This festival, the original festival honoring and celebrating Zydeco music, began in 1981. It was first held in a field near Opelousas making that city the Zydeco Capital of the World.
Today, the festival is held each Labor Day weekend and celebrates the spicy culture of the Creoles of Color in Louisiana by highlighting, documenting, preserving and enhancing their rich heritage. It
features the best zydeco performers and bands in the state, along with dance events, traditional Storytelling, discussions and presentations about the history of the music, including its Creole French, African-American and Caribbean influences.
Saturday is the Opelousas Zydeco Breakfast, held on the grounds of the historic St. Landry Parish Courthouse, where musicians mingle under the oaks with visitors enjoying live music and food. Festival grounds are located at 457 Zydeco Road off US Hwy. 167 north of Opelousas in the small community of Plaisance.