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

BB2019 is History

Nova and Dana Parkinson rocked the house at BB2019! Thanks to everyone who participated in any way, dancers and volunteers alike.

Dana ParkinsonNova

Lost and Found

Several items were left in the hall Sunday afternoon. They will be brought to the February 16 contra dance. If you can't come to that dance but think that you may have left something behind, email with a description of the item.

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!

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!