Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

October 11-14, 2018

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
Upcoming Festival Dates

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

Clifton Chenier 1975 - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Scène Ma Louisiane Presented By Capital One Bank

Friday, October 13
5:30-7 p.m. Bonsoir, Catin
7:15-8:45 p.m. Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

Saturday, October 14
10:30-11:30 a.m. The Mid City Aces
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wayne & Same Ol’ 2 Step
1-2 p.m. Marc à Paul à Jos
2-2:15 p.m. TintaMardiGras Line Parade
2:30-3:45 p.m. Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
4-5 p.m. Richard Lebouef & Two Step
5:15-6:15 p.m. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
6:30-7:45 p.m. Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars

Sunday, October 15
10:30-11:30 a.m. The Pot Luck Band
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The Magnolia Sisters
1-2 p.m. Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
2:15-3:15 p.m. Lil’ Nathan and The Zydeco Big Timers
3:30-4:30 p.m. Jo-El Sonnier
4:45-5:45 p.m. Charivari Reunion
6-7:30 p.m. Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun

Scène Mon Héritage Presented By LUS

Saturday, October 14
10:45-11:45 a.m. Plaquemine Brûlée
Noon-1 p.m. Jambalaya
1:15-2:15 p.m. Jordan Thibodeaux & Les Rôdailleurs
2:30-3:30 p.m. Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters
3:45-4:45 p.m. Savoy Family Band
5-6:30 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas

Sunday, October 15
10:45-11:45 a.m. Huval-Fuselier Cajun Band
Noon-1 p.m. Babineaux Sisters
1:15-2:15 p.m. Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
2:30-3:30 p.m. Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush
3:45-4:45 p.m. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
5-6:30 p.m. Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express

Salle de Danse

Saturday, October 14
10:30-11:30 a.m. Kyle Huval and The Dixie Club Ramblers
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Donny Broussard and The Louisiana Stars
1-2:15 p.m. High Performance + Accordion Kings
2:30-3:30 p.m. Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold
3:45-4:45 p.m. Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys
5-6:30 p.m. Les Traiteurs Reunion

Sunday, October 15
9-10:15 a.m. French Mass
10:45-11:45 a.m. Jesse Legé & Bayou Brew
Noon-1 p.m. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
1:15-2:15 p.m. Robert Jardell and Pure Cajun
2:30-3:30 p.m. Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
3:45-5:15 p.m. Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings

Scène d’Anniversaire Presented By Yuengling Light

Saturday, October 14
11 a.m.-Noon Kegan Navarre & Louisiana Traditions
12:15-1:15 p.m. T’Monde
1:30-2:30 p.m. Chris Ardoin & NuStep
2:45-3:45 p.m. Balfa Toujours
4:-5 p.m. Travis Matte and the Kingpins
5:15-6:15 p.m. Feufollet

Sunday, October 15
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lee Benoit and the Family Band
1:30-2:30 p.m. Les Ferrailles
2:45-3:45 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers
4-5 p.m. Preston Frank and the Frank Family Band
5:15-6:15 p.m. Pine Leaf Boys

Scène Atelier Presented By Chevron

Saturday, October 14
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stories: Mitch Reed, Barry Ancelet, Bill Matthews & Jim Phillips
12:45-1:45 p.m. Reinventing the Accordion: Marc Savoy, Randy Falcon & Junior Martin
2-3 p.m. The Falcons & The Breauxs with Wade Falcon and Dr. Barry Ancelet
3:15-4:15 p.m. Luthiers Playing Their Own Instruments: Matthew Doucet, Anya Burgess & Ed Poulard, moderated by Chris Segura
4:30-5:30 p.m. Jason Frey and Lagniappe

Sunday, October 15
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Steel Guitars: Marty Broussard, Richard Comeaux & Kyle Huval, moderated by Josh Caffery
12:45-1:45 p.m. Fiddle Kings hosted by Steve Riley
2-3 p.m. Guitars & Amps: Sonny Landreth, Sam Broussard & Roddie Romero, moderated by Joel Savoy
3:15-4:15 p.m. Courtbouillon
4:30-5:30 p.m. Ballads & Jurés: Cedric Watson, Kristi Guillory & Megan Brown, moderated by David Greely

Jam Ca! (Jam That!) Presented by Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair for Traditional Music

Saturday, October 14
Noon-1:15 p.m. Kyle Huval
1:30-2:45 p.m. Terry Domingue
3-4:15 p.m. Sheryl Cormier
4:45-5:30 p.m. Ryan Brunet

Sunday, October 15
Noon-1:15 p.m. Ragin’ Steppers w/ Lil’ Nathan
1:30-2:45 p.m. Angelle Aces w/ Kristi Guillory
3-4:15 p.m. Kevin Wimmer

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