Zydeco & Crawfish Festival
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival
April 20, 2019 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The annual Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (French for a lot) of fun! Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be arts and crafts vendors as well as children's activities offering nonstop fun for all ages.
If that's not enough, work up an appetite with the 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run and Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) all day long.
This fifth annual event is a result of a unique collaboration between the City of Gulf Shores, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism and Waterway Village merchants, including Acme Oyster House, Tacky Jacks, Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, The Diner and Wheeles Karate Academy.
The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with the Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K benefitting Furrever Homes. The good times will roll all day long as the crawfish pots begin boiling at 10 a.m. and the Zydeco sounds will be grooving until 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Excelsior
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers
1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Excelsior
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Excelsior
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Chubby Carrier
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Excelsior
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Step Rideau
The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival will be located along East 24th Avenue in Gulf Shores. Admission is free to the public.
5K Walk/Run Information
The 5th Annual Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, prior to the festival kick-off. The course is on flat and fast neighborhood streets starting in front of Acme Oyster House. Packet pick-up will be located at Tacky Jacks - Gulf Shores on Friday, April 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be at the starting line and begins promptly at 6:30 a.m. and lasts until 7:45 a.m. You may get more information and register online by clicking here.
Little Miss Zydeco Pageant
The City of Gulf Shores and Waterway Village merchants are excited to announce the Inaugural Little Miss Zydeco Pageant, sponsored by All Island Flowers, as a special addition to the Zydeco & Crawfish Festival this year. The Little Miss Zydeco Pageant will take place on April 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Erie Meyer Civic Center.
Participants will compete in four different grade levels: PreK and Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade, Third Grade and Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade. Each grade level will award one queen, one first runner-up and three princesses. Queens will be announced at the Zydeco & Crawfish Festival on Saturday, April 20.
Registration includes a $40 nonrefundable entry and t-shirt fee. The deadline to register is April 8. Checks should be made payable to Wheeles Karate Academy. Registration forms and checks should be sent to:
Wheeles Karate Academy
P.O. Box 2042
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Click here to access the Little Miss Zydeco Registration and Rules.
Parking for the festival will be available at the Waterway Village public parking lot and free shuttles will be running from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and Meyer Park. East 24th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from the W.C. Holmes Bridge to Acme Oyster House during the 5K and 1 mile Fun Run.
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Brigette Reynolds, Programs & Event Manager
Click here for photos from past events.