Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals




November 22-24, 2019 --- Suncoast Jazz Festival (Clearwater Beach, FL)

Swing Dance will be Friday, Nov. 22. Purchase tickets on the website before the event for $30. Tickets at the door will be $35. Tickets are also available at the Gulfport Casino Wednesday night swing dances for $30. However, it is my experience it is better to purchase tickets online because registration staff at the event refer to the list of people who registered online. Only a few people buy tickets without registering online; walking in with a ticket in hand can confuse them. 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:


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:


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.


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.



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