Mardi Gras is here, which also signals the start of crawfish season, and the biggest crawfish boil of the year will take place on April 4 at Carson Creek Ranch.


The Austin Crawfish Festival returns for a third year with 10,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish, making it the largest seafood festival in the city, according to organizers.


Guests can buy crawfish and shrimp by the pound and try crawfish prepared in a number of ways, and there will also be food vendors serving other Cajun specialties, including jambalaya and oysters.


From a release:


"Austin Crawfish Festival goers will experience crawfish prepared in every imaginable way — fried, boiled, in an étouffée, pie or jambalaya, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, gumbo, catfish and fries, just to name a few). Non-seafood along with vegan tasting options, including Cajun turkey legs, jambalaya, pit smoked whole alligator, turtle soup; and additional seafood staples – an oyster bar, crab and shrimp included, are also available from more than 15 food vendors, including Louisiana’s own Cajun Skillet. Additional seafood vendors include Monreaux’s Crawfish, SXSE Food Company, Eastside Boilers and Louisiana Wild."


There will also be live music from Ruben Moreno, Charles Thibodeau and the Austin Cajun Aces, and Boss Street Band. It’s a kid-friendly event with bounce houses and a petting zoo, but they’ll also have axe throwing for the adults.


The event is from 3 to 9 p.m., with VIP admission at 2 p.m. at Carson Creek Ranch, , 701 Dalton Lane. You can buy tickets ($5 for general admission, which does not include food, and $35 for "all you can eat crawfish" VIP) and find out more at austincrawfishfest.com.