Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

Festival-O-Rama

2019

April 24-28, 2019 --- Cycle Zydeco Bicycling Tour (Lafayette, LA)

Bicycle, dine and dance your way through Acadiana. Join 300+ folks for leisurely cycling 40 to 60 miles per day with numerous stops for dancing to top Louisiana bands, dining and tourist stuff. 2019 Cycle Zydeco will coincide with Festival International de Louisiane & the New Iberia Spanish Festival included with registration for Cycle Zydeco.  Website: www.cyclezydeco.com

 

April 24-28, 2019 --- Festival International d'Louisiane (Lafayette, LA)

Bands include Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Pine Leaf Boys, the Revelers, Huval Family Band, and many bands from other countries. 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. https://festivalinternational.org/

 

April 25-28 and May 2-5, 2019--- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)

A few of the bands of interest to my readers: Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, The Revelers, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Balfa Tkourjours, David Doucet, Dwayne Dopsie and Zydeco Hellraisers, Steve Riley and the Momou Playboys, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Pine Leaf Boys, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Curley Taylor, Geno Delafose, Wayne Toups, and Lost Bayou Ramblers. 12 stages at New Orleans Fairgrounds.  http://www.nojazzfest.com/

 

April 26-28, 2019 --- Annual Etoufee Festival (Arnaudville, LA)

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

 

Apr. 26-28, 2019 --- 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

 

Sat. April 27, 2019 (Confirm Date) --- Adams Avenue Unplugged (San Diego)

Artists include David Lindley, Gaby Moreno, Robin Henkel, Sara Petite Band, Tomcat Courtney, The Mad Hat Hucksters, Tennessee Tina, Rosa's Cantina, Mercedes Moore Duo, Lee Coulter, and more. 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 1-4, 2019 --- Suwannee River Jam (Live Oak, FL)

Artists include Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Chase Rice, Gretchen Wilson, and Hank Williams Jr. At The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL. Website: http://suwanneeriverjam.com/

 

May 2-5, 2019 --- Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (North Carolina)

Bands include Preston Frank and 50 other bands. 4 days, 4 stages in beautiful, green Chatham County, North Carolina.  http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/

 

May 3-5, 2019 --- Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA)

Bands include Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Lil Nate the Zydeco Big Timers, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha=Chas, Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie and many more. 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 5–10, 2019, --- Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Lafayette, LA)

Instructors include Brazos Huval, Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet, David Greely, Drew Simon, Forest Huval, Kelli Jones, Kevin Wimmer, Sam Brousard, Wilson Savoy and others. Balfa Week features: Five days of  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 artists; 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. All meals are included starting Sunday with Full-Time Registration. Lodging options on site are Campsites (available by contacting Chicot State Park) with water and electricity as well as a group dorm. If you would like to stay off-site in other accommodations there are options available in and around the surrounding area. Website: https://www.lafolkroots.org/balfa-week

 

May 9-12, 2019 — Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival (San Diego)

2019 bands include Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Kevin Naquin and the Ossun  Playboys, and Aki Kumar Bollywood Blues. 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 23-26, 2019 — Jacksonville Jazz Fest (Jacksonville, FL)

Gladys Knight, Brian Culbertson, Monty Alexander, LPT, Brass-a-Holics, Amina Scott, Avery's Sunshine, Moonchild, Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Ledisi, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio. 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 24-26, 2019 --- "Zydeco Zity" International Cajun Zydeco Festival (Netherlands)

Bands include Zydeco Playboys, River Zydeco Band, Zydeco Prophecies, Cajun Bouexi Band, Evil Emil and King Kong Cobras, John Qui Saute. After party: Allez Mama. Festival location: Corner Kloosterweg and Wilhelminalaan, next to the soccer fields, Raamsdonksveer. Website: http://www.zydecozity.nl/en

 

May 24-26, 2019 --- Florida Folk Festival (White Springs, FL)

Artists include Billy Dean, Brother Brother, Tom Shed, Frank Thomas, John Anderson, Wild Shiners, Mindy Simmons, Ben Prestage, Toney Rocks, Rod MacDonald, John McEuen and the Stringwizards. A three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. From Irish fiddle tunes and kumquat pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, the state's cultural heritage reflects the lives of generations of Florida families and communities. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida's heritage. Every year the Department of State's Florida Folklife Program researches a special topic on Florida's traditional heritage.  The Festival's 2016 Folklife Area will feature performances and demonstrations celebrating the diverse living traditions of Miami-Dade County.  Be sure to visit the Folklife Area to experience the compelling traditions and savor the flavors, sights, and sounds, of some of Florida's oldest and newest cultural communities. 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. Learn how to collect your family's history, call a square dance, or the importance of native plant and animal species. Take a shopping excursion and visit with Florida's traditional and contemporary craftsmen. Then dine on collard greens and cornbread, chicken pilau and hoppin' john, shrimp gumbo, barbecue, curries, gyros and lime fizzes. 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.This weekend, Gumbo Limbo performing at Florida Folk Festival. Starts off Friday with two performances including Cajun lesson and dance at Heritage Stage. Florida Folk Festival is near intersection of I-10 and I-75 in northern part of Florida. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is a Florida State Park located in White Springs off U.S. 41, along the Suwannee River in north Florida, 11016 Lillian Sanders Dr, White Springs, FL 32096  Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/stephen-foster-folk-culture-center-state-park/florida-folk-festival-schedule-highlights

