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General Information

Welcome to the official website of the 23rd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival.

The 2016 Crawfish Festival will be held August 5-7,
at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, California.

You won‘t want to miss this event.

The Crawfish Are Coming!

Prepared by CAJUN CHEF, JOHN PERRET who is coming in all the way from Lafayette, Louisiana.
Real authentic cajun cooking from the Heart of Louisiana.
Don’t miss out on tasting his homemade Louisiana Dipping Sauce, a secret recipe.

FAT FRIDAY, August 5th — 5 PM - 10 PM (featuring a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball)
Saturday, August 6th — 12 NOON - 10 PM
Sunday, August 7th — 12 NOON - 10 PM
(Times are subject to change without notice.)

GENERAL ADMISSION includes: Live Entertainment, FREE Souvenir E-Photo, Seating, Orleans Second Line Parade, Children's Stage (Sat./Sun.), Inflatable Bounces, Dance Floor and Lessons and Live Sports Tent. Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Friday. Karaoke Lounge with Live Band on Friday and Saturday Night.

The festival has a giant food court with a variety of items including non-crawfish related, carnival games, beach bars, arts & craft booths, face painting and more for you to explore.

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. On July 14, 1983, Louisiana's governor approved a law designating the crawfish as the state crustacean, thus becoming the first state to adopt an official crustacean. That's how serious Louisiana is about their crawfish! Hmmm Hmmmm Good!



You are cordially invited to an evening of great music and outstanding drinks
as you dance the night away at the Mardi Gras Par-Tay of the Year!!!
Live Music • DJ • Free Souvenir E-Photo • Costume Contest • Specialty Drinks •
Karaoke Lounge with Live Band and More...

FAT FRIDAY Only — August 5, 2016


Karaoke Lounge Appearing FAT FRIDAY, Aug. 5th and Saturday, Aug. 6th
@7PM-10PM on Second Stage. Included in general admission.

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 selection of classic songs or today's biggest hits, in all music genres including pop, rock, country, R&B/hip-hop and more. Every song is presented with high-quality scrolling lyrics displayed on video backgrounds and stage props are included to dress up in. There is something for every musical taste and talent...a stellar sound system, hundreds of karaoke classics to choose from, microphones for group sing-along and tons of amazing photo opportunities...providing a solid singing experience. Everybody should be a rockstar once in their life so come join us and experience a new twist on karaoke.


Come and experience a New Orleans tradition:

For over 23 years the Crawfish Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. We combine the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans sounds of music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style and served by authentic Cajun Chef John Perrette who is coming in all the way from Lafayette, Louisiana, giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana, right here in Southern California.


VIP Experience

VIP Experience

The VIP Seating Area is a VIP area within the festival exclusive to only a few. Enhance your experience and enjoy all the best amenities at the Long Beach Crawfish seat location, a large canopy tent 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, access to a fully stocked VIP Bar and assigned seating. Enjoy a Crawfish Bucket Feast prepared by Cajun Chef John Perrette all the way from Lafayette, Louisiana and dessert, all served inside the VIP Seating Area, (5) drink tickets for alcoholic beverages. Non-alcholic beverages (soda and water) are free to members only inside the VIP Seating Area. You are free to come and go as you please to enjoy all the festivities. Each VIP Experience attendee will receive (1) NEATsheets™ — the better napkin. Spills happen. Stains shouldn’t.™



Watch your favorite sporting event on our TV Wall while you dine and drink at the Long Beach Crawfish Festival! Catch all your college and professional sports action.

Experience firsthand the highest-quality picture and heart-pounding sports action like never before — SPONSORED BY DIRECTV™.

FREE Souvenir E-Picture!

E-Photo Souvenir Booth Hours
Friday, August 5th — 5 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, August 6th — 12 NOON - 9 PM
Sunday, August 7th — 12 NOON - 9 PM
(Times are subject to change without notice.)

Last Year SOLD OUT!
So Get Your Tickets NOW!
Don’t Miss Out!

Live entertainment and activities for all ages, arts and crafts booths, Ribs, Chicken, Jamaican, Chinese, Thai and other international foods and desserts, adult beverages: Beer, Wine, liquor drinks—"Screaming Crawfish" and Margaritas, and of course, CRAWFISH. Lots and lots of Crawfish.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival honors our
Military personnel!

All United States active military personnel (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) receive FREE General Admission* to the Long Beach Crawfish Festival!

*You must present valid military I.D. at the Ticket Box Office to receive Free General Admission. No purchase is necessary to receive Free General Admission. This offer does not include Crawfish Feast (sold separately). Additional tickets may be purchased online or at the Ticket Box Office onsite.


See you there!

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

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Thriller Workshop
and so much more.

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Read what this regular attendee has to say:

The Long Beach 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