The 41st Annual SWLA Zydeco Music Festival will be held September 1 & 2 in Opelousas, LA.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023: KICKOFF DANCE
We will get this party started the night before at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino at 9 p.m. with the explosive L’Argent man himself, “ Lil Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers”. 2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, LA 70570
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023: ZYDECO PARADE
At Landry and Wallior Street, the ZYDECO PARADE The Zydeco parade lines up at 8:30 a.m. with scores of zydeco fans, businesses, social clubs, dance groups, trail riders. The colorful group rolls out at 10 a.m., passing by the Zydeco Breakfast Court House Square on Landry Street, as they head towards the Zydeco Festival Grounds.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023: ZYDECO BREAKFAST
Join us for the annual Zydeco Breakfast in downtown Opelousas. From 9-11 am, under the oak trees on the Courthouse Square, you can listen to the foot tapping sounds of “Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners.” Local downtown eateries will feature an assortment of breakfast items for sale. Opelousas Tourist Information Center, with support from Opelousas Main Street., the Opelousas, Louisiana, and St. Landry Parish Government, hosts the free event each year to get people excited about the Labor Day festival music and activities, as well as to bring awareness of the downtown district.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023: THE ORIGINAL SOUTHWEST ZYDECO FESTIVAL
This year’s celebration takes place on the Yambilee Festival Grounds beginning at 12 noon and winding down in the wee hours of the night. Gather your friends and family for a full day and night of music, traditional Creole food by vendors and food trucks, and arts and crafts. Enjoy the Best of Creole Culture and Music. Bring your lawn chairs and plan to stay for all events, “I promise you will have a good time.”
Plan your family reunions, gather your social groups for a good time with your favorite bands: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Jeremy Fruge & The Zydeco Hotboyz, Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush and Special Guest, “The Legend Chris Ardoin Music & NuStep.” All on the main stage Yambilee Festival Grounds, 1939 W. Landry St. Opelousas, LA 70570. www, zydeco.org
More information can be found at zydeco.org