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

Bayou Bedlam

February 10-12, 2023

Bayou Bedlam is the annual contradance festival held in Houston, Texas. The 2023 festival, our 29th, features Mary Wesley calling to Stomp Rocket.

Mary Wesley and Stomp Rocket

Stomp Rocket is Bethany Waickman on guitar, Glen Loper on mandolin and banjo, and Dave Langford on fiddle.

We will also feature Houston's Ceol Na Croi—Matt Lewis, Kendall Rogers, and Tess Hartis.

At A Glance

  • You can register for individual sessions at the door, and pay with cash, check, credit card, or digital wallet. See our policies page for all of the details.
  • Bayou Bedlam requires every person who wants to enter the dance hall—whether attending full time or just one session—to show proof of a recently-taken negative Covid-19 test at an interval of every 24 hours. Full details are on the Covid-19 page.
  • Bayou Bedlam takes place at the Knights of Columbus, 607 E. Whitney. Details on the location page.
  • The schedule is on the schedule page.
  • If you are in the Houston area, visit this page for very important information.
  • Bayou Bedlam is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free event.
  • Please use the menu in the upper right to find other pages on this site.

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