Work hard, play hard. It’s not just a motto; it’s a way of life here in the heart of Cajun & Creole Country. No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette, LA we will have something for you to celebrate. That’s in large part because we have a festival for everything-from beer to boudin, shrimp to sugarcane, gumbo to gratons-there is literally something happening every week. Each month we give you a rundown of up and coming events that are not to be missed. For a full list of events taking place in Lafayette visit our events calendar. Hosting an event you’d like to see on our calendar? Click here to submit your event.

Downtown Alive!

Zydeco Radio at Downtown Alive!
Photo courtesy of Downtown Alive!

March 10 – Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars
March 17 – Better Than Ezra & Wayne Toups (Patty in the Parc 2017)
March 24 – Zydeco Radio
March 31 – Feufollet
Parc International or Parc Sans Souci – Downtown Lafayette, LA 70501

Two-step your way to Downtown Lafayette every Friday night for Lafayette’s free concert series Downtown Alive! The event offers free entertainment by way of smoke free, family friendly outdoor concerts with genres ranging from Cajun to Zydeco and even modern and world music. Food and beverage concession are available and sales help keep Downtown Alive! free, so please leave your ice chests at home with your pets. New this year, Hook & Boil will be serving hot boiled crawfish every Friday night during the spring season. Food and drink will be made available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Celtic Bayou Festival

Celtic Bayou Festival
Photo courtesy of Celtic Bayou Festival

March 10-11, 2017
Parc Putnam - 813 Lafayette St. Lafayette, LA 70501

The annual Celtic Bayou Festival is a family friendly event that celebrates all aspects of Irish, Irish American and other Celtic cultures with a weekend full of events such as Irish Lenten Crawfish Boil, Guinness Cook-Off Competition, an Irish Storytelling Puppet Show for children, a Genealogy tent for Acadiana people to trace their Celtic roots and of course plenty of Irish music complete with Irish dancers. Click here for complete schedule of event.

Tickets
Weekend Pass – $20
Friday Pass – $10
Saturday Pass – $10

St. Joseph’s Altar

St. Joseph's Altar
Photo courtesy of KATC

March 14-19, 2017
Vermilionville – 300 Fisher Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508

Originally an Italian Catholic tradition, the St. Joseph’s Altar made its way into local Cajun and Creole churches after WWI and WWII. The tradition is still practiced to this day where churches will erect an altar in honor of St. Joseph. Vermilionville recreates this tradition in their chapel where visitors can learn about the first altar erected and see firsthand the types of items presented for the altar. Visitors will also leave with a small bag of treats complete with a lucky fava bean. The altar is open to the public during normal village hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a $10 admission charge. Click here for more information.

Cajun Comic Relief XXV

Cajun Comic Relief
Photo courtesy of Cajun Comic Relief

March 25, 2017
Heymann Performing Arts Center – 1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Lafayette's most successful and enduring charity events. Join the Cajun Comic Relief crew for a lively celebration of music and humor with a 90-minute comedy show featuring Cajun Mike, TeeRay Bergeron, Michael “Magic Mike” Dardant, and A.J. Smith, preceded by 2 hours of live Cajun music with Mamou and Richard LeBouef & Two Step. This year’s charity partner is Hospice of Acadiana. Click here for more information.

Tickets - $30

Spring Celebration

Vermilionville's Spring Celebration
Photo courtesy of Vermilionville

March 25, 2017
Vermilionville – 300 Fisher Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508

The annual Spring Celebration at Vermilionville is a great event for the whole family. Enjoy activities like natural egg dyeing demonstrations, sweet dough tart cooking classes, a prettiest egg contest, a pâquer tournament, spoon races and other historical games as well as a Cajun Jam. The event goes from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and admission is $5 per person with children under three entering for free. Bring your own hard-boiled egg to receive a $1 discount on admission. Click here for more information.

Louisiana Crossroads: O’Connor Family Band featuring Mark O’Connor

O'Connor Family Band
Photo courtesy of Acadiana Center for the Arts

March 30 – 31, 2017
Acadiana Center for the Arts – 101 W. Vermilion St., Downtown Lafayette, LA 70501

Louisiana Crossroads is a concert, discussion and broadcast series launched by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in 2001. Louisiana Crossroads brings artists and audiences closer together through performances and conversations with the artists in between songs. Enjoy the GRAMMY nominated O'Connor Family Band with iconic fiddler Marc O’Connor for a two night performance as the put on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. Click here for more information.

Tickets - $30-$40