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American Visionary Arts Museum
The Cat's Eye Pub
Creative Alliance at The Patterson

Greenblet American Legion Hall
Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes Hall
Linganore Winery

Washington Area >
The Birchmere
Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom
State Theatre
Wolf Trap
The Hamilton Live DC
College Park American Legion

Philadelphia Area >
The Mermaid Inn
TK Club

Richmond Area >
Arthur's Restaurant & Night Club

Baltimore Area

American Visionary Arts Museum

800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD, 21230 (Near Inner Harbor and Federal Hill)
410-244-1900 :
Cover: Depends on event - sometimes free
Frequency: Sporadic, generally only on special events like Mardi Gras season and Fourth of July.

Insider Comments:
Nice place with great artwork is worth a visit. Fourth of July event is outside in a plaza with a concrete dance floor. The event is free, and fireworks in the Inner Harbor follow the music. The Mardi Gras events are varied, ranging from mask-making to dance instruction. The big Mardi Gras dance is great fun with live zydeco, wild costumes, and ball-like festivities - definitely the best party in Baltimore

Bay Cafe

2809 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (Canton)
(410) 522-3377
Music is usually Friday 5-9pm, outside during warm weather
Cover: Free and usually free buffet

Insider Comments:
Waterside venue with small dance area. Has nice view of Baltimore harbor and has outdoor decks. Schedules local zydeco bands for Friday Happy Hour and on Sunday afternoons for their Jamaica Me Crazy" Parties. Generally attracts a fair number of dancers and an otherwise mixed crowd. Has a small indoor dance area, but large outdoor decks for good weather. Friday Happy Hour includes a free buffet - a great deal.

Boordy Vineyards

12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD 21082 (Baltimore County)
410 592-5015 :
Cost: $12 - $15
Cajun/Zydeco bands are booked 2-3 times for their Summer Concert Series, which is held each Saturday night all summer long. 1/2 hour lessons are offered before the band plays.

Insider Comments:
Great night out for a date or for the family. Dancing is on the patio in front of the band. Should it rain, the event is brought inside the barn.

The Cat's Eye Pub

1730 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231 (Fells Point Area)
410-276-9866 :
Cajun/Zydeco usually on a Sunday night once a month
Cover: $5

Insider Comments:
Being a popular Fells Point nightspot, the small dance floor gets crowded with both dancers and non-dancers, early and late are best dance times. Taking advantage of whatever room to dance, a dedicated group of dancers tend to be at all Cajun or zydeco events. Crowd tends to drink a lot, but is generally friendly and enthusiastic. A good place to meet and recruit new dancers.

Creative Alliance at The Patterson

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 (Highlandtown)
410-276-1651 :
Cover: Depends on event
Frequency: Occasionally

Insider Comments:
The Creative Alliance is a community-based nonprofit presenting and promoting the arts and humanities in Baltimore, MD. As a membership organization of artists, writers, scholars, individuals and businesses, the Creative Alliance encourages collaboration in supporting the cultural life of our community. The Creative Alliance holds a number dances that often feature Cajun/Zydeco or other Roots music.

The 8x10

10 E. Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
410 625-2000 : The 8x10
Occasionally books Cajun/Zydeco bands. Check specifics

Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes Hall

2021 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
Admission: $15-$20 Depends on event
Dance lesson 8-9pm, Music 9-12midnight, Most events. Check
the schedule for times and admission price.

Directions: From the Baltimore Beltway 695 take Exit 11, Frederick Rd. West. Go Approiximately
2 miles. Look for a one story yellow building on the left. From I95 take exit 47B, Rt 166 North, Rolling Road.
Go about 3 miles to Frederick Road, Turn Left. Venue is about 1 mile on the left. A one story yellow building

Insider Comments:
Great venue just 2 miles outside the Baltimore Beltway and 2 miles off I95
Bar, A/C, bandstand, well lit parking lot. Cheap beer, red beans & rice and jambalaya
Friendly owners who love us!

Linganore Winery

13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771-8599
410 795-6432 from Baltimore or (301) 831-5889 from Washington/Frederick
Has Razz-Jazz Festival in August with Zydeco or New Orleans music.

