Downtown Chandler | Arizona
February 4, 2023 2pm-9pm
Dr. AJ Chandler Park 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225
The Angry Crab Southwest Cajun Fest is set to return on February 4th, 2023 at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler. An immersive experience taking you to the streets of NOLA.
The 9th Annual Southwest Cajun Fest celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Guests will be transported to New Orleans during this one-of-a-kind event with French Quarter-style backdrops in our Bourbon Street Experience that includes beads tossed from second story balconies, street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians and a brass marching band.
Enjoy the taste of New Orleans favorites, like gumbo, frog legs, beignets, po boys, hush puppies, catfish, alligator bites, a seafood boil and “The Swamp” bar featuring hand crafted hurricanes, daiquiri’s and other themed cocktails. Other highlights include a live alligator petting zoo, eating competitions, and a kids zone featuring rides and inflatables.
Tickets on Sale Now!
$25 General Admission Ticket
No Refunds. Price will increase closer to the event date. Tickets are for admission only and do not include food or beverages.
Come experience Bourbon Street with thousands of Mardi Gras beads being tossed from our 2nd story French Quarter replica balconies and hear the sounds of a brass band as they welcome you to the party.
Activities & Entertainment
- Live Alligator Petting Zoo
- Andouille and Crawfish Eating Competitions
- “The Swamp” bar featuring Hurricanes, Daiquiris and your favorite Mardi Gras drinks hand crafted by Arizona’s top mixologists
- Kids Zone
- Rides and Inflatables
- Kids Mardi Gras Mask Decorating
- Connect Four
- Kong Pong
- Ladder Golf
- Costumes Encouraged
- Live Jazz/Blues/Zydeco bands
- Strolling Brass Band
- Street Performers
- Mardi Gras Float
- Zydeco Dance Lessons
- Live Painting
- Beads & Costumes
- King Cake (Pearl)
- Mardi Gras Photo Op
Enjoy the taste of Louisiana with alligator bites, gumbo, jambalaya, po boys, frog legs and the can’t miss Angry Crab Shack seafood boil!
2023 Stage Schedule
DJ Po Boy
Crawfish Eating Contest
Andouille Eating Contest
Zydeco Dance Lessons
Buckwheat Zydeco, Jr. and the Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band
Southwest Cajun Fest brings Cajun style cuisine, craft beer, music and arts together for a scrumptious good time.
Southwest Cajun Fest Sponsors
Frequently Asked Questions
You can purchase your admission ticket in advance via the website using a credit/debit card. On the day of the festival, you can purchase your admission ticket at the box office on site.
• Small, lightweight backpack (drawstring bag or purse)
• One (1) sealed bottle of water
• Sunscreen (lotion only, no aerosol spray)
• Camera (professional equipment allowed, but not encouraged)
• Lawn Chairs
• Small child snacks and medical needs
• Strollers and wagons
Children 12-years-old and under are admitted into the event for free with a paying adult.
NO glass bottles or cans (1 sealed plastic water bottle is permitted)
NO skateboards, scooters, or hover boards
NO GoPro / mobile video poles, sticks, or selfie sticks
NO umbrellas or shade structures
NO chains or spiked clothing (ie. wallet chain, vest with sharp spikes)
NO weapons of any kind (knives, guns, mace/pepper spray, tasers, etc)
NO laser pointers or artificial noise makers
NO fireworks or explosives
NO aerosol cans (including can / spray sunscreen)
NO alcohol or illegal substances
NO small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aka Drones)
The event is located at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225.
There are street parking spots and lots located throughout the downtown Chandler area, click here for a parking map.
Parking is free.
We have partnered with Lyft, you can download their app to book your ride to and from the event.
Yes, the Valley Metro system provides public transportation throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Visit for routes, pricing and tips to plan your trip.
Yes, the Historic Downtown Chandler area is home to many great hotels located within 2 miles of the event.
0-2 miles away
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort
1 N San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225
Friday and Saturday $169.00 guest room rate.
Book through the link or call hotel reservations at (877)685-5594.
Take the Elevator Home
Best Western Inn of Chandler
950 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
470 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
Picture I.D. is required to purchase or consume alcohol. Your I.D. will be checked upon entrance into the event and could be checked randomly as asked throughout the event. Guests 21 years of age and older will be issued a wristband allowing alcohol purchase.
Not all food vendors accept Debit or Credit cards so please bring cash with you. ATM’s are available within the festival site for your convenience.
All sales are final, there are no refunds.
Yes, there will be ATM machines located near the north and south entrances.
This is a rain or shine event.
Service animals only.
Lost and found is located at the north entrance ticket booth.
Chandler Fire Department EMT’s will be onsite for any medical emergencies.
For information on how to become an official sponsor, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on how to become an event vendor, contact us at email@example.com
We are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and memorable experience for all event guests. In order to do so, a strict code of conduct has been created and all event participants and patrons are expected follow these rules.
Guests will show respect for the event location, grounds, coordinators, vendors, sponsors and participants by leaving the following items at home:
• Firearms, knives or other weapons
• Coolers and outside food or beverage
• Bicycles, skateboards, skates
The following actions will result in immediate ejection of festival grounds:
Fighting or engaging in any action that may harm, endanger, threaten or bring discomfort to anyone.
Possession or use of illegal drugs or excessive and irresponsible use of alcohol.
Damage, destruction, vandalism or theft of any property.
Taunting, abusive or disruptive language and obscene gestures.
An individual participating in any of these behaviors will be removed from the event and passes will be revoked. In certain situations, the offender may be arrested.