Events and Festivals

Work hard, play hard. That's our tradition here in French Louisiana. From Mardi Gras and Friday afternoon fais-do-dos (street dances), to festivals celebrating everything from Cajun and Zydeco music, crawfish and our French heritage, you'll find something every week in Lafayette.

Festivals & Events

Fossil Giants: Dinosaurs & Mammals
Dates: January 7 - April 30
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Hours: Tu-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 1-6 p.m.
Address: Lafayette Science Museum
Phone: 337-291-5544
Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Seniors, $2 Children, Under 4 Free. Special admission prices for schools and youth organizations. Group rates available. URL:
This exhibit features dynamically-posed fossil casts and will be presented in three installments: Triassic/Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Miocene periods.
UL Lafayette Traditional Music All-Stars + Student Performers
Dates: April 28
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Hours: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Address: Blue Moon Saloon
Phone: 337-234-2322
Admission: Free URL:
The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette presents a free program of Cajun and zydeco music. 7:30 p.m. The Angelle Aces, led by Mitch Reed; 8:30 p.m. The UL Lafayette Zydeco Band, led by Nathan Williams Jr; 9:30 p.m. The UL Lafayette Traditional Music All-Stars (faculty band). Come dance with us!
The Mercredi Show
Dates: April 29

May 6

May 13
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Hours: 6-8:30 p.m.
Address: Pelican Park, Carencro
Phone: 337-789-3060
Admission: URL:
A free, outdoor concert series at Pelican Park, presented by Carencro Park and Recreation Commission. It's held during the spring and fall seasons. The Spring season lineup includes: 4/1: Dustin Sonnier & The Wanted with special guest Ken Holloway, 4/8: Jo-el Sonnier, 4/15: Waylon Thibodeaux, 4/22: Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco RoadRunners, 4/29: Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, 5/6: Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings, 5/13: Nik-L-Beer.
Rhythms on the River
Dates: April 30
Date Text: Held on Thursday nights in the Spring and Fall
Hours: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Address: River Ranch Town Square
Phone: 337-216-6566
Admission: Free URL:
Join us in the town square of River Ranch every Thursday evening for free live music. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy! Food and drink available for purchase. No ice chests or pets. 3/26: Tab Benoit w/ Charme & the Melophobia; 4/2: Lafayette's Bayou Boys; 4/9: Bag of Donuts; 4/16: Louisiana Red; 4/30: Marc Broussard w/ Gregg Martinez.
Downtown Alive!
Dates: May 1

May 8

May 15
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Hours: Concessions open at 5:30 p.m.; Music at 6 p.m.
Address: Parc International or Parc Sans Souci - Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-291-5566
Admission: Free URL:
2015 Spring Lineup: 3/20: Cowboy Mouth (Parc International); 3/27: Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars (Parc Sans Souci); 4/3: No DTA! (Good Friday); 4/10: Carol Fran with Major Handy & Louisiana Soul Revue (Parc Sans Souci); 4/17: Louisiana's Leroux (Parc International); 4/24: No DTA! (Festival International); 5/1: Lil Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers (Parc Sans Souci); 5/8: Magnolia Sisters with Bonsoir Catin (Parc Sans Souci); 5/15: Soul Creole (Parc Sans Souci)