Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

 

Festival-O-Rama

2018

April 21-26, 2018 --- Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Lafayette, LA)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. There’s nothing like Louisiana Folk Roots’ Balfa Week! Our annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week is not a school, or a festival, or a family reunion – it’s all those things and more! It’s “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet! At Balfa Week, you can learn knee-to-knee with master musicians and culture bearers surrounded by great folks from across the globe. Our motto is “Jouer. Danser. Manger. Répéter. (Jam. Dance. Eat. Repeat.)” – and during Balfa Week, you’ll experience all that and so much more. Balfa Week features: Five days of 10 or more Morning Intensive Classes on fiddle, guitar and accordion; Twice-daily participatory teaching sessions on Cajun & Creole Vocals; Five days of instructor-coached Band Labs; Nightly Dances with fantastic Cajun and Creole bands; Five or more artist-led Jam des Amis sessions; Intimate afternoon words-and-music sessions with accomplished and legendary Featured Artists; Afternoon Lagniappe Sessions on a variety of topics; and more. Website: http://www.lafolkroots.org/balfaweek/

 

April 25-29, 2018 --- Festival International d'Louisiane (Lafayette, LA)

Festival International d'Louisiane in downtown Lafayette, LA (Evangeline Parish, LA).The annual 5-day festival is held during the last full week of April. Historic downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, is transformed into an entertainment complex featuring six music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutiques, art galleries, beverage stands, cultural workshops, international cooking demonstrations and a world music store.    http://www.festivalinternational.com

 

April 27-29, 2018 --- Annual Etoufee Festival (Arnaudville, LA)

Bands will include, Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns, Dustin Sonnier and The Wanted, Richard LeBouef and Two Step, Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, Clay Cormier and the Highway Boys, Matt James and the Southern Drifters, and The Side Show Band. This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Call the church or refer to its website when making travel plans. The Etouffee Festival is a local celebration of the culture and food of south Louisiana.  The festival began as a fundraiser for the Little Flower School in 1985, and was initially established by the Knights of Columbus.  Since that time, the school has closed, but the church parish continues the tradition of the festival to help offset the costs of insuring the school buildings.  The buildings are still used by the parish for CCD, RCIA, Adoration Chapel, St Theresa Store, and other church related functions. St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main Street, Arnaudville LA. (337) 754-5912 or  http://www.johnfrancisregis.net/index.php/festival

 

April 27-May 6, 2018 --- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Featured bands will include Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Steve Miller Band, Beck, Jack White, David Byrne, Anita Baker, L Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Common, Cage The Elephant, Trombone Shorty, The Revivialists, Charlie Wilson, Jason Isbell, Smokey Robinson, Juanes, Aaron Neville, Toots and the Matals, George Benson. 12 stages at New Orleans Fairgrounds.  http://www.nojazzfest.com/

 

April 28-29, 2018 --- High Springs Pioneer Days Festival (High Springs, FL)

Gumbo Limbo Cajun Band will be playing around 2 p.m. on April 28. Confirm with schedule at event. Enjoy browsing art and craft vendors. Live music and entertainment all day. Shoot-out re-enactments on Saturday at noon and 2:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. For more information call 386-454-3120. Location: Historic Downtown, James Paul Park area, High Springs, FL 32643.

 

Sat. April 28, 2018 --- Adams Avenue Unplugged (San Diego)

Free admission and lots of great bands again this year. Last year included Robin Henkel, Three Chord Justice, Tomcat Courtney, Ben Powell, Sara Petite Band, Euphoria Brass Band, Joey Harris,  Jack Tempchin (who wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling" for the Eagles), Jim Hinton, Gregory Page, Israel Maldonado, . Adams Avenue Unplugged, a free musical walkabout along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights, and into parts of Kensington to the East. The event will feature live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. Being able to pair the Avenue’s unique dining and drinking establishments, each with their own special ambiances and selections, with free musical performances, makes Adams Avenue the place to be on the last weekend of April. The AABA hopes to treat musical aficionados and foodies to the rich neighborhood culture.

