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: www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org
This exhibit features dynamically-posed fossil casts and will be presented in three installments: Triassic/Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Miocene periods.
Rhythms on the River
Dates: April 2

April 9

April 16

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: www.riverranchdevelopment.com
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.
Bach Lunch
Dates: April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24
Date Text: Held every Spring and Fall on Fridays
Hours: Lunch starts at 11:15 a.m., Performance from noon-1 p.m.
Address: Parc Sans Souci
Phone: 337-291-5544
Admission: Free performance; Lunch $5 to museum members; $6 to non-members URL: www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org
There's no better way to welcome Spring than by enjoying a delicious lunch while listening to Lafayette's only free lunchtime concert series. 3/6: Les Freres Michot; 3/13: The Band Courtbouillon; 3/20: Terry Huval, Jambalaya Cajun Trio; 3/27: Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 4/3: Sweet Cecilia; 4/10: The Rayo Brothers; 4/17: The Magnolia Sisters; 4/24: Sunny Duval & Friends (Quebec). For a complete schedule of bands and restaurants visit www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org.
The Mercredi Show
Dates: April 8

April 15

April 22

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: https://www.facebook.com/Mercred
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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.
Downtown Alive!
Dates: April 10

April 17

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: www.downtownlafayette.org
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)
Scott Boudin Festival
Dates: April 10 - April 12
Date Text: Held the first weekend in April
Hours: Fri. 6-11:30 p.m., Sat. noon-11:30 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m.
Address:
Phone: 337-233-1130
Admission: Fri. Free, Sat. & Sun. $5 URL: www.scottboudinfestival.net
A family oriented weekend with great bands, Cajun food, arts and crafts, carnival rides, boudin eating contest. This is an annual festival held the first weekend in April.
2nd Saturday ArtWalk
Dates: April 11

May 9

June 13

July 11

August 8

September 12

October 10

November 14

December 12

January 9

February 13
Date Text: Held the second Saturday of every month.
Hours: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Address: Downtown, Lafayette.
Phone: 337-291-5566
Admission: Free URL: www.downtownlafayette.org
During 2nd Saturday ArtWalk, Downtown Lafayette comes alive as each gallery, studio and art house opens their doors for this free event. Whether you're an art aficionado or a casual patron, you're sure to leave inspired as you explore Downtown Lafayette's Cultural District. Receive a discount anytime on original artwork as all works sold in the district are exempt from state sales tax.
Southern Garden Festival
Dates: April 11
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Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: The Gardens of Harold and Sarah Schoeffler
Phone: 337-233-3447
Admission: $10 URL: www.familypromiseacadiana.org
The Southern Garden Festival will include refreshments in the garden room; garden tours, live music in the gazebo, art in the garden, bayou boat tours, Master Gardener presentations, and much more.
Festival International de Louisiane
Dates: April 22 - April 26
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Address: Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-232-8086
Admission: Free URL: www.festivalinternational.com
This free, five day event combines the best in International music, visual arts, theater, dance, and cuisine from the Francophone world with Louisiana's own artistic expressions.