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Spring Into Festival Season

Work hard, play hard. It’s not just a motto; it’s a way of life here in the heart of Cajun & Creole Country. No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette, LA we will have something for you to celebrate. That’s in large part because we have a festival for everything-from beer to boudinshrimp to sugarcane, gumbo to gratons-there is literally something happening every week.

Lafayette, LA truly comes alive in the fall and spring with remarkable weather to compliment the multitude of events and festivals. One thing unique to Lafayette, LA is the free concert series that take place in the fall and spring. But, it’s not just the free concert series that makes Lafayette, LA the self-proclaimed Free Music Capital of the World; the fall and spring months alone hosts countless events that boast free music.

Whether your passion is for Lafayette, LA's rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave Lafayette, LA nourished. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.

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  • Lafayette Weekly

    Lafayette Weekly

    With funnel cakes and tilt-a-whirls a plenty, the Cajun Heartland State Fair also entertains the Hub City to live music. Local rock n’ blues guitarist Julian Primeaux and his band will start the weekend with a performance at the annual Memorial Day weekend event in Cajun Field. Later that night,

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  • Sushi in Lafayette

    Sushi in Lafayette

    Sushi: the Japanese delicacy has become accessible to everyone across the world and it’s easy to see why. Are you looking for a simple morsel of salmon? Or do you want a fried piece of soft shell crab wrapped in rice and topped with roe, eel sauce, and all the fixings? With such a wide range of

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  • May Events Spotlight

    May Events Spotlight

    Concert Series | Wednesday - Friday Springtime in Lafayette is music to everyone's ears with free concert series held Wednesday through Friday. Kick off your weekend starting Wednesday in Pelican Park with the Mercredi Concert Series. On Thursday, the good times keep rolling with Rhythms on the

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  • Summertime and Visiting is Easy

    Summertime and Visiting is Easy

    Summer. It's more than a season; it's an attitude of vacation embedded in our psyches from childhood schooldays. It's in our muscle memories of halcyon times of play, long lazy days, tall glasses of lemonade and sweet tea sipped under a ceiling fan on a shady porch, or maybe a frosty cocktail or two

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  • BBQ in Lafayette

    BBQ in Lafayette

    What goes better with beautiful weather, festivals, and live music? BBQ. There is no shortage of choices in Lafayette and the surrounding areas when it comes to BBQ. From traditional to special Sunday plate lunches, there's a smoked meat restaurant for everyone's palate. Is it sauce you love?

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  • Woman Owned Restaurants

    Woman Owned Restaurants

    March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, we're showing support to local, female-owned businesses. These eateries are diverse in the types of food offered; some are new to the scene, some are established classics. Either way, these restaurants, and the boss babes who run them are paving the

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  • UL Lafayette Sports Schedules

    UL Lafayette Sports Schedules

    Louisiana’s Cajun Country has a distinct personality, known for food, family, and revelry, and it’s no different when it comes to football. Voted best collegiate team nickname by ESPN, The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns embody family fun. Check out the upcoming 2022 sports schedule for the Ragin Cajuns.

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  • Spring Has Sprung in Lafayette

    Spring Has Sprung in Lafayette

    In Lafayette, Spring parades in like a Mardi Gras and 2-steps out like a Zydeco Queen. Gardens are bursting with azaleas in every shade of pink, peach, red, and lavender, while magnolia trees present their showy white blossoms. Spanish moss-draped cypress and tupelo trees in swamps and lakes proudly

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  • Coolest Cocktails in Lafayette

    Coolest Cocktails in Lafayette

    Libations. Spirits. Cocktails. Drinks. Aperitif. Whatever you call it, liquid concoctions of booze, fruit, herbs, and other flavors can elevate any outing. Bartenders and mixologists are becoming more playful and adventurous on their bar menus. There's something for everyone, from old-school

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  • Living It Up Before Giving It Up - Cajun & Creole Carnival

    Living It Up Before Giving It Up - Cajun & Creole Carnival

    South Louisiana is home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras. But what most people see on television the weekend before Lent starts much earlier. The entire Carnival season runs several winter weeks in Lafayette and throughout the Acadiana region and

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  • It's Crawfish Season, Y'all!

    It's Crawfish Season, Y'all!

