Mudbug Madness Festival, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, features two stages of live Cajun and zydeco music as well as a children’s entertainment stage, 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, including hours of operation and admission fees, are available at www.MudbugMadness.com.
Live entertainment headliners scheduled to perform on the Swamp Stage and the Madness Stage during the 35th annual Mudbug Madness Festival include: Dirtfoot, 9 p.m., Thursday, May 24; Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, 9 p.m., Thursday, May 24; Horace Trahan & The Ossun Playboys, 7 p.m., Friday, May 25; Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, 9 p.m., Friday, May 25; Flow Tribe, 9 p.m., Friday, May 25; Marc Broussard, 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26; Waylon Thibodeaux, 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26; Roddy Romero & The Hub City All Stars, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27; and Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun, 9 p.m., Sunday, May 27. Full entertainment lineups for all three stages, including the Kids on the Bayou Stage, can be viewed online at www.MudbugMadness.com.
In addition to hot, boiled crawfish, non-stop live music and a variety of vendors selling authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, the 35th 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 Thursday, May 24. Hands-on art activities for kids, including the painting of the annual Mudbug Madness Festival mural, will take place throughout the festival.
Mudbug Madness Festival is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Admission is free until 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Admission is $5 per person after 5 p.m. on Thursday and 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.