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Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival/5K Run- Gulf Shores

April 16

The annual Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (French for a lot) of fun!  Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South.  There will be arts and crafts vendors as well as children’s activities offering nonstop fun for all ages.

If that’s not enough, work up an appetite with the 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run and Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) all day long.

This sixth annual event is a result of a unique collaboration between the City of Gulf Shores, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism and Waterway Village merchants, including Acme Oyster House, Tacky Jacks, Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, The Diner and Wheeles Karate Academy.

The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with the Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K benefiting Furrever Homes.  The good times will roll all day long as the crawfish pots begin boiling at 10 a.m. and the Zydeco sounds will be grooving until 6 p.m.

2022 Music Lineup




The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival will be located along East 24th Avenue and Meyer Park in Gulf Shores.  Admission is free to the public.

5K Walk/Run Information

The 5th Annual Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, prior to the festival kick-off. The course is on flat and fast neighborhood streets starting in front of Acme Oyster House. Packet pick-up will be located at Tacky Jacks – Gulf Shores on Friday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be at the starting line and begins promptly at 6:30 a.m. and lasts until 7:45 a.m.

Little Miss Zydeco Pageant

The City of Gulf Shores and Waterway Village merchants held the Inaugural Little Miss Zydeco Pageant, sponsored by All Island Flowers, in 2019. The date for the 2020 pageant will be announced soon!

Participants compete in four different grade levels: Pre-K and Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade, Third Grade and Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade. Each grade level awards one queen, one first runner-up and three princesses. Queens are announced at the Zydeco & Crawfish Festival.

Registration includes a $40 nonrefundable entry and t-shirt fee. Checks should be made payable to Wheeles Karate Academy. Registration forms and checks should be sent to:

Wheeles Karate Academy
P.O. Box 2042
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Click here to access the Little Miss Zydeco Registration and Rules. 

Parking for the festival will be available at the Waterway Village public parking lot and free shuttles will be running from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and Meyer Park.  East 24th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from the W.C. Holmes Bridge to Acme Oyster House during the 5K and 1 mile Fun Run.