Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals



October 12-15, 2017 --- Swannee Roots Revival (Live Oak, FL)

Lineup will include Donna the Buffalo, Revelers, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim lauderdale, Verlon Thompson and dozens more. Website:


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

Festival de Musique will showcase the best of Cajun and Zydeco music at the annual Fetivals Acadiens beneath the spreading oaks of Girard Park in Lafayette, LA. Festival de Musique Acadienne, celebrating 36 years of entertainment, originated as the Tribute to Cajun Music Festival, an event that was designed to attract and educate the younger generation to the traditional values of the Cajun culture. Festival de Musique Acadienne now attracts Louisiana's best Cajun and Zydeco bands and draws thousands of people from across the country and around the world.


Oct. 13-15, 2017 — Richmond Folk Festival (Richmond, VA)

CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Website:


Oct. 20-21, 2017 — St Francis Xavier Catholic Church Annual Fall Bazaar (Houston, TX)

Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws, Jerome Batiste & the Zydeco Players, DJ Mike T. St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4600 Reed Rd, Houston, TX 77051. Website:


Sat. Oct. 21, 2017 — Attalla Heritage Day Festival (Attalla, Alabama)

Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Website:


Oct. 21-28, 2017 — Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Departs Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao, Bahamas.  Bands include Chubby Carrier, Cyril Neville's Swamp Funk, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots Revue, Samantha Fish, California Honeydrops, TajMo, Tommy Castro, Buddy Guy.  Info:


October 28-29, 2017 --- 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.  Artists this year will include Lil Buck Senegal, Pine Leaf Boys, Freetown Aces, Courtney Granger, Ed Pollard and Preston Frank, Feufollet, The Revelers and Los Texmaniacs.


Nov. 2-4, 2017 — Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival (Urbana, IL)

Cajun, Old Time/Contra Dance, Swing, Country, Folk, Hispanic, Celtic, Blues. Website:


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:


Nov. 9-12, 2017 --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

Bands include the Sauce Boss Bill Wharton, Black Lillies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ana Egge and the Sentimentals, Dust Bowl Revival, Fly By Nite Rounders. Website:


November 10-12, 2017 --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

Bands include Geno Delafose, Kevin Naquin, Wallace Trahan, Wayne Toups.  Website:


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



December 1-2, 2017 --- 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. Website:


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

Bands include Chubby Carrier, Damon Fowler, Joe Louis Walker, Curtis Salgado, Sugar Blue, Vanessa Collier, Sean Chambers Band.



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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