2016 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Jun 18–19, 2016
Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19 - 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days
Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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2016 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL

FOOD AND CRAFT VENDOR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW
Event Dates: June 18-19, 2016
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016
Food Vendor Application: here.
Crafts Vendor Application: here.

"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 10th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, a free event produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Once again, we’ll present a stellar lineup that includes many of Louisiana’s most beloved Cajun and zydeco performers, including Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars and many more.

This year, we’re keeping the zydeco all in the family. We’re opening the festival with a special tribute to the late zydeco king Boozoo Chavis – featuring two of his grandsons leading their own bands: RJ Chavis & the Creole Sounds, and Justin Chavis & the Doghill Stompers. And on Sunday, we’ll present two of the Ardoin brothers – grandsons of the famous Bois Sec Ardoin – Sean Ardoin and his band Zydekool, and Chris Ardoin (a hugely popular performer in his own right) leading Beau Jocque’s old band, the Hi Rollers.

See below for the complete music schedule.

LOCATION
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 eay.

PARKING
Parking will be available in the Basin Street Lot (located at 501 Basin Street, just across from Armstrong Park by the old Winn-Dixie) for $10 per vehicle. Parking also is available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for $15 per vehicle.

FREE BICYCLE PARKING
Our friends at Bike Easy will staff a free bicycle valet at the festival. So ride on down and leave your bike while you dance the zydeco, knowing your ride will be safe and secure.

2016 LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL MUSIC SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 18:
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.     RJ Chavis & the Creole Sounds
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.      Justin Chavis & the Doghill Stompers
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.        Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.        Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.        TBA

Sunday, June 19: 
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.     Bruce Daigrepont
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.      Sean Ardoin & Zydekool
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.        Chris Ardoin & Nu Step (tribute to Beau Jocque)
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.        Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.        Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

ARTS MARKET
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. Application for craft vendors are open until April 15. To apply online, see here.

FOOD VENDORS
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. Applications for food vendors are open until April 15. To apply online, see here.

KEEP COOL
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.

KIDS ACTIVITIES
This year, we're adding 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.

FESTIVAL POLICIES
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.

NO RECORDING
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.




Cajun Zydeco Festival Archive:

2015's Line-up and Festival Details
2014's Line-up and Festival Details
2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2011's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details

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2016 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.