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Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun Food & Music Festival

Bayou Bon Vivant

Words and Images Courtesy of the City of Norfolk

Norfolk, VA – The 32nd Annual Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun Food & Music Festival, headlined by musical performances by Marc Broussard, North Mississippi Allstars, Dumpstaphunk, and many more, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2022, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.

The Bayou Bon Vivant is a a three-day celebration of the tastes, tunes, and traditions of the Crescent City. From juicy handfuls of crawfish to world-renowned N’awlins jazz musicians, the Bayou Bon Vivant captures the vibrant spirit of Louisiana and transforms it into a weekend-long party along the Elizabeth River. A wide-ranging and fun experience for the entire family, the Bayou Bon Vivant also features an Arts Market featuring 30+ New Orleans crafters, crocodile and reptile exhibits, mouth-watering Cajun dishes such as beignets, gumbo, etouffees, jambalaya, and much more.

The 2022 Bayou Bon Vivant official poster art (pictured above) was painted by New Orleans artist Heather Mattingly. A member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, Mattingly began painting artistically in 2017 to express her love for all of the different features that make Louisiana wonderful, including the diverse cultures, traditions, nature, food, people, and music. Mattingly will be on-site at the festival as part of the Arts Market, showcasing her paintings. Posters will be available for purchase on-site at the festival for $15.

The complete music lineup, as well as specialty entertainment, food vendors, and retail vendors can be found below. Visit for additional festival information.

Weekend passes and single-day tickets are on sale now at

Music Lineup

Main Stage – Friday, May 20

3:30pm – The Iguanas

6:00pm – New Orleans Suspects - Tribal Gold

8:30pm – Marc Broussard

Main Stage – Saturday, May 21

3:45pm – Marcia Ball

6:00pm – Rebirth Brass Band

8:30pm – North Mississippi Allstars

Main Stage – Sunday, May 22

12:30pm – Terrance Simien

2:15pm – Rebirth Brass Band

4:30pm – Dumpstaphunk

Crescent City Stage – Friday, May 20

2:00pm – Jason Cale Band

5:00pm – Flow Tribe

7:30pm – Tuba Skinny

Crescent City Stage – Saturday, May 21

1:00pm – Magnolia Sisters

2:30pm – Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Cha’s

5:00pm – John Papa Gros

7:15pm – Terrance Simien

Crescent City Stage – Sunday, May 22

1:30pm – Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires

3:30pm – Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires

Food Vendors:

Cast Iron (Southern Cuisine)

Cody’s Crawfish (Louisiana Crawfish)

Deep Fried (Funnel Cake, Roasted Corn, Lemonade)

Fast Eddie’s (Fried Fish, Cajun Sandwiches)

Hammerheads (Beignets, Shrimp & Grits)

Nawlins Xscape (Po’Boys, Shrimp Baskets, Cajun Wings)

Real Cajun Cookin’ (Jambalaya, Gumbo)

Seafood City (Cajun Scallops, Crab Cakes, Fish, Cajun Fries)

Strawberry Street (Bourbon Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Tenders)

Specialty Entertainment:

Blazin’ Keys (Dueling Piano Bar on Carrie B)

Hampton Roads Chess Association (Challenge The Chess Master)

Jack’s Jungle (Reptile Exhibits)

Rachel Marks Tarot Reader (Tarot Card Readings)

Rad Hatter (Make-Your-Own Hats)

Voodoo Magician (Interactive Magic Tricks)

Retail Vendors:

Andre Juneau (Metal)

Angelique Juneau (Jewelry)

Annie Odell (Fiber)

Ashburn Sauce (Bloody Mary Mix)

Bonnie Miller (Painting)

Brent Walden (Origami & Jewelry)

Bryant Benoit (Paintin)

Forrest Bacigalupi (Jewelry)

Emerson’s (Cigars)

Halos For The People (Custom Headware)

Heather Mattingly (Painting)

Louisiana Crafts Guild (Variety)

Megan Barnes (Collage)

Origami Owl (Jewelry)

Peacefrogs (Festival Merchandise)

Winona Lowe (Fiber)

denotes authentic Louisiana vendor

2022 Ticket Pricing



Single-Day Pass



Weekend Pass



Boater Package


The 2022 Bayou Bon Vivant is sponsored by the City of Norfolk, Virginia Is For Lovers, Southern Auto Group, Southern Bank, WTKR News 3, Hot 100.5, 92.9 The Wave, and En Forme.

For more information on Norfolk Festvents’ 2022 Season of Events, visit The 2022 Season of Events is sponsored by the City of Norfolk, Southern Auto Group, Optima Health, Newport News Shipbuilding, and TowneBank.

Norfolk Festevents, Ltd., based in Norfolk, Virginia, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the most dynamic urban waterfront community in America through innovative programming and imaginative uses of its historic waterfront spaces. Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its advocacy for public access to waterfronts, outstanding quality programming and development of public spaces, transforming Norfolk into one of the most progressive, fun, and livable waterfront communities in the country. Residents, workers, and visitors to Norfolk and The 757 are invited to experience all the fun and excitement of the 2022 season, which marks Norfolk Festevents’ 40th Anniversary Season!

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