- $7 for two single-day tickets valid on April 15, 16, or 17 ($20 value)
Brazoria County Crawfish Festival
There's always a pot boiling somewhere at the Brazoria County Crawfish Festival. During the event—formerly known as the Pearland Crawfisg Festival—, vendors bring in farm-raised crawfish from the Gulf Coast, cook it, and then serve it by the pound or turn it into sport through eating competitions. The celebration of cajun cuisine extends well beyond crawfish, too. Cooks here also fry alligator, ladle up crab and shrimp gumbo, and dish out sides like red beans and rice and fresh, farm-culled veggies.
Yet the festival would still exist even without these edible elements. The grounds also encompass a carnival, complete with rides, kid-friendly activities, and arts and crafts vendors, as well as three stages where musicians strum and blow the blues, zydeco, country, and rock. There's even fun to be had for nonhumans in Splash Dogs, an activity where pups get to run off a ramp into a pool of water to cool down and try to out-cannonball one another.