GULF SHORES, Alabama — Boiled crawfish along with the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South will fill the day during the Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival on April 15. 

The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with the Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K benefitting Furrever Homes. The good times will roll along East 24th Avenue in Gulf Shores as the crawfish pots begin boiling at 10 a.m. and the Zydeco sounds go until 6 p.m. There also will be arts and crafts vendors and children's activities.

Admission is free to the public. No pets allowed.

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.

The music lineup includes: Amy Nicole and Zydeco Soul, 10 a.m.; Excelsior Band, 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; Sean Ardoin + Zydekool, 11:30 a.m.; Dwyane Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, 1:15 p.m.; Corey Ledet, 2:45 p.m.; Chubby Carrier, 4:30 p.m.

The third annual event is 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, Lulu’s, Tacky Jacks, Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, The Diner, ByWater Bistro, Big Beach Brewing Company and Wheeles Karate Academy.

For information, call (251) 968-1172 or visit