Lafayette is located in South Louisiana along 1-10 in the heart of Cajun Country, only 3 hours East of Houston, and 2 hours West of New Orleans. Kick-off the party before you arrive at Essence Music Festival with a stop in Lafayette for some authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine; and after the festival, Lafayette is the place to hear Zydeco music most any day of the week. Keep scrolling to plan your girl's trip to Essence Festival!
The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.