Insider’s Guide To Memphis Crawfish Festivals

Crawfish season is here, and that means festivals! Here's a handy dandy guide for you to make the most of this spring's events.

What's the deal: Overton Square's huge crawfish fest shuts down Madison Avenue and fills the street with craft and food vendors, live music, beer, a kid's area, an of course, crawfish. 
When: Saturday, April 11, from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Overton Square
Cost: Free to enter, $20 for a 2-3 pound box of crawfish. Beer, other Cajun food from The Bayou, and other restaurants will be selling food and drinks as well: just bring cash.
Parking: It's going to be insane. Please try to carpool, bike, walk, parachute in on a drone, take a cab, Ride the Roo from Cooper Young…or get there really early to park in the garage or find a spot in a surrounding neighborhood, but please be courteous and don't block people's driveways or park in resident-only spaces.
Tips:
– Bring cash! ATMs in the area are scarce and everything, including beer, will be cash only. 
– Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. I feel like everyone gets their first bad sunburn of the year at Overton's crawfish fest.
– Leave coolers and pets at home, but feel free to set up your own chairs in front of one of the two stages (one in Bayou's lot and one in the Tower Courtyard).
– You can get beer with I.D. from several stands on the street, and sodas will be sold at the Bayou Crawfish trailer in the Bayou parking lot.
– There will be a kid's area between Le Chardonnay and Schweinehaus. 

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