 

May 25-26, 2019 --- Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival (CA)

Bands include Corey Ledet, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Bayou Brothers, David Sousa and Zydeco Mudbugs, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Mark St. Mary Zydeco and Blues Band, Spin Doctors, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Lightnin' Willie, Pete Anderson, Queen Nation. Website http://www.simicajun.org

 

May 30 through June 2, 2019 --- Orange Blossom Country Dance Festival (Orlando, FL)

Voted favorite North American UCWDC event! Swing and country dance competitions, Lots of social dancing. 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/

 

May 31-June 2, 2019 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival (Augusta, NJ)

Website: http://www.crawfishfest.com

 

June 6-9, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

https://www.facebook.com/Strawberry-Park-Blast-from-the-Bayou-Cajun-Zydeco-Festival-205474722813332/

 

June 21-23, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- 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 22-23, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival (Long Beach)

Tickets are $25-$35 per person per day.
Website: http://www.longbeachbayou.com

 

June 22-23, 2019 --- Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (New Orleans, LA)

https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco

 

July 4-7, 2019 --- Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Artists include The Maverick, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Marc Broussard, The Revivalists. Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

 

July 18-21 --- Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Trumansburg, NY)

www.grassrootsfest.org

 

July 18-21, 2019 --- Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (Trumansburg, NY)

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

 

July 19-21, 2019 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

 

July 19-20, 2019 --- Cajun Music & Food Festival (Lake Charles, LA)

Celebrating 32 years of preserving and promoting Cajun music and heritage with continuous live Cajun music, traditional Cajun foods, arts and crafts, Cajun waltz and two-step dance contests, and children's activities all at Burton Coliseum starting at 4:00 to 11:00 PM, Friday, July 20th and again Saturday, July 21 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. In addition, we have a Cajun French mass and donut social on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM at the CFMA Building and Museum located at 3481 E, Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles. Friday 4 p.m. to 11p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Admission: $8.00 - Children under 12 Free. Phone: (337) 794-2541. Venue: Burton Complex, Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, LA 70605. https://www.visitlakecharles.org/event/cajun-music-and-food-festival/31340/

 

July 28-Aug. 2, 2019 (Date Not Confirmed) --- 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/

 

August 1-4, 2019 (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

 

August 2-4, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed)  --- Buffalo By the Bayou (West Virginia)

Camping $150 per person. $50 per person admission without camping. All payments by check. Email promoters to make reservations. Nearest motel accommodations 30 min. drive. Capon Bridge, West Virginia. Information: buffalobythebayou@gmail.com  Website: http://www.dancingbythebayou.com/

 

August 16-18, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- 8th Annual Baja Blues Fest

On the beach at Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort. Info: http://www.bajabluesfest.org/

 

August 17-18, 2019 --- 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. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019 --- 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

 

Sat., Aug. 31, 2019 (Date Not Confirmed) --- Cane River Zydeco Festival (Natchitoches, LA)

All musical events are held on the downtown stage in the historic district, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

 

Oct. 3-6, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) — 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 10-13, 2019 --- 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 10-13, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- Suwannee Roots Revival (Live Oak, FL)

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/

 

Oct. 24 through Nov. 9, 2019 --- American Cajun, Blues and Zydeco Festival (Germany)

Bands include Dwight 'Black Cat' Carrier, Joe Hall and the Canecutters, and Michael Juan Nunez. Since 2001 the festival is on the road and 2018 it will tour throughout Germany to bring authentic music from Louisiana to the fans and friends of Cajun, Blues and Zydeco. The festival honors these particular genres from Louisiana with artists from USA and Europe. Contact  info@magnetic-music.com. Website: http://www.americancajunfestival.com

 

Oct. 24-28, 2019 --- Zydeco on the Seas Weekend Cruise Getaway (Galveston, TX)

Cruise to Cozumel, an island off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Dance to Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers and Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers. Cost starts at $548 per person based on double occupancy. Contact Ms DeVine, The Travel Team @ 713-417-5409 or 832-434-9917.

 

October 26-27, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- 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

 

November 1-3, 2019 --- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Pensacola)

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: http://www.ggaf.org

 

November 2-3, 2019 --- 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. 7-10, 2019 (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 7-10, 2019 (Dates not confirmed) --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

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

 

Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, 2019 (Dates Not Confirmed) --- Bradenton Blues Festival

Website: www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/

 

December 6-7, 2019 (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

 

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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