Sun, Apr 24, 11:00 AM

29th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival benefiting Porter-Leath

Overview: Porter-Leath’s 29 th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival returns on Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. at Wagner Place and Riverside Drive, between Union Avenue and Beale Street.

Each year, the festival supports free programs and services that Porter-Leath provides for over 40,000 local children and their families to achieve healthy, optimal and independent lifestyles.

Recognized among Memphians as the unofficial start of spring, Rajun Cajun is one of the few Memphis festivals that maintains free admission. The festival offers fun for all Mid-South
families, including crawfish bobbing, eating and racing contests. And children ages 12 and under can play a wide variety of age-appropriate games at the Kids Area on Riverside Drive.
Presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, Rajun Cajun is the largest one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South, with over 35,000 attendees and 17,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish. The festival will feature live swamp soul, rhythm & blues and funk fusion entertainment from Freeworld on the Beale Street Stage and Hope Clayburn’s Soul Scrimmage on the BlueCross
BlueShield of Tennessee Main Stage.

“Over the past 29 years, Rajun Cajun has become a social, cultural and musical tradition in Memphis that unites individuals and businesses around supporting children and families in our
community,” said Rob Hughes, Vice President of Development at Porter-Leath. “And with free admission, Rajun Cajun is a special experience everybody can share. Remember, ‘eat crawfish,
help children!’”

Over twenty-four gumbo teams will compete in the annual Cash Saver Gumbo Cook-Off to claim this year's skillet trophy and cash prizes. And festival-goers can purchase Monogram
Foods Swamp Tent tickets at $125 per person and $225 per pair for a VIP experience with unlimited crawfish, Cajun buffet, beer and soft drinks from noon until 6 p.m. Swamp Tent
ticketholders will also enjoy two drink tickets, each good for a margarita or hurricane. The Confluent Strategies Crawfish To Go station will be located at the corner of Riverside Drive and Union Avenue. In addition to crawfish, over a dozen food trucks will offer everything from BBQ, to burgers, to traditional carnival fare.

To learn more about the 29th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, register your Gumbo Cook-Off team, or buy Swamp Tent tickets, visit

About Porter-Leath
For over 170 years, Porter-Leath has been a primary resource for Memphis children and families. By focusing on the essential building blocks of healthy development, Porter-Leath not only gives them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. Porter-Leath helps build stronger children, stronger families and a stronger Memphis. For more information, visit or contact us at 901-577-2500 or


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