Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

October 11-14, 2018
Girard Park

Lafayette, LA's annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, held the second full weekend in October, provides the ideal opportunity to discover Lafayette, LA's blend of food, music and culture that makes the city so unique. For over 40 years this free festival has offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience three days of nonstop music, dancing, food as well as crafts and a genuine Cajun and Creole experience like no other. See below for a complete list of performers.

See below for 2018 Music Schedule

2018 Performance Schedule

Scène Ma Louisiane

Friday, Oct. 12
5:30 - 6:45: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band 30th Anniversary
6:45 - 7:15: UL Lafayette Pep Rally
7:15 - 8:30: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys 30th Anniversary

Saturday, Oct. 13
10:30 - 11:30: Ervin Frey & Cajun Prairie
11:45 - 12:45: Wayne & Same Ol 2 Step
1:00 - 2:00: Caesar Vincent Tribute
2:15 - 3:15: Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
3:30 - 4:30: Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun
4:45 - 5:45: Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys
6:00 - 7:30: Pine Leaf Boys

Sunday, Oct. 14
10:30 - 11:30: The Pot Luck Band
11:45 - 12:45: Huval-Fuselier Cajun Band
1:00 - 2:00: Jesse Legé & Bayou Brew
2:15 - 3:15: Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs
3:30 - 4:30: Jambalaya with John Trahan
4:45 - 5:45: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
6:00 - 7:30: Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun

Scène Mon Héritage

Saturday, Oct. 13
10:45 - 11:45: Babineaux Sisters
12:00 - 1:00: Autumn Wild: The Granddaughters of D.L. Menard
1:15 - 2:15: Lafayette Rhythm Devils
2:30 - 3:30: Lost Bayou Ramblers
3:45 - 4:45: Feufollet
5:00 - 6:30: TBA

Sunday, Oct. 14
10:45 - 11:45: Mason Trail & Zydeco Rhythm
12:00 - 1:00: Savoy Family Band
1:15 - 2:15: TBA
2:30 - 3:30: Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
3:45 - 5:00: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
5:15 - 6:30: Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars

Salle de Danse

Saturday, Oct. 13
10:30 - 11:30: Donny Broussard & the Louisiana Stars
11:45 - 12:45: Richard LeBouef & Two Step
1:00 - 2:00: Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers
2:15 - 3:15: The Revelers
3:30 - 4:45: Balfa Toujours
5:00 - 6:30: T.K. Hulin & Smoke

Sunday, Oct. 14
9:00 - 10:30: French Mass
10:30 - 11:45: Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces
12:00 - 1:00: Radio Zydeco
1:15 - 2:15: Creole String Beans
2:30 - 3:30: Has Beans
3:45 - 5:00: Our Swamp Pop Songbook featuring Tommy McLain, CC Adcock & Steve Riley

Atelier

Saturday, Oct. 13
11:30 - 12:30: Veillée Reunion
12:45 - 1:45: Travailler, c’est trop dur: Caesar Vincent’s Iconic Song
2:00 - 3:00: Mardi Gras Music & Traditions
3:15 - 4:15: Joel Savoy & Linzay Young
4:30 - 5:30: Daiquiri Queens

Sunday, Oct. 14
11:30 - 12:30: CODOFIL’s Legacy: Immersion & Music
12:45 - 1:45: Children’s Books with Jo-El Sonnier, Yvette Landry & Barry Jean Ancelet
2:00 - 3:00: Les Étoiles de la Louisiane
3:15 - 4:15: Roger Mason
4:30 - 5:30: Brazos Huval School of Music

Anniversary Stage

Saturday, Oct. 13
11:00 - 12:00: Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold
12:15 - 1:15: Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
1:30 - 2:30: Seth Spell & Cajun Strong
2:45 - 3:45: Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band
4:00 - 5:00: Keagan Navarre & Louisiana Traditions
5:15 - 6:15: Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express

Sunday, Oct. 14
12:15 - 1:15: Ray Landry & the Vermilionville Ramblers
1:30 - 2:30: Rusty Metoyer a& the Zydeco Krush
2:45 - 3:45: Travis Matte & the Kingpins
2:345 - 3:45: Jo-El Sonnier
5:15 - 6:15: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Jam Ça!

Saturday, Oct. 13
12:00 - 1:15: TBA
1:30 - 2:45: TBA
3:00 - 4:15: Horace Trahan

Sunday, Oct. 14
12:00 - 1:15: Sheryl Cormier
1:30 - 2:45: Luke Huval
3:00 - 4:15: TBA

Upcoming Festival Dates

October 10-13, 2019
October 8-11, 2020

Clifton Chenier 1975 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

History of Festival Acadiens et Creole

In the 1930s folklorists John and Alan Lomax visited South Louisiana to record Cajun and Creole songs to be added to the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song, now the Archive of Folk Culture. It was the first time Cajun and Creole songs were captured on tape for archival purposes.

In 1964, Dewey Balfa, Gladdie Thibodeaux and Louis “Vinesse” Lejeune were invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island — the first Cajun musicians ever accorded that honor. Balfa didn’t know how the South Louisiana music would be received and was surprised that audience members sat and listened, as opposed to dancing like they did back home.

At the end of Dewey Balfa’s set, the audience responded with a standing ovation.

Doopsie and Dewey 1982 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Buoyed by Lomax and inspired by Newport, Balfa was determined to ignite that same respect and adoration in his home state. He came back to Louisiana with a purpose to bring home the echo of that Newport applause back to Louisiana.

The result was “A Tribute to Cajun Music” on March 26, 1974, in Lafayette, LA's Blackham Coliseum, a culturally significant event that would evolve into today’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, a culturally rich, multi-layered free festival.

More than 40 years later Festivals Acadiens et Creoles continues to evolve and celebrate the cultures of South Louisiana in Lafayette, LA, the heart of Cajun & Creole Country, with a combination of food, music and cultural demonstrations.

Bois Sec Canray 1975 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles