A Guide for All Seasons

Acadiana is a year-round destination, with long summers followed by pleasant winters in the mid-60s. Here in Cajun Country, we define our seasons by festivals, food, and time-honored traditions.
 
Come during the holidays, and the whole town sparkles. During our Cajun & Creole Christmas, Lafayette transforms into a winter wonderland with light shows, parades, a tour of homes, and special performances. Did you resolve to try something new this year? Then Cajun Country is the place for you! Only in Lafayette can you attend a rodeo, film festival, concert series, and a Mardi Gras parade! On colder days, warm up with a plate lunch of Cajun comfort foods, and treat your palate to a slice of king cake. If peace and quiet is more your speed, our fairytale gardens, cozy inns, and fine dining restaurants are ideal for a romantic getaway.
 
Crawfish are at their peak in early spring. Roll up your sleeves and pick your own or eat it with a fork in an etouffee at one of our many restaurants or the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. No trip is complete without boudin and po’boys. Be sure to stop at one of the legendary spots on our Cajun Boudin Trail and attend the annual Po’Boy Festival. Burn off some calories at a lively dance hall, or participate in the Vermilion Voyage, a three-day, 50-mile, overnight paddling excursion. Spring is also an ideal time to spend a day in Downtown Lafayette, where you’ll find attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. Every April, Downtown hosts Festival International, bringing more than 500 musicians from 15 countries to the stage.
         
Summer starts early and sticks around a while. Stay cool with delicious frozen snoballs and local craft beer. Give the kids a summer history lesson at Vermilionville, a historic village that hosts Creole and Acadian culture days, and admire some of our incredible architecture and public art around town. Plan your meals around EatLafayette, where the top restaurants around town offer incredible deals. On your way out of town, shop our local makers for a tasty or artistic souvenir. On your drive home, be sure to listen to some great Zydeco and Swamp Pop music with our Lafayette Weekly playlist on Spotify!
 
Fall is especially beautiful for spending time outdoors, with nature trails and cypress bayous waiting to be explored. Fall is also filled with events and festivals celebrating everything from blackpot cooking to local haunts, vintage hotrods, and modern films. The season’s biggest event is Festival Acadiens et Créoles, where our local culture shines with three days of authentic music, dancing, art, and food.
 
No matter when you’re here visiting, you’re sure to find authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences.

Winter: December - February

Celebrate the multitude of ways you can enjoy Lafayette throughout the winter months

Over 50 locations to choose from serving up a meat, a gravy-covered starch, a pair of vegetable sides, and a simple piece of...
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Everyone knows of the normal happy hour specials-2 for 1 cocktails, half off draft beer-but here in the Happiest City in...
An eight-day internationally acclaimed film festival welcoming 180 films and 200 filmmakers from across the United States,...
Louisiana’s most famous and longest running rodeo welcomes the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls competing in bareback...
Lafayette transforms into a winter wonderland with light shows, parades, tour of homes, performances, carolers, and much...
King cakes date back to 12th century France when a cake was baked on the eve of Jan. 6 with a small token hidden inside....
Find out why Lafayette is for lovers Romantic Getaways
From fairytale gardens and majestic oak trees draped with moss to Cajun cuisine fit for a king, South Louisiana is a dreamy...
A concert, discussion, and broadcast series hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts bringing artists and audiences closer...
With its proximity to the Gulf Lafayette has some of the freshest seafood around. Be sure to venture out for oysters as...
If you’re looking for something different than a hotel Lafayette has a wide range of bed and breakfasts. From historical...
Nothing warms you up faster than a lap around the dancefloor. You won’t have any problems finding music, a dance floor, or a...
When there’s a chill in the air you can bet the smell of gumbo will be near. This signature dish of the state can be found in...
A hot cup of coffee is one of the most satisfying things on a cold day. Luckily Lafayette has plenty of local options...

Spring: March - May

Crawfish boils are just one of the ways you can Cajun up your spring in Lafayette

