Keep It Fresh at Louisiana's Seafood Festivals

Shrimp, oysters, crabs and crawfish. They're not just types of seafood, they are reasons to party.

There must be something in the water. How else can you explain the amazing flavor of fresh Louisiana seafood?  Don't think you've eaten Louisiana seafood before? We bet you have—Louisiana is the number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crab, crawfish and even gator in the country.

We think that's reason to celebrate, and we don't mean five friends and a cake. We're talking 10,000 of our closest friends, street parades, live music and fireworks extravaganzas. Would you expect any less from the home of Mardi Gras? We didn't think so.


Louisiana Seafood Festival.

Dig into hot and spicy boiled crawfish at the Louisiana Seafood Festival.

steamed crawfish

Dive into fresh Louisiana seafood at any one of these Louisiana festivals.

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Louisiana blue crabs are the highlight of Arts and Crabs Fest in Lake Charles.

Check out these delicious Louisiana seafood festivals.

Amite Oyster Festival 

Since 1976, the residents of Amite have been celebrating their oyster industry. What began with a single day celebration has blossomed into a three-day spring festival complete with live music, carnival rides, and oysters served more ways than one can imagine. Mark your calendars for this annual March celebration at the Tangipahoa Fair Grounds.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Every early May, Breaux Bridge has been celebrating the crawfish since 1960 with this three-day festival featuring crawfish, Cajun music including zydeco and swamp pop, dancing lessons, more crawfish and more crawfish. Yum! Don't miss out! 

New Orleans Oyster Festival

If you were to eat your way across New Orleans at the city's best seafood restaurants, it'd take you a good week, a tank of gas and plenty of dough for tips and parking. But here's a secret: You can try most of them at the New Orleans Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Riverfront Park near the French Quarter. Restaurants such as Acme Oyster House, Drago's and GW Fins serve up a variety of fare and there's even an Acme Oyster Eating Contest. Do yourself a favor and don't miss the BBQ oysters from Red Fish Grill.

Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival

Head to Lake Charles for the Shrimp and Jazz Fest that showcases shrimp (of course!), along with jazz musicians, artists and a Jazz After Dark concert with big headliners. Join the fun for dancing, great Louisiana shrimp and other classic Louisiana dishes.

Delcambre Shrimp Festival

Shrimping has long been the lifeblood of the Louisiana community of Delcambre, and its people come together the third weekend in August each year to celebrate the beloved crustacean. Feast upon shrimp served up every way you can imagine, and see who wins the shrimp cook-off.  As you climb aboard the carnival rides and boogie to the live music, keep an eye out for the lovely Shrimp Queen.

Arts and Crabs Fest

Food is a way of life in Louisiana and this one day festival in Lake Charles in August celebrates the ties between Louisiana seafood and the state’s culture. Festival goers will dive into delicious crab dish tastings with local craft beer pairings from some of the area's most popular restaurants. Other highlights include live music, and an art market featuring local artists’ paintings, jewelry and more.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival

Shrimp and petroleum may seem an unlikely pairing, but the industries are a mainstay of Morgan City's economy and this Labor Day weekend festival celebrates them both. The free event features down-home Cajun cooking, arts and crafts, live music, parades and a Blessing of the Fleet. 

St. Tammany Crab Festival

The St. Tammany Crab Festival celebrates the cantankerous crustacean with a huge three-day party in Slidell’s Heritage Park. This crab festival features non-stop live music, Battle of the Bands, a classic car show, boat rides, kids games and activities and, of course, the star of the show, crabs!

World Championship Gumbo Cookoff

Every year on the second weekend in October, almost 100 teams gather in New Iberia, Louisiana for this ultimate battle to crown the best roux!  Live music and Louisiana cuisine are the highlights of the weekend festivities, but Sunday the gumbo takes center stage. Want a flavor teaser? Make this award-winning seafood Gumbo recipe from the cookoff.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay

For more than 40 years, the people of LaFourche Parish have been celebrating gumbo in October! It's a family celebration complete with live music, carnival rides and a 5k run.


Need more festival info? Check out Louisiana's fall festivals or the Louisiana spring festivals!