Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

Festival-O-Rama

2020

Mar. 26 through Apr. 11, 2020  — Savannah Music Festival

Event canceled.  Website: https://www.savannahmusicfestival.org

Apr. 3-5, 2020 — Tampa Bay Blues Festival (St. Petersburg)

Event postponed.  http://tampabaybluesfest.com

Apr. 3-5, 2020 — Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (Ponchatoula, LA)

Event postponed.   http://www.lastrawberryfestival.com

Sat., Apr. 4, 2020 — Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run (Gulfshores, AL)

Event canceled.

Apr.  16-19, 2020 — Stringbreak Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

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

April 19-24, 2020 --- Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Lafayette, LA)

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: https://www.lafolkroots.org/balfa-week

Apr. 22-26, 2020 --- Festival International d'Louisiane (Lafayette, LA)

Event canceled. https://festivalinternational.org/

April 23-May 3, 2020 --- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)

Event will be postponed until fall. Dates to be announced.   http://www.nojazzfest.com/

Sat. April 25, 20120 [Projected] --- Adams Avenue Unplugged (San Diego)

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

April 29 to May 2, 2020 --- Suwannee River Jam (Live Oak, FL)

Toby Keith, Randy Houser, Billy Ray Cyrus, Parmalee, David Alan Coe, Joe Diffie, Craig Morgan, Low Cash. At The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL. Website: http://suwanneeriverjam.com/

May 1-3, 2020 --- Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA)

Event canceled.  Website: http://bbcrawfest.com/

May 7-10, 2020 — Gator By The Bay Music, Food & Crawfish Festival (San Diego)

Event canceled. Website: www.gatorbythebay.com.

May 7-10, 2020 — Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance (N. Carolina)

Event canceled. https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org

May 21-24, 2018 — Jacksonville Jazz Fest (Jacksonville, FL)

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 Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. One of the largest jazz festivals in the country, offering a fun and vibrant street festival atmosphere. Website: http://jacksonvillejazzfest.com/

May 22-24, 2020 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

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

May 22-24, 2020 --- Florida Folk Festival (White Springs, FL)

Event canceled.   Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/stephen-foster-folk-culture-center-state-park/florida-folk-festival-participant-information

May 23-24, 2020 --- Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival (CA)

Memorial Day weekend. Website http://www.simicajun.org

May 29-31, 2020 --- "A Bridge Toward Louisiana" Cajun Zydeco Festival (Yvelines, France)

Event canceled. Website (English): http://www.topela.eu/pages/en/the-cajun-festival.php?lang=EN

May 29-31, 2020 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival (Augusta, NJ)

Website: http://www.crawfishfest.com

Sun. May 31, 2020 ---  The Mavericks  (Key West)

7 p.m. at  Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040
Promoter says: "At the Sunset Green venue where this show is, there is an XL dance floor!! String lights hang above the al fresco concert space and in front of the stage is about 50 x 10 feet of space for dancing!"

Website: keywestconcertseries.com

June 4-7, 2020 --- Orange Blossom Country Dance Festival (Orlando, FL)

Country, swing, hustle, and cabaret division competitions as well as dedicated ballrooms for just social dancing throughout the event. Event will be held at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809. 2019 rate - $117.00 per night. Website: http://www.orangeblossomdance.net/

June 4-7, 2020 [Projected] --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

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

June 20-21, 2020 [Projected] --- Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival (Long Beach)

Website: http://www.longbeachbayou.com

June 20-21, 2020 [Projected] —  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 26-28, 2020 --- Muddy Roots Europe Festival (Waardamme, Belgium)

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

July 2-5, 2020 — Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

July 5-10, 2020 [Projected] --- 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 16-19, 2020 --- Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Trumansburg, NY)

Host band is Donna The Buffalo. See individual artists' schedules for other performances prior to or after the festival. Other offerings include camping, local food and craft  vendors, children's activities, daily yoga, healing arts, an instrument workshops, and visual arts exhibits. www.grassrootsfest.org

July 18-19, 2020 [Projected] --- Cajun Music & Food Festival (Lake Charles, LA)

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. 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. Children under 12 Free. Phone: (337) 794-2541. Venue: Burton Complex, Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, LA 70605.

 

August 7-9, 2020 [Projected] --- Sailieu Cajun and Zydeco Nights Festival (France)

Email: bayouprod@aol.com.

August 7-9, 2020 [Projected]  --- Buffalo By the Bayou (West Virginia)

Cabins for couples and women sold out. 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 7-9, 2020 [Projected] --- Annual Baja Blues Fest  (Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico)

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

Aug. 22-23, 2020 — 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

 

Sept. 4-6, 2020 --- 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., Sept. 5, 2020 [Projected[ — Cane River Zydeco Festival (Natchitoches, LA)

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

 

October 1–4, 2020 — French Quarter Festival (New Orleans)

The four-day weekend festival is FREE and there is no cost to attend any of the performances. The only costs are for food, beverage, and merchandise purchases on festival grounds, and certain off-site special events. In order to keep this festival free and open to the public, outside food and beverages are prohibited. French Quarter Festival is held throughout the historic French Quarter (Vieux Carre) neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. Music stages are located at Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Bienville Triangle, Preservation Hall, the French Market, St. Mary’s at the Ursuline Convent, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. ‘World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ booths can be found in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Jax Brewery parking lot, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Special events take place at various locations throughout the French Quarter. Website: https://frenchquarterfest.org/

 

Oct. 7-11, 2020 --- 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. Lineup will include Rockin' Doopsie, Chubby Carrier and Nathan Williams, with much more to follow. Famed Tour du France champion Bernard Hinault will be attending as "Capitaine du Cycle Zydeco." Website: www.cyclezydeco.com

 

Oct. 8-11, 2020 — Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music and Dance

 https://shakorihillsgrassroots.org

October 8-11, 2020 [Projected] --- Suwannee Roots Revival (Live Oak, FL)

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is pleased to announce the annual Suwannee Roots Revival featuring some of the finest in Americana, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Zydeco, Blues, and more! The event takes place at 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. 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 9-11, 2020 --- 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 24-25, 2020 [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

Oct. 25, 2020 - Nov. 1, 2020 — Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

https://bluescruise.com/ (These cruises sell out early.)

 

Nov. 5-8, 2020 (Projected) --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

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

November 6-8, 2018 (Projected) --- Cracklin Festival (Port Barre, LA)

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

November 6-8, 2020 --- 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 7 & 8, 2020 --- 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/

 

December 4-5, 2020 (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. Also, check with the Bon Temps Social Club website for details on bands and dance lessons: www.icajunzydeco.com

Dec. 4-6, 2020 [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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