Experience the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor during the Southwest Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 23 at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park. The festival will bring regional dishes from some of the valley’s best restaurants and feature live music with jazz, blues and contemporary swing influences to transport you to the southeastern region of Louisiana. When the gates open at noon, join us for the puppy parade and procession to kick off the Southwest Cajun Fest!
The entertainment line-up includes live performances from Nina Curri, The Hour Glass Cats and headliner Urban Renewal Project to keep spirits high and feet dancing during the festivities:
12 – 1 p.m. – Nina Curri
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. – The Hour Glass Cats
2:45 – 4 p.m. – Blues Brothers Tribute
4:30 -5:45 p.m. – Blues Hound
6 -7:15pm – Hoodoo Casters
7:30 – 9 p.m. – Urban Renewal Project
Presented by Angry Crab Shack, the Southwest Cajun Fest will feature some of the Valley’s best restaurants serving up regional dishes. Hungry patrons can enjoy amazing food prepared by Angry Crab Shack, Creole Cajun Bistro, Hogg Doggs, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Jamburritos Cajun Grille, JJ’s Louisiana BBQ, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, SanTan Brewing Company and Tee’s Concession. Taste authentic Cajun cuisine including Po’ Boys, crawfish, gator, jambalaya, shrimp Etouffee, a crawfish boil, charred oysters and a variety of other dishes and treats.
Brought to you by Abita Brewing, festivities also include themed zones such as Bourbon Street, French Quarter, Garden District and more. Challenge your foodie friends to a watermelon, Cajun wing or crawfish eating competition.
Patrons of all ages are encouraged to dress in festive parade style attire and join in on the fun and celebration. The event will take place at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park—125 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225.
General admission is $10 and kids 12 and under will be admitted for free. VIP admission is $65, which includes catered food, six adult beverages, access to private seating in the VIP area, private restrooms and front stage access. VIP tickets are only available in advance, online at www.southwestcajunfest.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the Great Southwest Cajun Fest will support the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). DCCP is a 501(c) 6 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to mobilize leadership and resources to advance the development of downtown Chandler as a regional destination for shopping, dining, living, culture, and the arts. It works on behalf of the Enhanced Municipal Services District, created in 2006, to provide enhanced marketing and promotion, safety and beautification of the downtown area beyond what is done by the City of Chandler. For more information, visit www.downtownchandler.org.