Pensacola Crawfish Festival
With warm days and cool nights, spring in Florida is one of the best times of the year for an outdoor festival. It also happens to be prime crawfish season, so you know what that means: it’s time for the annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival. It’s the perfect way to get outside, enjoy some good food, and celebrate all things Cajun. Whether it’s your first time at the festival or you’ve been going for years, you can use this guide to learn everything you need to know about the Pensacola Crawfish Festival.
What To Expect at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Now in its 36th year, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival combines food, music, and activities over three days of fun in downtown Pensacola. Each year, the festival features thousands of pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish. Cordova Crawfish Company, a local Pensacola business, caters for this large-scale event so you can enjoy a true crawfish boil with all the fixings. You can also try other Cajun and Creole favorites at the festival, such as boudin, jambalaya, étouffée, and gumbo. In addition to good food, other highlights of the festival include live musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and children’s activities.
Why Go to the Pensacola Crawfish Festival?
Each year, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in downtown Pensacola. If you’ve never tried crawfish before, the festival is a great way to introduce yourself to this Cajun tradition and learn the proper eating technique. (Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds.) Serious crawfish lovers can even participate in the festival’s crawfish eating competition. To enter this year’s contest, visit the Cat Country tent located in Fountain Park.
Even if you don’t plan to indulge in the event’s namesake Cajun delicacy, there are many other reasons to go to the festival. You may go for the more traditional festival food, such as fried Oreos or bloomin’ onions hot dogs. This year, you can attend the festival to try a brand-new beer, the Fiesta Daze Lager, created in partnership with the Pensacola Bay Brewery. Some people attend the festival to hear traditional Cajun and zydeco bands on stage, while others stroll through the festival grounds to view and purchase handcrafted artisan items from local and regional artists.
Whether you come for the food, music, or people watching, you’ll stay for the fun festival atmosphere. The event is an entertaining way to spend some time outdoors in downtown Pensacola with other people who are there simply to have a good time.
Music Lineup for the Pensacola Crawfish Festival
The 2022 Pensacola Crawfish Festival features a stellar musical lineup over the three-day event. Whether you enjoy country, rock, jazz, zydeco, or swamp pop, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. Here’s the full musical lineup this year:
- 3:30-5:30 p.m.: The Tyler Mac Band.
- 6-8 p.m.: Heat & the Zydeco Gents.
- 8:30-10:30 p.m.: The Bruce Smelley Band.
- Noon-2 p.m.: Blackwater Brass.
- 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Kevin Naquin.
- 5-7 p.m.: Greg Martinez Band.
- 7:45-9:45 p.m.: Gretsch Lyles & the Modern Eldorados.
- Throughout the day: 9th Avenue Brass Band.
- 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Lost Bayou Ramblers.
- 3-5 p.m.: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band.
When and Where Is the Pensacola Crawfish Festival?
In 2022, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival will take place from April 29 to May 1. The hours of the festival are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It’s located at Seville Square and Fountain Park, 311 E. Government St., Pensacola. You can enter the festival through two admission gates, which are located on Government Street across from Hub Stacey’s and Zaragoza Street across from the Pensacola Bay Brewery.
Admission to the festival is $5 per day for anyone over the age of 12. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are $2 per day, and children 5 and under are free.
Other FAQs About the Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Here are some answers to other frequently asked questions about the annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival:
Where Should I Park for the Festival?
When you go to the festival, it’s best to park in one of the downtown Pensacola parking lots. Many private businesses open their lots for the festival. Parking fees can vary for these downtown lots. There will be accessible parking available each day of the festival in Bartram Park, 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. Bayfront Parkway will remain open during the festival, so make sure you’re careful when crossing the street to get to the festival.
Is It a Family-Friendly Festival?
Yes, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival is a family-friendly event. There are always plenty of activities happening throughout the festival, including live music and a crawfish eating contest. The festival also has a children’s area where kids can participate in arts and crafts activities like face painting. While crawfish is the focus of the festival, there are many other food options available, so even the pickiest eaters are sure to find something they’ll enjoy.
How Can I Register as a Vendor for the Festival?
The festival accepts applications for various vendors, including arts and crafts, food, food trucks, and carts. The application review process typically occurs in late January. For 2022, the vendor registration process is closed, but you can still apply to join the waitlist. The festival organizers will contact you if a spot becomes available. Visit the festival website for more information.
Can I Volunteer at the Festival?
Volunteers at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival are members of Fiesta Pensacola, a local organization that sponsors the festival and other community events. Fiesta Pensacola has over 400 members who work to promote the organization’s mission of providing fun, entertaining festivals in the Pensacola area. Members volunteer at other events throughout the year, including the Pensacola Seafood Festival and Fiesta Celebration. For more information about joining the organization and volunteering for these events, you can contact the organization’s volunteer director or apply online.
So, there you have it — everything you need to know about the 2022 Pensacola Crawfish Festival. Do you plan to attend this year? If you’ve gone in the past, what was your favorite part of the festival? Let us know by sending an online message to Allen Turner Chevrolet. We love helping people find new events and festivals to attend in the Florida Panhandle region.