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    Father's Day Weekend

    June 15-16, 2024


    The Crawdad Festival 2023

    A Smash Hit! 

    Thank you to everyone who made The Crawdad Festival 2023 an incredible success! From the lively atmosphere to the mouthwatering crawdad feasts, we couldn’t have asked for a better time!

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    The Crawdad Festival kicked off it's first year in 2023!


    Now, brace yourselves for the next big adventure! We’re thrilled to announce that The Crawdad Festival 2024 is coming to Cal Expo home of the State Fair for an even grander experience in 2024!


    Save the Date!

    Fathers Day Weekend

    Cal Expo, Sacramento

    June 15-16, 2024


    Get ready for a feast of flavors, fantastic music, and unforgettable memories. Join us as we take the Crawdad festivities to new heights at Cal Expo, Sacramento!


    Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!



    The Crawdad Festival, LLC was established in 2022. Searching for a place to call home, In 2023, The Crawdad Festival triumphantly launched "The Crawdad Festival" in Isleton, California, attracting an astounding crowd of over 70,000 participants. This inaugural event quickly established itself as the largest premier crawfish festival in Northern California in nearly two decades. Bolstered by this resounding success, The Crawdad Festival, LLC made the strategic decision to relocate the festival to Cal Expo in Sacramento, California.


    The Crawdad Festival brings together communities in Northern California over Father's Day Weekend for a diverse, multi-cultural, family-oriented, outdoor event rooted in culture...


    Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to dance the night away at the CRAWDAD MUSIC FESTIVAL! Enjoy a music experience included with the Crawdad Festival Admission, featuring smooth Jazz and an electric mix of Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B Funk, and Southern Rock & Roll.


    Want more than just delicious Crawdads? Dive into a foodie's paradise! Northern California's finest food and dessert vendors are gathering to show off their top-notch treats. From savory bites to sweet delights, it's a feast you won't want to miss. Join us and taste the best of NorCal!


    Witness the vibrant Second Line Parade, engage in carnival rides and games, explore diverse shopping options, and enjoy an exciting lineup of family-friendly activities—all complemented by an abundance of crawfish.


    Fun for the entire family!

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    Crawfish Galore!

    Thousands of pounds of live crawfish imported from Louisiana farms.

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    The Crawdad Music Festival

    Enjoy a weekend filled with an excitig lineup of music performances featuring Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B Funk, & Southern Rock & Roll on two stages!

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    Carnival Rides & More...

    Carnival rides, Fun House and Carnival Games! Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Magic Show and More!

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    Culinary Extravaganza

    Get ready to dive into a foodie's paradise! Northern California's finest food and dessert vendors are gathering to show off their top-notch treats. From savory bites to sweet delights, it's a feast you won't want to miss. Join us and taste the best of NorCal!

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    Second Line Parade

    Join the second line parade, a lively street procession deeply rooted rich cultural heritage. The second line parade is not just a spectacle to watch but an immersive experience that invites everyone to join in the spontaneous revelry, celebrating community, culture, and the joy of life.

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    Marketplace Shopping

    Discover a range of shopping choices provided by local small businesses. Don't forget to visit the small non-profit organizations to explore their offerings too!

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    Classic Car Show

    Experience the Car Show highlighting the finest classic cars of Northern California. Sponsored by Sacramento Lowrider Commission and Solidos Car & Bike Club of Sacramento.

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    Prizes & Raffle Giveaways!

    Don't miss your chance to enter the Raffle for some exciting grand prizes on both Saturday and Sunday. Join in the dance contest for a chance to showcase your skills and compete for a cash prize awarded to the most impressive performers.

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    Cultural Experience

    Step into a vibrant world where the arts come alive, as talented performers take the stage to captivate and inspire audiences with their dynamic expressions of culture and creativity.

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    Discover Local Fashion

    Join us at the Crawdad Festival for a sensational fashion show showcasing the talent of our community's designers. Experience the fusion of fashion and festivity in a celebration of local creativity.

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    Miss Crawdad


    Join us in honoring tradition and beauty at the Miss Crawdad Festival 2024 Pageant. This esteemed competition showcases the grace, charm and poise of contestants as they embody the spirit of our beloved Crawdad Festival.

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    Crawfish Races

    Get ready to cheer on your favorite crustacean athletes as they claw their way to victory in our thrilling crawfish races! Join us for an exhilarating day filled with excitement, laughter, and the unforgettable sight of these tiny titans scuttling towards the finish line.

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    The Bayou VIP Experience

    Dive into an all-day, unlimited entry to the Bayou VIP Lounge for a comprehensive range of festivities and a shaded sanctuary to stay cool. This distinctive Crawdad Festival experience is reserved for a select few. Revel in exceptional Bayou Stage views, priority access to the meal line, and a VIP private bar featuring an array of premium beverages. Familiarize yourself with the bands in a special meet and greet area exclusive to the VIP lounge. Your seating is guaranteed. Space is limited, reserve your seat today! VIP tickets are only available for purchase through May 31, 2024 or until seating is Sold Out. The VIP Experience is a 21+ restriced area.

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