A Guide to the Seasons in Lafayette

Lafayette, LA 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.

Check out our Summer Guide to Lafayette below and start planning your summer getaway to the Happiest City in America. Read More

Winter: December - February

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

Ton's Plate Lunch Plate Lunch Paradise
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An eight-day internationally acclaimed film festival welcoming 180 films and 200 filmmakers from across the United States,... Read More
Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo
Louisiana’s most famous and longest running rodeo welcomes the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls competing in bareback...
Cajun & Creole Christmas (Thumbnail) Cajun & Creole Christmas
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.... Read More
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Louisiana Crossroads Louisiana Crossroads Series
A concert, discussion, and broadcast series hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts bringing artists and audiences closer...
Gulf Seafood - Lance Nacio, Shrimp Gulf Seafood
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Man And Woman In Cowboy Boots At Glide Studios In Lafayette, LA Two Step Your Way Through Acadiana
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Okra Gumbo Gumbo
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Spring: March - May

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

Boiled Crawfish on Table In Lafayette, LA Crawfish
Everyone’s favorite crustacean is at its peak during springtime. Whether you prefer boiled or in an etouffee, you don’t have...
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Lafayette Dancehalls Dancehalls of Cajun Country
Equal parts bar, performance hall, and community center, the traditional dancehall provided a space for much needed...
Boudin & Boudin Balls Boudin
Lafayette Parish is the indisputable center of all things boudin. With over 50 locations, the Cajun Boudin Trail puts you in...
Pop's Poboys Acadiana Poboy Festival
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... Read More
Accordion SOLO Songwriters Festival
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,... Read More
Celebrate the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world with over 500 performing and visual artists from 15... Read More
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Take in the sounds with Lafayette's annual celebration of everything Zydeco! Zydeco Extravaganza
Zydeco music combined with the local flavor of Lafayette over Memorial Day weekend. This fun indoor festival has everything...
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The Big Easy isn’t the only place to have some Mardi Gras fun – check out what Lafayette’s Celebration has to offer Mardi Gras
There’s more than one way to celebrate Mardi Gras in Lafayette including the traditional courir, parades, Mardi Gras Indians,...
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Summer: June - August

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

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Music is the soul of Lafayette where new genres like Zydeco and Swamp Pop have risen from the bayous with over 16 GRAMMY... Read More
A free event showcasing local sno-ball stands serving up samples and full-sized versions of traditional and specialty... Read More
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Creole Culture Day Creole Culture Day
Explore the living history of the Creole culture at Vermilionville. Activities include crafts and games for children, boat...
Gulf Brew 2018 Gulf Brew
Experience what locals call “Oktoberfest in the Summer.” Sample over 200 beers from local and home brewers while enjoying...
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...
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One thing is for sure, summer in Lafayette is hot. Luckily there’s usually a sno-ball stand near wherever you are with more... Read More
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Fireworks Display Uncle Sam's Jam
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Downtown Lafayette while listening to live music culminating in a massive firework display...
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Fall: September - November

A Guide For All Seasons - Fall 2020

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Southern Screen Crowd Southern Screen
Moving beyond traditional film and music this multimedia four-day festival includes film screenings, live music,...
Festivals Acadiens et Creole Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
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Blackpot Festival & Cookoff Blackpot Festival & Cook-Off
Celebrate Cajun culture and cooking with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping, and jamming.
Lunch Box Plate Lunch Layout Plate Lunchapalooza
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Bayou Round Up Bayou Round Up
Showcasing the fantastic music, food, scenery, and culture of Lafayette combined with a large gathering of incredible hot...
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Comic Con Louisiana Comic Con
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Accordion Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival
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Boudin Cook-Off Boudin Cook-Off
Sample this boudin from across Louisiana in Downtown Lafayette for a celebration and competition all centered around this...