Music, Art, & Crabs … Gulf Coast Style!

Enjoy a weekend of Gulf Coast style Music, Art and Crabs at the 2018 Texas Crab Festival

Dive into a deliciously unique experience of food and fun this Mother’s Day weekend at the 2018 Texas Crab Festival, May 11-13 at Gregory Park in Crystal Beach! This 33rd annual celebration of Music, Art and Crabs has become a tradition for many, who make the trek to the Bolivar Peninsula year after year for a taste of the Gulf Coast lifestyle with family and friends. It’s a full weekend of tasty blue crab, great live music, carnival rides, events, contests, games and prizes!

You’ll find numerous food concessions offering a variety of fresh seafood and festival favorites. Sink your teeth into crabby creations from crab nachos to crab stuffed jalapenos to barbecued crab, at the event USA Today called one of the nation’s “10 Best Food Festivals to Dive Into.” Get there early on Saturday for a taste of the prize-winning cup in the Crab Gumbo Cook Off as teams battle it out to be the best of the fest. Proceeds from the Crab Gumbo Cook Off benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation’s Crystal Beach Retreat for military veterans and their families.

Our 2018 music lineup is packed with entertainment from a variety of local favorites, Texas classics and even a couple of country legends. The show kicks off Friday at 6:00 p.m. with a performance of the National Anthem by the Crenshaw Choir, followed by a fun set from one of Bolivar’s own, singer Haley Comeaux. Get your boots scootin’ for the Two-Step Dance Contest with hot Texas honky-tonk from Jason Allen. Later, New Orleans party band Bag of Donuts fires up the crowd with a wild rock show you have to see to believe. The music plays on all day Saturday, starting with the soulful sounds of local Bris Crider, and a fun show with classic rockers The Cadillacs. Get down to the cosmic swampy-tonk of Mayeaux & Broussard, followed by cool bayou country from Beaumont’s David Joel. Shooter Jennings takes over the stage Saturday night with his brand of outlaw country before Jack Ingram brings us back to our Texas roots with his Grammy-winning songwriting talents. On Sunday we introduce a new show entitled “Bolivar’s Got Talent,” which gives our local kids an opportunity to shine. Next, enjoy an exciting Tejano set from Houston sensation Sandy G y Los Gavilanes. Close the weekend with the jazz pop jams of Scott McGill and friends. Bring your beach chairs to settle in and enjoy the music.

Browse over 60 vendors featuring coastal art & crafts, apparel, jewelry, furniture and gifts. Visit with the many local organizations and businesses representing our vibrant coastal community. This year’s festival hosts exciting Car, Boat and RV Shows, as well as an added attraction – the “Harley-Davidson Jump-Start Experience” ride simulator! There’s plenty of fun for the kids with Carnival Rides, Crab Races, Crab Legs Contest, and ongoing activities on the Kid’s Stage. Best yet, kids 15 and under get in FREE all weekend!

For folks who really want to jump into the fun of the Texas Crab Festival, sign up for any of the many fun events like the Scavenger Hunt, Washers and Cornhole Tournaments, 5K/1K Crab Run/Walk, Two-Step Dance Contest and Wiener Dog Races. Enter to win a Golf Cart, Carnival Cruise for 2, or $1,000 gift cart from our generous sponsors. Or throw your bid into the Silent or Live Auctions to win everything from gift baskets to a palapa or custom golf cart.

The Texas Crab Festival is the 1985 brainchild of local friends and business people seeking both a way promote Bolivar Peninsula and a way to give back to the community. Today, 100% of the net proceeds from the festival go to support Texas Crab Festival Charities, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Since 2013 it has granted over $300,000 to fund scholarships, youth camps and outreach initiatives that help better the lives of Bolivar residents and their families, “turning the tide for a brighter future.” This is only possible through the generosity of our local sponsors, partners and the efforts of countless volunteers, who work tirelessly each year to bring the Texas Crab Festival to Crystal Beach.

The Texas Crab Festival is May 11-13, 2018 at Gregory Park, 2292 Hwy 87 in Crystal Beach, Texas. Admission is $10 Friday and Saturday and free on Sunday. Kids 15 and under are always free, as is festival parking.

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TCFC_478Texas Crab Festival Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves to improve the lives of those who call the Bolivar Peninsula home. Since its creation in 2013, TCFC has gifted over $300,000 to help support local organizations and residents. All proceeds from the annual Texas Crab Festival are reinvested in the community and help to fund youth scholarships and camps, local schools and volunteer fire departments, and various outreach initiatives. So while you, your family, and friends are enjoying all the music, art and fabulous food the Texas Crab Festival has to offer, know that you are also helping to give back to our very special and unique community.