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.
Courir de Mardi Gras - Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run
Dates: February 1
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Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: Vermilionville
Phone: 337-233-4077 Ext. 211
Admission: $5; children under 3 get in free URL:
Join Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville as they bring a traditional country Mardi Gras run to the city for their annual Courir de Mardi Gras with the Basile Mardi Gras Association.
SBA (Scott Business Association) Mardi Gras Parade
Dates: February 8
Date Text: February 8, 2015
Address: City of Scott
Phone: (337) 233-1130
Admission: Free to public URL:
The City of Scott will host it's annual SBA Mardi Gras parade on February 8, 2015. This event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend one of the only family, friendly, parades!!! The SBA Mardi Gras parade begins at 1:00 p.m. and begins on Apollo Road in Scott. Anyone attending the annual event MUST be in the city of Scott by 12:00 p.m. For more information on this event or to participate in the annual SBA (Scott Business Association) Mardi Gras Parade, contact Scott City Hall (337) 233-1130 or visit
Color Vibe 5K Event
Dates: February 21
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Address: LARC's Acadian Village
Phone: 337-981-2364
Admission: Varies depending on time of registration URL:
The Color Vibe 5K is a color blast 5K race that is all about having fun and getting covered from top to toe with splashes of color! Participants will get covered with vibrantly colored powder during the race, making for a very unique, colorful experience! It is like a big party for participants! A portion of the funds will benefit the LARC organization,
which assists adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve
self-sufficiency through vocational and residential services. Food trucks and other vendors will be present after the race for people to hang out and enjoy the event. Registration is available at Registration prices vary depending on the time of registration.
Cake Fest 2015
Dates: February 21 - February 22
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Hours: Sa 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Address: Hotel Acadiana
Admission: $10 per day URL:
Cake Festival 2015 is a locally organized cake competition and show. Cake industry vendors will be on site along with Food Network and TLC Bakers as well. Competition levels are Children - Professional.
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.