The ninth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival comes to Armstrong Park on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Featuring music from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. each day, it’s one of the free festivals presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
This year’s lineup is especially heavy with zydeco acts, including Sunday’s Grammy-winning headliner, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, and Saturday’s headliner, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.
Two of this year’s Cajun bands, Lost Bayou Ramblers and the nearly all-female Bonsoir, Catin, adventurously blend non-Cajun music styles into their songs.
The Grammy-nominated, rock-influenced Lost Bayou Ramblers play the loudest, heaviest Cajun music listeners are likely to hear.
Bonsoir, Catin, another Grammy-nominated group from Acadiana, mixes swamp pop, zydeco and rock ’n’ roll into their original compositions.
In addition to music, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival features food, crafts and children’s activities.
A diverse group of food vendors will sell Louisiana oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab, crawfish, alligator, boudin and jambalaya. Ten vendors will feature savory entrees; four vendors will sell cool desserts.
The festival’s crafts fair features hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts created by 25 artisans from throughout the region.
The festival is expanding its kids tent this year. Children can participate in supervised creative activities at the tent, open noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Except for patrons with dietary restrictions or special needs, the festival requests no coolers or ice chests containing outside food and beverages be brought into the festival grounds. Camp chairs or folding chairs are allowed, but pets are not. Audio and video recording of performances is prohibited.
The Regional Transit Authority bus route No. 91 passes directly in front of Armstrong Park. Fare is $1.25 each way.
Parking will be available in the Basin Street Lot (501 Basin St., across from Armstrong Park) for $10 per vehicle. Parking is also available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for $15 per vehicle.