    Crawfish, also known as crayfish, crawdads or mudbugs to some visitors, are freshwater crustaceans found in the swamps and marshes of south Louisiana. Crawfish have become as much a staple of Cajun & Creole culinary culture as the accordion or fiddle is to our music. The crawfish season differs from

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  • Gluten Free: Sweet & Savory

    Gluten Free: Sweet & Savory

    Enjoying a town as food-focused as Lafayette can be frustrating for those with dietary restrictions. Many years ago, if you couldn't have gluten and gumbo was on the menu, you were simply out of luck. However, since so many delicacies are rice-based, you can chow to your heart's desire on red beans

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  • New Restaurants Open in Lafayette

    New Restaurants Open in Lafayette

    Despite the challenges small businesses faced in 2020 and now into 2021, the area saw many new restaurants open. Several started as food trucks or pop-up concepts and expanded into a permanent brick and mortar. Check out these new restaurants in and around Lafayette Parish! Don't see your new

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  • Papa Noël

    Papa Noël

    You can go ahead and tell the kids that Santa Claus is real. According to the History channel, St. Nicholas was an actual person—a Turkish monk in the year 280 AD, known as the patron saint of children. Over the millennia, various cultures and countries have created their versions of the man in red.

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  • Acadiana Center for the Arts 2022 Music Series

    Acadiana Center for the Arts 2022 Music Series

    The Acadiana Center for the Arts, the local arts center located in Downtown Lafayette that serves the eight-parish Acadiana region, has released their 2022 music series line-up. The season, consisting of two separate performance series, kicks off January 2022, and goes through December 2022 with

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  • Gulf Seafood in Lafayette

    Gulf Seafood in Lafayette

    With its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Lafayette is a parish where many restaurants serve up some of the finest Gulf seafood delicacies. Each place has a dish they excel in, from great fried catfish and spicy boiled crawfish to gumbo. There are hole-in-the-wall drive-thrus to high-end,

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  • Acadiana Antique Shops

    Acadiana Antique Shops

    Lafayette is a town of culture, food, music, festivals and history. There is plenty to do no matter the time of year, but with the weather heating up, shopping is a nice, cool, option. Here in Lafayette there are plenty of places to shop, but if you prefer a bit of a treasure hunt be sure to check

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  • Lafayette Chef Spotlight

    Lafayette Chef Spotlight

    Lafayette is a hot spot for up-and-coming chefs and seasoned culinary professionals alike. With such a rich landscape for food lovers to thrive, the area is home to a plethora of various kitchen connoisseurs. Some have gone through professional training and schooling. Some have cut their teeth at

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  • Lafayette's Unique Seasons

    Lafayette's Unique Seasons

    Immerse yourself in the untouched purity of a cypress and tupelo swamp. Sway your hips to the upbeat tempo of accordions and washboards, or let the seductive flavors of Cajun and Creole cooking dance on your palate. Join in on a colorful Mardi Gras celebration and experience the largest non-ticketed

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  • Top 10 Scariest Places in Acadiana

    Top 10 Scariest Places in Acadiana

    Who haunts the houses and buildings of Acadiana, a region rich in culture and history? Those who refuse to leave hang in shadows, tease us with weird happenings, and some even show themselves in the dark of night. Here are a few scary places to visit in Lafayette, but only if you’re brave enough to

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  • Downtown Drinking and Dining Guide

    Downtown Drinking and Dining Guide

    It’s no secret that the food and bar scene of Downtown has exploded into an exciting array of tastes and flavors, which makes it the perfect foundation to build your own tour. Make it all restaurants, all bars, or a mixture of both – however you choose to spend your day or night Downtown, it’ll be

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  • A Guide To Lafayette's Pizza Joints

    A Guide To Lafayette's Pizza Joints

    Pizza has a long history and even more varieties adapted over the years and in different regions. According to History.com, flatbreads with toppings were consumed by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. The latter ate a version with herbs and oil, similar to today’s focaccia. But the modern

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  • A Guide To Lafayette's Burger Joints

    A Guide To Lafayette's Burger Joints

    Nothing seems more American than a good burger. A dish that has stood the test of time and can be reinvented in various ways, it's no wonder burgers are still a favorite among foodies. Lafayette has a variety of burger joints, from classic drive-thrus and historic restaurants to vegetarian and vegan

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  • The Hidden Street Taco Joints of Lafayette

    The Hidden Street Taco Joints of Lafayette

    Why reserve tacos just for Tuesdays? Lafayette has a hidden street taco scene, and all you have to do is look just beyond the horizon. Staring at us in plain sight are a mix of authentic, affordable, and delicious tacos from families with origins in Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, and El Salvador.

