Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals



Mar. 15 through 18, 2018 --- Yorkshire Cajun (UK)

Cajun bands, dance lessons and Mardi Gras mask making workshop. Features Chris Hall's Double Shots (Chris Hall of the Cajun Roosters).


Mar. 16-18, 2018 — St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival (St. Augustine, FL)

The festival features tons of delicious food, outstanding entertainment and affordable arts & crafts. Visit the Kid Zone, Arts & Crafts show,  Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Make a pit-stop in the Winn Dixie Tent to try some of their Seafood specialties.  Friday night is Jazz night, Saturday and Sunday will feature Country and Americana music. Families will enjoy the Kiddie Rides, Magic Shows, Pirate Fun, Super Heros & Princesses, the Clown Adventure and Interactive Drum Show. Website:


March 22 through 24, 2018 --- Suwannee Spring Reunion (Live Oak, FL)

Suwannee Spring Reunion 2018 features The Infamous Stringdusters, David Bromberg Quintet, Donna The Buffalo, Larry Keel Experience, Dar Williams, Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, The Grass Is Dead, Rev. Jeff Mosier and Biscuit Tragedy, Jon Stickley Trio, Front Country, Roy Book Binder, Grayson Capps, Ralph Roddenbery, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Nikki Talley, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, and Big Cosmo! Four days of music (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on 3 stages; 4 nights of camping; workshops; kids tent; yoga; Eclectic Vending Village; Campground stages at Slopryland and Bill Monroe Shrine; and campground jamming. Suwannee Spring Reunion offers a multi-day weekend ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting at $130. Single-day tickets do not include primitive camping. Venue is located between Jacksonville and Tallahassee about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. For more information and to reserve camping, please visit


Mar. 24, 2018 --- Crawdebauchery Festival (Pompano Beach, FL)

Bands include The Struts, Anders Osborn, Maggie Koerner, Southern Avenue, The Trongone Band. Activities include krewe competition, gumbo rumble, kidzone, and artists displaying their work at the festival.


April 4-8, 2018 --- Cycle Zydeco Bicycling Tour (Lafayette, FL)

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' Dopsie, Jr., Chubby Carrier and Nathan Williams, with much more to follow. Famed Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault will be attending as "Capitaine du Cycle Zydeco." Website:


April 6-8, 2018 --- DeSoto Seafood Fest (Palmetto, FL)

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. Presented by the DeSoto Historical Society, the three-day event is at Sutton and Lamb parks, 10th Ave. West at 6th St. West. Admission is $5 for the day.The website is and phone number is (941) 747-1998.


April 6-8, 2018 — Kemah Crawfish Festival (Texas)

Under the Kemah Bridge. Website:


April  5-8, 2018 — Stringbreak Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, The Grand Slambovians, Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers, Fireside Collective, Seth Walker, . Website:


April  6-8, 2018 — Tampa Bay Blues Festival (St. Petersburg)

At Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Beth Hart, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, John Nemeth, Sugarray Rayford, Eric Gales, and others. After parties starting at 10:30 p.m. at The Ale and The Witch and Ringside Cafe on both Friday and Saturday.


Sat. April  7, 2018 — Houston Zydeco Fest (Houston, TX)

The Houston Zydeco Fest is a one day festival showcasing Zydeco music from Texas and Louisiana. Each year we bring the best musicians in Zydeco industry to perform for you on one stage. Your day will be filled with amazing music, tasty food and great fun. We have a variety of food vendors selling your favorite creole dishes, BBQ and crawfish. Tell your friends and come out to the 2018 Houston Zydeco Fest. It will be the time of your life! Bands will include Brian Jack and The Zydeco Gamblers, Ruben Moreno and the Zydeco Re-Evolution, Lil' Nate and the Zydeco Big Tymers, Lil' Jabb & the Zydeco Soldiers, Keyun & the Zydeco Masters, and official D.J. Jack Frost. For tickets and information, visit


April 12-15, 2018 — 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:


April 13-15, 2018 — Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (Ponchatoula, LA)

Venue: Memorial Park in historic and beautiful Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is a FREE family friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, entertainment, and fun for people of all ages to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, where we promise you will have a BERRY good time! Past festivals have featured bands like Chubby Carrier. Website:


April 14, 2018 — Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run (Gulfshores, AL)

Music lineup includes: 10 a.m.: Amy Nicole and Zydeco Soul; 11:15 a.m.: Excelsior Band; 11:30 a.m.: Sean Ardoin + Zydekool; 1:00 p.m.: Excelsior Band; 1:15 p.m.: Dwyane Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers; 2:30 p.m.: Excelsior Band; 2:45 p.m.: Corey Ledet; 4:15 p.m.: Excelsior Band; 4:30 p.m.: Chubby Carrier. Venue: Waterway Village in Gulf Shores-Under the Intracoastal Bridge (North & South Side) 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542. Parking for the festival will be available at the Waterway Village public parking lot and free shuttles will be running from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and Meyer Park. East 24th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from the W.C. Holmes Bridge to Acme Oyster House. For more information, call 251-968-1172 or visit


April 19-21, 2018 --- Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL)

Bands include Sonny Landreth, Walter Trout, George Porter Jr., New Orleans Suspects, Pink Talking Fish, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, As The Crow Flies, Dark Star Orchestra.


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:


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.


April 27-29, 2018 --- 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


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

This listing will be updated with bands as they are announced. 12 stages at New Orleans Fairgrounds.


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 Ibibio Sound Machine and Rising Appalachia. 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.


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.


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:


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:


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:


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):

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:


May 24-27, 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 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:


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

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


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, 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


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:


May 31 through June3, 2018 (Dates not confirmed) --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

Band list and dates are not published yet. Check with website for details and contact information.


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

Bands include Marcia Ball, Amanda Shaw, Honey Island Swamp Band, Jumping Johnny Samson, Taj Mahal, Bonerama, Rosie Ledet, and others.  Website:


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

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


June 22-24, 2018 (Dates not confirmed)  —- Muddy Roots Europe Festival (Waardamme, Belgium)

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


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:


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

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


July 8-13, 2018 (Dates not confirmed) --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia)

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


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.


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

Email: Website:


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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


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


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:


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



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.


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




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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