Insider Comments:
Their annual festival featuring at least one zydeco band is a great party. People spread out all over the hill listening to the band on the stage below. Dancing is on a flat, grassy area in front of the stage.

Washington Area

The Birchmere

3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria VA
703 549-7500 :
Admission: generally $15-$25
Lessons: None

Insider comments:
Cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans music acts are offered sporatically. There is now dancing allowed at this venue in the Bandstand, but not in the main music hall.

Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom and Bumper Car Pavilion

7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812
301 309-0895 :
Shows sponsored by:
Cajun or Zydeco events scheduled several times each month; check schedule for listings
Lessons: 1 hour lesson before each dance.

Directions: From the Beltway, take either the Clara Barton Parkway (from VA) or the Cabin John Expressway (from MD) toward Glen Echo. From the left lane, take the Glen Echo exit (which involves a U-turn and a right at the fork). At the tee, turn left onto MacArthur Blvd. Continue NW on MacArthur and just past the mini shopping mall turn left. Go to the stop sign and turn left after it into the parking lot. The path to the Spanish Ballroom is at the far side of the bridge.

Insider Comments:
The Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo hosts by far the largest Cajun/ Zydeco events in the greater metro DC area. The huge wooden dance floor can accommodate hundreds of dancers (and often does). The atmosphere is friendly and new dancers are always welcome. The venue is smoke and alcohol free, and drinks are on sale. The Ballroom was renovated and reopened during the summer of 2003. The lay out is a little different with one of the best improvements being that the bathrooms are now in the same building!

The State Theatre

220 N. Washington Street Falls Church, VA 22046-4517
703 237-0300:
Frequency: After a couple of shows, Cajun and Zydeco was dropped for financial reasons
Directions and map

Insider Comments:
Inside the Beltway, right off Route 7. Easy to get to, The State Theater is a former movie theatre that has been totally renovated with a lot of attention to detail. There are two hundred seats in the balcony for those who just want to watch a show. The stage is fantastic, great lighting, the sound system is perfect. There are four bars, an area for tables where food is served and great views from everywhere. In front of the stage is an excellent wood floor dance area.

The Surf Club

4711 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg, MD 20781
301.927.6310 :
Admission: varies
Lessons: None

Insider Comments:
Although it sounds like a beach bar, the Surf Club is actually closer to a country honky-tonk. The venue has a big wooden dance area, pool tables, and cheap beer prices.

Wolf Trap

1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182
703 938-2404 :
Admission: generally $15-$20
Lessons: None
Hosts 2 main venues for Cajun/Zydeco events: The Barns and the Filene Center. Cajun/Zydeco bands play at the Barns a few times each year. The annual Swamp Romp Festival is held the first Sunday of June at the Filene Center.

Insider Comments:
Has cajun/zydeco a few times a year. Zydeco tends more towards blues/rock zydeco than the traditional. Nice wooden floor. Full cash bar.

Philadelphia Area

The Mermaid Inn

7673 Winston Road, Chestnut Hill, PA 19118
FFIC: 215 247-9797 :

Insider Comments:
This is a realitively new zydeco venue. Please send comments if you have any to share.

TK Club

East Hector & Apple Streets, Conshohocken, PA
610 828-9352 : Allons Danser website
Sponsored by ALLONS DANSER
Most events charge $18 admission, which includes a lesson at 7:30 PM and music from 8:30- 12 AM. Higher prices for special events.
FFIC: (215) 576-0839

Insider Comments:
The club can be hard to find – but is well worth it. Make sure you get good directions from their website. There is a large parking lot. The entrance to the building is in the back.


1400 Columbus Blvd @ Reed Street., Philadelphia, PA 19147
215 627-2500
Occasionally books Zydeco bands during the week.

Richmond Area

Arthur's Restuarant & Night Club

5215 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23230
(across the street from The Boulevard Deli)
804 288-2800 : Inns of Virginia
Monthly Cajun/Zydeco dances usually held on Thursday evenings.
Admission: $8 including lesson at 7 PM and music from 8-11 PM
More info: 804-264-7974