Accordions and fiddles belt out a lively Zydeco rhythm and the smell of boiled crawfish fills the air. It's the annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival and you don't want to miss it!
This Memorial Day weekend, Fredericksburg, TX puts aside its usual German heritage and takes on a Louisiana flavor with Cajun food and music that'll make you wonder if you crossed over the state's east border.
There's plenty of entertainment at the festival, but the star of the show is, of course, the crawfish, or "mudbugs" . Hundreds of people will line up to buy their box o’ bugs, brimming with boiled crawfish, red potatoes and corn on the cob. The crawfish are cooked with a zesty blend of spices, a little bit hot and a little bit sweet. If you've never eaten a crawfish, there's always someone to show you how: just twist, peel and bite!
For those who don't like crawfish, and I suppose there are one or two of you out there, the festival features other Cajun comforts, like gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp, boudin. And when you're in Fredericksburg, you know there'll be German sausage too. Saturday features a Gumbo Cook-off. Be sure to cast your vote and see if your favorite wins.
After you’ve sampled all the food, the infectious beat of the music will likely draw you over to watch the live entertainment to clap, dance and sing along. This year’s event will feature performances by multi-platinum country band Little Texas, T-Broussard & The Zydeco Steppers, Cher La-Bas Texas Cajun Band, Kevin Anthony & G-Town, and Jean-Pierre & The Zydeco Angels.
The Crawfish Festival starts on Friday, May 25 and goes through Sunday, May 27.
Hours for the Festival are Friday, 6:00PM – Midnight, Saturday, 11:00AM – Midnight, and Sunday 11:00AM – 5:00PM.
Admission is $7 for adults and $1 for ages 12 and under. Two-day and three-day passes available.
The event takes place on Marktplatz, Market Square – 100 West Main Street, in downtown Fredericksburg, easily accessible to shopping, dining, sightseeing, and free parking.
Oh, and to get you right in the mood, take a listen to Jean-Pierre and The Zydeco Angels. I dare you not to tap your feet!!