Where To Get Crawfish In Memphis: 2019 Guide To Crawfish Festivals, Boils, Restaurants
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
Cooper Young Community Farmers Market Crawfish Boil
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.
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.
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.