Get out those dancing shoes, polish up the scrub-board, and plan to wear some stretchy pants. The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Armstrong Park is on, cher! Another stellar Jazz & Heritage Foundation event, this free fest on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. lines up a slew of beloved Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco musicians ready to chank-a-chank, plus plenty of vendors offering delicious Louisianan food.
Speaking of food, some say the word “Zydeco” is derived from the phrase, “les haricots ne sont pas salés,” which in Creole French sounds like “leh-zy-dee-co nuh sohn pas salay.” Literally translated, “the beans aren’t salty,” the phrase is a Creole French idiom for having no gossip or spicy news. Even when it’s about music, it’s also about food and spice. This year’s Cajun-Zydeco Festival also features kids activities and an arts market showcasing heritage crafts. Check out a few choice ideas for what to eat, drink, see, and (fais-do) do at the Cajun-Zydeco Fest below.
Tips for a Ragin’ Cajun-Zydeco Fest
See & Do
The music schedule is yet to be announced, but we can always count on a stellar lineup of Cajun and Zydeco musicians to grace the stage at this festival.
Beyond the music, Cajun-Zydeco Festival also delights with its art market – a huge crafts fair featuring local and regional artists. And for the kids? The Kids Tent includes activities like collage-making, arts and crafts, and face painting.
Eat & Drink
As for the food, this year you can expect all the best Louisiana has to offer. Oysters, shrimp, crab, catfish, boudin, and alligator all make the menu. With over a dozen different vendors, you won’t face a shortage of delicious Louisiana cuisine.