23 years ago a group of local citizens had an idea of starting a Crab Festival. What a better way to end the summer and celebrate the delicious landings of the local crab fishermen at the same time. Little did they know then, that this little idea would grow into a Maritime renowned festival with people making it a point of returning year after year. Since its humble beginnings in the summer of 1993, the Crab Fest has improved and grown stronger each year. It now boasts a visitor rate of approximately 5,000 for the 2-day event.
The Louisbourg Crab Fest Committee, in conjunction with the local Volunteer Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary, sponsors the festival, along with numerous volunteers who help contribute toward its success each year. It takes place under big-top tents on the water front site adjacent to Louisbourg’s boardwalk. This is a family-oriented event, with activities such as games and face painting for children, as well as an impressive roster of live entertainment.
The festival gets underway early in the evening on Friday with various performances by traditional entertainers. Bar service is available from 7:30 pm, and for those craving a taste of the sea, mussels will also be available during that evening. In addition to the seafood fare, canteen services will also be available on the site. Unique Crab Fest merchandise will be sold, along with other special items, making great souvenirs of this annual event.
Beginning on Saturday, crab dinners will be on sale from 12:00noon “till they’re gone.” Such community dinners have the deserved reputation of providing inseason fare at excellent prices. Superb entertainment will continue including performances by various local bands throughout the day and well into the evening, children’s entertainment, face painting, and “games galore”. The festival boasts a superb line-up of toe tappin’ music, sure to please all in attendance. The bar and canteen services will be open all day and well into the evening, as well.