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Napa Meets NOLA: Wine Country Cajun Festival

Crawfish and dance-ready tunes? Napa goes New Orleans, for the day.



    SEAFOOD AND SONG: It wasn't long after the South Napa Earthquake that the call went out via Facebook and Twitter and a host of social media sites: Come to Napa. Don't delay. The lists of wineries still operating, even during the clean-up, quickly followed, and fans of the region vowed to support the area by buying local and paying a visit to its hotels and attractions. And while a few staple happenings were canceled, including the early September Artisan's Festival, Napa is moving forward, with its typical bravado and élan, and its popular weekend happenings are looking robust. Case in point? The Wine Country Cajun Festival is rolling, with a burst of zydeco-style brassiness, on Saturday, Oct. 4. Love crawfish, dancing, and want to lend some love to downtown Napa? Then be at Dwight Murray Plaza from...

    NOON TO EARLY EVENING... on Oct. 4, where the Main Stage entertainment will trumpet on. Gator Beat, Zydeco Flames, Beaufunk with Michael Jeffries, and the Element Brass Band make up the quartet of main-stagers for the 2014 go-around, but there's a Dance Alley Stage, a Chefs' Alley stage, and a Beer Garden Stage as well. So shall you be zydeco-less during the day? Trust you will not be -- somewhere, near you, within the block, an accordion will likely be wheezing. And seafoody foods shall be stewing, and microbrews a'brewin' (or pouring, more accurately), and two parades'll march down First Street, at 3 and 5 p.m. For sure, Mardi Gras is still a third of a year away, but embracing that spirit of joy that Napa is synonymous with is a good thing. Raise your ale, load up your bowl with gumbo, and love on the city a little. Oh yeah, free dance lessons are on the docket, if you've never shaken it, beads and all, to zydeco. Surely that's something you can fix, lickety-split?