EVENTS SCHEDULE & INFORMATION
Fun for the Whole Family!
Friday, May 5, 2023 – $10
Saturday, May 6, 2023 – $15
Sunday, May 7, 2023 – $5
Advance 3-Day Pass – $25 (Available the week of the festival at the festival office or the festival grounds and will not sell out of passes)
The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world-famous Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival. Music fills the air from morning into the night at Parc Hardy!
Breaux Bridge Heritage Tent
Cajun and Zydeco music, Cajun dance lessons & cooking demonstrations are showcased here.
Nothing is as unique to Cajuns as eating crawfish during the festival weekend. You’ll enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans, and rice, just to name a few).
As the Crawfish Race Commissioner yells “ils sont partis”, our world-famous race of the crawfish begins! Numbered crawfish race to the finish line with skillful aid from their registered owners on an eight-foot circular target. This race is open to all and a joy to watch.
Cajun & Zydeco Dance Contests
Put on your dancing shoes and two-step or Cajun waltz to traditional Cajun and Zydeco Music. The most talented will win gift packages as their prizes. This event is a must for those who want to learn a few new steps.
Crawfish Etouffée Cook-Off
This epicurean event features cooking teams who vie for the title of Cook-off Champion. Truly a gourmet’s delight, this contest is also noted for the showmanship displayed by the contestants. Samples are available once the judging is complete.
Arts, Crafts & Specialty Items
Stroll your way through rows of unique items – handcrafted and novelty – as artists, craftsmen and vendors display their wares for your shopping enjoyment. Official Crawfish memorabilia are also available at the Information Booth.
Enjoy rides and games for all ages at the carnival, located inside a fenced area of the festival grounds at Parc Hardy behind the food pavilion.
Crawfish Eating Contest
This contest is measured by the weight of boiled crawfish consumed within forty-five minutes. Contestants must display dexterity in obtaining the meat from the crawfish as well as a healthy appetite. The Crawfish Eating Contest is held in the Heritage Tent and is open to the public.
The parade honors our Crawfish Queen who rules over our festivities along with her King, Junior Royalty, and Ecrevettes. You will also enjoy the sights of Cajun family bands, marching bands, and festive floats.
Car parking is available in the rear of the Festival Grounds for $5.00 per day. Self-contained camping is available for $75 for the weekend (Friday to Sunday). Handicapped parking is available near the entrance of the festival grounds.
Crawfish Festival Ordinance, as set forth by the City of Breaux Bridge, prohibits bringing in the following items on the festival grounds:
- Alcohol of any kind
- Food of any kind
- Beverage of any kind
- Water bottles
- Glass containers
- Coolers (large or small)
- Frisbees or water-projecting devices
- Animals of any kind (only service animals allowed with proper documentation).
- Knives or weapons of any kind
- No Wagons/Rolling Carts/Wagon Strollers
- Large umbrellas and tents only allowed in designated areas and are at the Board’s discretion
***ONLY CLEAR BAGS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE FESTIVAL GROUNDS***
There is also an open container law in effect for the City of Breaux Bridge.
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023 EVENTS
4:00pm – Festival Grounds Open – Information & Souvenir, Food, Beer, Coke, Water, Liquor, Commercial Vendors, Arts & Crafts Booths, Carnival Opens
4:30pm – Opening Ceremonies – Crawfish Stage
4:45pm – Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest – Crawfish Stage
5:15pm-6:45 pm – Cajun Dance Lessons, Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville
12:00am – Festival Grounds Close
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023 EVENTS
10:00am – Festival Grounds Open – Information & Souvenir, Food, Beer, Coke, Water, Liquor, Commercial Vendors, Arts & Crafts Booths, Carnival Opens
10:00am – Cajun Cooking Demonstration – Breaux Bridge Tent
11:30am-12:30pm–Cajun Dance Lessons, Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville
12:45pm-1:45pm–Cajun Dance Lessons, Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville
12:45pm – Zydeco Dance Contest – Festival Stage*
2:00pm – Crawfish Eating Contest – Breaux Bridge Tent*
2:00pm – Cajun Dance Contest – Festival Stage*
3:15pm – Crawfish Races – Breaux Bridge Tent*
4:15pm-5:15pm – Cajun Dance Lessons – Breaux Bridge Tent – Cal & Lou Courville
5:30pm-6:30pm – Cajun & Zydeco Dance Lesson – Breaux Bridge Tent
12:00am – Festival Grounds Close
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023 EVENTS
9:00am – Festival Grounds Open – Information & Souvenir, Food, Beer, Coke, Water, Liquor, Commercial Vendors, Arts & Crafts Booths, Carnival Opens
9:00am – Crawfish Etouffée Cookoff – Breaux Bridge Tent*
9:30am – Parade – Bridge Street to Rees Street to Parc Hardy
12:00pm – Cook-off Judging & Sampling – Time Approximate
4:00pm – Festival Grounds Close
*Register at Information Booth prior to the contest.