A Guide for All Seasons

Here in South Louisiana, long summers are filled with sunshine and winters are short and mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below 50 degrees. Instead of traditional seasons, we mark the passage of time with our food and festivals.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in Cajun Country. After soaking in the holiday spirit at our Cajun & Creole Christmas festivities, get cozy in one of our historic B&Bs or warm up with our signature chicken and sausage gumbo. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and get fit, our fresh Gulf seafood is low in fat and high in protein. And burning calories has never been more fun than paddling our beautiful bayous or zydeco dancing at one of our local music venues.

Our waistlines barely get a break when King Cake comes out January 6, the day the three kings reached baby Jesus. This tasty pastry marks the start of our official Mardi Gras season, which runs from the Epiphany to Fat Tuesday with parades and revelry. If you’re giving up meat for Lent along with many of our Catholic residents, then it’s the perfect time for a po’boy stuffed with fried shrimp and oysters.  

Early spring ushers in crawfish season. You’ll find everything from crawfish étouffée to crawfish pizza and sushi on menus around town, but if you’re a purist, you can purchase crawfish by the pound at one of our drive-thru shacks. In April we pay homage to our French heritage at Festival International de Louisiane, the country’s largest international music festival.

Summer starts early and sticks around for a while. We keep our cool with delicious frozen snoballs or—for the grown-ups—local craft beer and frozen daiquiris, served straight from the drive-thru window. We seek shelter from afternoon showers at enriching indoor attractions or popular local restaurants, which offer great dining deals during EatLafayette.

Fall is a great time to attend our weekly farmers market and sample boudin, made with pork sausage, rice, and seasonings. At October’s Festival Acadiens et Créoles, we put the spotlight on our local culture with three days of authentic music, dancing, art and—you guessed it—amazing food.

No matter what season you find yourself in Lafayette, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving for Cajun food, culture, history, and adventure.