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36th Annual Mudbug Madness Festival

Memorial Day Weekend crawfish festival will add new happy hour on Friday, yoga on Saturday, greenspace hangout area with yard games, and more

SHREVEPORT, LA – Organizers of the 36th annual Mudbug Madness Festival have announced details of the event, which will take place, May 24-26, 2019, at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. Mudbug Madness Festival, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, features two stages of live music, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors selling popular Louisiana favorites like boiled crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, boudin, and more. The festival is organized and presented by Downtown Shreveport Unlimited. Complete festival details are available at  

New for the 2019 festival are $5 lunch specials from participating food vendors on Friday, yoga at the Swamp Stage on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., a Friday Happy Hour featuring $3 beverages from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., a greenspace and hangout area with yard games, and the addition of wine spritzers to the list of adult beverage options.

Live entertainment headliners scheduled to perform on the Swamp Stage and the Madness Stage during the 36th annual Mudbug Madness Festival include: Amanda Shaw, 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 24; Flow Tribe, 9 p.m., Friday, May 24; Kylie Frye, 9 p.m., Friday, May 24; Gerald Delafose and the Zydeco Gators, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25; Nick Lynch, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25; The Molly Ringwalds, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25; Dr. Zog, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25; Chubby Carrier, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26; Chris Breaux and the Six-String Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26; Shinyribs, 9 p.m., Sunday, May 26; and Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs, 9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26. A complete live entertainment schedule can be viewed online at   

In addition to hot, boiled crawfish, non-stop live music and vendors selling authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, the 36th annual Mudbug Madness Festival will feature crawfish eating and calling contests for all ages. The Sportspectrum Mudbug Madness 5K will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Runners who participate in the Sportspectrum Mudbug Madness 5K will receive free festival admission on Friday evening with their race bib, as well as free admission to yoga at the Swamp Stage, 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25. 

Mudbug Madness Festival is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Admission is free until 5 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $5 per person after 5 p.m. on Friday and all day long on Saturday and Sunday. Children younger than 7 years of age and all military with ID are admitted free at all times. Free admission for active and retired military is made possible courtesy of Shreveport Regional Airport.

For more information on Shreveport-Bossier, including area hotel and restaurant listings, visit or call 800-551-8682 to request a free copy of the 2018 Official Visitors’ Guide to Shreveport-Bossier.


Friday, May 24, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, May 26, 2019 (All day)

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