NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Come pass a good time at Audubon Zoo’s Swamp Fête! The culture of South Louisiana is the focus of the family fun event coming up December 3-4 at the Zoo. Swamp Fête has something for all age groups and celebrates Cajun and Zydeco music, dancing, a Cajun menu served in the Cypress Knee Café, authentic traditional crafts, and native Louisiana animals.

Swamp Fête will be held on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, during regular Zoo hours (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Live music and dancing will be held throughout both days of Swamp Fête at the Capital One Stage, so bring your dancing shoes!

Here is the performance lineup for the weekend: 

Saturday December 3

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Cajun Music Preservation Society (Trio)

12:20 p.m. – 1: 20 p.m. 
Louisiana Dance Roots -Dance Instruction

1:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. 
Gina Forsyth (Duo)

3:15 p.m. -4:45 p.m. 
Lost Bayou Ramblers

Sunday, December 4

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Cajun Troubadours (Duo)

12:20 p.m. – 1: 20 p.m. 
Louisiana Dance Roots -Dance instruction

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
Sarah Jayde Williams (Duo)

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots

In addition to the great music, food, and native Louisiana arts and crafts, guests can learn about the importance of conservation efforts for wetlands and the animals who live there.  There are three very special residents now living in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit that are enjoying their first Swamp Fête.

Three young black bear cubs are busy exploring and playing in their exhibit in the swamp. The smallest of the cubs is Sassafras, a Louisiana black bear cub found alone earlier this year in North Louisiana. She’s joined by a pair of black bear sisters recently orphaned and relocated to New Orleans from Alaska.  The cubs will grow up together in the swamp exhibit, showcasing the importance of work between wildlife experts, landowners, and everyday citizens who help protect bears. The Louisiana black bear’s recovery is a symbol of effective wildlife management and the value of protection under the Endangered Species Act. Also, Louisiana’s official state mammal is the Louisiana black bear!

Swamp Fête is included with Zoo admission and complimentary for Audubon Nature Institute Members.