2017 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL
«This festival contains the greatest collection of Cajun and zydeco artists for any festival in the city and perhaps the state.»
— Charles Laborde, host of «Lache Pas,» the weekly Cajun and zydeco show heard on WWOZ-FM
Welcome to the 2017 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival – the 11th annual edition of New Orleans’ only festival that features exclusively Cajun and zydeco music. The festival takes place Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, in Armstrong Park in downtown New Orleans. Admission is free.
Once again, we’ll present a stellar lineup that includes many of Louisiana’s most beloved Cajun and zydeco performers. This year we welcome back two illustrious performers who haven't played the festival in a while: the legendary D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and Grammy winner Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. We'll also feature a number of our other favorites, among them Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Les Freres Michot, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and Bruce Daigrepont's Cajun Band.
We’ll also have great food, a large arts market, activities for kids and lots of misting fans to keep everyone cool.
NEW THIS YEAR: FOLK LIFE AREA
Ever wonder how Cajun file powder – the spice that makes gumbo taste like gumbo – is made? Or how Cajun accordions are built? For the first time, we are presenting live demonstrations of these and other Louisiana traditions in our new Folk Life area – which we’re setting up in the historic Congo Square section of Armstrong Park
Also new this year, we’ll feature a food area in Congo Square just for desserts – including Italian ice, popsicles, ice cream and other cool treats.
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival takes place in Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116).
HOW TO GET THERE
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus route No. 91 passes directly in front of Armstrong Park. See the route map here. The fare is $1.25 each way.
Our friends at Bike Easy will set up a bicycle valet at Armstrong Park, so you can ride to the festival and park it safely – for free!
Alas, the parking lot at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre isn’t available. But there is plenty of parking all weekend in the lot of Basin Street Station (located at 501 Basin Street, just across from Armstrong Park by the old Winn-Dixie) for $15 per vehicle per day.
2017 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL MUSIC SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 24:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Les Freres Michot
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band
Sunday, June 25:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bruce Daigrepont's Cajun Band
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
As at all of our events, we'll have a huge crafts fair, with 25 of the best artisans in the region selling hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts. See the complete list of Arts Market vendors here.
It's the season for seafood, so that's what our diverse group of food vendors will feature. Louisiana oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab, boudin and alligator are on the menu. With 10 vendors of savory entrees and four for cool and refreshing desserts, there's a taste of something for everyone. See the complete list of food vendors and their menus here. And if you're looking for sweet cold treats, make sure to check out our «Dessert Oasis» in Congo Square — it's where all of our dessert vendors will be, with ice cream, snoballs, popsicles, Italian ices and more.
Yes, it's hot in New Orleans in June. But we'll help you keep your cool as you boot-scoot to the two-step beat with a half-dozen misting fans provided by our friends at Mist Works.
We’re setting up a Kids Tent so parents can let their children enjoy supervised creative activities while they boogie to the music. Workshop sessions will include making corn collages, butterfly fans, an explorer journal and colorful drawings, plus face-painting. The Kids tent will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. both days of the festival.
Food, Drinks, Chairs, Pets, etc.:
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is a free event. Donations are gratefully accepted. Please help us to keep this and our other events free by patronizing our food and beverage vendors. Except for those with specific dietary restrictions or special needs, we ask that you not bring coolers or ice chests with outside food and beverages. Camp chairs or folding chairs are welcome. Please respect our other guests by not bringing pets to the festival. Thank you.
Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival.
KEEP IT GREEN
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival recycles. Please use the designated receptacles for your plastic and aluminum disposables.