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

Safari of Lights
Dates: November 28 - November 29

December 5 - December 7

December 12 - December 30
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Hours: M-Su 5-9 p.m. (weather permitting); Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Address: Zoosiana (Zoo of Acadiana)
Phone: 337-837-4325
Admission: General admission $7, or $6 in advance URL:
Stroll the pathways of the Zoo as it is aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while taking a ride on the Northpole Express Train as Christmas music fills the air.
Noel Acadien au Village
Dates: December 1 - December 23
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Hours: Nightly 5:30-9 p.m.
Address: LARC's Acadian Village
Phone: 337-981-2364
Admission: $7 in advance, $9 at gate, Children 4 and under are Free URL:
During this Acadiana holiday tradition, enjoy the splendor of over half a million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides.
Oil Center Festival of Lights
Dates: December 5
Date Text: Held the first Friday in December
Hours: 5-10 p.m.
Address: Oil Center, Lafayette
Phone: 337-232-1267
Admission: Free URL:
Celebrate as the switch is pulled to light the colossal Santa, sleigh and reindeer over Coolidge Blvd. Enjoy music, food and fun, and of course shopping! For children of all ages...Santa will be on hand to take pictures. Behold the living Nativity and enjoy an outdoor snow yard. You do not want to miss Lafayette's most loved holiday tradition.
Carencro Country Christmas
Dates: December 6
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Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Parade at 2 p.m.
Address: Carencro Community Center
Phone: 337-280-9570
Admission: Free
Traditional family event with area choirs, singers providing entertainment. Booths with arts, crafts, and food from local artists and cooks. Decorate homes and businesses contest. Pictures with Santa; Children's parade.
Lafayette Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker"
Dates: December 6

December 7
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Hours: Saturday: 7 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.
Address: Heymann Performing Arts Center
Phone: 337-262-0444
Admission: Ticket price varies based on seat location. URL:
This full-length classical ballet in two acts features Lafayette Ballet Theatre professional company dancers, Principal guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet, (Seattle, WA) and more than 150 children studying ballet in local academies. Audiences will enjoy a magical experience as talented artists, dazzling stage sets, spectacular special effects and Peter Tchaikovsky's delightful musical score bring this engaging E.T.A. Hoffmann tale to life before their eyes!
Sonic Christmas Parade
Dates: December 7
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Hours: 1 p.m.
Address: Downtown to the Oil Center, Lafayette
Phone: 337-988-5301 ext. 232
Admission: Free
One of the oldest Christmas activities in Acadiana. Parade features over 20 floats, High School Marching Bands and the official arrival of Santa Claus to Lafayette.
A Fireside Christmas
Dates: December 18
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Hours: 7 p.m.
Address: Heymann Performing Arts Center
Admission: Price based on seat selection. URL:
The holiday concert season brings a warm fireside performance with guest artists, baritone Kevin Deas, the ASO Youth Orchestra and local middle and high school choruses. The Christmas concert features selections from Chadwick and Handel, along with a Christmas spiritual medley and traditional holiday favorites.
Zydeco Marathon
Dates: March 8
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Hours: Starts at 7 a.m.
Address: Start and finish lines TBD.
Admission: Register online at URL:
Registration is now open for the Marathon and Half Marathon.