If you’re visiting New Orleans in mid-June, you are in luck, because the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival brings the heart and soul of Cajun country right to the doorstep of the New Orleans French Quarter. This small festival with big talent is held in historic Louis Armstrong Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Fest is a two-day, dance-filled celebration of Southwest Louisiana music. Past festivals have featured top Cajun and Zydeco musicians from New Orleans and Acadiana (the Cajun parishes of southern Louisiana) such as Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Bruce Daigrepont, Chubby Carrier, Michael Doucet & Beau Soleil, Terrance Simien, the Bluerunners, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and more.
If you’re worried about the summer heat, this festival’s got you covered. When you want to take a break from “boot scooting to the two-step beat,” cool off in one of the many mist tents on the festival grounds. You can also wander over to the crafts fair, where top-notch artisans from the Acadiana region sell hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts.
Summer is seafood season, and you’ll enjoy the Gulf Coast’s tastiest shrimp, catfish, soft-shell crab and alligator dishes – some distinctly Cajun, like blackened catfish and shrimp étouffée, and some New Orleans favorites like fried-shrimp po-boys and shrimp & grits. And of course, no seasoning makes seafood taste better than a few splashes of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce!
Admission to the festival is free. And parents, be sure to bring the kids! The little ones can enjoy supervised creative activities in the Kids’ Tent.
For more information, visit www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco.