It's all-you-can eat and drink
As the video above demonstrates, these festivals end up packed with people and piled high with seafood. All-inclusive tickets buy you as much crawfish as you can possibly stuff in your face, access to an open bar, and live music. For the money, it's not a terrible deal -- New York's goes down on May 13 for five hours straight and tickets cost just $95 if you get them early (they're $120 at the door). You'd spend about the same on a pretty nice dinner, only this goes to a good cause.
Crawfish for Cancer festival's leadership also gets the importance of bringing big flavors to the experience too. Crowell enjoyed his first crawfish as a freshman playing baseball in high school, buying them for $5 for a 3-pound bag before watching the varsity team play. "The best part of crawfish is the rich butter that's complimented by the intense spice," he told Thrillist. "Spicier the better. Our Houston and New Orleans cooks know what they are doing."
It's coming to 8 different American cities
You don't have to live in New York either. There's a full lineup of dates in cities across the country left this summer and fall. Not all of them have been announced yet, but here are the ones that have. Check the festival site to set up alerts so that you can get notified of one near you (and get an early bird ticket).