Zydeco Festival

September 1, 2018

The Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, the world’s largest Zydeco and LaLa music festival, celebrates the spicy culture of Louisiana Creoles by highlighting, documenting, preserving and enhancing their rich heritage. Not only does the annual Festival spotlight the talent of both seasoned and new Zydeco artists, but it also has grown to encompass and share all avenues of the region's rich culture. It is an annual cultural production of Southern Development Foundation in its commitment to promote the cultural awareness of Zydeco music & its heritage.

36th Annual Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival

“All roads lead to Opelousas, its Zydeco Country.” Celebrate the oldest Zydeco Festival in the Zydeco Capital of the World, Opelousas Louisiana. All held at the Historic Yambilee Festival Grounds, taking you to the heart and roots of where Zydeco music originated.

Friday, August 31, 2018 – Kick-Off Dance at Evangeline Downs with Mike Broussard Zydeco
Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. featuring traditional Creole food, art and crafts, kick-off dance, big Zydeco Pparade, Zydeco Breakfast with Cupid and Korey Broussard, and non-stop Zydeco Music.

2018 Schedule of Performers

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band  
2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Nathan Williams & Zydeco Cha Cha‘                                  
3:35 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Geno Delafose French Rockin’ Boogie                             
6:00 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m. Lil Nate & the Zydeco Big Timers                                
7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws                      
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners                                

Upcoming Festival Dates

September 1, 2018
September 7, 2019
September 5, 2020

History of Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival

In 1981 fearful that Creole and Zydeco music was dying out, The Treasures of Opelousas-a group of concerned citizens under the guidance and sponsorship of Southern Development Foundation-organized the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival.

The first Zydeco Festival in 1982 was started on a farmer’s field in the Plaisance community on the outskirts of Opelousas, with four hundred people in attendance and has continued to grow ever since.

The Zydeco Music Festival is a living reminder to never to forget where we come from, to always appreciate and respect our past, and most of all to continue our legacy in keeping the rich culture alive.