Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals



October 4-7, 2018 --- Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (N. Carolina)

Donna The Buffalo, Preston Frank, Lipbone Redding, Lettuce, Locos Por Juana.


October 12-14, 2018 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)

Many bands at different stages within Lafayette’s Girard Park include Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, Kevin Naquin, Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys, Pine Leaf Boys, Jesse Lege, Jeffery Broussard, Wayne Toups, and many more. List of bands: 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.


October 11-14, 2018 --- Suwannee Roots Revival (Live Oak, FL)

Keller Williams' PettyGrass Featuring The HillBenders, Donna the Buffalo, The Seldom Scene, Samantha Fish, Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Rev. Jeff Mosier. 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:


October 26-27, 2018 --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff (Lafayette, LA)

Bands include Lost Bayou Ramblers, Pine Leaf Boys, Preston Frank, Revelers, Ed Poullard, Horace Trahan, Goldman Thibodeaux, Courtney Granger, Cedric Watson, Jesse Lege,  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.  Confirm the dates and location at


October 28-Nov 4, 2018 — Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Sold Out) (Check for next available cruise.)


November 2-4, 2018 --- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Pensacola)

Nov. 3 Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas. 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:


November 3-4, 2018 --- 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:


Nov. 8-11, 2018 --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

Elizabeth Cook, Reckless Kelly, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, Shiny Ribs, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Frank Vignola Trio, Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s. Website:


November 8-11, 2018 --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

Bands include Lance Dubroc, Clay Cormier & The Highway Boys, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns, JC Melancon and Bayou Rock Band, Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, Dustin Sonnier and The Wanted, Delta Badhand, Johnnie Sonnier and Cajun Heritage, High Performance, Warren Storm and Willie T with Cypress. Website:


November 16-18, 2018 --- Suncoast Jazz Festival (Clearwater Beach, FL)

Featuring Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Cajun band from San Francisco. Tom Rigney frequently performs in fiddle duets with Michael Doucet on the west coast. The Friday Night Swing Dance usually features Tom Rigney and other swing-danceable bands. More info on the Friday Night Swing Dance to come.


Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, 2018 --- Bradenton Blues Festival

Bands include Welch-Ledbetter Connection, Mr. Sipp, Shakura S'Aida, Chris Cain, Harper and Midwest Kind, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Kelley Hunt, Trey Wanvig, Bridget Kelly Band, Memphis Rub Band, Bryan Lee. Website:


December 7-8, 2018 (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.



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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