Everyone’s favorite crustacean is at its peak during springtime. Whether you prefer boiled or in an etouffee, you don’t have...
Downtown Lafayette is the heart of the city and walking through its lively streets you’ll feel the pulse of Acadiana’s...
A sure sign that spring has arrived is the abundance of azaleas in a spectrum of reds, pinks, whites, purples and salmons...
Equal parts bar, performance hall, and community center, the traditional dancehall provided a space for much needed...
Lafayette Parish is the indisputable center of all things boudin. With over 50 locations, the Cajun Boudin Trail puts you in...
Celebrate the legacy of the humble po-boy sandwich with local chefs from around the area flexing their culinary muscles to...
Experience the Vermilion River on a three-day, 50-mile, overnight paddle launching from the Acadiana Park Nature Station to...
SOLO combines the intimate, intensive, and creative songwriting process and a public-facing festival with songwriters...
Listen to 30 Cajun and Creole bands over three days coupled with delicious crawfish. The festival also hosts a parade,...
Celebrate the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world with over 500 performing and visual artists from 15...
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking for a day, overnight, or short paddle to see the plants and animals, Lafayette has...
While Lafayette is not known for its elevation, there’s still plenty of hiking and biking trails for you to discover outdoor...
Zydeco music combined with the local flavor of Lafayette over Memorial Day weekend. This fun indoor festival has everything...
Here in Lafayette, the po'boy reigns as a Southern sandwich staple with nearly dozens of regional restaurants, diners, and...
There’s more than one way to celebrate Mardi Gras in Lafayette including the traditional courir, parades, Mardi Gras Indians,...
During the fall and spring Lafayette becomes a music mecca with free concert series held Wednesday through Friday, and...

Summer: June - August

Lafayette is home to a multitude of musical events and celebrations that you won't want to miss

Lafayette is a melting pot of creativity with many locals creating their own clothing, jewelry, food products, and artwork,...
Experience the creative beauty of Lafayette through our public art trail that shares the unique stories and heritage of...
Follow @LafayetteTravel on Spotify for a curated weekly playlist with a breakdown of local and touring musical acts playing...
Named the premier architect of the South, Acadiana native A. Hays Town has put his signature stamp on hundreds of incredible...
Music is the soul of Lafayette where new genres like Zydeco and Swamp Pop have risen from the bayous with over 16 GRAMMY...
A free event showcasing local sno-ball stands serving up samples and full-sized versions of traditional and specialty...
A summer-long celebration of Lafayette's local restaurants ranging from Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ and...
Creole Culture Day celebrates the history and diversity behind the Creole story Creole Culture Day
Explore the living history of the Creole culture at Vermilionville. Activities include crafts and games for children, boat...
Experience what locals call “Oktoberfest in the Summer.” Sample over 200 beers from local and home brewers while enjoying...
Learn the history and what makes the Acadian culture unique Acadian Culture Day
Explore the living history of the Acadians at Vermilionville. Activities include live music with a Cajun jam, kids' crafts...
Like most cities, Lafayette has its favorite neighborhood bars. Whether you’re looking for local beers, wide wine variety, or...
One thing is for sure, summer in Lafayette is hot. Luckily there’s usually a sno-ball stand near wherever you are with more...
Most people’s trip to Lafayette isn’t complete without a trip through the drive-thru daiquiri line. It’s the perfect way to...
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Downtown Lafayette while listening to live music culminating in a massive firework display...
June is the wettest month in Lafayette, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. From food tours, attractions, cooking...
Lafayette is home to some of the most sought-after beers in the South. From Parish Brewing to LA 31 if you’re into beer be...

Fall: September - November

A Guide For All Seasons - Fall 2020

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If you’re short on time for your first visit to Cajun Country or overwhelmed by all the things to do this rundown of the must...
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Our Cajun and Zydeco music is rooted in our history, but it all starts with the French language and evolves to include the...
Moving beyond traditional film and music this multimedia four-day festival includes film screenings, live music,...
For over 40 years this free festival has offered three days of nonstop music, dancing, food as well as crafts, and a genuine...
Celebrate Cajun culture and cooking with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping, and jamming.
The ultimate plate lunch experience celebrating the rich culture of Acadiana's favorite rib-sticking, gravy covered, meal on...
Showcasing the fantastic music, food, scenery, and culture of Lafayette combined with a large gathering of incredible hot...
In Lafayette, we are natural-born brunchers. There’s no shortage of brunch options in Lafayette with each restaurant putting...
While most everyone loves to shop, antiquing can be an adventure within itself. You’ll never know what you’ll find poking...
Lafayette is steadily embracing pet-friendly places to pass a good time. Not only are there restaurants you can bring your...
Geocaching is the perfect way to discover places you’ve never been or otherwise would think to visit. It’s also a great way...
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Throw on your favorite cosplay ensemble, and venture to Lafayette's favorite celebration of all things superhero! Louisiana Comic Con
A two-day showcase of local and regional artists by bringing together a diverse list of guests, vendors, visual artists, and...
The world’s largest Zydeco and LaLa music festival celebrates the spicy culture of Louisiana Creoles by highlighting,...
Sample this boudin from across Louisiana in Downtown Lafayette for a celebration and competition all centered around this...