About the Texas Crab Festival

About the Texas Crab Festival

The Texas Crab Festival got its start in 1985, when a few of the Local Business folks were looking for a way to promote business and tourism in Crystal Beach. What began with a few hundred people, currently boasts thousands annually on Mothers Day Weekend for three days of Fun…Sun…and CRABS, CRABS, CRABS!

Date: Mother’s Day Day Weekend, May 9-11, 2025
Place: Swedes Park, 1605 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, Texas
Hours: Friday 4pm-11:30pm, Saturday 10am-11:30pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Attendance: Estimated 8000+
Cost: Friday: $15, Saturday: $15, Sunday: Free (age 15 and under Free all days)
Re-entry allowed with purchase of wristband
Parking: Free
Volunteers: Over 200 volunteers
Sponsors: Over 60 Sponsors representing a wide range of businesses and organizations
Vendor Booths: Over 90 vendor booths including food, arts and crafts
Fun Zone: Interactive inflatables and games
Entertainment: Live music throughout festival
Events: 2-Step Dance Contest, Wiener Dog Races, Washers Tournament, Crab Gumbo Cookoff, 5K Fun Run and more.
Souvenirs: Crab Festival T-Shirts, Hats, Koozies available for purchase
Raffle: Brand new Custom Golf Cart
Auction: Live Auction on Saturday night, Silent Auction with many unique items
Website: www.TexasCrabFestival.org
Facebook: Facebook/TexasCrabFestival
Email: [email protected]
– 40th Annual Event
– Selected as one of “10 Best Festivals to Dive Into” by USA Today
– Featured on Food Network “Eating America with Anthony Anderson”
– Great Live Music all weekend
– “Music, Art & Crabs – Gulf Coast Style”

The Texas Crab Festival is operated by Texas Crab Festival Charities, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to increase educational and career opportunities for Bolivar Peninsula residents of all ages, and to support local organizations that further the goal of improving the lives of the residents of Bolivar Peninsula.

As the Texas Crab Festival continues to bring folks together each year for a fun-filled family weekend of entertainment, it also strives to give back. The Festival creates awareness of what our Gulf Coast community has to offer in terms of tourism, food and entertainment opportunities, encourages peninsula involvement, supports youth development, scholarships, and unites the community of Bolivar Peninsula in a spirit of pride. 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.