• Festival Information

    Festival Dates & Hours

    The Crawdad Festival will NOW be at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California for 2024. The Festival will take place from Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 16, 2024.


    Festival hours are 11:00AM - 9:00PM, Saturday and Sunday. Times are subject to change without notice.


    Tickets and Admission Location & Hours

    Tickets Box Office is located at Cal Expo. You can purchase tickets online here.



    No re-entry is allowed.


    Handicap Accessibility

    The venue and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.


    Children at The Crawdad Festival

    The Crawdad Festival invites fans of all ages, including kids! On Saturday and Sunday there is a children designated area, The Crawdad Kids Zone featuring: Magic Show, Balloon Sculptures, Face Painting as well as Youth Performers on the Kids Zone Stage. There are carnival rides and games. Also, Children 10 years old and younger will be admitted free of charge with a ticket-holding adult. Does not include carnival rides and games, food, drinks or VIP Experience.


    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 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. Concerned about missing out on other stage performances? Rest assured, monitors are available for viewing all bands on every stage. Your seating is guaranteed.


    Food Avenue

    The festival has an array of foods to choose from featuring New Orleans inspired cuisine (frog legs, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, bread pudding...), Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets and of course, lots and lots of CRAWDADS. Each year the selection and quantity may vary. Also, don't forget the variety of non-crawdad related foods to enjoy such as: BBQ, Mexican Cuisine, Filipono Fusion, and other international foods and desserts, adult beverages: Beer, and specialty drinks.


    Cash & Credit Cards

    There are ATMs at several locations throughout the festival grounds with applicable service fees. Some vendors accept credit cards, including the Festival’s Box Office.



    Parking will be located at Cal Expo. Parking is $15 per vehicle


    Lost and Found: Contact police@calexpo.com

  • FAQ's

    The Crawdad Festival's Frequently Asked Questions

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    For the safety of everyone entering the festival, all patrons are subject to a full and complete search prior to entry.

    Please review the Allowed & Prohibited items listed and outlined above for a stress-free entry process.

    By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a search before entry.

    All bags will be searched before entry. Persons that refuse to comply with the search policy will be refused entry into the event.

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