The Festival

The Crawfish and Catfish Festival features the authentic tastes of Louisiana, Southern BBQ, Soul Foods, Latin foods and Asian/Cajun Fusion cuisine. Specialties offered include crawfish, catfish, alligator, frog legs, shrimp, oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, sausages, hot dogs, wings, garlic noodles, beignets and pralines. New flavors for 2019: Crawfish Tamales, Crawfish Lumpia, Crawfish Enchiladas and Paella. Enter the Jambalaya competition. Visit the Central Grocery and learn how to cook some favorites at the New Cooking School. Purchase live crawfish and learn how to boil them you can buy some fabulous seasoning, mixes and frozen crawfish tail meet.

You can enjoy live Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, R & B, Latin and Funk on three stages. First time on the West Coast watch the Super Second Line Competition & Showcase where 4 Brass Bands will be competing for prizes: City of Trees, Element Brass Band, M.J.'s Brass Boppers and Dirty Chops Brass Band.

Other festival activities include cooking demos, you can enter the Jambalaya Cook Off, take Zydeco dance lessons, race crawfish, Catch and Release Catfish pool, enjoy the kid's zone, vendor marketplace, Sportsman's Paradise Outdoor Expo and a Cornhole Tournament.

Saturday night 6:00-10:00 pm Mardi Gras meets Carnival on Bourbon Street Live New Orleans Funk and Latin Sounds to dance the night away!

We'll take you there
from the Bayou to Bourbon Street!

Festival Date

September 7 - 8 • 2019

Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Yolo County Fairgrounds

Woodland, California

General Admission:


per person per day

Kids 15 & under
FREE with adult!

Food, drinks, parking not included. No outside food or drinks. No pets please.

Tickets on sale Now!

Early Bird Discount:
Two tickets for only $25!

Buy Tickets Online

Available while supplies last! Early bird discount ends June 30, 2019.

Accomodations for Crawfish & Catfish Festival Sept. 7 & 8 2019 is the Best Western Shadow Inn Woodland. Call for reservations before August 15 and ask for Crawfish/Catfish Festival rate $114.00 (King or double Queens). Phone: (530) 666-1251. Includes complimentary hot and cold breakfast, mini-fridge and microwaves in all rooms, Outdoor courtyard pool and spas, Fitness center, Free Wifi, 24-hour complimentary coffee, 100% non-smoking, and Best Western Rewards Program.

Food & Entertainment

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Experience everything Louisiana, food, music and fun! The Crawfish & Catfish Festival has the authentic tastes of Louisiana with HOT boiled Crawfish, Catfish, Alligator, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Soul Foods, Po Boys, Red Beans & Rice, Southern BBQ, Asian Cajun Fusion, New Orleans Sno Balls, Soft Serve, Kettle corn, Hot dogs, Sausages, Salads, Sandwiches and more TBA!

CZ and Bon Vivants, Motor Dude Zydeco, Mark St. Mary, Zydeco & Blues Band, Zydeco Mud Bugs, Blues Box Bayou Band, Zydeco Flames, Dirty Chops Brass Band, MJ's Brass Boppers, City of Trees Brass Band, Boco Do Rio, BeaufunK with Michael Jefferies (formerly with Tower of Power), Sol Peligro Band, Alan Rigg Band, Al Lazard & World St. Players, Ophir Prison Marching Group and Souled Out.

On Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM we have the Super Second Line Brass Band Showcase/Competition featuring 4 bands: City of Trees Brass Band, Element Brass Band, MJ’s Brass Boppers and Dirty Chops Brass Bands

New for 2019! Margi Gras meets Carnival on Saturday from 5:00 - 10:00 PM.

Bring the entire family spend the day we have lots of merchandise vendors, Kids Zone, Free games, face painting and bounce houses, Cooking Demos, Jambalaya cook off and Dance Lessons.

Garden District
Bourbon St
Contraband Bayou
Sportsman's Paradise
Asian-Cajun Quarter
Latin Quarter

Garden District

Originally part of the Livaudais Plantation annexed by the City of New Orleans in 1852 now it is home to exclusive restaurants, bars and Grand Old Homes.

Garden District is also the home of Anne Rice, author of the Vampire Chronicles and movie Interview with a Vampire. You can shop in the wonderful shops, enjoy the Hinode Cooking Theater and the Great Jambalaya Cook Off Hosted by Randy Russell.

New for 2019! Cajun Dave's Central Grocery and Cooking School: fashioned after the World Famous "Central Grocery" in New Orleans selling unique ingredients, cookware and even the famous Muffellata Sandwich as well as Beignets, Coffee and offering pre-arranged cooking classes where you purchase the ingredients and learn how to cook them yourself.

Bourbon St.

