Bayou Bedlam, the contra dance weekend in Houston, Texas Bayou Bedlam, the contra dance weekend in Houston, Texas

Bayou Bedlam 2020

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!

Pete's Posse Susan Michaels


Recipes from 2019 and past Bayou Bedlam lunches and brunches have been put into a Dropbox folder. Sorry, but we don't have recipes from every year.

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You can download recipes individually or by folder, including the full recipe folder. Look for the Download button in the upper right corner of the Dropbox page.

If this link is broken, please email the webmaster and we'll send you another link. This is a Dropbox issue that we have no control over.

We love volunteers!

Please help make Bayou Bedlam a success by volunteering on the committee and/or a little bit of time over the weekend. Your helping hands will make a difference, and you'll enjoy our listening and food-tasting parties.

If you'd like to help, email

Join us!

What is Bayou Bedlam?

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, various 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 web site at

We maintain a history of the Texas contra dance weekends, including Bayou Bedlam, on our history page.

Bayou Bedlam is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free event.

Why attend Bayou Bedlam?

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:

Please join us!