Dive Into the Fun at the 2024 Crawdad Festival

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Mark your calendars for June 15-16, 2024, and prepare for a feast of flavors and fun at the Crawdad Festival held at Cal Expo in Sacramento. This vibrant festival brings the spirit of Louisiana right to the heart of Northern California with an abundance of live crawfish, music, and family-friendly activities.

At the core of the Crawdad Festival is the authentic Louisiana crawfish boil, featuring thousands of pounds of live crawfish flown in directly from Louisiana farms. Visitors can watch as these delicious crustaceans are cooked fresh at one of the 16 stations, with each cooker turning out 500 pounds of crawfish every 20 minutes. This ensures that every guest gets a taste of this southern delicacy quickly and conveniently.

But the Crawdad Festival is more than just eating crawfish. It’s a full-blown music festival with three stages featuring a dynamic lineup of genres, including Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, and Southern Rock & Roll, ensuring that there’s something to get everyone moving.

For families, the festival doesn’t disappoint. The Kids Zone is packed with activities ranging from carnival rides and fun houses to free horse rides and magic shows, making it an ideal outing for attendees of all ages.

Don’t miss the second line parade—a colorful and energetic display of cultural heritage where everyone is invited to join in and dance along the parade route, celebrating the rich cultural traditions that this festival honors.

With Northern California’s finest food and dessert vendors also in attendance, your taste buds are in for a treat. So bring your appetite and your dancing shoes to the Crawdad Festival for an unforgettable weekend of food, music, and fun.

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