A Guide for All Seasons

Here in South Louisiana, long summers are filled with sunshine and winters are short and mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 50 degrees. Instead of traditional seasons, we mark the passage of time with our food and festivals.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in Cajun Country. After soaking in the holiday spirit at our Cajun & Creole Christmas festivities, get cozy in one of our historic B&Bs or warm up with our signature chicken and sausage gumbo. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and get fit, our fresh Gulf seafood is low in fat and high in protein. And burning calories has never been more fun than paddling our beautiful bayous or zydeco dancing at one of our local music venues.

Our waistlines barely get a break when King Cake comes out January 6, the day the three kings reached baby Jesus. This tasty pastry marks the start of our official Mardi Gras season, which runs from the Epiphany to Fat Tuesday with parades and revelry. If you’re giving up meat for Lent along with many of our Catholic residents, then it’s the perfect time for a po’boy stuffed with fried shrimp and oysters.  

Early spring ushers in crawfish season. You’ll find everything from crawfish étouffée to crawfish pizza and sushi on menus around town, but if you’re a purist, you can purchase crawfish by the pound at one of our drive-thru shacks. In April we pay homage to our French heritage at Festival International de Louisiane, the country’s largest international music festival.

Summer starts early and sticks around for a while. We keep our cool with delicious frozen snoballs or—for the grown-ups—local craft beer and frozen daiquiris, served straight from the drive-thru window. We seek shelter from afternoon showers at enriching indoor attractions or popular local restaurants, which offer great dining deals during EatLafayette.

Fall is a great time to attend our weekly farmers market and sample boudin, made with pork sausage, rice, and seasonings. At October’s Festival Acadiens et Créoles, we put the spotlight on our local culture with three days of authentic music, dancing, art and—you guessed it—amazing food.

No matter what season you find yourself in Lafayette, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving for Cajun food, culture, history, and adventure.

A Guide For All Seasons - Winter

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...
Nothing warms you up faster than a lap around the dancefloor. You won’t have any problems finding music, a dance floor, or a...
A hot cup of coffee is one of the most satisfying things on a cold day. Luckily Lafayette has plenty of local options...
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...
Lafayette transforms into a winter wonderland with light shows, parades, tour of homes, performances, carolers, and much...
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...
A concert, discussion, and broadcast series hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts bringing artists and audiences closer...

A Guide For All Seasons - Spring

Everyone’s favorite crustacean is at its peak during springtime. Whether you prefer boiled or in an etouffee, you don’t have...
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...
Whether you’re looking to camp in an RV or a tent, Lafayette and the surrounding areas have some of the most unique camping...
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,...
Celebrate the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world with over 500 performing and visual artists from 15...
During the fall and spring Lafayette becomes a music mecca with free concert series held Wednesday through Friday, and...
Listen to 30 Cajun and Creole bands over three days coupled with delicious crawfish. The festival also hosts a parade,...
Zydeco music combined with the local flavor of Lafayette over Memorial Day weekend. This fun indoor festival has everything...

A Guide For All Seasons - Summer

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...
Most people’s trip to Lafayette isn’t complete without a trip through the drive-thru daiquiri line. It’s the perfect way to...
One thing is for sure, summer in Lafayette is hot. Luckily there’s usually a sno-ball stand near wherever you are with more...
Like most cities, Lafayette has its favorite neighborhood bars. Whether you’re looking for local beers, wide wine variety, or...
A Guide For All Seasons - Creole Culture Day Creole Culture Day
Explore the living history of the Creole culture at Vermilionville. Activities include crafts and games for children, boat...
A summer-long celebration of Lafayette's local restaurants ranging from Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ and...
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Downtown Lafayette while listening to live music culminating in a massive firework display...
Experience what locals call “Oktoberfest in the Summer.” Sample over 200 beers from local and home brewers while enjoying...
A Guide For All Seasons - Acadian Culture Day Acadian Culture Day
Explore the living history of the Acadians at Vermilionville. Activities include live music with a Cajun jam, kids' crafts...

A Guide For All Seasons - Fall

Geocaching is the perfect way to discover places you’ve never been or otherwise would think to visit. It’s also a great way...
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...
Lafayette is steadily embracing pet-friendly places to pass a good time. Not only are there restaurants you can bring your...
Sample this boudin from across Louisiana in Downtown Lafayette for a celebration and competition all centered around this...
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 world’s largest Zydeco and LaLa music festival celebrates the spicy culture of Louisiana Creoles by highlighting,...
A Guide For All Seasons - Louisiana Comic Con Louisiana Comic Con
A two-day showcase of local and regional artists by bringing together a diverse list of guests, vendors, visual artists, and...