Zydeco Festival

September 4-5, 2020
Opelousas

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.

Upcoming Festival Dates

September 3-4, 2021
September 2-3, 2022
September 1-2, 2023
August 30-31, 2024

2019 Schedule of Events

37 th Annual Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival
Theme 2019 “All Road Lead to Opelousas, its Zydeco Country”
“Toul monn, tou la journin, limn danse’ lamizik zariko”

Friday, August 30, 2019
KICK-OFF DANCE
Evangeline Downs – (Time- 9:00 pm – until. Official Kick-Off Dance)
TBA
Traditional Zydeco Artist

Saturday, August 31, 2019
ZYDECO PARADE
The Parade Lines Up at 8:00AM Hwy 190, Wallior St & Grolee St, Opelousas
Travel through Landry St Downtown Opelousas to Festival Grounds – Local Zydeco Artist, Public Party
Wagons, Cars, Trucks, Truck/Trailers, RV and Political
Showcase your Business, Group, Event and Enter for Fun (must Pre-register)

Saturday, August 31, 2019
ZYDECO BREAKFAST
Saturday morning – (Time 8:30am to 10:30am) The Opelousas Courthouse Square
Free Admission (Hosted by the City of Opelousas, Zydeco Capital)

Saturday, August 31, 2019
ZYDECO DANCE CONTEST
The Contest is open to anyone that feel they are the BEST ZYDECO DANCER in the plac
NO Professional DANCERS are welcome to compete
Contest will take place 12:00 PM to 10PM in Festival Building before the Main Stage. Judging and Winners will be announced from Festival Main Stage

Saturday, August 31, 2019
37 th ANNUAL ZYDECO FESTIVAL
Yambilee Festival Grounds, Opelousas, LA (12:00 PM – UNTIL, $15.00 Adults Kids $5:00
Come out and celebrate the Year of Music, fall in Love with Zydeco all over again.

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.

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