No matter what time of year you visit us here in Cajun & Creole Country we will have something for you to celebrate. That’s in large part because Lafayette, LA is teeming with festivals year round-from beer to boudin, shrimp to sugarcane, gumbo to gratons-there is literally something happening every week.
Kick your year off with a Mardi Gras celebration like no other in Lafayette, LA. Experience all of the excitement and revelry of the carnival season in a family-friendly atmosphere. The good times keep on rolling through April when we celebrate the largest outdoor Francophone event in the world with Festival International de Louisiane. Hundreds of performing and visual artists from 17 countries, along with Lafayette, LA's own artists, residents and visitors, converge on seven stages across Downtown Lafayette, LA for five days of world music. The fall is even busier kicking off with Festival Acadiens et Creole, taking place the second full weekend of October. This free three-day festival welcomes locals and visitors alike to share in food, music, dancing as well as arts and crafts that make the region so unique.
Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or the distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure we have a festival just for you. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.
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.