Let loose your inner “Ragin’ Cajun” during the annual South Carolina Low Country Cajun Festival. James Island County Park plays host to the annual festival the first weekend in April. This full throttle Zydeco music festival also highlights the regional Cajun and Creole cuisine. The James Island County Park offers an amazingly beautiful backdrop for this lively day of music, food, and activities.
This South Carolina festival has been a local tradition for nearly 20 years, and attracts larger crowds every time the admission gates open. Toe tapping music begins first thing in the morning and rocks on until after midnight. Chefs from around the region utilize the Low Country Cajun Festival to showcase their skills, and new dishes.
The James Island County Park is adorned with scores of food booths, and children activities during the Low Country Cajun Festival. Savoring the spicy Cajun cuisine is at least half the fun of attending the annual event. The crawfish eating contest in as popular with participants, as it is with the cheering crowds who watch the fast-paced extravaganza. Adventurous festival visitors will also be able to sample alligator entrees, fiery jambalaya recipes, etouffe, and andouille sausage dishes. Typical festival concession fare, such as hamburgers and funnel cakes will also be available, for those less interested in Cajun cuisine.
Many Low Country Cajun Festival visitors spend the weekend at James Island County Park. The entire weekend offers an exciting variety of spin-off activities and specials. The 640-acre park is located near downtown Charleston. A variation of nearly 140 campsite and cottages offer ample lodging options. Reservations should be made in advance of the Low Country Cajun Festival weekend, as the spots fill up fast. James Island County Park has an outdoor climbing wall, Dog Park, splash zone Water Park, biking, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. Paved pedal power trails, crabbing, and saltwater fishing are also popular recreational features of park. Many area groups plan special outdoor events at the county park in conjunction with the festival.
Low Country Cajun Festival presenters are all about combining southern hospitality with cultural enlightenment. Spicing things up a bit during the early spring is a task easily accomplished at the Low Country Cajun Festival. Tours of colonial mansions and historical buildings are an enticing enhancement for many visitors to the annual festival.
The ample grassy meadows of James Island County Park serve as the dance floor during the annual Low Country Cajun Festival. Rain or shine, barefoot hip swinging will take place. Regional performers who routinely take the stage during the festival include Big Red and the Zydeco Playmakers, CurleyTaylor and the Zydeco Trouble.
A special section of the festival is reserved for local and regional crafters to sell their wares. Cajun recipe books, funky t-shirts, traditional crafts and authentic Cajun themed décor serve as Low Country Cajun Festival souvenirs. The evening portion of the festival is definitely more geared to adult style nightlife, but not too rowdy for older children. A full slate of daytime family themed activities will allow those traveling with children to enjoy their outing. Mechanical amusements, large inflatables, and carnival games will keep the little ones entertained while the adults enjoy the music and traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine.
Admission to the Low Country Cajun Festival is typically $8 in advance, and $10 at the admission gate. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge with a paid adult. Gold Pass holders can also attend the Low Country Cajun Festival without charge. Coolers and outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Pets are not allowed on festival premises. While most of the Low Country Cajun Festival takes place on grassy areas, most strollers and wheelchairs should be able to move about undeterred. For detailed Low Country Cajun Festival information visit www.ccprc.comcajun