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