(JAMES ISLAND) – Get ready for some ragin’ Cajun fun right here in Charleston! The 25th Annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival returns to James Island County Park on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12 – 6 p.m. Bringing Louisiana living to the Lowcountry, the Cajun Festival is a full-day of music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and entertainment straight from the bayou! This year’s festival will feature Zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco.
Cajun Festival is all about full-bellied fun! Local and regional restaurants, caterers and food trucks will cook up a variety of mouth-watering foods. Festival-goers will discover a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes for sale like jambalaya, alligator, etouffee, andouille sausage and of course, crawfish, crawfish, and more crawfish! Those who prefer a tamer menu will enjoy Lowcountry favorites, seafood, Southern barbecue, and traditional festival foods like hot dogs, snow cones, funnel cakes and more.
After getting their fill of food, festival-goers can kick off their shoes and dance to live, non-stop Zydeco and Cajun music, performed on stage throughout the day. This year’s stage lineup includes the legendary Buckwheat Zydeco, who boasts the three largest-selling Zydeco albums of all-time. The 2016 festival entertainment lineup is:
1 - 2:30 p.m.: Shrimp City Slim
2:45-4 p.m.: Sidewalk Zydeco
4:30-6 p.m.: Buckwheat Zydeco
Other festivities include a crafts market, souvenirs for sale, mechanical rides, and inflatables for kids. Crawfish connoisseurs will have the chance to show off their skills at the popular annual crawfish eating contest, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to sign up for the contest upon their arrival at the festival.
Admission to the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is $15. The event is free for ages 12 and under with a paying adult. Current Gold Pass holders are also admitted free. Gold Passes will not be sold on site the day of the festival, but may be purchased in advance at CharlestonCountyParks.com. Food vendors operate on a ticket basis. Credit cards are accepted at select locations but attendees are encouraged to bring cash for convenience purposes. No coolers or outside alcohol permitted. Carpooling is highly encouraged. Pets are not permitted to this event. The dog park at James Island County Park will be closed on April 3 in order to host the festival.
The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is presented by Coca-Cola and your Charleston County Parks. For more information, call 795-4386, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app, or visit the link below.