The inaugural Crab Fest was held in 1999 on the Western Foreshore, and was a replacement for the Mandurah Kanyana Festival, held from 1966-1988. In 2001, Crab Fest moved from the Western to the Eastern Foreshore to allow for better connections with the business community and transport infrastructure.
From these humble beginnings, Crab Fest has grown to become the biggest free regional community event in Western Australia, all set on the stunning backdrop of the Mandurah Estuary. This demonstrates Crab Fest’s contribution to the liveability, economy and overall image and identity of Mandurah.
In November 2016, the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest claimed Gold in the Major Festivals and Events category at the 2016 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards. The event also claimed Bronze in the Major Festivals and Events category at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin, in February, against a field of strong contenders.