Food and Fun at the Zydeco & Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

The Zydeco & Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama takes place April 15th, 2017 from 10am - 6pm. The family fun event is found at Waterway Village in Gulf Shores (under the intercoastal bridge). This location makes for a perfect water-side event in a brand new tourist destination! The 11th annual Zydeco & Crawfish Festival is the third consecutive since city budgetary issues resulted in postponement of the event. With a new location, the city of Gulf Shores assures this year's festival will be bigger and better than ever! The Zydeco & Crawfish Festival is free to the public, and plays host to a 5k Run that is open to enter until the day of the event.

What to Expect at the 2017 Zydeco & Crawfish Festival


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Steamed Crawfish at the Zydeco & Crawfish Fest
The Festival is a celebration of Southern Creole culture. Zydeco music originated with the Creoles in southwest Louisiana, blending native music with rhythm and blues. Signature instruments for Zydeco musicians include piano accordions and a form of a washboard known as a "rub-board," or frottoir. Zydeco music will be performed throughout the day with renowned acts including Excelsior Band & Cubby Carrier playing southern tunes right for dancing, drinking, and dining on the food of the day, crawfish!

With Zydeco music ruling the entertainment side of the festival, crawfish takes over in the dining department, with plenty of food vendors, events, and games featuring the red crustacean. Crawfish themed meals, races, arts, crafts, and even boat rides are at your fingertips at the Zydeco & Crawfish Fest. Children will be entertained in the children's art area, and adults will be entertained by dozens of drink vendors and fine art sellers. There is something for the whole family at this Gulf Shores Festival, including history and culture exhibits highlighting life on the Gulf Coast.

Zydeco & Crawfish Fest 5K Run


Run in the 5k and support a local animal charity, Furrever Home. The race takes place on the day of the festival, April 18th, and starts at 7:45am. Participants will find food and refreshments (including FREE BEER) waiting at the finish line. The race begins at Waterway Village next to Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores, and includes a 1 mile fun run for the long-distance running impaired! Visit the Zydeco & Crawfish Fest 5k Run registration website for more info on the event. 

Festival Lodging


Looking for places to stay near the Zydeco and Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores, AL? Check out these great hotels in Gulf Shores for the lowest price, and unbeatable service and amenities.

Travel Tip: As Spring wears on, prices for lodging increases, and less opportunities for deals and discounts are available. Book now to reserve a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach condo for the lowest price possible!


Nearby Attractions and Activities


Gulf Shores, AL is known for beach and water activities, and with the Festival running only one day on April 15th, don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful waters of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Check below for the best Gulf Shores things to do provided by tripshock.com!

Orange Beach Family Fishing Excursion

Enjoy a guided inshore or offshore saltwater fishing trip on the Gulf Coast with the whole family! Year round fishing is available with a great variety of saltwater specimens including Redfish, Snapper, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, Shark and Mackerel. Fishing charters are offered for the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast, from Destin to Mobile and all points in between. Including Orange Beach, Alabama, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre Beach, and Gulf Breeze. This trip is great for kids itching for their first big catch! Reserve an Orange Beach Fishing Trip today!

Orange Beach Dolphin and Sunset Cruise

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Gulf Shores - Orange Beach Dolphin Cruise
Grab the whole family and hop aboard an exciting Dolphin and Sunset Cruise in Orange Beach. Just a short ride from the 2017 Zydeco & Crawfish Fest, the Sunny Lady Dolphin Cruise Vessel is an idea way to relax after a full day of 5k runs, soulful music, beer drinking, and a whole heap of crawfish! The Orange Beach Dolphin Cruises are 1.5 hour narrated cruises through the scenic coast of back bays of Orange Beach. Please visit Orange Beach Dolphin and Sunset Cruises on Tripshock.com for more info or to purchase tickets for this all ages boat tour.

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Published Mar 9 2015
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