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

Rhythms on the River
Dates: October 23

October 30

November 6
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. 10/9 Daryle Singletary (opening with Blaine Roy); 10/23 Krossfyre; 10/30 Jet 7; 11/6 Molly Ringwalds (opening with One Trick Pony)
Museum of Fear
Dates: October 24 - October 25

October 31 - November 1
Date Text: Every Fri. & Sat. night in October
Hours: 7-11 p.m., or until the last victim exits!
Address: Lafayette Science Museum
Phone: 337-291-5544
Admission: General admission $10 URL:
Museum of Fear is Acadiana's largest and scariest haunted house. "You'll never be the same..."
South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & CookOff
Dates: October 24 - October 25
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Hours: Fri. 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Address: LARC's Acadian Village
Admission: Fri. $20, Sat. $30; Children under 12 are Free. URL:
The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette's Acadian Village, the festival celebrates with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & 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 & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s.
Bach Lunch
Dates: October 24

October 31

November 7
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. 10/3 Nouveau String Band; 10/10 Lafayette Rhythm Devils; 10/17 Soul Creole; 10/24 Kevin Sekhani; 10/31 Johanna Divine; 11/7 Les Freres Michot. For a complete schedule of bands and restaurants visit
Downtown Alive!
Dates: October 24
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Hours: 5:30 p.m. food & beverage concessions, music performance 6-8:30 p.m.
Address: Parc International or Parc Sans Souci - Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-291-5566
Admission: Free URL:
2014 Fall Lineup: 9/19: Lil' Band O' Gold; 9/26: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet; 10/3: The Molly Ringwalds; 10/17: Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters; 10/24: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band with Connie G.
Boudin Cook-Off
Dates: October 25
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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.
Boo Bayou Fall Carnival
Dates: October 25
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Hours: 12-3 p.m.
Address: Vermilionville
Phone: 337-233-4077 Ext. 211
Admission: $5 URL:
Celebrate Halloween with a Fall Carnival for the whole family at Vermilionville's historic village. There will be plenty to keep the kids busy including old-time games, a picture station, costume contest, trick-or-treating throughout our historic village and live entertainment in the Performance Center.
Ragin' Cajuns Football
Dates: November 1

November 22
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Hours: Check website for game times.
Address: Cajun Field
Phone: 337-265-2100
Admission: Various seating options and prices. URL:
9/6: UL Lafayette vs. Louisiana Tech, 10/4: UL Lafayette vs. Georgia State, 10/21: UL Lafayette vs. Arkansas State, 11/1: UL Lafayette vs. South Alabama, 11/22: UL Lafayette vs. Appalachian State
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.