Balfa Week instructors

2018 Instructors Include! (more to come!)

Paul Anastasio

Jimmy Breaux

Sam Broussard

Trey Boudreaux 

Daniel Coolik

Paul “Bird” Edwards

Preston Frank

Gina Forsyth

Courtney Granger

David Greely 

Brazos Huval

Chas Justus

Blake Miller

Chris Miller

Ed Poullard

Mitch Reed

Dennis Stroughmatt







Balfa Week Dance Bands lineup

Stay tuned for our 18th annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week dance band lineup coming soon!

9 p.m.-until Friday, April 20: Le Grand Hoo-Rah (Bands TBA) CHICOT STATE PARK!

7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Le Grand Hoo-Rah and Balfa Week Orientation 3:00pm (Bands TBA) CHICOT STATE PARK!

7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday, April 22: CHICOT STATE PARK!

7:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: CHICOT STATE PARK!

7:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: CHICOT STATE PARK!

7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25: CHICOT STATE PARK!

All of our evening dances at CHICOT STATE PARK are free to full-time Balfa Week registrants and current members of Friends of Louisiana Folk Roots.

In addition to the dozens of daily classes, workshops, presentations and other activities we offer, full-time Balfa Week participants also have exclusive access to our schedule of One-on-One Sessions with our instructors, our famed Band Lab program and our Evening Instrument Check-In Service.

Confirm your registration for our 2018 Balfa Week here now and renew or join Friends of Louisiana Folk Roots here.


Register part-time for Balfa Week


If you’d like to take part in “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet” but you can’t attend for all six days, we’ve got some incredible part-time registration options available.

You can register in advance for single days (limit three), all five mornings, and several great à la carte options.

Daily walk-up registration for our part-time options is welcome, too.

We’ll be sharing many more details of our daily Balfa Week programming schedule soon, along with the part-time registration options, so please stay tuned.