National Crawfish Day on April 17th celebrates one of the South’s most iconic foods. Each year the mudbug brings out not only a desire for newspaper-covered picnic tables but a language all its own.

A smaller, fresh-water cousin to the lobster, crawfish provide a unique flavor to many homegrown Southern dishes. Baked or boiled, crawfish is usually seasoned with a distinctive brand of southern heat. One particularly popular way to serve crawfish is a boil, paper towels required.

If you’ve never been to a crawfish boil, you don’t understand the meaning of digging into your food. An unbridled desire overcomes you as the aroma hits you to devour a massive pile of corn, potatoes, and sausage. And let’s not forget a variety of shellfish that go by names such as ditchbug, crayfish, crawdad, crawpappy, among other amusements.

Pensacola, Florida hosts a Crawfish Festival every year. April 28, 29, & 30, 2023. Make your travel arrangements early. Enjoy the sights and history of Downtown Pensacola. The Aroma and taste of a Crawfish boil delights the senses.


Shell Shack founded National Crawfish Day on April 17, 2020, to celebrate one of the most beloved native foods of Southern culture. They encourage everyone to get out during the peak season to indulge in a crawfish boil surrounded by friends and family.

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Whether you experience crawfish for the first time or the thousandth, celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy a delicious crawfish boil or crawfish tails. As you celebrate, share your family favorite recipes, too!

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