Balfa Week May 5-10, 2018

There’s nothing like Louisiana Folk Roots’ Balfa Week! Our annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week is not a school, or a festival, or a family reunion – it’s all those things and more! It’s “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!”

At Balfa Week, you can learn knee-to-knee with master musicians and culture bearers surrounded by great folks from across the globe. Our motto is “Jouer. Danser. Manger. Répéter. (Jam. Dance. Eat. Repeat.)” – and during Balfa Week, you’ll experience all that and so much more. 

Balfa Week features: Five days of  intensive classes on fiddle, guitar and accordion; Twice-daily participatory teaching sessions on Cajun & Creole Vocals; Five days of instructor-coached Band Labs; Nightly Dances with fantastic Cajun and Creole artists; Five or more artist-led Jam des Amis sessions; Intimate afternoon words-and-music sessions with accomplished and legendary Featured Artists; Afternoon Lagniappe Sessions on a variety of topics; and more. All meals are included starting Sunday with Full-Time Registration. Lodging options on site are Campsites (available by contacting Chicot State Park) with water and electricity as well as a group dorm. If you would like to stay off-site in other accommodations there are options available in and around the surrounding area.

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There are Four Ways to do Balfa Week


All our instructional offerings, dances and meals plus exclusive access to our Check-in Service. $720

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Be a full time participant! Access to all classes and all meals are included starting Sunday with Full-Time Registration. Lodging options on site are The Group Dorm (you will be prompted during FULL-TIME registration) or reserving a campsite by contacting Chicot State Park. If you would like to stay off-site in other accommodations there are hotel options available in and around the surrounding area.

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Deluxe Lake Side Cabin

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Stay with us in The Group Dorm (Men's Side)
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 Five days of instrument and Cajun and Creole. Vocal class including breakfast or lunch daily $225


 From 8 am. – Midnight, limit three days. $125 per day


Come by anytime and we’ll come up with a plan for you! Afternoon Lagniappe sessions are $15 and other part-time offerings range from $10-$50



We are pleased to announce that Balfa Week is returning to beautiful Chicot State Park  April 20-27, located just outside of the historic town of Ville Platte Louisiana! Follow the link above to visit the park website. We will be using primarily the area surrounding The South Landing which includes, cabins, group camp, picnic areas and playground, a boat launch, a fishing pier and dock with boat rentals. 

You can stay with us all week long for the low price of $25 a night (from April 20-27) in our Group Lodge. A Summer camp style bunkhouse divided by gender where you will have your very own bunk, top, and bottom!

If you prefer hotel accommodation there is a Best Western in Ville Platte. The number is (337) 360-9961

The Cazan Hotel in Downtown Mamou La. is offering a Balfa Week discount! Just mention that the fact you are attending this years camp. Visit  or call 504-427-3641.

Check out our Chicot Park, Legrand Hoorah, Dewey Balfa Week Chicot Survival Guide!


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