Long Beach Crawfish Festival

May 21-23, 2021
(RESCHEDULE due to COVID19 Restrictions to May 20-22, 2022)

Fat Friday 5-10PM | Sat./Sun. 12-10PM

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

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

Welcome to the official website of the the Long Beach Crawfish Festival. For over 26 years the Crawfish Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. Come experience a New Orleans tradition!

The Long Beach Crawfish Festival will be held May 21-23, 2021 at the picturesque Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, California.

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.

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 and includes Zydeco dance lessons regularly throughout the day. We combine tons of fresh 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, The Singleton complimentary tasting lounge, live sports tent, Bayou Sunflowers "New Orleans style" live cooking demonstrations, children’s stage with a magic and illusion show (as seen on America's Got Talent), inflatable bounces, an exclusive VIP Lounge, Karaoke Lounge with a Live Band (on Friday and Saturday night), themed bayou bars featuring our infamous signature drink — "Screaming Crawfish" to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana, right here in Southern California.


Bear Brass

NOLA sound infused with themes of today’s pop music culture. Bear Brass is always ready to lay it down! PLAYING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

Andre Thierry

The award winning musician and his band delivers an energetic performance, blending his own electrifying sounds with stirring dance beats, exhibiting elite accordion style. It's feel good music that will captivate you every time! PLAYING SATURDAY.

Ruben Moreno

Texas' best zydeco band without comparison. Buckwheat Zydeco's protege, and former rubboard player for both Leroy Thomas and C.J. Chenier...Ruben is the hottest, freshest showman in zydeco today. Reigning Vocalist of the Year in the genre. PLAYING SATURDAY (Ruben Moreno Zydeco) AND SUNDAY (Ruben Moreno Ft. Michael Juan Nunez).

Magic of Rafael

As seen on "America’s Got Talent", a Family Magic & Illusion Show that has amazing magic, audience participation and side splitting humor. PLAYING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.


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.

Second Line Parade Schedule:
Starts at Second Stage
Friday 6:45PM;
Saturday & Sunday 1:30PM, 3:30PM, and 5PM.

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

The Singleton Tasting Lounge

The Singleton Tasting Lounge

INCLUDED IN GENERAL ADMISSION. Delicate. Light. Perfectly balanced. Drink it however you want. The Singleton Glendullan is a uniquely versatile single malt that boasts fresh, complex flavors that will excite experienced imbibers and convert novice drinkers with their sheer deliciousness. Sample The Singleton neat or in a delicious cocktail at this years Long Beach Crawfish Festival.

Must be 21 years or older.

Karoke Lounge

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

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT 7-10PM 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 Long Beach 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 LOBSTER 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 and illusion show, karaoke lounge with live band, arts and crafts booths, inflatable bounces, face painting, games, VIP Lounge and more for you to explore at the scenic Rainbow Lagoon — 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 Long Beach Crawfish Festival! Experience firsthand the highest-quality picture and heart-pounding college/professional sports action like never before. SPONSORED BY DIRECTV™

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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

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

The support we receive from our sponsors every year is tremendous. It allows The Long Beach 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.