Crawfish, catfish and Coors

illustration by mark stivers

One of my favorite summer pastimes is scraping some money together with friends, buying 10 or more pounds of crawfish and steaming them in a giant pot. Thankfully, one of Sacramento’s best-kept secrets is its stash of local crawfish that live in rice paddies and in Delta wetlands. Well, maybe not really a secret, with two local festivals celebrating it: the annual Isleton Cajun Festival in June and this weekend’s Coors Light Crawfish & Catfish Festival in Sacramento. Organized by local festival promoter Louisiana Sue and sponsored by Coors Light, the two-day celebration will serve up plenty of Louisiana-style food (crawfish, catfish, alligator, barbecue, shrimp, oysters, etc.) as well as music (a handful of zydeco and Louisiana blues bands) and a kids’ area. Bring lawn chairs, an appetite and extra napkins. Noon-11 p.m., Saturday, September 8; noon-7 p.m., Sunday, September 9. $5. Rio Ramaza Marina RV & Event Park, 10000 Garden Highway;