Happiest City in America
 

Welcome to Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America. Their history dates back to the 18th century, when Canada’s Acadians were expelled and settled in Louisiana. More than two centuries later tourists visit for a rare taste of the genuine Acadian experience.
 
Lafayette has a distinct culinary identity as the epicenter of Cajun cuisine that’s earned them the title Best Food City in the USA. Lafayette’s culinary scene is steeped in tradition and continues to evolve with a new generation of chefs making it an incredible place to eat.
 
No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette they will have something for you to celebrate. It doesn’t take long to get hooked on Lafayette’s Cajun and Zydeco music and there’s never a shortage of dance partners if you want to try your hand at a two-step or waltz.

Whether your passion is for their rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave with a smile on your face.

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Blue Dog Café

Sunbelt Conference Championship

Get your guide to the Sun Belt Conference Championship to see the Ragin Cajuns take on App State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Cajun Field.

Cajun & Creole Christmas

The heart of Cajun & Creole Country is transformed into a winter wonderland throughout the months of November and December with a Cajun and Creole Christmas. From light shows to parades, tour of homes, performances, carolers and much more you can be sure to...

Foodie's Guide

For foodies looking to travel to Lafayette or locals in search of somewhere new, it's hard to go wrong. In fact, the biggest challenge will be working out what not to eat.

Weekly Events

If you're looking to spend some time in the Hub City and want to know what events are happening, you're in the right place. We'll give you a weekly rundown of live music and other events taking place each week in the Happiest City in America.

December Events Spotlight

If you're looking to spend some time in the Hub City and want to know what events are happening, you're in the right place. We'll give... Read More

Lafayette Weekly

Live music starts early this week with a special performance by country duo Caleb Klauder and Reem Willms. The singer/songwriters have been long-time... Read More

20 Ways to Celebrate a Family Cajun...

There’s nothing quite like a Cajun Christmas! Whether you’re coming to town to see family or taking the kids on a road trip over Christmas... Read More

Papa Noël

You can go ahead and tell the kids that Santa Claus is real. According to the History channel, St. Nicholas was an actual person—a Turkish monk... Read More

Getting to Lafayette

The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.

Plan Your Escape

Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.

Visiting Lafayette During Covid-19

We look forward to welcoming you to the heart of Louisiana's Cajun & Creole Country-Lafayette, Louisiana! We encourage visitors to practice all health and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and state and local governments, to prevent the spread of...

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