Acadian Culture Day

August 9, 2020

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.

2019 Event Details

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.

  • Acadian Culture Day Highlights (Throughout the Village)
  • Film Showings: Grand-Pré, Coton Jaune & Richard Guidry | Foundation (Conference Room)
  • Painting & Visual Arts: Cynthia Alleman (Cultures)
  • Painting & Visual Arts: Cayla Zeek (Boucvalt)
  • Sharing Our Stories: Sarah Mikayla Brown (Mouton)
  • Cotton Spinning: Madison Lewing (Beau Bassin)
  • French Table & Lessons by CODOFIL (Beau Bassin)
  • Cajun Jam Session (Forge)
  • Cajun Dancing & Lessons (Schoolhouse)
  • Traiteur Traditions with Becca Begnaud (Buller)
  • Broussard Home Tours (Broussard House)
  • Open Hearth Cooking by Em Lemieux (Broussard Kitchen)

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)

Upcoming Festival Dates

August 8, 2021
August 14, 2022
August 13, 2023
August 11, 2024

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.