Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo
Thursday-Saturday January 9-12, 2020
The Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo, Louisiana’s most famous and longest running rodeo, held annually in January features the world's greatest rodeo competitors, livestock, and entertainer of all time. Watch as the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash prizes in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronco riding, calf and team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. It's a great family event and there's something for everybody at the Mid-Winter Fair Rodeo! Click here for tickets.
Cinema on the Bayou
January 22-29, 2020
Various Lafayette Locations
Eight days. 180 films. Cinema on the Bayou is an internationally acclaimed film festival that is held annually in January. Over 200 filmmakers, producers, actors, musicians, distributors, grant source representatives and other industry professionals in attendance from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Japan, Australia, India, the U.K. and France. Films and filmmakers from around the world will make their way to venues across Lafayette as they prep for expert panel discussions, workshops, filmmaker Q&A's, nightly parties and live music.
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Matthew Whitaker at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
Matthew Whitaker is an 18-year-old jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Apollo Theater. At the age of 10, Whitaker opened for Stevie Wonder and began a mentorship that quickly elevated him to fame. Whitaker’s music style blends jazz, R&B, funk, and classical music which can be heard on his most recent album titled, ‘Outta the Box.’ In 2018 The Root added Matthew to the list of 1 of 25 Young Futurist Leaders and was named as 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network’s 201 Magazine.
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14th Annual Gumbo Cook-off
Saturday, January 25, 2020
The annual Opelousas Gumbo Cook-Off held the last Saturday in January heats up with live music, a kids’ activity area, both silent and live auctions, food, drinks, dancing, and lots of gumbo. While this is a free event, the entry fee to participate in the cook-off is $50. Prizes are awarded for first place champion, second place, and third place. In addition, a specially designed Gumbo Cook-Off Champ Paddle will be passed from the reigning champ to a new contender. Winners of the cook-off will be announced at 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit a local child and family who are burdened with medical and related expenses. Click here for more information.