The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is in its 8th year and is a free celebration of two great American originals: Cajun and Zydeco!
A free event, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is held on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint on the edge of the French Quarter and features two stages of live music from the best New Orleans and Acadiana Cajun and Zydeco performers.This year’s event boasts world-famous acts like BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with special guest Jo-El Sonnier, the legendary Buckwheat Zydeco, and the “Zydeco Sweetheart,” Rosie Ledet. Anyone not up on their feet and dancing at this particular event should have their pulse checked.
And it’s not just music. The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival also features great food from Cajun specialty food vendors as well as cooking demonstrations. Then there’s the huge crafts fair: skilled artisans from the Acadiana Region will be displaying handmade art, jewelry, and other colorful, fine Bayou Country crafts.Held simultaneously with the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is hosted by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. With roots going back to German and Polish traditional music styles, as well as other Old World influences, Cajun music relies heavily on accordions, fiddles, guitars, and typically French and English vocals.
Zydeco evolved from the Cajun and is a hybrid of this distinctive, American style along with and soul, rock, jazz, gospel – even hip-hop. Zydeco music is further distinctive in its typical addition of washboard, horns and other non-traditional instruments.
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Jun 14–15, 2014 – 11am to 7:30pm
Louis Armstrong Park
N’awlins Lodging for the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Sure, you could stay at a motel or a themed hotel to get that faux New Orleans experience – or you could check into one of our member bed and breakfast inns in the Big Easy and experience the real deal, complete with southern hospitality, insider knowledge of the area, and killer breakfasts.