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Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival
April 21-22, 2023
The City of Gulf Shores is excited to announce the Waterway Village will be filled with the sounds of Zydeco music for two days this year during the Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival. The fun will take place on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, along East 24th. Avenue.
Friday, April 21
Friday will feature a ticketed concert by the iconic Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans, LA. Rebirth will take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m., with the opening act beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $29 each and can be purchased online here. Crawfish will not be served at Friday's concert, but food trucks will be on site for those wanting to purchase food, and beverages for all ages to enjoy will be sold as well. For more information, please call 251-968-1171.
Saturday, April 22
The good times will continue to roll on Saturday, April 22, with our traditional Zydeco & Crawfish Festival activities. Locals and visitors are invited to join us for this free event and sink their teeth into hot, juicy crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will also be arts and crafts vendors and children's activities on site.
Saturday's festivities will kick off at 8 a.m., with the Zydeco Crawfish Festival 5K benefitting the Waterway Village Merchants Association. The good times will roll all day long as art vendors open their tents at 9 a.m., crawfish pots begin boiling at 10 a.m., and the Zydeco sounds continue grooving until 6 p.m.
Saturday's Music Lineup:
- 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Amanda Shaw
- 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Excelsior
- 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Chubby Carrier
- 1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Excelsior
- 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Wayne Singleton
- 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Excelsior
- 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Corey Ledet
- 4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Excelsior
- 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Sean Ardoin
5K Walk/Run Information
The 7th Annual Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, prior to the festival kick-off. The course is on flat and fast neighborhood streets, starting in front of Acme Oyster House.
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The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival will be located along East 24th Avenue in the Waterway Village public parking lot. Admission is free to the public.
Free shuttles will be running from the Erie Meyer Civic Center, Meyer Park, and Gulf Shores First Presbyterian Church. Shuttle services will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 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.
We have plenty of public parking at the following locations:
- Erie H. Meyer Civic Center (1930 W snd St) - Shuttle location
- Meyer Park (400 E 22nd Ave) - Shuttle location
- Gulf Shores First Presbyterian Church (309 E 21st Ave) - Shuttle location
A public parking and shuttle map will be available soon.
Enter YOUR artwork in the 2023 Zydeco & Crawfish Festival poster contest! Art must be submitted by March 10, 2023. The winning artist will receive $500. Click here for contest rules and an application. For more information, contact Tommy Vogel at GulfCoastArtsAlliance@gmail.com or 251-948-2627.
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Brigette Reynolds, Programs & Event Manager
Past Event Photos
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 2022
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 2019
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 2018
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 2017
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 2016
Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 2015