Crawfish Festival

May 17-19, 2024

Fat Friday 5-11PM | Sat. 2-11PM | Sun. 12NOON-8PM

(formerly known as Long Beach Crawfish Festival)
New Location: Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley, CA. FREE PARKING

Times are subject to change without notice. Children 12 and under are FREE (carnival rides and games, food, drinks, and VIP Lounge are not included).

Savor the Flavor of New Orleans Right Here in Southern California!

Welcome to the official website of the Crawfish Festival (formerly known as Long Beach Crawfish Festival). For over 28 years the Crawfish Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. Come experience a New Orleans tradition!

The Crawfish Festival will be held May 17-19, 2024 at the spacious green park - Fountain Valley Sports Park in Fountain Valley, California (next door to Huntington Beach).

New Orleans’ most exquisite flavors are heading out West to fill up the world’s largest crawfish pots. These crimson-colored, freshwater crustaceans are undoubtedly the stars of this festival. They're more tender than lobsters and have a unique flavor. Master Chefs will prepare true, Louisiana-style crawfish along with Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob, and tangy remoulade dipping sauce. If you are hungry, you can indulge yourself with our 35lbs./45lbs. Crawfish Boils and Crawfish and Jumbo Shrimp Boils.

Dance to rousing music and join the Second Line Dancing Parade a historical New Orleans tradition where people dance with a celebratory spirit. Live entertainment mixes the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans-style music (Mark St. Mary, Dwight Carrier, Andre Thierry, Dwayne Dopsie, Step Rideau and more) and includes Zydeco dance lessons regularly throughout the day.

We combine tons of fresh live crawfish prepared Louisiana style by an authentic master chef in the world's largest crawfish pots, international food court featuring a wide selection of New Orleans’s most iconic dishes (frog legs, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, bread pudding...), Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets, FREE E-Souvenir Photo to capture your NOLA experience, carnival rides and games, live sports tent, children’s stage with magic shows and balloon sculptures (Sat/Sun), an exclusive VIP Lounge, Karaoke Lounge with a Live Band (on Friday and Saturday night), Tequila/Whiskey tasting experience by El Baston del Rey, Live Reptiles Interactive Experience, themed bayou bars featuring our infamous signature drink — "Screaming Crawfish" to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana, right here in Southern California.


What is Crawfish?

What looks, tastes, and smells like seafood, but doesn't come from the sea? It's crawfish, a freshwater shellfish that is considered a Louisiana delicacy. Nothing else symbolizes the Cajun culture of Louisiana like crawfish. Crawfish resemble tiny lobsters. They are more tender than lobsters and have a unique flavor. Hmmm Hmmmm Good!

A little southern know-how: Crawfish 101
  1. Hold crawfish on both sides of tail joint.
  2. Twist and snap the head away from the tail. Diehards suck the juice from the crawfish head.
  3. Peel away the shell from the center as you would a shrimp.
  4. Hold the tip of the tail and gently tug out the tender meat. Enjoy!
Second Line Parade

Second Line Parade
and Dance Instructions
regularly throughtout the day.

Second line parade is a French Quarter tradition pass down through generations where people dance with a celebratory spirit. Led by LALA Second Line Dancers and Bear Brass. Bear Brass is always ready to lay it down! $50 CASH PRIZE FOR BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE OR COSTUME - 7 chances to WIN!.

Second Line Parade Schedule:
Friday 7:15PM (on the dance floor); Saturday 3PM, 4:45PM, and 6PM (starts at second stage); Sunday 1:45PM, 2:15PM, and 4:45PM (starts at second stage).

PLUS DANCE INSTRUCTIONS — You are guaranteed to have fun. You will learn the basics and how to add freestyle moves to your dancing style.

Carnival Rides and Games

Carnival Rides and Games

13 Carnival Rides for Adults and Kids. Also, exciting midway carnival games. Unlimited ride wristbands are good for one full day of unlimited carnival rides. Each wristband is only good for one person. You can purchase your unlimited ride wristbands and/or single ride tickets at the Carnival Ticket Booth onsite anytime during event hours.

Hurricane, Cliff Hanger, Tornado, G-Force Round Up, Ferris Wheel, Crazy Plane, Dragon Wagon, Super Slide, Rio Bravo Train, Motorcyle Jump, Umbrella Cars, Merry-Go-Round, and Elephants.

For Ride Information/Restrictions CLICK HERE.

Karaoke Lounge

Karaoke Lounge (Fri. & Sat.) — SING WITH A LIVE BAND!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT 7-10:30PM on the Second Stage. Included in general admission.

To prepare for your musical debut on the streets of the French Quarter, consider singing your heart out in the Karaoke Lounge with a live band behind you.

