Balfa Week

We're hard at work on Balfa Week 2018, taking place April 21-26 at Chicot State Park! Stay tuned for updates on registration and campsite details and be sure you're on our mailing list for the latest!                                                                                                                                                                         Dewey Balfa Cajun & Creole Heritage Week 2017                                                                          
Balfa 17 Schedule

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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.
Photo Courtesy of Robin May

Photo Courtesy of Robin May

Balfa Week features: Five days of 10 or more Morning 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 bands; 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.

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The Full-time early-bird registration fee is just $695. This fee includes 16 meals, all classes, one-on-one sessions and other Balfa Week programming from Saturday, April 8 through Thursday, April 13, 2017. The fee does not include lodging. Please note: As of January 16, 2017 the full-time registration fee has increased to $720. Please make plans to join us April 8-13, 2017, and add your spirit to the legend that is Balfa Week!

10 Minutes at Balfa Week 2014