Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

Festival-O-Rama

2020

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 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/

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 30-31, 2020 --- 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

Nov. 12-15, 2020 --- 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, 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 6-7, 2020 --- 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 --- Bradenton Blues Festival

Website: www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/

 

April 8-11, 2021 — 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/

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

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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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