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

Downtown Alive!
Dates: October 3

October 17

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: www.downtownlafayette.org
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.
Latin Music Festival
Dates: October 4
Date Text: Held annually the 1st Saturday in October.
Hours: Noon-10 p.m.
Address: Parc International, Downtown Lafayette.
Phone: 337-944-0011
Admission: Free URL: www.aclalaf.org
Music, folklore dances, arts & craft displays, food, and children activities.
Ragin' Cajuns Football
Dates: October 4

October 21

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: www.ragincajuns.com
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
SugarMan Triathlon
Dates: October 5
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Hours: 8-11 a.m.
Address: Sugar Mill Pond Town Center
Phone: 337-856-2323
Admission: Open URL: www.sugarmillpond.com
Whether you are a race enthusiast or simply someone whose never witnessed a triathlon up close in person, SugarMan is the event for you. We start with a 500 meter swim in our pond, followed by a 15 mile bike through Youngsville, ending with a 5 k run through the neighborhood of Sugar Mill Pond. We provide a wonderful and unmatched setting for spectators to cheer on their favorite race participants. Kids, don’t worry, we have a fun jump waiting for you to bounce around while the race is going on.
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Dates: October 10 - October 12
Date Text: Held annually the second weekend of October
Hours:
Address: Girard Park, Lafayette
Phone:
Admission: Free URL: www.festivalsacadiens.com
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!
2nd Saturday ArtWalk
Dates: October 11

November 8

December 13

January 10

February 14

March 14

April 11

May 9

June 13

July 11
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.
Sugar Jam Concert Series - Sons of Voodoo
Dates: October 18
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Hours: 6-9 p.m.
Address: Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, 120 Waterview Rd., Youngsville
Phone: 337-856-2323
Admission: Free URL: www.sugarmillpond.com
The Sons of Voodoo consist of brothers Lane and Billy McDonald. Drawing from rootsy Cajun and Zydeco, Louisiana blues, Classic Soul, and hard pounding Rock n’ Roll these boys, both Lafayette, Louisiana natives, love spreading the music of our heritage. Comprised of colorful vocal harmonies, fast and smooth guitar licks, and rockin’ accordion comes a refreshingly original sound, which seems to fit into everyone’s taste. Often times you can find some of Louisiana’s finest musicians backing The Sons. Keep an eye out because The Sons of Voodoo are sure to be rocking you too!
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
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Admission: Fri. $20, Sat. $30; Children under 12 are Free. URL: www.blackpotfestival.com
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.
Zydeco Marathon
Dates: March 8
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Hours: Starts at 7 a.m.
Address: Start and finish lines TBD.
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Admission: Register online at http://www.zydecomarathon.com/register.php URL: www.zydecomarathon.com
Registration is now open for the Marathon and Half Marathon.