Join us center stage and become the lead singer of a rocking live band! Live band karaoke features a live band and custom scrolling karaoke tracks for you and your friends to sing along with the band. Choose from a wide selection of songs. Every song is presented with high-quality scrolling lyrics displayed on video backgrounds and stage props are included to dress up in. Everybody should be a rockstar once in their life so come join us and experience a new twist on karaoke.

FREE Souvenir E-Photo

FREE Souvenir E-Photo included with General Admission. Get Dressed Up or Come As You Are! We have quite the array of props from masks, beads, hats, costume accessories, and it keeps going…Let the good times roll! It's time to earn your beads. On a first-come, first-served basis.

Capture the moment adorning fun props in front of a themed backdrop. Share your souvenir ePhotos with family and friends.

The VIP Experience

Experience the Crawfish Festival in a whole different way. The VIP Lounge is an area within the festival exclusive to only a few. It features superb stage sightlines, front line privileges for Meal line, beverage of choice, all-day unlimited access to enjoy all the festivities and shade to keep you cool.

The exclusive VIP Seating Scenic Area is under a large canopy tent to keep you cool surrounded by a white picket fence accented with ambient light and trees, front stage with an exclusive VIP Entrance and Exit with access to the dance floor, Private VIP Restroom Facilities (ADA-compliant), access to a VIP Bar and assigned seating.

Come for the Feast and Make a Day of it. Fun! Fun! Fun!

U.S. Active Military Personnel FREE ADMISSION

Receive FREE General Admission with valid United States active military ID. Check-in at Will Call (at Main Gate 1 Entrance). Does not include food, drinks or VIP Lounge. TO GUARANTEE A CRAWFISH FEAST, PLEASE PURCHASE A LA CARTE CRAWFISH MEAL ON THE TICKETS PAGE!

International Food Court

New Orleans inspired cuisine (frog legs, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, bread pudding...), Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets, including non-crawfish related items BBQ, Mexican, American, Chinese, Thai and other international foods and desserts, adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks— infamous Signature drink "Screaming Crawfish", Hurricanes and Margaritas) and of course, CRAWFISH. Lots and lots of Crawfish.

Activities For All Ages

Live entertainment and activities for all ages. From live music, dance floor and lessons, free souvenir e-photo, live sports tent, magic shows and balloon sculptures, karaoke lounge with live band, local artisans, carnival rides, face painting, carnival games, VIP Lounge and more for you to explore at the spacious green park — Fountain Valley Sports Park — our guests are guaranteed to have a good time.

WE GOT GAME — Live Sports Tent

Watch your favorite sporting event on our TV Wall while you dine and drink at the Crawfish Festival! Experience firsthand the highest-quality picture and heart-pounding college/professional sports action like never before.

Crawfish Festival Featured on KTLA5

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Crawfish Festival Dance Contest Winner

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Read what this regular attendee has to say:

The Crawfish Festival is the official reunion event for me and my Louisiana friends and has been for three years now. Every one of us grew up in the bayous of Louisiana and went to school there as well. All of us went to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and learned the finer art of food, music, fun, and all things Cajun. We are Cajuns through and through and the Crawfish Festival was a natural draw for us to finally have some Cajun style fun. We are grateful for you promoting such an event in LA as it really did serve to bring us together once again after a long time of not seeing one another due to our own hectic schedules and other “life” and “way too busy” type reasons. So far, those of us who attend live in Los Angeles now (spread throughout the city). My friend Julie and I have created our own two-step specifically for the event and we add to the dance every year that we are there on the dance floor...I think we’re up to about 16 moves now, what a HOOT! And, of course, every year there is the traditional photo booth photo. Thank you for bringing a bit of home to LA for us Cajuns!! — D. Adams

Upcoming Festivals

LA Spring Fair
March 29-April 21, 2024

Unlimited carnival rides for adults and kids, live music (on weekends), carnival eats and treats, photos with the Easter Bunny (on March 30/31), free parking and more.

BBQ Music Fest
August 16-18, 2024

Best BBQ in town. Live music, award-winning pitmasters and local grillers, and tons of fun activities.

Original Lobster Festival
September 6-8, 2024

Fresh Live Maine Lobster steamed in the world's largest cooker. An outdoor event jam-packed with live entertainment, fun activities and, more.

LA Fall Fair
Oct. 25-Nov. 10, 2024

Unlimited carnival rides for adults and kids, live music (on weekends), carnival eats and treats, free parking and more.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The support we receive from our sponsors every year is tremendous. It allows The Crawfish Festival to continue in its quest to not only provide our attendees to the Festival with a fun and exciting time, but to continue giving back to our local community.