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Southwest LA Zydeco Music Festival

August 31

Original Southwest Louisiana 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 35 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 
The kick-off dance takes place at Evangeline Downs and features music by Mike Broussard & Nu’ Edition Zydeco.

Saturday – Zydeco Breakfast
8:30am – The Annual Zydeco Breakfast is Saturday morning, hosted by the City of Opelousas. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy live entertainment in a relaxed and charming setting in the heart of downtown Opelousas. Last year’s breakfast included Bloody Mary’s, coffee, Clifton Chenier Casserole, and pancakes. There will be live music by Cupid and Koray Broussard & The Zydeco Unit.

Courthouse Square | 8:30-10:30am | Free Admission | 337-948-6262 | www.cityofopelousas.com

Saturday – Festival Schedule
10:30am-12am – Live music