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

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.

Top Sights in Scott, LA

Much of Southwest Louisiana developed when the railroad came through in the late 1800s. In 1880, the Louisiana Western Railroad obtained a right-of-way... Read More

Holiday Cocktails in Lafayette, LA

The Holiday Season is here, and Lafayette's locally-owned restaurants have decided we have been good this year! Several local shops have created... Read More

Lafayette Weekly

On Thursday night, Zydeco hitmaker Horace Trahan will be squeezing his accordion at Rock'n' Bowl. Trahan will kick things off around 7:30 pm... Read More

Noel Acadien au Village

Noel Acadian au Village features half a million lights, live entertainment, and carnival rides spread across 10 acres in Acadian Village. Proceeds from... 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.

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