We're hard at work for 2020. The dates are February 14-16, the band is Pete's Posse, and the caller is Susan Michaels. Save the date!
Full details will be posted here when they are available. Registration should be open by November 1.
Please help make Bayou Bedlam a success by volunteering on the committee and/or a little bit of time over the weekend. As you can tell from the photo below taken at Slice 'n Dice, we mix work with pleasure.
It's the Houston, Texas weekend of contra dancing, food, and friendship.
It takes place every February and features nationally known, or soon-to-be known, bands and callers.
Every Bayou Bedlam features a Friday night dance, workshops during the day on Saturday, a Saturday buffet lunch, a Saturday night dance, and a fabulous, famous Sunday brunch and dance.
Bayou Bedlam is produced by the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society. For information about HATDS, the regular
contra dances in Houston, or contra dancing in general, see the HATDS website at hatds.org.
We maintain a history of the Texas contra dance weekends, including Bayou Bedlam, on our history page.
You'll be joining dancers from all over Texas, the United States, and occasionally even foreign countries. Bayou Bedlam is also a great value for your money; in fact, we believe that it is one of the best values in contra dance weekend festivals. Here's why:
Unlike many contra dance groups, we are fortunate to have an older hall with a sprung wood floor that was built specifically for dancing.
Houston's February weather is normally mild—comfortably cool and sunny.
The food! We include home-cooked lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday as well as snacks during the evening dances.
We offer the opportunity for callers in attendance to work with the featured band and for musicians to work with the featured caller.