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6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Randol’s, 2320 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
One of Lafayette’s longest running traditions takes place every night at Randol’s. Take the family out to dinner to sample Cajun cuisine while enjoying a side of Cajun & Zydeco music. This must see restaurant hosts Cajun & Zydeco bands seven nights a week and is sure to get your toes tapping. Join in the fun and grab a dance partner or sign up for dance lessons and learn how to waltz and two-step with the best of them! The month of July welcomes musicians Donny Broussard, Cajun Ramblers, Jambalaya, Jason Frey, The Has Beans, Bendoit Family, Low Maintenance, Sheryl Cormier and Paul Daigle to the stage. For a complete music calendar as well as Randol’s food menu visit their website by clicking here.
Image courtesy of Begnaud House in Scott
Recurring every Friday
La Masion de Begnaud, 110 Benoit Patin Rd, Scott, LA 70583
Looking to brush up on your Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar, triangle or vocals? The Begnaud House in Scott is the perfect place to join in and jam. Every Friday beginning at 6 p.m. the welcome center housed in a small Acadian style home clears its rooms to welcome musicians from all over. Tunes vary from traditional Cajun to folk and even some Zydeco influences. Don’t play an instrument? Nothing accompanies music better than dancers so be sure to bring your dancing shoes. For more information on the Begnaud House in Scott click here.
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Recurring first Wednesday of the month
Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503
Looking for something to do with your toddler this summer that’s in the air conditioning? Check out Toddler Time at the Hilliard where both parents and children can enjoy story time and participate in hands-on art projects they can take home. You can also explore the museums many exhibits with the Hilliard’s family friendly gallery guide after the program. Best part about it? Toddler Time is free and open to the public! For more information on Toddler Time click here.
Image courtesy of Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm
Recurring the first Saturday of the month
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Moncus Parc at the Horse Farm, 2913 Johnston St Lafayette, LA 70503
What better way to kick off your Saturday morning than with a trip the Horse Farm, Lafayette’s largest green space located in the heart of the city!? While there’s a farmers and artisans market each week where you can buy a slew of local goods, the first Saturday is also their food truck round up. Local food trucks will be on site from 10 a.m. – 2p.m., where you can sample everything from tacos, rice bowls, jambalaya, Cajun nachos and much more.
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9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
Every year the Miles Perret Center hosts their fundraiser Games of Acadiana as a way to help raise money for their mission of helping children with cancer. This event surely puts the fun in fundraiser with more games under one roof than anywhere else! Enjoy games like Monster Spider Jump, Snow Mountain, Spider Climb, Zip Line and much more! For more information click here.
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10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508
Every year Vermilionville hosts their free Acadian Culture Day for the public to explore how the Acadian community maintains its heritage. This year’s theme will focus on "Where We Come From" and the activities planned for the day will include live music by the Huval Dupuy Fuselier Band and Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold, community booths (the New Acadia Project, CODOFIL, the Acadian Memorial, etc.). boat tours and canoeing, a Cajun Jam open to the public and all skill-levels, a sharing circle on "The Birth of Cajun Culture," film showings, cooking demonstrations, kids’ crafts and games as well as demonstrations (musket, trapping, coureurs des bois, fiddle making, etc.) and more. This year's Acadian Culture Day will also honor Mr. Merlin Fontenot, a beloved long-time Vermilionville employee who passed away earlier this year. For more information and a timeline of events click here.