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  • Olde Tyme Grocery

    Olde Tyme Grocery

    Glenn Murphree grew up in New Orleans, so he understood poorboys, a sandwich born in the Crescent City. When a small corner grocery store dating back to the mid-1900s came up for sale in Lafayette, Murphree bought the property and began serving poorboys to Acadiana residents. Over the years, Olde

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  • Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant

    Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant

    The path to establishing Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant is a curvy country road. It originates in the days of the Olympic Grove pizza truck when Stephen Verret and Jeremy Conner brought games, chill vibes, and tasty pizza pies all over town. Stephen, while having little experience in

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  • BJ's Pizza & Deli

    BJ's Pizza & Deli

    BJ’s Pizza, a Lafayette institution, opened in 1981. The name is based on card games, blackjack specifically. There are several items on the menu that have poker-inspired names, the Full House Pizza, Royal Flush, two of a kind, and the gambler poboy. It started as a franchise, and the owners

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  • Super Taters...And More!

    Super Taters...And More!

    Hot style deli sandwiches, toasted wraps, salads, and a daily soup selection are all available at family-friendly Super Taters in Scott. All in all, there are over 100+ unique baked potato offerings ranging from classic combinations served with a twist to Cajun hometown favorites. No matter which

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  • Lafayette Murals

    Lafayette Murals

    Thank goodness for public art. It revitalizes, beautifies and shares the unique stories and heritage of communities. And they withstand the test of time or at least a few decades. The Hub City has done its part to contribute to a movement to restore, enrich and honor its corner of the American South

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  • Acadiana’s Coolest Pools and Splash Pads

    Acadiana’s Coolest Pools and Splash Pads

    Louisiana’s prime location in the South means the weather can be hot and humid, but plenty of places around town provide a refreshing splash of fun. And even though Lafayette’s balmy winters, families can dive right into swimming pools and splash pads open year-round. Toddlers to tweens can’t

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  • Four Amazing Golf Courses In Acadiana

    Four Amazing Golf Courses In Acadiana

    Lafayette, Louisiana, aka The Hub City, is a charming town along the Vermilion River in the southwestern area of the state. While locals may focus a lot of their attention on the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, there’s another sport in town that’s worth paying attention to

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  • Movies Filmed Around Acadiana

    Movies Filmed Around Acadiana

    In the last 15 years, Louisiana has acquired the nickname "Hollywood South" thanks to early 2000s legislation that created tax incentives that attracted film companies to the Pelican State. The Louisiana film industry continues to boom bringing film crews to locations throughout the state to shoot a

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  • Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Lafayette

    Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Lafayette

    Research shows that eating more plant-based dishes and shying away from animal protein can be better for health and longevity. Whether you’re just trying to eat healthier or you’re committed to living a vegan lifestyle, there are a fresh crop of pop-ups and established brick and mortar locations

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  • Breakfast in Lafayette

    Breakfast in Lafayette

    If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then there are many important factors to consider, especially when you’re in South Louisiana. Biscuits? What about a pastry? Do I want classic eggs bennie or greasy spoon fries? Of course, there are a few famous dishes you can only get in this area

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  • Ingrained - The History of Rice in Louisiana

    Ingrained - The History of Rice in Louisiana

    Some time in 1960s, businessmen with the Japanese electronics company Hitachi flew to southwest Louisiana, specifically, we are told, to Ville Platte. Of interest to them were the curiously high sales marks of their rice-cookers across a region otherwise alien to their products. At the time,

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  • The Hitachi Rice Cooker in Acadiana

    The Hitachi Rice Cooker in Acadiana

    The Cajuns' Love of Rice Some time in the 1960s, businessmen with the Japanese electronics company Hitachi flew to southwest Louisiana, specifically, we are told, to Ville Platte. Of interest to them were the curiously high sales marks of their rice-cookers across a region otherwise alien to their

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  • GRAMMYs in Acadiana: Music Goldmine

    GRAMMYs in Acadiana: Music Goldmine

    GRAMMY award-winning and nominated musicians from Acadiana Music has been the soul of Acadiana since the area's humble beginnings, with a melting pot of Cajuns, Creoles, European and Native American cultures inspiring fresh new sounds. South Louisiana has fostered folk music, country, rock, and

