Original Southwest LA Zydeco Music Festival
Opelousas is the Zydeco Music Capital of the World and home to one of the biggest zydeco music celebrations, The Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. For over 37 years, this annual event has honored zydeco music fans with a Bloody Mary Zydeco Breakfast and a day-long lineup of South Louisiana’s trending zydeco musicians. This music concert is also popular for its authentic plate lunches and Creole cuisine.
1981, fearful that Creole and zydeco music was dying out, a group of concerned citizens organized the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. Today, the event features the best in zydeco in addition to some swamp-pop, swing, R&B, and southern soul artists. Admission to the festival is $15.00, but children 12 years old and under get in for $5.00.
Friday – Zydeco Kick-Off Dance
9:00pm – The kick-off dance takes place at Evangeline Downs and features music by Jeremy & the Hot Boyz
Saturday – Zydeco Breakfast
8:30am-10:30am – Bring your lawn chair to enjoy live entertainment in a relaxed and charming setting in the heart of downtown Opelousas featuring Mike Broussard & Nu’Edition Zydeco. There will be traditional Creole food, arts & crafts, cold beer & other beverages, and an Amature Accordion Contest. The Big Zydeco Parade will pass through on its way to the Yambilee Festival Grounds.
Saturday – Festival Schedule
12pm-2pm – Corey Ledet
2:15pm-4pm – Nathan Williams & Zydeco Cha Cha
4pm-6pm – Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
6pm-8pm – Lil Nate & Zydeco Big Timers
8:15pm-10pm – Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws
10:15pm-12pm – Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners
No ice chests, no glass containers, no BBQ pits, and no open flame burners.