Acadian Culture Day

August 15, 2021
Vermilionville Historic Village

Acadian Culture Day is held annually in August at Vermilionville. This annual celebration explores the past and living history of the Acadian heritage. Each year brings a new theme and with it programming that includes sharing circles, cooking demos, children’s activities, live music, jam sessions, exhibits, boat tours, canoeing, and much more. For complete details click here.

2021 Event Details

The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville as they celebrate their annual Acadian Culture Day on Sunday, August 15th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Live music with Blafa Toujours and the Pine Leaf Boys; tintamarre parade; traiteur traditions with Becca Begnaud; the art of Robert Dafford; cooking, accordion construction and repair with Heritage Accordions; spinning and weaving, wood carving, open hearth cooking and other demonstrations.

Food and beverage available for purchase.  Admission is free.  For more information about Acadian Culture Day call (337) 233-4077.

Schedule:

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. – The art of Robert Dafford, the art of Bryan Theriot, Spinning, Weaving, Wood Carving, and many more demonstrations, Heritage Accordions will be sharing their work with accordion construction/repair, Traditions of the Traiteur with Becca Begnaud, French Language Experience with CODOFIL, Open Hearth Cooking

10:30 a.m. – Tintamarre Parade with Jumlage du Scott

11 a.m. – Live Music:  Balfa Toujours

1 p.m. – Cooking Demonstration with Lori Walls from Johnson’s Boucaniere

2 p.m. – Live Music:  The Pine Leaf Boys

2 p.m. – Cooking Demonstration with Pouparts Bakery

Acadian Culture Day is supported by an External Agencies Funding Program grant, sponsored by Lafayette Consolidated Government, and administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Upcoming Festival Dates

August 15, 2021
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About the Bayou Vermilion District & Vermilionville

Since 1984, Bayou Vermilion District has worked to beautify, conserve and manage sites along the Vermilion, ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the natural, cultural
resources for its citizens. The Bayou Vermilion District’s mission focuses on the environment and the unique culture of Lafayette. On the cultural side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District opened the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park as a way to increase appreciation for the history, culture, and natural resources of the Native Americans, Acadians, Creoles, and peoples of African descent in the Attakapas region through the end of the 1800s. Through historic interpretation and conservation along the Bayou Vermilion, we strive to educate guests on the interactions of these groups and the connections between past and contemporary folklife, thus empowering guests to apply these lessons from our shared histories.