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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 30th 2019 20788 0

Updated April 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

St. Patty’s Day Crawfish Boil, Crosstown Brewing, March 17, noon – 8 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis Mudbugs hosts this crawfish boil on St. Patrick’s Day, plus the usual beer and live music brewery shenanigans. They don’t have prices posted.

Mardi Gras in Memphis Crawfish Boil and ETW 5K, Mardi Gras Memphis, March 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Come support Education That Works on March 23 with a 5K followed up by crawfish provided by Mardi Gras restaurant (61 N McLean). Mudbugs are $10/box.

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 (bigger even than Overton’s) is Rajun Cajun. This downtown event benefits Porter Leath and is spread out along Riverside Drive and all up in Wagner Place. It’s also nuts, but more spread out so there’s room to breathe. 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

 

Memphis and Mid-South Restaurants That Serve Crawfish 

Mortimer’s in East Memphis does crawfish boils on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with two-for-one beer specials. It’s every week from mid-March through May 12, 2019.

Railgarten in Cooper Young has a crawfish boil every Thursday night from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., with $2 Bud Lights, #3 Fireball shots, and live music. For every pound of crawfish sold, $1 is donated to our friends at Tech901.

Cajun Catfish Co. in Collierville is getting fresh crawfish delivered daily as of February 20th, served in one-pound ($7.95) or three-pound meals ($22.95). PLus, they have $15 buckets of domestic beer. Watch their FB page for special events or price fluctuations.

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.

Crossroads Seafood in Hernando is open year-round and serves crawfish during the season. They’ve started already for 2019; watch their FB page for availability and prices. Crossroads is owned by Billy’s Crawfish, which sells crawfish and delivers in bulk for a fee and is sometimes posted up in Southaven on weekends.

Crawfish Haven Seafood restaurant in Horn Lake is open year-round serving all kinds of seafood, including crawfish generally from January through August. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Southbound Seafood is a crawdaddy shack on wheels that usually serves boiled crawfish Fridays through Sundays. Right now (as of February 27, 2019) they’re just selling live crawfish via pre-order and hope to have the food truck out soon. I hear they usually posted up at Houston Levee and Walnut Grove, but check their Facebook for more info.

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.

Loflin Yard is doing Crawfish Boils At The Yard every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Served by the pound with Cajun potatoes and smoked sausage, while supplies last from February 23 through May 4.

Memphis Crawfish Company in Olive Branch serves crawfish starting at noon on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They’ve also opened a second truck that’s up at the SmartMart at White Station and Park (5133 Park) open every Saturday and Sunday from lunch ’til they’re gone.

J3 Cajun Seafood in Southaven serves crawfish in three-pound increments during crawfish season, plus plenty of other seafood dishes.

Keep an eye on Memphis Mudbugs and The Crawdad Dudes.

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.


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:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/409397379508571??ti=ia

    A carnival with crawfish and beignets.

  2. Jennifer Daniel says:

    Hi,
    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
    Collierville,TN

  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.

  12. Malin Gulver says:

    Hi!

    Me and my friend arrive the 28th of march to Memphis TN
    Were can we get some food afer 23.00 nearby where we live at comfort Inn 100 n front st.

    Best regards

    Malin

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Malin!

      If you’re looking for late-night eats closest to your downtown hotel, I’d go for Bardog Tavern or Local on Main Street. Huey’s is close and always open late, for hamburgers and more. If you want to venture a little bit further, you can eat on Beale Street late (Dyer’s is my pick!) or see if they’re still serving Soul Burgers at Earnestine & Hazel’s on South Main.

      For more options, here are a few of my late-night favorites.

      http://ilovememphisblog.com/2018/09/16-places-for-late-night-eating-in-memphis/

  13. Glaze says:

    Railgarten will start having crawfish every Thursday night starting next week. They will serve from 5-9 pm and have drink specials and a live band.

  14. Memphis Crawfish Company 2 says:

    We’ve opened a 2nd Memphis Crawfish Company food truck & would love for it to be added to your list. Memphis Crawfish Company #2 is set up at the SmartMart at White Station & Park Avenue (5133 Park Ave). We’re open every Saturday & Sunday starting at lunch time til the end of the season.

    Thanks!

  15. Glaze says:

    Railgarten will start having crawfish every Thursday night from 5-9 starting this Thursday! They will also have drink specials and a live band each week.

  16. Michael Stephens says:

    Cajun Crawdad’s has a Facebook page. They are set up on Cayce Road off Hwy. 72 in Piperton and will soon have a second location on Gtown Parkway in Cordova soon.

  17. Dawn Sheppard says:

    A new crawfish food truck just opened at Park & White Station, in the SmartMart parking lot. They’re open every Saturday & Sunday starting at 11am. Memphis Crawfish Co #2

  18. Dawn says:

    New crawfish food truck, Memphis Crawfish Co #2, set-up at Park Ave & White Station, in the SmartMart parking lot. Open every Saturday-Sunday starting at 11am through crawfish season. Find them on Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat for updates, specials, etc.

  19. Mortimer's says:

    Mortimer’s – 2 for 1 local beers and crawfish every Sunday starting at 4!

  20. Whitney Allen says:

    J3’s Cajun seafood in Southaven is by far the best seafood I have experienced in the area!!! They are located in Southaven,Ms, and they are selling crawfish at 7.99 a pound- the only catch is they only sell their crawfish by three pound increments, but it’s totally worth it.

  21. Michael says:

    Cajun Crawdad’s has a spot on Cayce Road at Hwy 72. Second location coming soon…

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