Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals
Oct. 3-6, 2019 — Fall Shaker Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Hadley, North Carolina)
Lineup includes Preston Frank, Donna the Buffalo, Galactic, Swamp Kids, Roosevelt Collier Band, Ryan Montbleau Band, Harley Jane, and others. https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org
October 10-13, 2019 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)
Friday, Oct. 11: Bonsoir, Catin and Jeffery Broussard.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Wayne & Same Ol 2 Step, Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, Joel Sonnier 60th Anniversary, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express Through the Years, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, Pine Leaf Boys, Forest Huval & Friends, Chris Miller & Bayou Roots featuring Jimmy Breaux, Yvette Landry & the Jukes, Travis Matte and the Kingpins, Cedric Watson & Bijou Créole, Warren Storm and Willie T with T.K. Hulin, Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, Ruben Moreno, The Revelers, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Chris Ardoin & NuStep, Joel Savoy and Linzay Young, The Savoy Family Band, Gina Forsyth, Drew Simon
Sunday, Oct. 13: Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew, Magnolia Sisters with Special Guests, Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs, Feufollet Through the Years, Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun, Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, T’Monde, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, The Daiquiri Queens, Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Chubby Carrière and the Bayou Swamp Band, Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces, Juré with the Broussard Sisters and Jeffery Broussard, Cory and Lisa McCauley with Clint Ward, Brazos Huval School of Music, Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sound, Angelle Aces with Blake Miller.
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, LA. Celebrate the rhythm of Cajun and Creole life at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Dance to a traditional waltz. Two-step to the upbeat rhythms of accordions, fiddles and ti fers (triangles). Step back in time as traditional crafters demonstrate their artistry. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles pays tribute to the Cajun and Creole cultures with a combination of FREE festivals. Held the second weekend in October! http://www.festivalsacadiens.com
October 10-13, 2019 --- Suwannee Roots Revival (Live Oak, FL)
Lineup includes Donna the Buffalo, The Traveling McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Verlon Thompson, The Grass is Dead, and Samantha Fish. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Suwannee Roots Revival featuring some of the finest in Americana, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Zydeco, Blues, and more! The event takes place Thursday, October 11 - Sunday, October 14 at the magical Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. With multiple stages (Amphitheater Stage, Porch Stage, Dance Tent, Music Hall, and Music Farmer’s Stage) Suwannee Roots Revival is jam-packed with stellar music and dance! A handful of bands will perform multiple sets and some artists will be participating in workshops throughout the weekend. This family-friendly festival includes four days of music, camping, yoga, a Kids Tent, as well as campground pickin’ sessions hosted by Sloppy Joe at Slopryland and Quartermoon at Bill Monroe Shrine as well as throughout SOSMP! Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, and biking. Tickets: www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets/
Oct. 24 through Nov. 9, 2019 --- American Cajun, Blues and Zydeco Festival (Germany)
Bands include Dwight 'Black Cat' Carrier, Joe Hall and the Canecutters, and Michael Juan Nunez. Since 2001 the festival is on the road and it will tour throughout Germany to bring authentic music from Louisiana to the fans and friends of Cajun, Blues and Zydeco. The festival honors these particular genres from Louisiana with artists from USA and Europe. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.americancajunfestival.co
Oct. 24-28, 2019 --- Zydeco on the Seas Weekend Cruise Getaway (Galveston, TX)
Cruise to Cozumel, an island off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Dance to Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers and Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers. Cost starts at $548 per person based on double occupancy. Contact Ms DeVine, The Travel Team @ 713-417-5409 or 832-434-9917.
October 25-26, 2019 --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff (Lafayette, LA)
Bands will include Preston Frank, Los Texmaniacs, Ed Poullard, The Revelers, Jesse Lege, Pine Leaf Boys, Sonny Landreth, and many others. South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff in Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA. The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming. The festival is a cooperative of south Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country. Live performances range from Cajun & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s. More info: http://blackpotfestival.com
November 1-3, 2019 --- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Pensacola)
Bands include Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Patchouli, Arcadian Wild. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The Festival is ranked #30 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Location: Seville Square, Pensacola, Florida. Website: http://www.ggaf.org
November 2-3, 2019 --- Halifax Art Festival (Daytona Beach)
2nd oldest continual art festival in the state of Florida and attracts well over 30,000 visitors annually. This free festival, open to the public, on historic downtown Beach Street from Orange Avenue to Bay Street n front of the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach. The Festival will have over 200 juried artists and artisans exhibiting original two-dimensional art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal, and glass pieces for purchase. The Festival has expanded to celebrate seasoned as well as emerging artists and craftsmen. There will be two distinct exhibit areas. International street cuisine and good old-fashioned festival food will be featured for the hungry festival attendees. Beach Street cafes and restaurants will be open and featuring festival specials. There will, also, be live entertainment with musicians playing a variety of popular music. Website: http://halifaxartfestival.com/
Nov. 7-10, 2019 --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)
Riverhawk is a four-day music festival featuring national and regional acts on 3 stages. An eclectic array of music featuring Americana, Bluegrass, Jamgrass, Celtic, Newgrass, Cajun and more keep your ears busy! The full program for kids includes jugglers, face painters, balloon artists and their own performers along with old fashioned hayrides, piñatas and a ping pong ball race in the meandering stream that runs through the camp. Allowing them to understand and touch various acoustic instruments lights a spark that may change their future! This year we have built a youth pavilion just for them… it will be completed by mid October! Come camp with the whole family in a beautiful setting. Enjoy the music, the arts and crafts vendors and the fine friendly folks! This listing will be updated with dates and bands as they are announced. Website: http://www.riverhawkmusic.com/
November 22-24, 2019 --- Suncoast Jazz Festival (Clearwater Beach, FL)
Swing Dance will be Friday, Nov. 22. In the past, the cost for attending the Swing Dance was $25. Tickets may become available at the Gulfport Casino Wednesday night swing dances. Bands announced for 2019 include Cajun band Tom Rigney and Flambeau, dance bands Adrian Cunningham and His Old School, Dave Bennett Quartet, and Cornet Chop Suey, and other jazz bands Queen City Jazz Band with Wende Harston, Jason Marsalis and His 21st Century Trad Jazz Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Ehud Asherie, Molly Ryan, Matt Home, The Sierra Seven, Bakey and Betty, Tom Hook and the Terrier Brothers, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, La Lucha,, and guest musicians Nate Najar, Tommy Cedil, James Suggs, John Lamb, Heather Thorn, Bob Price, Dan Howard, Herb Roselle, Betty Comora, Mike Evans and Pepper. Website: http://www.suncoastjazzfestival.com/
Dec. 6-8, 2019 --- Bradenton Blues Festival
Bands include Kenny Neal (really good at Tampa Bay Blues Fest!), The Duke Robillard Band, Biscuit Miller and The Mix, Toronzo Cannon, Annika Chambers, John Primer. Website: www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/
December 6-7, 2019 --- Balboa Park December Nights (San Diego)
Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 39th consecutive year on Friday, December 6 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December, 7 from noon-11pm. Friends, families and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 350,000 visitors to the park over two days to revel and enjoy the season. Each year Bon Temps Social Club and Gator By The Bay host bands at the BTSC dance stage featuring danceable music by Cajun, zydeco, blues, and country bands. A different band takes the stage every hour, and free dance lessons are taught at the band breaks. https://www.sandiego.gov/december-nights
Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events
These unique listings are compiled by Jim Hance directly from prominent band and festival websites. Changes in lineups and times are common. Refer to both the event websites and websites of your favorite artists appearing at the festivals prior to making your travel plans.