Texas Crab Festival

Dear Texas Crab Festival Friends,

The Texas Crab Festival Board is carefully monitoring statements and recommendations from health and government officials regarding our May 2020 Festival in Crystal Beach. The health and safety of our community, visitors, vendors and sponsors is our number one concern. No decision has been made about rescheduling the 2020 Festival. We will make an informed announcement

Skydiving Into TCF

The REMAX Skydiving Team is making a grand entrance into the Texas Crab Festival this year. The trained free-fallers will appear shortly before Mark Chesnutt takes the stage on Saturday night, May 9th. The REMAX plane will fly over the park brandishing a smoke trail. As the Star Spangled Banner plays, four skydivers will jump from the plane and start their descent at over 100 mph. Minutes later they will

Crab Fest Selects T-Shirt Designs

Each year, the Texas Crab Festival celebrates “Music, Art, and Crabs, Gulf Coast Style.” And each year, artists are called to create the annual TCF T-shirt design with these themes central to their design. Seven outstanding entries were received for the 2020 T-shirt Design Contest, and the winning designs were selected last week by the Texas Crab Festival Charities Board of Directors at their

TCF Sponsorship Opportunity

The Texas Crab Festival has a unique sponsorship opportunity currently available for our most popular giveaway prize: the 2020 Texas Crab Festival Golf Cart! Each year, the Texas Crab Festival raffles a new golf cart with a custom Texas flag design. It is a real attention-getter, and the raffle is well publicized in the months leading up to the drawing at the Crab Fest Sunday, May 10, 2019. This is a

Crab Fest Grounds Improvements

Noticeable from the highway are the many mounds of dirt at the new Texas Crab Festival grounds. The festival folks are working hard to improve the property for the next festival, and beyond. After the huge rainstorms that turned the 2019 festival into a sloppy mess, the crew knew improvements were necessary. “Drainage is very important,” says Dennis Rollfing, site coordinator for Festival Park, “and this year

As Luck Would Have It

The 2019 Texas Crab Festival Raffle winner of the Golf Cart is Tricia Brooks of Silsbee, Texas. It’s a true story of luck! Tricia recently bought property on Bolivar and purchased a single raffle ticket back in February. She was feeling lucky, “I’m going to win this,” she remarked to her family. Not long ago, she purchased a used golf cart, but now that will be the one the

The Show DID Go On!

TEXAS CRAB FESTIVAL, 2019
By Linda Elissalde
Texas Crab Festival where music, art and crab come together moved to a new venue for the 2019 celebration. New home! Great music! Myriad artists! Delicious crabs and other tasty vittles, with rides, contests and multiple vendors! Numerous volunteers hustled to have everything up and ready

Running for a Reason: Crab Costumes, Cold Beer, and Community

By Katie Lott Gragnaniello
Last Saturday, the Texas Crab Festival Fun Run 5K/1K took place at Gregory Park with approximately 200 people in attendance—including 124 entries for the 5K, 10 entries for the kids 1K, and numerous community volunteers braving the light rain to ensure the fun run went off without a hitch. In true Crab Fest spirit, runners, attendees, and volunteers

An open letter to the Bolivar community:

As you may have heard, the 2019 Texas Crab Festival will be moving from its long-time location at Gregory Park to a new permanent home at 1605 Hwy 87, former site of the Texas Frog Festival. Along with the congratulations that followed that announcement were a number of questions and concerns voiced from the community, which I would like to address here.

Texas Crab Festival Finds New Home

New venue offers expanded opportunities
The Texas Crab Festival has announced plans to kick off the 34th annual celebration of Gulf Coast style Music, Art and Crabs with an exciting change of venue. The 2019 Texas Crab Festival opens Friday, May 10, 2019 at its new permanent home at 1605 Highway 87 in Crystal Beach, and runs through Sunday, May 12, 2019.

2019 TCF T-Shirt Contest Winners

Each year, the Texas Crab Festival celebrates Music, Art, Crabs, and Gulf Coast style. And, artists are called to create the annual TCF t-shirt design with these themes central to their design. The t-shirt design contest received 14 entries this year, the largest ever. TCF volunteers and enthusiasts met last Thursday at Jose’s Steakhouse to select winners of the t-shirt art contest and prepare for

Golf Cart Winner

Norman Barnhart receiving the keys to the custom golf cart given away at the Texas Crab Festival. Anne Willis drew Norman’s winning raffle ticket on Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the festival. Congratulations, Norman.

Texas Crab Festival Celebrates 33rd birthday in 2018 Featuring Music, Art, and Crabs

By Brenda Cannon Henley
One of the most successful traditions on the Bolivar Peninsula and throughout beautiful Southeast Texas is the Texas Crab Festival held at Gregory Park on Highway 87. It is held on Mother’s Day weekend each year and families from all over have made it the go to event to celebrate moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, other family members,

The Crab Festival is Gulf Coast Fun

Gulf Coast Style fun is right around the corner. Come on out for the 33rd Annual Texas Crab Festival on Mother’s Day Weekend. There is so much to enjoy – fun for all ages! Kick off the weekend on Friday evening with some live music from local favorites and other familiar names. Boot-scoot around the dance floor for the Two Step Contest. All while the kiddos enjoy magic, balloons, and

2018 Texas Crab Festival ENTERTAINERS

2018 Texas Crab FestivalThe Texas Crab Festival has just announced the 2018 Music Entertainment lineup, and this year’s headliners include some hefty country credentials. The Texas Crab Fest brings together a variety of artists for a Mother’s Day weekend of gulf coast style Music, Art and Crabs on May 11-13, 2018 in Crystal Beach, Texas. This year’s music lineup is brought to you by 2018 Texas Crab Festival Presenting Sponsor

Congratulations, Daniel

Daniel Groberg, winner of the $1000 gift card at the 2017 Texas Crab Festival raffle.

Daniel Groberg, winner of the $1000 gift card at the 2017 Texas Crab Festival raffle.

Festival Fun Run

5k-00The Texas Crab Festival 5K Run, now in its 5th year, was another huge success and brought out many runners and supporters. With 238 registered runners, many being repeat runners for all five years now, the continued support is greatly appreciated. One of our own, Dan Priest, who helped bring the 5K fun run to the Texas Crab Festival, has now qualified for the extreme accomplishment –

TCF visitors gobble up the Gumbo

gumbo-0Among the many attractions at the Texas Crab Festival each year is the renowned Gumbo Cookoff. This year’s popular event consisted of five teams competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place trophies as well as the People’s Choice award. The teams began filling the air with the gumbo aroma at 8 am on Saturday morning, enticing the growing crowds to linger for their bite of the goodness. By 11 am, festival folks

Crab Fest Golf

TCFgolf-0Sunny skies and a calm breeze greeted the forty golfers on Saturday participating in the 2017 Texas Crab Festival Golf Tournament. Teams were selected by blind draw on Friday Night at the calcutta, hosted by Chris and Karen Gatlin at Tiki Beach Bar & Grill. With perfect conditions and a well-groomed course, low scores were anticipated. Tee off was at 8:00 with a shotgun start. As always, Gray Hays

TCF Banner Hunt

selfie0The 2017 Texas Crab Festival awareness is heating up. The Banner Selfie Hunt brought the TCF craze to social media and hashtags. The Texas Crab Festival FaceBook page and the hashtag #TexasCrabQuest were booming with excitement as page followers were on the hunt for the TCF banners all around the peninsula. They were challenged to find one of the six banners hanging outside and inside at various

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