Cajun and Zydeco Music Festivals

Festival-O-Rama

2018

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

Bands include: T Broussard and the Zydeco High Steppers, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Jo Jo Reed, Acadien Cajun Band, Crawdaddio, Bonne Musique Zydeco and New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. Tickets are $25-$35 per person per day.
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 --- Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Lebeau, LA)

Bands include Lil Nate, Jeremy Fruge, Geno Delafose, Step Rideau. Location: Lebeau Church Grounds, 103 Lebeau Church Road, #Lebeau, LA 71345. Gates open at 10:00 a.m.   music starts at noon. Tribute to Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws.

 

Sat. June 30, 2017 --- 28th Annual Lebeau Zydeco Festival (New Orleans)

Bands include Chris Ardoin and NuStep, Bruce Daigrepont, Sean Ardoin, Les Frenes Michot, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, and Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band. 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 19-22 --- Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (Trumansburg, NY)

Bands include Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, Preston Frank and His Zydeco Family Band. 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 20-21, 2018 --- Cajun Music & Food Festival (Lake Charles, LA)

Celebrating 31 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.

 

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

Bands include David Sousa and the Zydeco Mudbugs, AJ Gibbs Mr. 1 Man Show, Stone Soul and Orleans 2nd Line Club. Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

 

August 2-5, 2018 --- 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 3-5, 2018  --- 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 17-19, 2018 --- 7th Annual Baja Blues Fest featuring Chubby Carrier (Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico)

Two zydeco bands: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and the Bayou Brothers. Not to be missed: Michele Lundeen, Anthony Gomes, and Gregg Wright. On the beach at Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort. Info: http://www.bajabluesfest.org/

 

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

 

August 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

 

Sat., Sept. 1, 2018 --- Cane River Zydeco Festival (Natchitoches, LA)

Bands include 1:30 p.m. On Point Band; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jeremy Fruge and Zydeco Hot Boys;, and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Marcus Ardoin & Da Zydeco Legends. All musical events are held on the downtown stage in the historic district, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

 

October 4-7, 2018 --- Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (N. 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 --- 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 2-4, 2018 --- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Pensacola)

Nov. 3 Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas. 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 3-4, 2018 --- 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 --- Riverhawk Music Festival (Brooksville, FL)

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

 

November 9-11, 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 --- 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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