Acadian Culture Day is held annually on the second Sunday 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. Check back for 2019 timeline of events.
Annually, Vermilionville hosts three culture day celebrations – Creole, Acadian and Native American. It is time to recognize and honor the Cajun heritage during Acadian Culture Day. This year’s theme is Les Femmes du Folklore, exploring and celebrating women found in Acadian culture, historically and contemporarily, along with live music, great food and a plethora of cultural exchange throughout the village, throughout the day. The event is a family-oriented, FREE event for all ages.
2019 Timeline of Events
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. View Inside Map for All-Day Cultural Exchange
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.: $5 (30) minute Boat Tours (Main Boat Dock; purchase tickets in Gift Shop)
10:30 a.m.: Reading from B pour bayou: Un abecedaire cadien (Performance Center)
11:00 a.m.: Reading from Rethinking New Acadia (Performance Center)
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Kids' Arts/Crafts (Chapel)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Canoeing (Petit Bayou)
11:30 a.m.: Tintamarre Parade by the Jumlage du Scott (Begins at the Performance Center)
12:00 p.m.: - 2:00 p.m.: Jane Vidrine, Lisa Trahan, Friends & Family (Performance Center)
1:00 p.m.: Cooking Demo: Ramsey Morein (Cooking School)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Acadian Culture Preservation Award to
Sheryl Cormier (Performance Center)
2:30 p.m.: Cooking Demo: Jolie Meaux of Porch, Wine and Gravy (Cooking School)
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Richard Guidry Foundation (Performance Center)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Sheryl Cormier and the Cajunettes (Performance Center)
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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.