20th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival to be held August 13 at Ardenwood Historic Farm


Notice: This is the 2016 information kept online for archival purposes. 2016 was the final year of the Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Ardenwood. After 20 years EBRPD came to the difficult decision of calling it a wrap due to declining ticket sales. Thank you for your support and participation over the years.

The East Bay Regional Park District will host the 20th annual Cajun/Zydeco festival on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Bring family and friends for a day filled with the best Cajun/Zydeco music, dancing, delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine and other festival food favorites. Take a tour of the farm, visit the farm animals, shop specialty vendors and join in dance lessons. Our  20th annual festival features  Tom Rigney & Flambeau (11 am – 12:30 pm); the Acadien Cajun Bank (1 – 3:30 pm); and Andre Thierry (4 – 6:30 pm).  Gates open at 10 a.m.; dance lessons start at 10:30 a.m. with live music from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Additional dance lessons at 12:30 and 3:30 pm.

Enjoy the day at Ardenwood Historic Farm, surrounded by fields of organic produce, farm animals, and the historic Patterson House Museum. Stroll shaded pathways or take the train from the entrance to the festival site. Bring a blanket, low-back lawn chair, sunblock, and hat. Low canopies are welcome in the back or side areas (please be courteous and do not block views of the stage). Wear your dancing shoes! Please purchase beverages inside the festival. Fabulous food will also be available for purchase. NO PETS allowed.

Proceeds benefit Parks Express Transportation, a District outreach program for schools and groups that serve children from low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities visiting the East Bay Regional Parks. Additional donations welcome.


Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the Bay Area “roots” music scene to form Tom Rigney & Flambeau. The band generates enough energy to ignite a dance floor or lift an audience to its feet. Flambeau specializes in hot Cajun two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. The band’s sound features tight ensemble playing, highly infectious grooves, and brilliant improvisation. Tom Rigney’s violin playing is ferociously virtuosic one minute, tonally rich and emotionally charged the next. Rigney’s charismatic stage presence, humor, and high-energy showmanship pull the audience into his performances to make them part of the show.

Acadien Cajun Band. Southern Louisiana has forever been marked with a rich history of music, including rhythm and blues, soul, swamp pop, rock and roll, and of course, Cajun and zydeco. Within the realm of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music, there is an emergence of contemporary yet traditional sounds utilizing electric and slide guitars, twin fiddles, triple row accordions, etc. Along with the influence of those genres, the music continues to grow in an ever-dynamic fashion. Acadien Cajun Band was created in the spring of 2000, and is, full of exuberance and a true love for what they do. You will find them at jam sessions, clubs, dance halls, recording studios and other venues throughout the music scene of Southern Louisiana carrying on what they were taught, teaching what they know, and loving every minute of it.

Andre Thierry
has been a crowd favorite with his blend of traditional Zydeco music, hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. While Andre Thierry was born in Richmond, California, his family roots were from Louisiana. His grandfather, Houston Pitre, encouraged Thierry to take up the accordion after a visit from the “King of Zydeco,” legend Clifton Chenier. By age 12 Thierry had formed Zydeco Magic and was performing with bands visiting from Louisiana. While playing Washington, D.C., in 2003, the Washington Post called Andre a “master” at “pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation.” Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic received the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for “Best Zydeco Group” in 2008. Now in his 30s, Andre is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock.

Ardenwood Historic Farm is located on Ardenwood Boulevard just north of Highway 84 (Dumbarton Expressway) in Fremont. Directions: In Fremont, exit Highway 84 at Ardenwood/Newark Boulevard.  Go north on Ardenwood Boulevard.  The entrance is just north of Highway 84 on the right. 

Advance tickets: $22 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4 – 15 years). Advance tickets can be purchased through August 9 at 1-888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 2 or online at

Day of event tickets: $26 for adults, $8 youth (ages 4 – 15 years). 3 years and under free.

Free parking.​

Isa Polt-Jones
(510) 544-2207