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

February 9-11, 2018

Bayou Bedlam is the annual contra dance festival held in Houston, Texas. The 2018 festival, our 24th, will introduce The Ripples and Dugan Murphy to Texas dancers.

Dugan Murphy and The Ripples

The Ripples are:

For more information about our featured talent, including video and audio samples, please visit their respective websites (linked below).

At A Glance

Registration is open for full time attendees. Part time attendees pay at the door.

Those who are driving in on US 290 may want to look at a map with road construction and closures.

We may have little bit of rain this year with highs in the low 70s on Friday and Saturday, mid 50s on Sunday. Click for a forecast.

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

Important note for Houston area dancers

The Saturday night dance of Bayou Bedlam takes the place of our regular second Saturday dance. We will be at the KC Hall, not at St. Andrew's.

We hope that you will come for all or part of the weekend events; after all, we produce Bayou Bedlam for you, our local dancers, and invite others from around the country to join us. Not only will you have a blast, you can't help but improve your skills.

But if you can come only to one of the evening dances, be aware that the admission is $25 per person with no discounts* and that the dance program may be more challenging than our regular dances. As usual, young people under 18 are free.

*HATDS Members qualify for a $5 discount at one $25 session. See the note about Attending Part Time at the bottom of the Registration Information page.

Why attend Bayou Bedlam?

You'll be joining dancers—good 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. See the schedule page for details.

Please join us!

We love (and need) volunteers!

Please help make Bayou Bedlam a success by volunteering on the committee and/or a little bit of time over the weekend. See the Volunteer Page for more information.

Home Hospitality

We are always looking for home hospitality for our out-of-town guests. If you can offer sleeping space, please click the button to submit your offer to our housing coordinator.

Slice 'n Dice

Volunteers are appreciated at the annual Slice 'n Dice party, an open-to-all gathering where the food preparation begins. Come join us around 7:00 pm on the Wednesday before the Bayou Bedlam weekend (Feb. 7 this year). We'll meet at Alice's home at 921 Judiway, 77018. Bring your own knives and cutting boards.

Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health—it rusts your spirit and your hips.
~ Adabella Radici