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

Grand Réveil Acadien
Dates: October 3 - October 12
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Hours: Vary
Address: New Orleans, Houma, Lake Charles, and Lafayette
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Hosted by Louisianians, the entire region of South Louisiana is opening their doors to welcome family and friends who want to celebrate and help maintain the culture, customs, traditions and history of the Acadians. New Orleans, Houma, Lake Charles, and Lafayette will host events and celebrations closing with a huge renewal of pride on the last day at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles at Girard Park in Lafayette.
Louisiana Crossroads - Zachary Richard: Attakapas-The Story of the Cajun People
Dates: October 7 - October 8
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Hours: 7:30 p.m.
Address: AcA's James D. Moncus Theater
Phone: 337-233-7060
Admission: Tickets range from $28-$37 URL:
Attakapas, the Cajun story is a dynamic, immersive multi-media concert performance that incorporates visual projection and live music to tell the story of the Cajun people of Louisiana. Attakapas, the Cajun story is funny and tragic, light-hearted and powerfully moving. We will create a unique multi-media state of the art experience that honors the rich story of the Cajun people.
Bach Lunch
Dates: October 9

October 16

October 23

October 30
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:
There's no better way to welcome Fall than by enjoying a delicious lunch while listening to Lafayette's only free lunchtime concert series. 10/2: LeRecolte; 10/9: Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble (FAetC); 10/16: The Rayo Brothers; 10/23: Lafayette Rhythm Devils; 10/30: Les Freres Michot. For a complete schedule of bands and restaurants visit
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Dates: October 9 - October 11
Date Text: Held annually the second weekend of October
Address: Girard Park, Lafayette
Admission: Free URL:
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive. Since then it has grown into a three day event that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Whether you're amongst the young or the young at heart, you can bet that Festivals Acadiens has something that will tickle your fancy. Come join us for good music, good food, and good times!
Ragin' Cajuns Football
Dates: October 10

October 31

November 21

December 5
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Hours: Check website for game times.
Address: Cajun Field
Phone: 337-265-2100
Admission: Various seating options and prices. URL:
9/12: UL Lafayette vs. Northwestern State, 9/26: UL Lafayette vs. Akron, 10/10: UL Lafayette vs. Texas State, 10/31: UL Lafayette vs. ULM (Homecoming Game), 11/21: UL Lafayette vs. New Mexico State, 12/5: UL Lafayette vs. Troy
The 15th Annual - Zydeco Pancake Breakfast
Dates: October 10
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Hours: 8-11 a.m.
Address: Parc International, Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-291-5566
Admission: $7 URL:
This is an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast with the foot-stomping music of Terry and The Zydeco Band Boys as entertainment.
The Oil Center After Hours
Dates: October 14

November 11
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Hours: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Address: Heymann Memorial Park
Phone: 337-232-1267
Admission: Free URL:
Outdoor concert series. 9/16: Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band; Cedryl Ballou and The Zydeco Trendsetters. 10/14: Lost Bayou Ramblers; Rayo Brothers. 11/11: Roddie Romero and The Hub City All Stars; Dustin Gaspard.
Rhythms on the River
Dates: October 15

October 22

October 29

November 5
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. 9/24: The Chee-Weez (Variety); 10/1: Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band (Zydeco); 10/15: Louisiana Red (Variety); 10/22: Side Show (Variety); 10/29: The "D" Street Band featuring Tony Goulas (Brass); 11/5: Shenandoah opening with Dustin Sonnier (Country)
Downtown Alive!
Dates: October 16

October 23

October 30

November 25
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Hours: Concessions open at 5:30 p.m.; Music from 6-8:30 p.m.
Address: Parc International or Parc Sans Souci - Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-291-5566
Admission: Free URL:
2015 Fall Lineup: 9/11: Steve Riley, Sweet Cecilia and Eric Adcock (Parc Sans Souci); 9/18: Wayne Toups (Parc International); 9/25: Flamethrowers (Parc Sans Souci); 10/2: Blayze & Saddles with Rocky and the Grasshoppers (Parc Sans Souci); 10/16: Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band with Lou Ann Barton (Parc Sans Souci); 10/23: Charmaine Neville Band (Parc Sans Souci); 10/30: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band (Parc Sans Souci); 11/25: Pine Leaf Boys (Parc Sans Souci)
Boudin Cook-Off
Dates: October 17
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Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: Parc Sans Souci, Downtown, Lafayette
Phone: 337-993-2207
Admission: Free URL:
25 boudin makers sample the best boudin from across Louisiana. Free with lots of family friendly entertainment and games.
Louisiana Comic Con
Dates: October 17 - October 18
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Hours: 10/17: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 10/18: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: Cajundome Convention Center
Admission: $15 per day or $25 for the weekend. Children 8 and under just $5 per day. Tickets available only through Ticketmaster Online or at the Cajundome Box Office. URL:
Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette is a two day event and will bring together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family friendly environment.
Bayou Round Up
Dates: October 17
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Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Address: Blackham Coliseum
Admission: $10 at the gate; Kids under 12 are Free; UL Students $5 with valid student ID URL:
The Kontinentals are excited to announce a brand new car show event. This new event will showcase the fantastic music, food and culture of Louisiana combined with a great gathering of incredible hot rods, custom cars, artists, vendors and more.
An Evening with Martina McBride
Dates: October 28
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Hours: 6 p.m.
Address: Parc International
Phone: 337-984-1920
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Join Miles Perret Cancer Services for An Evening with Martina McBride at Lafayette's own Parc International! Tickets include Cajun cuisine, beer, and wine. Your ticket purchase supports local families fighting, surviving, and living with cancer.
South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & CookOff
Dates: October 30 - October 31
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Hours: Fri. 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Address: Vermilionville
Admission: Fri. $20, Sat. $30; Children under 12 are Free. URL:
The South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually, the festival celebrates with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping and jamming. The festival is a cooperative of south Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country. Live performances range from Cajun and Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish and Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned blackpot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents and RV’s.
TORUK - The First Flight - A Live Experience by Cirque du Soleil
Dates: November 20 - November 22
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Hours: Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m.
Address: Cajundome, Lafayette
Phone: 337-265-2100
Admission: Ticket prices range from $35-$130. Groups 12+ please call 337-265-2208 for discount information. URL:
TORUK - The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron's AVATAR, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil, envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na'vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na'vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na'vi clans' sense of destiny and interconnectedness - and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na'vi.
Camellia Crossing: Acadiana's Gleaux Run
Dates: November 26
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Hours: 5:30 p.m.
Address: River Ranch Town Square
Phone: 337-984-1920
Admission: Visit website for registration details. URL:
Join Miles Perret Cancer Services as we light up the night sky for the 13th Annual Camellia Crossing! Register with a team or as an individual and know that each step you take helps local families fight, survive, and live with cancer.