 

May 3-6, 2018 --- Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (North Carolina)

Bands include Preston Frank with Donna The Buffalo, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Donna The Buffalo, Dr. Bacon, AJ Ghent, Big Mean Sound Machine, The Shoaldiggers, Swift Creek Swing Dance. This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. 4 days, 4 stages & over 50 bands in beautiful, green Chatham County, North Carolina.  http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/

 

May 4-6, 2018 --- Pensacola Crawfish Festival (Pensacola, FL)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Some Louisiana bands have performed in the past. Check website for lineup closer to the event dates. http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival

 

May 2-5, 2018 --- Suwannee River Jam (Live Oak, FL)

Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Pam Tillis, Kentucky Headhunters, Easton Corbin, Rodney Atkins, Williams and Ree, The Lacs, Tyler Far, Cody Johnson, Locash. At The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL. Website: http://suwanneeriverjam.com/

 

May 4-6, 2018 --- Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA)

Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, High Performance, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners, Forest Huval, Jambalaya, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Travis Matte and the Kingpins, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Rusty Metoyer and Zydeco Krush, Huval Family Band, Damon Troy & Friends, Cajun Stompers, Hunter Courville, Louisiana Red, Kegan Navarre & Louisiana Traditions, Corey Ledet, Richard La Bouef, and Les Ferrailles. The Crawfish Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun musicians. All weekend long you can hear the sound of authentic Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music rising from the festival. Whether your musical taste is Cajun or Creole, you can witness over 30 bands perform over the three day event if you think you have the stamina. It’s a perfect opportunity to see our musical tradition passed from generation to generation. Watch the Cajun dance contests, and if you’re brave, join in. There’s no better way to learn. There are even Cajun music workshops held in the heritage tent. Website: http://bbcrawfest.com/

 

May 10-13, 2018 — Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival (San Diego)

Pine Leaf Boys, The Revelers, Keith Frank, Dexter Ardoin, and Horace Trahan. Blues bands will include Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers, Earl Thomas, Carolyn Wonderland, Mr. Sipp, Igor Prado and Whitney Shay. The total number of artists at the event will be over 60. The event draws 20,000 each year, and offers the dancer seven music stages from which to choose, with two main stages offering 3,000 sq. ft. tented dance floors at each. The event is situated on mile-long Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay directly across the street from San Diego Lindbergh International Airport. The weather in San Diego is particularly nice in May with temps at the bay around 75 degrees, but bring a jacket because when the sun goes down it gets a bit chilly. Website: www.gatorbythebay.com.

 

May 18-20, 2018 --- "A Bridge Toward Louisiana" Cajun Zydeco Festival (Yvelines, France)

Features Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express in addition to 15 other European Cajun and zydeco bands. The object of this gathering is to promote the French speaking culture in Louisiana through different activities such as music, literature, art and cooking, practices alive in Louisiana. As a consequence, this Festival will help to concretize and to innovate many exchanges and ties between our two countries, whether they are cultural, educational or historical. Website (English): http://www.topela.eu/pages/en/the-cajun-festival.php?lang=EN

 

May 24-27, 2018 — Jacksonville Jazz Fest (Jacksonville, FL)

Bands include Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Trombone Shorty, Sheila E, Chris Thomas Band, Grace Kelly, The 4 Korners. This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Experience all Downtown Jacksonville has to offer as it comes alive with the sounds of jazz greats and modern favorites at the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Join the City of Jacksonville May 24 - 27 and experience three stages of live jazz, local food, drinks, shopping and entertainment.  Since first taking place in 1981, the Jazz Fest has become one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, offering a fun and vibrant street festival atmosphere, and in 2018 you can experience it on an even larger scale throughout 15 blocks of downtown. Website: http://jacksonvillejazzfest.com/

 

May 25-27, 2018 --- Florida Folk Festival (White Springs, FL)

Gumbo Limbo Cajun Band will be featured at this event. A three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. At the Florida Folk Festival you can sit with the masters who keep cultural traditions alive. In jam sessions, demonstrations and workshops, try your own hand at playing mandolin, telling stories, or making a pine needle basket. As the sun sets, settle in for concerts by moonlight or dance the night away at the Heritage Stage. At the end of the day you'll have discovered new corners of the state from the people who call Florida home.

On the Suwannee River at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, home of the Florida Folk Festival for 66 years. Visit the Folk Festival website often as we will continuously update information as it becomes available. The Festival is presented under the auspices of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks.

