Crawfish Season: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Peak crawfish season in Breaux Bridge, LA is between the months of March and April.  However, because crawfish are so dependent on weather, rainfall, and the water levels in both commercial ponds and the wild swamps and bayous crawfish inhabit, the season varies from year to year.  In lucky years, crawfish can become available as early as November, though it can be expected for them to be more expensive than during peak season.  When it comes to peak season, festivals and crawfish boils abound and the sounds of Cajun music and cicadas fill the air.  The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival takes advantage of the perfect weather and schedules the event for the first full weekend in May every year.  While the festival has been canceled for the past 2 years, 2022 may be the year it comes back in full swing with all the joy it entails.  For those who don’t know, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is like a giant crawfish boil:  good food, great music, and fun activities surrounded by people you know and love (even if you come from afar).  The early winter of 2021 was exceptionally cold, so crawfish season was delayed and took an initial hit but bounced back with fervor once the waters were warm enough for the crawfish to emerge from their mud hovels.  Carefully maintained and managed commercial crawfish ponds can provide a steady stream of crawfish over the length of the full season and not just during the peak months.