Where To Get Crawfish In Memphis: 2020 Guide To Crawfish Festivals, Boils, Restaurants

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 30th 2020 26744 0

Hello friends! Most of these events have now been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. I’ve marked them, but please check the event links below and event social media for the most up-to-date info on possible event schedule changes.

The CDC has recommended the cancellation of community gatherings, including events of 10 people or more for at-risk populations. Social distancing—staying more than six feet away from other people in public—is essential to stopping the spread of the virus. Even if you aren’t sick, don’t feel sick, and aren’t in an at-risk group, you could spread the virus to other people who are at risk. Don’t be that person!

You can read the CDC’s safety recommendations here. The Shelby County Health Dept. has an information hub set up here


Crawfish season is well underway in Memphis!

Here is all the info for this year’s Memphis crawfish festivals, including some updates as of March 18th.

Are a couple festivals not enough to quench your insatiable need for crawfish? I feel you. Keep scrolling for a list of local restaurants and vendors selling crawfish and hosting boils.

Memphis Crawfish Festivals 2020:

Festivals 

Overton Square’s Crawfish Festival  – postponed, date TBA
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. They will tow your car if you leave it in a lot in Overton the night before. Don’t ask me how I know. Another link.

Saturday April 11, 2020
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 19, 2020
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

Memphis Farmers Market Crawfish Boil
Support the mission of downtown’s farmers market at this crawfish boil featuring Wiseacre beer and all your usual market goodies. Think fresh veggies, summer fruits, and meats from local farmers, fresh seafood, baked goods and handmade pasta, freshly cut flowers for bouquets, and more.

April 25, 2020
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
S. Front and G.E. Patterson
no tickets required; food for sale on site

4th Annual Mardi Gras in Memphis Crawfish Boil & Carnival – cancelled
Enjoy a traditional Louisiana-style boil with corn, sausage, onions, and potatoes prepared by Cajun crawfish master Shannon Runnels at this crawfish festival. Expect bouncy castles, games, music, a dunk tank, and fun for kids. The event is fundraiser for the six campuses of Compass Community Schools. If you want to pick up your mudbugs and go, there will be a drive-thru this year in the circle drive on McLean from 1 p.m. until they run out.

Saturday, April 4
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
61 N McLean Blvd, Memphis TN 38104
$5 entry, crawfish and concessions purchased separately

 

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

Memphis and Mid-South Restaurants That Serve Crawfish 

As of the writing of this post (January 30, 2020) these are the restaurants that have advertised crawfish in 2020: 

The Crawfish Shack Food Truck sets up at the Dixie Pickers store 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 2020; 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 July. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Southbound Seafood is a crawdaddy shack on wheels that usually serves boiled crawfish Fridays through Sundays. They’re 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 1 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.

The Bluff on Highland will host crawfish boils every Saturday from Feb. 1 to April 25, from noon until they run out. It comes with corn, mushrooms, onions, sausage, and potatoes, and is $18 for two pounds plus tax, but prices do fluctuate.

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

J3 Cajun Seafood in Southaven serves crawfish by the pound during crawfish season, plus plenty of other seafood dishes.

Porter Seafood trailer usually sets up at Goodman Rd. and Getwell in Southaven. They do pre-orders for live crawfish. Check their Facebook for details.


These are the restaurants that traditionally sell crawfish during the season, but haven’t announced it yet for 2020.

Mortimer’s in East Memphis usually does crawfish boils on Sundays with two-for-one beer specials. I’ll update this as soon as I find out that they’ve started up for 2020.

Railgarten in Cooper Young had a weekly crawfish boil during the spring of 2019. I’ll update this as soon as I find out if they have any plans for this year.

Cajun Catfish Co. in Collierville got fresh crawfish delivered daily last year starting on Feb. 20. It was 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.

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

Loflin Yard did Crawfish Boils At The Yard on Saturdays from late February through early May last year. No word yet about 2020.

Memphis Crawfish Company in Olive Branch served crawfish starting at noon on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays last year, but no word on 2020 yet. They had 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.

Keep an eye on Memphis Mudbugs too.


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


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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. Holly Whitfield says:

    I was holding out hope, but sadly I think you’re right.

  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!

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  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.

      https://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…

  22. Michael Stephens says:

    Cajun Crawdad’s, 8271 Hwy 72 just south of Piperton 901-496-5133

  23. Eric Burrage says:

    Thank you for writing this article! I love crawfish and have already posted the dates in my calendar.

  24. Memphis Mudbugs says:

    Memphis Mudbugs will start back cooking crawfish at Crosstown Brewing Co. this Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 1pm-4pm. We will be there every Sunday during March. There will be live music and plenty to eat.

  25. Angela Fox says:

    Mardi Gras in Memphis Crawfish Boil & Carnival
    61 N McLean Blvd, Memphis TN 38104
    Saturday, April 4, 2020 1-5PM
    This year we are adding a crawfish drive-thru for those that want to pick up their mudbugs and go, but still want to support the schools! * Drive-thru will be in the circular drive on McLean.

    Support public education in Midtown Memphis and join us for the 4th annual Mardi Gras in Memphis Crawfish Boil and Carnival. The event will be held Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 1-5pm at 61 N Mclean Blvd.

    Admission is $5 and includes bouncy castles, games, face painting, music, dunk tank and much more. Crawfish, concessions and refreshments will be available for purchase. Will your principal be in the dunk tank???

    This year we are adding a crawfish drive-thru for those that still want to support the schools, but want to take their mud bugs and go. Drive-thru will be in the circle drive on McLean. It will start at 1pm and end when we run out.

    This is a traditional, Loisiana-style crawfish boil complete with corn, sausage, onions and potatoes prepared by cajun crawfish master, Shannon Runnels. All proceeds benefit the six campuses of Compass Community Schools

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