Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is an annual event hosted by The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise to benefit both Cajun heritage and the people of Simi Valley and surrounding areas. All proceeds from the event go to the charities listed on the “Who benefits” page. Thank you for your continuing support.
The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, now in its 29th year, has continually evolved since its humble beginnings. The Festival started out in 1988 as a New England Clambake fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, and within two years the Cajun Creole music theme was adopted. The Cajun theme proved to be very popular as the Festival gained national attention and grew to be one of the largest festivals of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The Festival currently presents live Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and Blues entertainment on multiple stages, offers more than 150 food, beverage, craft and sponsor booths, and attracts approximately 20,000 attendees. One hundred percent of all Festival profits are donated in support of charitable, educational and humanitarian causes. Thanks to the generous and vital support of our corporate partners, profits from The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival have resulted in total charitable donations in excess of $1,600,000.
Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor AJ Gibbs will be leading free dance instructions during breaks at the Cajun/Zydeco stage. AJ started as a Zydeco drummer where he performed with Leroy Thomas, Willis Prudhomme, Dexter Ardoin, Andre Thierry, Lil Pookie and many more. His initial dance training came from Andre Thierry’s mother. The dancing bug took over and AJ has blended his own hip hop dance style with traditional Zydeco dancing. He appears at music festivals throughout the country as well as being a repeat instructor at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. [ Watch Video ]
Cajun-Creole food such as jambalaya and crawfish — BBQ sandwiches and hot dogs are also popular! Funnel cake, fruit smoothies, and kettle corn will satisfy that sweet tooth! Check out all the food booths and enjoy fantastic food while listening to the music!
|MARDI GRAS PARADE|
Each day there is a Mardi Gras style parade with stilt walkers, costumed characters, marching bands and everybody is invited to join in. So show off your beads, spin your umbrellas, pull on your masks and have a ball parading throughout the park. Tall characters, short people, thin, fat, costumed or not, join the parade and dance, prance, march and enjoy.
Stroll through rows of craft vendors and be surprised by the treasures you will find! From clothes, purses, crafts and pottery, to jewelry, toys, posters and hats. Homemade salsas, salt water taffy, and unique crafts. There is something for everyone!
|THE ROTARY CLUB OF SIMI SUNRISE|
The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise can be found at www.rotaryclubofsimisunrise.com