*Long Beach – Summer is fast approaching. The kids will be out of school to enjoy the hot summer days. If you are like most people, this is also the time to start planning the family vacation.

Long Beach, California is an idea destination, due to its melting pot (i.e., Gumbo) of cultures. If this sounds like your idea of a staycation, you can find many interesting things to do in Long Beach.

The 29th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival line-up was recently announced. This festival continues to be a popular family friendly event that is fun, engaging with some top notch entertainment that celebrates the culture, music, heritage and festivals of Louisiana.

Long Beach Bayou Festival: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Long Beach Bayou Festival: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Festival goers can expect mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, inter-active dance instructions, continuous dancing, a lively, colorful Mardi Gras Parade, a watermelon and crawfish eating contest, and plenty of activities for kids and teens. Bring the entire family, babysitter, neighbors, friends and co-workers. As a veteran of this festival, I can assure you that this is the real deal, aside from a actual trip to Louisiana to experience authentic food, music, culture and heritage of N’Awlins.

The Zydeco, Cajun, Creole and Blues loving community unites each year for the Long Beach Bayou Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st, 2015, the first day of Summer.

The festival features two stages of music featuring top notch blues, zydeco & Cajun music. The Zydeco Stage will host Grammy nominated bands Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, the powerhouse team of Grammy winner Joel Savoy and Cajun Hall of Famer, Jesse Lege′ with their band Cajun Country Revival, the swamp-funky Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, West Coast favorite T-Lou & His Hot Louisiana Zydeco Band, Bonne Musique Zydeco and David Sousa & The Mudbugs. This stellar line-up guarantees that the large covered wooden dance floor will be constantly filled all weekend. Quick and easy dance instructions for all ages will ensure that no one is left out of the fun.

Steve Riley: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Steve Riley: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Geno Delafose: Photo Credit, Full House Promotions

Geno Delafose: Photo Credit, Full House Promotions

The Blues stage has the multiple award-winning artists Zac Harmon, Stony B Blues Band, Corney Mims & the Knowitallz with Barbara Morrison & Rodz Kids, Tracy Niles, Seville, Charlie Jene, Bernie Pearl, Bill Magee Blues Band and smokin’ hot set by Café R&B.

Zac Harmon: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Zac Harmon: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Cornelius Mims: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Cornelius Mims: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

The festival also boast a festival costumed Mardi Gras Parade led both days by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, colorful French Quarter Marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies. For dessert, sweet potato pie, beignets and other an array of cobblers.

Louisiana Cuisine: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Louisiana Cuisine: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 20-21, 2015 at the Rainbow Lagoon Park, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Drive), Long Beach, CA.

Long Beach Bayou Festival logo: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

Long Beach Bayou Festival logo: Photo Courtesy, Full House Promotions

The festival hours are Saturday: 11:00am-9:00pm and Sunday: 11am-7:00pm, For more information and to purchase tickets: www.longbeachbayou.com, or call (562)912-4451.

The Long Beach Bayou Festival is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college. The festival is sponsored by city National Bank, Shock Top, Waste Management, Benoit Entertainment Group, LLC, and Rainbow Promotions, LLC.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based Music Reviewer, Writer and Photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]