Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

Festival-O-Rama

2017

June 8-11, 2017 --- Strawberry Park Cajun Zydeco Festival (Connecticut)

Apologies for not posting this earlier. Festivals often do not even have a website at the start of the year, so I wasn't sure they were going to have a 21st festival. This weekend: Dennis Stroughmat, Jesse Lege, Steve Riley, Rusty Metoyer, Kevin Naquin, Pine Leaf Boys, Geno Delafose, Wayne Singleton, and Leroy Thomas. Website: http://eliteresorts.com/strawberry-park/21st-annual-strawberry-park-cajun-zydeco-festival/

Strawberry Park is a 160 acre campground nestled in the heart of southeastern Connecticut, in a region of lakes, streams and ocean beaches, conveniently located near all the major points of interest, and only 5 miles off I-395 or 15 miles from I-95. Strawberry Park offers a wide variety of campsites, ranging from open lawns, wooded and shaded sites, some close to the facilities, while others are more secluded.

June 24-25, 2017 --- Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival (Long Beach)

Pine Leaf Boys, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, T Broussard, Mark St. Mary, Dennis G and the Zydeco Trail Riders, and Bonne Musique Zydeco. Two-day family festival, food, music, dance lessons. http://www.longbeachbayou.com

June 23-25, 2017 —- Muddy Roots Europe Festival (Waardamme, Belgium)

Website: http://muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_events/mr_europe/

June 24-25, 2017  — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (New Orleans)

11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. Louis Armstrong Park. 901 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116. Admission: Free  Website: https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco/

June 30-July 4, 2017 --- Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Information not yet available. Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

July 9-14, 2017 --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia)

"It's a great way to get out of the heat and head for some of the most scenic mountains in the East. Over the years a lot of Floridians have attended." Music and cooking workshops and dancing. See American Heritage Center YouTube Channel.  https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-schedule/cajuncreole/

July 28-30, 2017 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. 2016 information is not posted yet. Please confirm the dates at the website. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

August 3-6, 2017 --- Sailieu Cajun Nights Festival (France)

Email: bayouprod@aol.com. Website: http://www.bayouprod.com/fr/

August 19-20, 2017 --- Cotati Accordion Festival (Cotati, CA)

Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California.  Festival location is north of San Francisco. http://www.cotatifest.com

Sept. 1-3, 2017 --- Ninigret Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island)

Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. http://www.rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php

Sept. 2-3, 2017 --- Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival in Sebastopol, CA

Website is www.WineCountryCajun.com

Sept. 30, 2017 (Projected) — The Creole United Festival (Sausalito, CA)

The Creole United Festival at Dunphy Park, Sausalito, CA. No information posted yet. Confirm date and location on website closer to the date. http://www.creoleunitedfestival.com

October 12-15, 2017 (Projected) --- Magnolia Festival

Festival was cancelled in 2016 due to Hurricane Matthew. Website: http://www.magnoliafest.com/

October 12-15, 2017 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)

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 28-29, 2017 (Projected) --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff (Lafayette, LA)

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.  Confirm the dates at http://blackpotfestival.com

November 4-5, 2017 --- 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, will take place on November 2 & 3, 2013 on historic downtown Beach Street, from Orange Avenue to Bay Street, in 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. 9-12, 2017 (Projected) --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

Website: http://www.riverhawkmusic.com/

November 9-12, 2017 (Projected) --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

Website: http://www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com/

Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2017 --- Louisiana Proud Dance Cruise (New Orleans)

Website: https://www.travelmachine.net/Featured-Cruises/65

December 1-2, 2017 (Projected) --- 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 2 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December, 3 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.

Dec. 1-3, 2017 (Projected) --- Bradenton Blues Festival

Website: www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/

Sat. Dec. 2, 2017 (Projected) --- Al Berard Music Fest (Henderson, Louisiana)

Confirm date and location on website. Information at http://www.alberard.com

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

http://www.zydecoevents.com/texaszydecoevents.html

Florida Cajun and Zydeco Events

http://www.floridacajunzydeco.com

 

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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