Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Fest 2020

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Published on: February 12th, 2020

906 Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet [Photo by Leona Strassberg Steiner]

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet [Photo by Leona Strassberg Steiner]
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet [Photo by Leona Strassberg Steiner]

"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," our weekly Cajun and zydeco show, Sundays 12-2pm

Kick off crawfish season with the 14th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival! March 28-29, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the only New Orleans festival that exclusively celebrates and presents Cajun and Zydeco music. This year's festival features performances by BeauSoleil, Sean Ardoin, Corey Ledet, Lil’ Nathan, Jeffrey Broussard and more.

At the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, the Foundation is celebrating spring in New Orleans not only with great performances but also with outstanding local art and everyone's favorite seafood, crawfish.

New this year: On Friday, March 27, the Foundation will host a free an indoor concert made for dancing at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. At 8pm, Yvette Landry & the Jukes, with special guest, Warren Storm, will perform. At 9pm, The Magnolia Sisters will take the stage. Admission is free and doors open at 7:30pm.

As always, there will be food vendors, an arts market, and kids activities. Crawfish will be a major theme at this year's festival.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
11am-12:30pm Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
12:45-2:15pm Rosie Ledet
2:30-4pm Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
4:15-5:30pm Sean Ardoin
5:45-7pm Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Sunday, March 29, 2020
11am-12:30pm Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
12:45-2:15pm Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
2:30-4pm Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
4:15-5:30pm Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
5:45-7pm Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet

As at all of our events, there will be a huge crafts fair, with 24 of the best artisans in the region selling hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts.

With 10 vendors of savory entrees and four for cool and refreshing desserts, there will be a taste of something for everyone. This year, vendors will offer their best spin on a spring favorite: crawfish.

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival takes place in Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116).

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus route No. 91 (Jackson-Esplanade) passes directly in front of Armstrong Park. So does the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar. The fare is $1.25 each way.

Bike Easy will set up a bicycle valet at Armstrong Park, so you can ride to the festival and park it safely – for free!

Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Check back here for more details on available lots and parking options.

There is a Kids Tent so parents can let their children enjoy supervised creative activities while they boogie to the music. This year, the Kid's Tent will provide crawfish-themed activities. The Kids Tent closts at 6pm both days of the festival.

Full details on the festival available at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's website. 

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