Culture

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America and it’s no mystery why. The region’s history dates back to the 18th century when Canada’s Acadians were expelled in the late 1700s and settled in Louisiana. More than two centuries later tourists come to Lafayette to get a rare taste of the genuine Acadian experience, from traditional food fixings and music to the warm hospitality that greets you at every turn.

Art gallery with touring exhibits as well as a performance theatre with concert series and cafe.
Art museum with rotating exhibits, liberal arts and science education as well as a gift shop.
Permanent and rotating exhibits with digital planetarium and hands on activities.
Evangeline - Oak Tree, St. Martinville, Louisiana St. Martinville
Located just outside of Lafayette the city is home of the Evangeline Oak and St. Martin de Tours Church.
Acadiana Byways Acadiana Byways
Authentic house dance, Cajun Christmas and rural Mardi Gras with mask making.
Tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians and other area groups.
Free French class every Wednesday 1-2 p.m. and music Friday 6:00 p.m.- until.
Historic plantation home located just outside of Lafayette with unique and group programs.
1800s historic home with period furnishings, memorabilia and seasonal collections
Museum of authentic Acadian homes and guided group tours available in English and French.
Accordion building with Cajun and Zydeco music played by the Martin family.
Living history museum, restaurant, cooking school, boat tours, dance lessons and live music on weekends.

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