Overton Square Crawfish Festival

Overton Square Crawfish Festival

The 2018 Bayou Overton Square Crawfish Festival took over Midtown Memphis on Saturday.

Festivities included live music from local acts, beer and of course plenty of boiled crawfish.

Madison Avenue was packed with people twisting, pinching and devouring piles of crawfish in support of Special Olympics of Greater Memphis.

The Director of Special Olympics, Lisa Taylor, says events like these are so important for the organization, "It means a lot to us. If it wasn't for this - everything we do is at no cost for our athletes and their parents and caregivers. So fundraisers like this are so important to help keep our programs going."

A VIP tent was also available for those who wanted to eat crawfish all day for one price.

And, of course, there was a competition to see who could eat mudbugs the fastest.

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With all the great things going on in the 901 these days, have you ever been overwhelmed with choices? Well, you’re in luck! Every week we curate The Weekender, a post filled with a handy schedule to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.

You can follow this schedule to a T, or use it as a launching point to plan your own adventure! The Weekender is not meant to be exhaustive, but will include our suggestions to help you plan the weekend ahead. In the case of inclement weather, check with each event’s page for updates.

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Too bad we can't have a crawfish festival in the spring and another in the fall, but you have to have the party when you have the crawfish. This is prime time as both our big festivals are this weekend.

On Saturday, the Bayou Overton Square Crawfish Festival is noon-6 p.m. in Overton Square and on Sunday, the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival is Downtown 11 a.m.-7 pm.

Both events are free, but they both benefit good causes and you can spend a little money to have a VIP experience and know that it will go to a good cause.

On Saturday, Special Olympics Greater Memphis is the beneficiary. A VIP ticket, which is $100, gains you entry to a reserved area where you can eat crawfish, jambalaya and other Louisiana favorites all day, plus beer and beverages.

The Bayou Overton Square festival is located from Madison and Cooper to Madison and Morrison. There's no general admission fee, and you purchase crawfish, beer, food and Bayou Crawfish merchandise throughout the day. This is the first year for the Crawfish Eating Contest; you can enter by going to the T-shirt sales tent to sign up. the contest will be held between band changes around 3:30 p.m. (live music all day), but be sure to get signed up early as space is limited. Entry fee is $25 and winner takes home a $300 gift basket and bragging rights. How many crawfish can your eat in 20 minutes?

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April 14, 2018: Overton Square Crawfish Festival

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