Music has been the backbone of Acadiana since the area's humble beginnings, with a melting pot of Cajuns, Creoles, European and Native American cultures merging to create a unique sound. The heart of Louisiana's Cajun & Creole Country is primarily known for its Cajun and Zydeco music. Still, it's not uncommon to hear genres spanning folk music, country, rock, rhythm and blues, and swam pop from area dancehalls. While Acadiana is much smaller than other music cities, the area is fertile ground for a significant number of GRAMMY-nominated artists as well as a multitude of concert series and festivals.
The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.