Schedule to be posted at: floridastateparks.org/folkfest/performance-schedule

May 25-27, 2018 --- "Zydeco Zity" International Cajun Zydeco Festival (Netherlands)

Bands include Zydeco Annie & Swamp Cats, Elvis Fontenot and the Sugar Bees, Flatville Aces, Po' Boys, Blue Bayou, Flyin' Saucers Gumbo Special, Dwayne Verheyden & Band, La Blusa, River Zydeco Band, ZydeGoNutz. Festival location: Corner Kloosterweg and Wilhelminalaan, next to the soccer fields, Raamsdonksveer. Website: http://www.zydecozity.nl/en

 

May 26-27, 2018 --- Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival (CA)

Bands include Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, La Recolte, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dave Mason, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Lightnin Willie, Chambers Brothers, Eddie Money, 3 Sista Blues. Website http://www.simicajun.org

 

May 31 through June 3, 2018 --- Orange Blossom Country Dance Festival (Orlando, FL)

They are to their credit UCWDC Classic Masters World Champions, World Professional Smooth Finalists, Classic and Showcase Swing Champions, and U.S. Open Swing Cabaret Champions. There will be country, swing, hustle, and cabaret division competitions as well as dedicated ballrooms for just social dancing throughout the event. Event will be held at Orlando Airport Marriott. Website: http://www.orangeblossomdance.net/

 

June 7-10, 2018 --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

Artists include Kevin Naquin, Steve Riley, Geno Delafose, Rusty Metoyer, Wayne Singleton, Jesse Lege, Magnolia, Zydegroove, Pine Leaf Boys, Dennis Stroughmatt, C'est Bon, Jimmy Jo.

http://eliteresorts.com/strawberry-park/21st-annual-strawberry-park-cajun-zydeco-festival/

 

June 1-3, 2018 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival (Augusta, NJ)

Bands include Pine Leaf Boys, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Zydeco Revelators, Taj Mahal Trio, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary (Trio),  George Porter Jr. and The Runnin' Pardners, Samantha Fish, Stanton Moore, Marcia Ball, Bonerama, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, Mike Farris, Ryan Montbleau, Brandon "Taz" Niederauer, Honey Island Swamp Band,  Katie Henry, Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution,  Terry and The Zydeco Bad Boys, The Matt Angus Thing, Jenny and The Felines, Anthony Morgan and The Harlem Spirit of Gospel..  Website: http://www.crawfishfest.com

 

June 23-24, 2018 --- Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival (Long Beach)

Bands from 2017 are listed on the website at time of this posting: T Broussard and the Zydeco High Steppers, Pine Leaf Boys, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers. Website: http://www.longbeachbayou.com

 

June 22-24, 2018 — Muddy Roots Europe Festival (Waardamme, Belgium)

Labretta Suede and the Motel 6, A Band Called Twang + Slim, Cessna's Auto Club, The Monsters, Reverend Beatman, Billy Harlan, James Hunnicutt. Website: http://muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_events/mr_europe/

 

June 23-24, 2017 (Dates not confirmed)  — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (New Orleans)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. 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/

 

July 4-8, 2018 --- Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Artists include Chubby Carrier, Horace Trahan, Larkin Poe, Commander Cody, Curtis Salgado, Beth Hart, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Marc Broussard, The Mavericks. Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

 

July 29-Aug. 3, 2018 --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia)

Artist instructors will include Kevin Wimmer, Joel Savoy, Randy Vidrine, Jeffery Broussard, Jason Frey, D'Jalma Garnier. "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 19-22, 2018 —- Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (Trumansburg, NY)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/

 

August 2-5, 2018 (Dates not confirmed) --- Sailieu Cajun and Zydeco Nights Festival (France)

Email: bayouprod@aol.com. Website: http://www.burgundy-tourism.com/discover/must-see/festivals-and-events/INCONBOU000V503M24/detail/saulieu/cajun-and-zydeco-nights-festival-at-saulieu

 

July 27-29, 2018 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

 

August 18-19, 2018 --- Cotati Accordion Festival (Cotati, CA)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California.  Festival location is north of San Francisco. http://www.cotatifest.com

 

Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2018 --- Ninigret Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. http://www.rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php

 

Sept. 1-2, 2018  (Dates not confirmed) — Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival in Sebastopol, CA

This listing will be updated with dates and bands as they are announced. Website is www.WineCountryCajun.com

 

Oct. 4-7, 2018 — Fall Shaker Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Hadley, North Carolina)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org

 

October 11-14, 2018 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)

This listing will be updated with dates and bands as they are announced. 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 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: www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets/

 

October 27-28, 2018 (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 and location at http://blackpotfestival.com

 

October 28-Nov 4, 2018 — Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Sold Out)

https://bluescruise.com/ (Check for next available cruise.)

 

November 3-4, 2017 (Dates not confirmed) --- 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. 8-11, 2018 (Dates not confirmed) --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

This listing will be updated with dates and bands as they are announced. Website: http://www.riverhawkmusic.com/

 

November 8-11, 2018 (Dates not confirmed) --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

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

 

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. https://www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

 

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

Website: www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/

 

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

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

 

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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