Lafayette, LA's annual Bayou Round Up showcases the fantastic music, food, scenery and culture of Lafayette combined with a great big gathering of incredible hot rods, custom cars, artists, vendors and more along with some of the best live music onstage. The Bayou Round Up is held on the grounds of Lafayette's Blackham Coliseum. The history of this place in the community and its perfectly preserved vintage atmosphere makes it the ideal backdrop for this event.
The third week of October at the first cool breath of fall, hundreds of vintage cars and hot rods will be driving into Lafayette from as far away as California for a weekend of great food, all-star entertainment and plenty of nostalgia.
Everyone is invited to Blackham Coliseum on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm to check out amazing vintage rides from hot-rodded Model T and Model A Fords from the 1920s and ‘30s to custom Chevys, Buicks, Mercurys, Cadillacs and more from the pre-war era to the early ‘60s. There will be plenty of Instagram-worthy eye candy with cars adorned with custom accessories, metal-flake paint jobs, pin-striping, flames, and shining chrome.
“Blackham Coliseum is the perfect venue for our event,” says Brian Auderer, festival organizer and member of Austin’s Kontinentals car club. “The coliseum dates back to the late ‘40s, with its last renovation in the ‘60s, so it’s really like stepping back in time when you enter the building and see some of our most prized period models.”
Outside, more cars are lined up along with various vendors, popular local restaurants like Poupart’s and The French Press, and a main stage for a variety of entertainment throughout the day.
“This is really a dream event for us, combining our passion for vintage cars and amazing live music,” says Auderer.
The day begins with New Natives Brass Band, a Lafayette-based second-line band followed by Southern rocker Rod Melancon. Headlining the event is the Buck-a-Roux II, a tribute to Lafayette’s guitar king Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal, featuring performances by Barbara Lynn, Sonny Landreth, CC Adcock, Sir Reginald Dural, Sherelle Chenier, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Roddie Romero, MJ Nunez, Cory “Lil’ Pop” Ledet, Major Handy, Lil’ Bobby Broussard, Blue Burns, Steve Riley and more surprise guests. A DJ will also be on hand to spin vinyl Swamp Pop records.
Friday, the Kontinentals will cruise around the beautiful back roads of Acadiana, past rice and sugarcane fields, majestic oak trees, and low-lying cypress bayous. They’ll arrive in downtown Lafayette at Parc Sans Souci in time for the Downtown Alive! concert series with live music by Radio Zydeco + The South Austin Moonlighters for anyone wanting to get a preview of the cars.
“We’ve been doing this event in Austin for nearly 20 years and now five years in Lafayette,” says Auderer. “We always love coming to Louisiana for the great food, cool people, incredible music and scenery. It’s just such an intimate atmosphere.”
Tickets are $10 and available Saturday at the gate, located at 2330 Johnston St. Children under 12 are free, and University of Louisiana students get in for $5 with their student ID.
10 a.m. – Day Cruise
Starting at the Hilton Garden Inn Cajundome (2350 W Congress St. ) Join us for the Bayou Teche Ridge Ride - a scenic cruise we put together along the Bayou Teche waterway with stops in Lake Martin, Breaux Bridge, Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville and Sunset to enjoy the local scenery along back roads with some great stops for photos and food & drink before heading back to downtown Lafayette for registration packet pickup and special reserved parking around Parc Sans Souci for the Downtown Alive! show that evening. Check out the CRUISE MAP & DIRECTIONS HERE
4 – 6 p.m. – Registration Pick-Up at Parc Sans Souci
Bayou Round Up attendees can pick up their registration packets or register in person in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette, just look for the big Bayou Round Up banner. Grab your packets with everything you'll need for the show Saturday, and hang out for the big Downtown Alive show onstage at the park!
Special reserved parking is available for your registered vintage rides all around the park - kick off your big weekend right!
6 – 8 p.m. – Downtown Alive! featuring Radio Zydeco + The South Austin Moonlighters
The car show kicks off at Blackham Coliseum! Hundreds of vintage hot rods and custom cars from across the country will be parked all over the coliseum grounds - a select few special feature cars will also be displayed inside on the floor of the coliseum. The Bayou Round Up swap meet begins in the metal barns behind the coliseum and vending areas are open indoors and outside. Great local food and drinks are available and live music will be going onstage all day right in the middle of the action. Gates open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $10 general admission wristbands are on sale to the public. Kids under 12 are FREE. UL Lafayette students just $5 with valid student ID. General Admission parking is FREE.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Alligator-Chomp-Chomp
DJ Matty spinning nuthin' but the bestest Swamp Pop vinyl all day and between acts.
12 – 1:15 p.m. – New Natives Brass Band
Lafayette’s own New Natives Brass Band is quickly on its way to becoming one of Louisiana's leading brass ensembles of its kind. Taking traditional New Orleans style brass band tunes, Jazz standards, and pop tunes, they bring that good time energy to the party.
1:45 – 3 p.m. – Rod Melancon
Like the soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, Rod Melancon’s music mixes cinematic details and electric guitars into its own version of greasy, gothic Americana. Imagine Nick Cave meets John Cougar where the prairies meet the marsh. Vermillion Parish (Gueydan) native Melancon takes us deep in the swamp lands of South Louisiana, found in the bayous and small towns along the parish lines and the borders that dwell with the native sons of this often, unseen heartland where the stories wait to be told.
4 – 6 p.m. – Buck-a-Roux II
An all-star Tribute to Lafayette’s own guitar king Paul “Lil' Buck" Sinegal. Featuring performances by:
Barbara Lynn, Sonny Landreth, CC Adcock, Sir Reginald Dural, Sherelle Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Roddie Romero, MJ Nunez, Corey “Lil' Pop” Ledet, Steve Riley, Major Handy, Lil’ Bobby Broussard, Blue Burns, Lee Allen Zeno, Dave Ranson , Greg Gordon, and surprise guests!
11 a.m. – Sunday Cruise
Take a cruise starting at 11am at the Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette-Cajundome (2350 W Congress Street) and making its way up a scenic drive up to Pat's Fisherman's Wharf (1008 Henderson Levee Rd. Breaux Bridge, LA) historic dancehall and restaurant on the bayou.
The Kontinentals Car Club have been hosting the Lonestar Round Up since 2002 in Austin, Texas which attracts a huge number of vintage cars driving in from all over the country. The event is so successful they decided to throw another party with their Louisiana friends in the fall!
The Bayou Round Up has begun to establish itself as a fantastic new annual tradition for locals and visitors alike to come together and enjoy this special vintage car show and live music fest.
Lafayette is the perfect spot for the show, from the friendly hospitality of the people here, to all the natural scenery, incredible music, delicious food and unique culture of Louisiana - combine that with a great big gathering of vintage hot rods, custom cars, artists & vendors and its the ideal event to enjoy with all your friends and family - we hope you will join us!