Southwest Cajun Fest


February 3, 2024 • 2pm-9pm

Dr. AJ Chandler Park – 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

February 3, 2024 2pm-9pm

Dr. AJ Chandler Park 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225


The Southwest Cajun Fest is set to return on February 3rd, 2024 at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler. An immersive experience taking you to the streets of NOLA.

The 10th Annual Southwest Cajun Fest celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Guests will be transported to New Orleans during this one-of-a-kind event with French Quarter-style backdrops in our Bourbon Street Experience that includes beads tossed from second story balconies, street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians and a brass marching band.

Enjoy the taste of New Orleans favorites, like gumbo, frog legs, beignets, po boys, hush puppies, catfish, alligator bites, a seafood boil and “The Swamp” bar featuring hand crafted hurricanes, daiquiri’s and other themed cocktails. Other highlights include a live alligator petting zoo, eating competitions, and a kids zone featuring rides and inflatables.

The New Orleans speakeasy. A hidden and clandestine bar that thrived during the Prohibition era, embodies the city’s unique blend of history, culture, and revelry.

Southwest Cajun Fest

Tickets on Sale Now!

$18 General Admission

Fees Included

No Refunds. Price will increase closer to the event date. Tickets are for admission only and do not include food or beverages.

Forty8 Live! tickets are only sold on TixJuJu and Posh ticketing platforms. We encourage you not to purchase tickets from any other site or location, as they are more than likely fraudulent, and the tickets will not be honored.

Southwest Cajun Fest

Experience Bourbon Street with thousands of Mardi Gras beads tossed from our two story French Quarter balconies and hear the sounds of a brass band as they welcome you to the party.

Activities & Entertainment


  • Live Alligator Petting Zoo
  • Beignet and Crawfish Eating Competitions
  • “The Swamp” bar featuring Hurricanes, Daiquiris and your favorite Mardi Gras drinks hand crafted by Arizona’s top mixologists
  • Kids Zone
  • Rides and Inflatables
  • Kids Mardi Gras Mask Decorating
  • Cornhole
  • Jenga
  • Connect Four
  • Checkers
  • Kong Pong
  • Ladder Golf
  • Costumes Encouraged
  • Custom Mask Contest


  • Live Jazz/Blues/Zydeco bands
  • Strolling Brass Band
  • Street Performers
    Stilt Walker/Juggler/Magician
  • Live Face Painting
  • Beads & Costumes
  • King Cake (Pearl)
  • Mardi Gras Photo Op

Enjoy the taste of Louisiana with alligator bites, gumbo, jambalaya, po boys, frog legs and the can’t miss seafood boil!

Southwest Cajun Fest

Performing Live at the Event

Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. and The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band

Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. and The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band

The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band featuring Sir Reginald Masters Dural aka Buckwheat, Jr. the son of the late great Zydeco legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. Buckwheat, Jr has shared the stage with some of the greats like Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Albert Collins, Dwight Yokem, David Hidalgo and Los Lobos, Buddy Guy and many, many more.



NOLAZ Band plays groove and soul music from New Orleans, LA (NOLA). From The Neville Brothers to Allen Toussaint, The Meters to Harry Connick Jr., and Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Trombone Shorty there is a particular musical character that stems from New Orleans.

Funkhaus Brass Band

Funkhaus Brass Band

Funkhaus Brass Band is a New Orleans Second Line street jazz band. Their music includes original dance music, funky street beats, traditional Dixieland, gospel and swing, and pop songs reinterpreted with a brass band sound. Powered by tuba, drums, trumpets, saxophones, and trombones, Funkhaus Brass Band is bringing their Mardi Gras energy to Southwest Cajun Fest.

2023 Stage Schedule



DJ Po Boy






Crawfish Eating Contest






Andouille Eating Contest



Zydeco Dance Lessons



Buckwheat Zydeco, Jr. and the Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band

Southwest Cajun Fest

Southwest Cajun Fest brings Cajun style cuisine, craft beer, music and arts together for a scrumptious good time.

Southwest Cajun Fest Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

You can purchase your admission ticket in advance via the website using a credit/debit card. On the day of the festival, you must purchase tickets online using the website or provided QR code at the entrance using credit/debit card.

• Small, lightweight backpack (drawstring bag or purse)
• One (1) sealed bottle of water
• Sunscreen (lotion only, no aerosol spray)
• Camera (professional equipment allowed, but not encouraged)
• Lawn Chairs
• Small child snacks and medical needs
• Strollers and wagons

Children 12-years-old and under are admitted into the event for free with a paying adult.

NO glass bottles or cans (1 sealed plastic water bottle is permitted)
NO skateboards, scooters, or hover boards
NO GoPro / mobile video poles, sticks, or selfie sticks
NO umbrellas or shade structures
NO chains or spiked clothing (ie. wallet chain, vest with sharp spikes)
NO weapons of any kind (knives, guns, mace/pepper spray, tasers, etc)
NO laser pointers or artificial noise makers
NO fireworks or explosives
NO aerosol cans (including can / spray sunscreen)
NO alcohol or illegal substances
NO small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aka Drones)

The event is located at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225.

There are street parking spots and lots located throughout the downtown Chandler area, click here for a parking map.

Parking is free.

We have partnered with Lyft, you can download their app to book your ride to and from the event.

Yes, the Valley Metro system provides public transportation throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Visit for routes, pricing and tips to plan your trip.

Yes, the Historic Downtown Chandler area is home to many great hotels located within 2 miles of the event.

0-2 miles away
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort
1 N San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225

Friday and Saturday $169.00 guest room rate.
Book through the link or call hotel reservations at (877)685-5594.
Take the Elevator Home

​Best Western Inn of Chandler
950 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

Redwood Motel
470 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225

Picture I.D. is required to purchase or consume alcohol. Your I.D. will be checked upon entrance into the event and could be checked randomly as asked throughout the event. Guests 21 years of age and older will be issued a wristband allowing alcohol purchase.

Not all food vendors accept Debit or Credit cards so please bring cash with you. ATM’s are available within the festival site for your convenience.

All sales are final, there are no refunds.

Yes, there will be ATM machines located near the north and south entrances.

This is a rain or shine event.

Service animals only.

Lost and found is located at the north entrance ticket booth.

Chandler Fire Department EMT’s will be onsite for any medical emergencies.

For information on how to become an official sponsor, contact us at [email protected]

For information on how to become an event vendor, contact us at [email protected]

We are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and memorable experience for all event guests. In order to do so, a strict code of conduct has been created and all event participants and patrons are expected follow these rules.
​Guests will show respect for the event location, grounds, coordinators, vendors, sponsors and participants by leaving the following items at home:
• Firearms, knives or other weapons
• Coolers and outside food or beverage
• Bicycles, skateboards, skates

The following actions will result in immediate ejection of festival grounds:
Fighting or engaging in any action that may harm, endanger, threaten or bring discomfort to anyone.
Possession or use of illegal drugs or excessive and irresponsible use of alcohol.
Damage, destruction, vandalism or theft of any property.
Taunting, abusive or disruptive language and obscene gestures.

An individual participating in any of these behaviors will be removed from the event and passes will be revoked. In certain situations, the offender may be arrested.

A portion of the proceeds benefit


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