Rhythms on the River

Rhythms on the River
Photo courtesy of Rhythms on the River

May 4, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
River Ranch’s Town Square-1100 Camellia Blvd #200, Lafayette, LA 70508

Start the first weekend in May off right with the last Rhythms on the River concert of the spring season with Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars! This free concert series is offered in the spring and fall in River Ranch’s Town Square. Enjoy free live music from area musicians and purchase food and drink around the square. For more information click here.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

The Connoisseur’s Crawfish
Photo courtesy of Denny Culbert

May 5-7, 2017
Friday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. ($5 entry)
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. ($10 entry)
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ($5 entry)
Weekend passes available for $15.
Parc Hardy-1290 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

Held every year during the first weekend in May, this festival celebrates the beloved Cajun crustacean, the crawfish! The Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge is a weekend of food, music, games, rides, arts and crafts, dancing and more! With over 30 bands performing, it’s the perfect place to get your crawfish and live music fix! The Crawfish Festival also hosts a parade, crawfish eating contest, Cajun and Zydeco dance contest, crawfish étouffée cook-off, crawfish race, carnival rides for young and old alike as well as an arts and crafts fair. For more information click here.

Louisiana Crossroads presents Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland
Photo courtesy of Acadiana Center for the Arts and Shemekia Copeland

May 10-11, 2017
May 10 at 7:30 p.m. & May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Acadiana Center for the Arts’ James Devin Moncus Theatre-101 W. Vermilion St., Downtown Lafayette, LA 70501

Louisiana Crossroads is a concert, discussion and broadcast series that brings artists and audiences closer together through performances and conversation. The season runs from October through May with performances from local Lafayette musicians as well as musicians from around the world. This month’s featured musician is Shemekia Copeland. Copeland is a contemporary blues, roots and soul singer who’s been belting beautiful music since she was just 8 years old. Growing up in Harlem, New York, she sang with her father at local clubs and started touring with him at the age of 16. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. To buy tickets click here and to learn more about Shemekia and to hear some of her music click here.

2nd Saturday Artwalk

Downtown - Artwalk
Photo courtesy of Downtown Lafayette

May 13, 2017
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Downtown Lafayette

Look at the art and buy some art too! ArtWalk is a perfect way to spend a Saturday evening! Walk through beautiful downtown Lafayette and see local artists, art on the streets and in the galleries scattered around downtown. Stop by one of the many restaurants downtown to grab a drink for your stroll and a bite to eat, listen to live music and best of all get a new piece for your art collection! Learn more about art walk and see the featured vendors by clicking here.

6th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade
Photo courtesy of Lucius A. Fontenot

May 21, 2017
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Vermilionville-300 Fisher Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508

Let the good times flow at the 6th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade! This festival and boat parade is a celebration of and on Bayou Vermilion that focuses on increasing awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish. The festival activities are held at Vermilionville and start at 10 a.m. Some activities include a pre-paddle, kids crafts and activities, free yoga class, face painting, live music, food and drinks, and of course the boat parade! The parade starts flowin’ from Vermilionville at 2 p.m. and ends at the Camellia Bridge, but the party lasts until 7 p.m.! Enjoy live music from Bonsoir Catin food from Le Cuisine de Maman, and beverages (including the Floatilla Ale made by Bayou Teche Brewery,  particularly for this festival) at Camellia Bridge! To register for the parade and to see a schedule of events click here.

Sugar Jam

Downtown Alive Dancers
Photo courtesy of Downtown Lafayette

May 27, 2017
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sugar Mill Pond Town Center-101 Waterview Rd, Youngsville, LA 70592

Take a ride to Youngsville’s Sugar Mill Pond for their free concert series Sugar Jam! Sugar Jam is a year-round concert series held in the town center of Sugar Mill Pond. This month’s band is the Highway 90 Band, a classic-rockin’ group that plays all the songs you know and love! Enjoy the free live music and walk around the town center for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants along the square, grab a drink and enjoy the tunes! To find out more about this event and the other Sugar Jam dates, click here.