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  • Lafayette's Work Spaces On The Go

    Lafayette's Work Spaces On The Go

    Sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what you need to get your creative juices flowing. Lafayette is filled with many different workspace options for you. We have compiled a list of some places you can keep in mind for the next time you are working remotely! Coffee Shops There is no better way

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  • 12 Things You’ll Only Find in Lafayette

    12 Things You’ll Only Find in Lafayette

    For travelers looking to immerse themselves in a true cultural experience, put Lafayette on your bucket list. Louisiana’s Cajun Country is one of the most unique places you’ll find in the United States. Among fields of rice and sugarcane, bayous and cypress swamps, you’ll discover authentic music,

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  • Lafayette's Best Coffee Shops

    Lafayette's Best Coffee Shops

    While traveling, most people wish to immerse themselves completely in the local culture, cuisine and history – no matter the destination. Certain destinations are better for this than others, and Lafayette, Louisiana is one of them. In Lafayette, you will find yourself lucky enough to be able to

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  • Outdoor Dining

    Outdoor Dining

    As Louisiana moves through its phased reopening of businesses, please check with restaurants, stores, and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans. One of the best perks of living in the South is the abundance of dining options no matter where

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  • Six Picks for a Romantic Getaway in Cajun Country

    Six Picks for a Romantic Getaway in Cajun Country

    With enchanting bayous, magnificent oaks, a rich history, and warm hospitality, Cajun Country is the ultimate honeymoon destination for couples looking for a unique experience. Step back in time at Maison Mouton Bed & Breakfast, an 1820s Acadian raised cottage once owned by Louisiana Governor

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  • Best Places For Romance in Lafayette

    Best Places For Romance in Lafayette

    From fairytale gardens and majestic oak trees draped with moss to Cajun cuisine fit for a king, South Louisiana is a dreamy destination for couples. Whether you’re visiting for Valentine’s Day, planning an anniversary weekend, or just desiring a couple’s getaway, you’ll find plenty of ways to

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  • King Cakes

    King Cakes

    Most people think of Mardi Gras as our season of merriment before Lent. Still, many of our traditions, such as the sweet and decorative king cake, actually begin with Christmas. King cakes date back to 12th century France when a cake was baked on the eve of Jan. 6 with a small token hidden inside.

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  • Affordable Eats: 10 Dishes for $10 and Under

    Affordable Eats: 10 Dishes for $10 and Under

    Lafayette is a foodie town without pretension. Even James Beard recognized chefs serve up incredible dishes at reasonable prices. There are plenty of opportunities to taste your way through the world-famous culinary specialties of Cajun Country without breaking the budget. Dwight's Image courtesy

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  • Instagram-Worthy Spots in Lafayette

    Instagram-Worthy Spots in Lafayette

    These days capturing the perfect photo for your Instagram feed is almost a necessity. Whether you're from Lafayette or just visiting, many places in the area serve as the perfect backdrop! We have gathered some "hidden" and not-so-hidden spots that will surely take your Insta-game to the next level!

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  • Brunch in Lafayette

    Brunch in Lafayette

    As Louisiana moves through its phased reopening of businesses, please check with restaurants, stores, and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans. We in Louisiana are natural-born brunchers. We essentially invented its modern form. Lafayette

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  • A Foodie's Guide to Lafayette, Louisiana

    A Foodie's Guide to Lafayette, Louisiana

    Lafayette is a buzzing city perched on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cultural hub boasts a lively and vibrant ambiance. In recent years, foodies and culinary travelers will have picked up on the buzz around Lafayette. New Orleans has long been lauded for its food

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  • Lafayette's Historic Restaurants

    Lafayette's Historic Restaurants

    In the late 1700s, South Louisiana was a melting pot of cultures where families, friends, travelers, and neighbors gathered around the table at mealtime. Cajun culture today still revolves around food, family, and joie de vivre—a joy of life. Many of the area’s most popular restaurants have been

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  • Home Grown: Farmers Markets in Acadiana

    Home Grown: Farmers Markets in Acadiana

    As the sun begins its early rise one Saturday morning, I find myself at Moncus Park under a smattering of still-thriving oak trees. Flickering string lights lining the oaks work to illuminate the main entryway of the park before daylight fully shines on the gravel-and-dirt staging area. "Hey! Have

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