If you're looking to spend some time in the Hub City and want to know what events are happening in July, you're in the right place. We'll give you a monthly rundown of live music and other events taking place each month in the Happiest City in America.

EatLafayette | All Summer Long

EatLafayette Passport

When the question is where do you want to eat, the answer is EatLafayette, and the EatLafayette Passport is your complete guide to the very best locally owned and operated restaurants in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country. Every time you dine in or pick up from a participating restaurant, check in on the EatLafayette Passport for a chance to win airfare and three (3) nights for two (2) in Austin, TX, courtesy of Lafayette Coca-Cola. Want to get in on the fun? It’s simple. Visit EatLafayette.com/Passport, follow the directions, and start checking in for a chance to win.

Independence Day Celebrations Around Acadiana

Fireworks

See below for a list of Fourth of July Independence Day Celebrations in and around Acadiana.

Lafayette Parish

St. Landry Parish

St. Martin Parish

Acadia Parish

Performance Series

Holy Animals

July 11-12 | AcA's NXT series: Holy Animals by Paige Barnett Kulbeth | Acadiana Center for the Arts
Homegrown in Lafayette and living in NYC, Paige Barnett Kulbeth is an artist acclaimed for her innovative integration of dance, music, and video technology. Her debut stage show, Holy Animals, consists of larger-than-life projections, live music and a combination of modern and classical dance. Loosely based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the evening will unfold across the circles of Hell, the terraces of Purgatory, and the celestial spheres of Heaven. The twist? These ethereal happenings will be retold through the female characters’ perspectives, transforming this classic story into a loud & proud girl-power anthem!

Comedy Series

Brian Posehn

Annual Festivals

Lebeau Zydeco Festival

July 6 | Lebeau Zydeco Festival | Lebeau
From the place that gave us zydeco hits like “Don’t Mess With My Toot Toot” comes an annual celebration of the genre and its roots in the Creole community. Located on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lebeau, Louisiana, this festival was made for the fans. It features the most popular zydeco music bands in South Louisiana. Bring a dancing partner, maybe a lawn chair, and an appetite. The festival is famous for its pork backbone dinners.

July 20 | Acadiana Brew HaHa | Vermilionville
Acadiana Brew Haha includes our region’s craft, micro, nano, and homebrewers, and you can see what’s on tap in Louisiana! This year, look for Bayou Teche Brewing, Gnarly Barley, Adopted Dog Brewery, and Agile Brewing, as well as home brewers coming in from the Dead Yeast Society, Redstick Brewmasters, and beyond! There will be demonstrations of both historical and modern methods, presentations, panels, and more!

Art Exhibitions

Sitting with George Rodrigue

Now - August 10 | Ceramics Now: Contemporary and Traditional Practices in Acadiana | Acadiana Center for the Arts
Ceramics Now: Contemporary and Traditional Practices in Acadiana is on view in the Main Gallery. From the functional and traditional forms we are most familiar with to the purely visual and avant-garde, this exhibition examines the scope of ceramics being made in Acadiana today.

Now - August 17 | Every|Where: Beili Liu | Hilliard Art Museum
EVERY|WHERE: BEILI LIU consists of three works of art. Each explores our relationship to water differently, raising fundamental questions about art and how we understand each other's lived experiences.

Now – August 24 | Great Artists: Lafayette Parish School System Talented Visual Art Showcase | Hilliard University Art Museum
The exhibition, Inspired by Great Artists, is presented in collaboration between LPSS Talented Visual Arts and the Hilliard Art Museum. It features students’ adaptations and interpretations of famous artworks. The depictions vary in style and media, but the uniting factor is the excellence reflected by the faculty and students working within LPSS Talented Visual Arts.

Now - September 14 | Fundamento De Palo Monte: Ana Mendieta | Hilliard Art Museum
The iconic silhouette motifs of Ana Mendieta's career represent meaningful relationships between humans and land. Filmed in Iowa, Fundamento de Palo Monte: Silueta Series (Gunpowder Works) reflects the artist's reality as a Cuban exile living in the United States.

Now - September 28 | Bending Lines: Robert Wiggs | Hilliard Art Museum
Robert Wiggs was a sculptor and educator who shaped the aesthetic agenda of Acadiana, which started in 1965 when UL was still known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Wiggs is known for his unique brand of abstraction based on keen observations of the natural world. He retired in 1987, the same year he discovered the ninth all-space-filling polyhedron he named the "Twist Octahedron."

July 2 – August 30 | Cora Nimtz Exhibition | Acadian Cultural Center
The Acadian Cultural Center is holding a special art exhibition featuring Cora Rose Nimtz, a southern-born artist currently residing in New Orleans, LA. Using the native style of southern folk art, playful color palettes capture everyday objects. Modernizing traditional fiber techniques explores the emotional connection to culturally relevant objects. These thread paintings are created with only fabric and thread, both new and salvaged. The Acadian Cultural Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on federal holidays.

Ongoing Events

Evangeline Downs

July 6 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday) | Indigenous Heritage Table | NuNu Arts & Culture Collective
We are connecting tribes one table at a time. Together, we share and learn about indigenous heritage. Hosted by Clovis "Joe" Billiot, Debra Cooper Billiot, and Biloxi-Chitimacha (Tribal Member).

July 12 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday) | French Table | Valsin Broussard House
Practice your French at the historic home of Valsin Broussard, founder of the City of Broussard. Whether you speak French fluently or hardly know a word, there is a seat for you at our French table.

July 13 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday) | Second Saturday ArtWalk | Downtown Lafayette
The monthly event features exhibits, live music, theatrical performances, and immersive art experiences in Downtown Lafayette's shops, galleries, museums, and streets.  

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays through August 24 | Thoroughbred Horse Racing | Evangeline Downs
It’s thoroughbred racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Opelousas, Louisiana, every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:50 p.m.

July 13 (Recurring second Saturday of the month) | La Tab Kreyol | NUNU Arts Collective
Join Herbert Wiltz every second Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for an immersive Creole practice session. Whether you're a seasoned speaker or just starting out, this is a fantastic opportunity to practice speaking Creole in a supportive environment, learn new vocabulary and expressions from a knowledgeable native speaker, gain insights into Creole culture and traditions, connect with other like-minded individuals, and share your passion for the language.

July 18 | Family Game Night | Moncus Park
Gear up for Family Game Night with the Acadiana Tabletop Guild, a perfect mix of strategy, laughter, and community spirit. Dive into an array of tabletop games that promise to challenge and entertain, all while enjoying tasty bites from local food trucks! No need to bring anything but your game face and a sense of adventure. Join us for a night of friendly competition and make new friends in the vibrant setting of Moncus Park.

Special Events

July 11-4 | USA Karate National Championship & Team Trials
This is the National Championships for USA Karate is a 4 day competition in which athletes compete in kata (forms), kumite (sparring) and kobudo (weapons) to earn the title of National Champion. In addition to the National Championships, this event is also the selection event for the US Junior National Team. Athletes 12-20 will compete in Elite level categories to earn a spot on TEAM USA and represent the USA in the Jr. Pan American Karate Championships this August in Punta Del Este, Uruguay and at the Jr. World Championships in Venice, Italy this October.  This event will also host our USA Karate Olympians from the Tokyo Olympics and our reigning Sr. National Team members. Finals on Sunday night will focus on the final matches of the 12-20 Elite categories. Click here for tickets.