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: March 28 - May 15
12:00AM - 11:59PM
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! 4/3:Foret Tradition with GG Shin & TK Hutlin; 4/10: Louisiana Red; 4/17: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band; 5/1: MoJeaux; 5/8: Jimmie Van Zant, 5/15: Chee Weez
Bach Lunch
Dates: March 8 - April 25
12:00AM - 11:59PM
Date Text: Held every Spring and Fall on Fridays
Hours: Lunch starts at 11:30 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 Spring than by enjoying a delicious lunch while listening to Lafayette's only free lunchtime concert series. 3/28 Cedric Watson Trio; 4/4 Lafayette Rhythm Devils; 4/11 T'Monde; 4/18 Bonsoir Catin; 4/25 Les Hay Babies. For a complete schedule of bands and restaurants visit
Festival International de Louisiane
Dates: April 24 - April 26
12:00AM - 11:59PM

April 23 - April 27
12:00AM - 12:00AM
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Address: Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-232-8086
Admission: Free URL:
This free, five day event combines the best in International music, visual arts, theater, dance, and cuisine from the Francophone world with Louisiana's own artistic expressions.
Downtown Alive!
Dates: April 19 - May 16
12:00AM - 11:59PM
Date Text:
Hours: 5:30 p.m., music performance 6-8:30 p.m.
Address: Parc International or Parc Sans Souci - Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-291-5566
Admission: Free URL:
Kate Durio, Director of Marketing and Events stated, "We worked extra hard this season to thank our loyal fans with an exciting Downtown Alive! series. From The Marshall Tucker Band, who helped to establish the Southern Rock genre in the 1970’s, to putting together a never-before pairing of the 18-piece UL Big Band with stellar vocalist, Johanna Divine; DTA! this spring stays strong all season with quality entertainers and a guaranteed good time every Friday.” 2014 Spring Lineup: 4/4 : The Marshall Tucker Band; 4/11: Cowboy Mouth; 5/2: Richard LeBouef & Two Step; 5/9: Blayze & Saddles with Makers Reel; 5/16: Jaryd Lane & The Parish. For more information and full band schedule visit
CajunCodeFest 3.0
Dates: April 23 - April 25
12:00AM - 11:59PM
Date Text: April 23-25
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Address: UL Lafayette Research Park
Phone: (337) 482-0627
Admission: Free, but space is limited URL:
The CajunCodeFest is a 2.5 health care coding competition open to all students and professional software developers, health care professionals, business strategist.  The focus for 2014 is  “Aging in Place”.
The Mercredi Show
Dates: April 2 - May 14
12:00AM - 11:59PM
Date Text: April 2 - May 14
Address: Pelican Park, Carencro
Admission: URL:
A free, outdoor concert series at Pelican Park, presented by the Parks & Recreation Commission and the City of Carencro. It's held during the spring and fall seasons. Our spring season lineup is official and Ray Boudreaux kicks it off April 2! Plus, there's a very special show scheduled April 23. Pelican Park in Carencro is the place to be on Wednesdays this spring: April 2 - Ray Boudreaux; April 9 - Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys; April 16 - Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings; April 23 - Dominique Dupuis of New Brunswick, and Carencro's own Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Deippe, Canada, and Carencro, Louisiana; April 30 - Travis Matte and the Kingpins; May 7 - Wayne & Same Ol 2 Step; May 14 - Nik L Beer Band
Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Dates: May 1
12:00AM - 11:59PM
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Address: Acadiana Center for the Arts
Phone: 337 233-7060 ext. 223
Admission: URL: http://www.acadianacenterforthea
The finest Jazz organist on the planet, without a doubt, Joey DeFrancesco is the heir-apparent o the vacated throne of Jazz organ pioneer Jimmy Smith. At age four Joey began taking a strong interest in the organ. By age five, he was playing Jimmy Smith songs. At age six he sat in with his dad’s gigs and at age 10 he led his own band. A first record at age 17 was followed by a call to join Jazz legend Miles Davis’ band. He continued to play and record with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, George Benson, John Scofield, and many more. He has won the Down Beat Critics and Readers poll ever year since 2002, the Jazz Journalist award, and countless others. In 2004 Joey was nominated for a Grammy for his record "Falling In Love Again", and again in 2010 for his release titled “Never Can Say Goodbye”