Mardi Gras Meets Carnival

You can enjoy Blues, Jazz, Funk & Latin bands. First time on the West Coast watch the Super Second Line Competition & Showcase where 4 Brass Bands will be competing for prizes: Dirty Chops Brass Band, M.J.'s Brass Boppers, City of Trees and Element Brass Band. Find out what Second Line is all about: Video 1 and Video 1

The Bourbon St. Stage on Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM featured bands: MC Dan the Man, Dirty Chops Brass Band, M.J.'s Brass Boppers, City of Trees, Element Brass Band, Boco Do Rio, BeaufunK with Michael Jefferies (formerly with Tower of Power) and Sol Peligro Band.
The Bourbon St. Stage on Sunday 11:00 AM - 6:00 pm Featured Bands: Alan Rigg, World St. Players and Souled Out.

Contraband Bayou

Contraband Bayou in Lake Charles was the home to Jean Lafitte’s Marketplace while hiding from the British set up camp in the Bayou and sold his contraband. We still celebrate this every year in Lake Charles, La. Join our Pirate Krewe and enjoy, music, food, shopping and Pirate Games.

Foods featured: Crawfish, Catfish, and Sausages including Alligator Sausage, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Southern BBQ and Soul Food, Shrimp, Oysters, Louisiana Meat Pies, Crawfish Pies, Catfish, Gator on a Stick and Specialty Desserts. We also have the usual's: Kettle Corn, Soft Serve Ice Cream, New Orleans Sno Balls, Hot dogs, PoBoys, Beignets and more TBA.

Visit Marketplace for vendors, Crawfish Races, Live Cajun & Zydeco Music on the Bayou Stage, dance lessons and great outdoor dance floor. Bands Host by Stephanie St. Mary: CZ and Bon Vivants, Motor Dude Zydeco, Mark St. Mary, Zydeco & Blues Band, Zydeco Mud Bugs, Blues Box Bayou Band and Zydeco Flames.

Have a drink at the Bayou Bar for our specialty drinks: Fire on the Bayou, Crawfish Mary’s, Hurricanes, Mardi Gras Margaritas and lots of cold beer.

Sportsman's Paradise

Angler’s Press Outdoors, presents “Sportsman’s Paradise”, an Outdoor Expo designed exclusively for those that enjoy the great outdoors! Meet a line-up of top outdoor professionals to get great information that will help you with your hunting, fishing and all things that pertain to the great outdoors!

Asian-Cajun Quarter "New Orleans East"

Vietnamese Village sponsored by

New for 2019 will be our Asian Cajun Cuisine section brought to you by the Vietnamese Community of Sacramento *in the 1970's after the war many Vietnamese settled in Louisiana and with their own French Influences created some fabulous Asian/Cajun dishes and will be sharing the food, music and culture with us.

Just like in New Orleans we celebrate the Vietnamese Mid Autum Festival celebrating the rice harvest which coincides with our Crawfish harvest. Wtih a strong focus on family and children. Our Asian Cajun Quarter will feature a large Kids Zone, delicious Asain and Cajun Foods with a crawfish spring roll.

Latin Quarter

2019 we also celebrate the many Latin influences in our Latin Quarter. New Orleans was founded 300 years ago by Spain, plus after Hurricane Katrina many of the construction workers were from Mexico and then settled in our City bringing their wonderful flavors to the Gumbo that is New Orleans Cusine, like the Crawfish enchalada. Don't miss Mardi Gras meets Carnival on Bourbon St. Dance the night away to New Orleans and Latin music.

Crawfish & Catfish Festival
Crawfish & Catfish Festival
Crawfish & Catfish Festival

New for 2019!

Mardi Gras Meets Carnival


Welcome to Crawfish & Catfish Festival

The Crawfish & Catfish Festival is organized by Susan Ramon AKA Louisiana Sue.

Originally from New Orleans, Sue arrived in Sacramento in the late 1980’s with a Crawfish in her mouth, Mardi Gras in her heart and Zydeco in her soul.

Louisiana Sue is a lady dedicated to fun, food, music and dancing and bringing the flavors of the south to our own Sacramento area. She is devoted to keeping Zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans style jazz music alive with continued sponsoring of festivals, Mardi Gras, dances, parties and a taste of the most popular of southern foods. You never know when or where the next event will be, so checking the website often will keep you apprised. A great idea to get family and/or friends together and "Pass a good time" eating, drinking, laughing, and dancing!

For Merchandise and Craft Vendors Application please click here.


For more information about the festival contact Louisiana Sue by email at: crawfishcatfishfestival@gmail.com

Welcome to Crawfish & Catfish Festival


We'd to thank all of our Festival sponsors:

Crawfish & Catfish Festival 2018 NEEDS YOU!

We're trying to set the record for the Largest Second Line West of the Mississippi and WE NEED YOU!

On Saturday, September 8th, we will be building our Second Line at the festival around 3:00 PM. Please bring the entire family and help us set a record! Tickets go on sale in April and will be only $22 for 2 tickets, kids 15 and under are FREE with purchase of adult ticket.

Join City of Trees Brass Bands and all are welcome to GET IN OUR SECOND LINE!

Click here to find out what the Second Line is all about.

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