same day as the Lucero Block Party. This year the event benefits A Betor Way non-profit.

They will tow your car if you leave it in a lot in Overton the night before. Don’t ask me how I know.

Saturday April 13, 2019
noon to 6 p.m.
Overton Square and surrounding streets
free to enter, food and drink for sale

Porter Leath’s Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest

Memphis’ other huge crawfish fest (possibly bigger than Overton? I haven’t seen the numbers…) is Rajun Cajun. This downtown event benefits Porter Leath and is spread out along Riverside Drive and all up in Wagner Place. There are three stages of live music, lots of games and contests, food vendors, a kids’ area, and another million pounds of crawfish.

You can sign up for your team to compete in the Gumbo Cooking Contest here.

April 28, 2019
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wagner Place and Riverside Drive between Union Avenue and Beale Street
free to enter, food and drink for sale
VIP “Swamp Tent” tickets available

April is the month for crawfish festivals in Memphis. The Rajun Cajun Crawfish fest always has a gumbo contest as well.

Cooper Young Community Farmers Market Crawfish Boil
information TBA

Boils and Specials

Cajun Catfish Co. in Collierville will have crawfish in a few weeks, available daily. Last year they had all-you-can-eat specials on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Watch their FB page to find out when they’ll start.

The Crawfish Shack Food Truck sets up at 1375 N. Germantown Parkway on weekends, usually selling by the pound and in plates until they sell out. Watch their FB page for schedule, availability, and prices.

Max’s Sports Bar in downtown Memphis does crawfish boils most Saturdays during the season, but be sure to check their Twitter, etc, for updates. The first boil is Saturday, February 2 at 11 a.m. It’s $12 per pound + tax or $20 for two pounds. Sides like sausage, potatoes, and corn included in price but not weight (nice!) No pets or kids.

Ellis Seafood (1379 Getwell) sells fresh, live crawfish by the pound when in season. Call ahead.

Flying Fish downtown offers boiled crawfish when available, a fried crawfish poboy, and crawfish chowder.Call ahead.

The Bluff on Highland will host crawfish boils every Saturday from Feb. 9 to April 27, from noon until they run out. It comes with corn, mushrooms, onions, sausage, and potatoes, and is $20 for two pounds plus tax, but prices do fluctuate.

I got a tip that Loflin Yard will start doing crawfish on Saturdays starting Feb. 23. I’ll update with more information if I receive confirmation.

I also got a tip that Robilio’s Sidecar Cafe will sell crawfish, shrimp, and crab legs on Wednesdays for bike night starting March 13. Will also update when I receive confirmation.

Keep an eye on Memphis Mudbugs and The Crawdad Dudes.

Mortimer’s has crawfish boils sometimes. Will update.

Anybody else? Let me know in the comments and I’ll get it added.

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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  1. Sarah says:


    A carnival with crawfish and beignets.

  2. Jennifer Daniel says:

    Cajun Catfish Company will have Crawfish in a few weeks. The cold weather has slowed the growth of the mud bugs. They will have 3lb boils every day and All You Can Eat Crawfish every Tuesday after 5:00 throughout the season! Market price. Watch our Facebook for timing. Locally owned with a long history in the food service industry.
    Cajun Catfish Co.
    336 New Byhalia Rd

  3. Hillary Edwards says:

    Mardi Gras Memphis has a Mardi Gras Celebration with live music and food specials on Fat Tuesday from 3pm-9pm. In addition, they will have boiled crawfish Thursday- Saturday in about 2 weeks.

  4. Alex says:

    Doubtful that there will be a Harbortown Crawfish Festival this year. Movie and Pizza usually put it on and they have been closed for a while now.

  5. Caitlyn says:

    MS Ale House in Olive Branch is doing crawfish in Saturday’s starting at 11.

  6. Joel says:

    Hello Holly. I came across your blog while searching for crawfish in Memphis. I was delighted to see a wealth of information not only on crawfish but other events around town as well. I look forward to checking in with you frequently. Joel

  7. The Crawdad Dudes says:

    Check out The Crawdad Dudes!

    Instagram: @thecrawdaddudes
    Facebook: The Crawdad Dudes

  8. […] From the Science of Beer festival to the Indie Memphis Film Festival, the city has a wide array of festivals year-round, many of them free. Highlights include the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest and more than one crawfish festival. […]

  9. Larry Abramson says:

    Billy’s Crawfish at Church Rd and US51 in Southaven, every weekend….has had them for the last month or so. $7/lb and they are the best around. Also at his Crossroads Seafood restaurant on US51 in Hernando.

  10. Angela J Fox says:

    Mardi Gras in Memphis Crawfish Boil and ETW 5K on March 23, 2019
    Mudbugs are $10 a box, 61 N McLean 38103 12-5

  11. Glaze says:

    Loflin yard will start having crawfish every Saturday starting February 23. Also Robilio’s Side Car Cafe in Bartlett has crawfish shrimp and crab legs every Wednesday for bike night starting March 13.

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