Schedule of Events
ZYDECO SEASON OPENING – THURSDAY AUGUST 4:
Zydeco Festival Season party begins at the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center. With the official opening of year 2022, the 40th Annual Original SWLA Zydeco Music Festival will serve light refreshments, music and celebration, the event takes place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Opelousas Museum, 315 N Main St, Opelousas, LA 70570.
KICKOFF DANCE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
We will get this party started the night before at Evangeline Downs at 9 p.m. with the explosive L’Argent man himself, Lil Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers. 2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, LA 70570
BIG ZYDECO PARADE – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
Parade route East Landry Street and Wallior Street. 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 at 10 a.m., passing by the Zydeco Breakfast on Landry, as they head to the Festival Grounds.
ZYDECO BREAKFAST – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
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 Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys. Local downtown eateries will feature an assortment of breakfast items for sale. Thanks to Opelousas Tourism, with support from Opelousas Main Street, Inc., the City of Opelousas, and St. Landry Parish Government, hosts the free event each year to get people excited about SW LA Zydeco Festival music and activities.
40th ANNUAL- 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, along with arts and crafts.
Plan your family reunions, gather your social groups for a-good-time with your favorite bands: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie and Corey Ledet Zydeco, Mike Broussard & Nu Edition Zydeco, Jeremy Frege & The Zydeco Hot Boyz and Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush. 1939 W. Landry St. Opelousas, LA 70570. Find more information about the 40th Annual Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival at www.zydeco.org or on Facebook at SWLA Zydeco Music Festival, www.lafayettetravel.com.