Charleston crawling with crawfish

Fried crawfish at Nana's Seafood and Soul (Hanna Raskin)

Like shrimp and softshell crabs, Louisiana crawfish arrived early this year – so early, in fact, that the current season started in 2015. But crawfish fever didn’t reach Charleston until this month, which started with the Lowcountry Cajun Festival and ends with the seventh annual crawfish boil at Home Team BBQ.

Here, your upcoming crawfish consumption opportunities:

• The national organization Crawfish for Cancer on Saturday is hosting its second annual Charleston event at Palmetto Brewery from 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; the party features Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and live music, in addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish and Palmetto beer. “For me, being from Southern Mississippi, this is pretty exciting,” organizer Shelby Duff says. Tickets are priced at $65. Despite the group’s name, profits are used to fight cancer: The organization last year donated $110,000 to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

• LoLA Low Country Louisiana Seafood Kitchen, the new Park Circle restaurant that’s using a food truck as its kitchen, is hosting crawfish boils every Tuesday from 5 p.m. until every mudbug is eaten. “We fly in live crawfish from Louisiana,” owner Jeff Filosa says. Admission is $20.

• For the first time, Home Team BBQ is boiling crawfish downtown. “This change reflects growth…and the need for space,” the restaurant’s website explains. “Our outside stage will debut with this ambitious event.” What makes the Apr. 30 endeavor especially ambitious is Home Team plans to conduct regular business indoors at 126 Williman St. while three bands perform outdoors. “No crawfish sales inside,” the website stresses. Outside, $15 buys a plate of crawfish and entry to the concert area. The boil begins at 1 p.m.