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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

    Moon & Stars: A Tribute to Moon Mullican is the latest collaboration from Texas roots rocker Johnny Nicholas and Louisiana-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Joel Savoy. The album features an A list of Louisiana and Texas-based musicians, including Marcia Ball, Linda Gail Lewis, Steve Riley,

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  • Spring Has Sprung in Lafayette

    Spring Has Sprung in Lafayette

    In Lafayette, Spring parades in like a Mardi Gras and two-steps out like a Zydeco Queen. Gardens burst 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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  • New Restaurants Open in Lafayette

    New Restaurants Open in Lafayette

    Lafayette restaurnteurs can give themselves a pat on the back for opening so many new eateries in town over the past year. From breweries to soda fountains, there’s a new spot for everyone. Check out these new restaurants in and around Lafayette Parish! Don't see your new favorite restaurant on the

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  • Mardi Gras Indians of Lafayette

    Mardi Gras Indians of Lafayette

    Living Tradition at Pontiac Point Bells, whistles, dance, and chants drape Simcoe and Surrey St. on Mardi Gras morning. The Mardi Gras Indian walking parade at Pontiac Point is a staple of Black Carnival, inspiring unity within the community. Lafayette Creole Mardi Gras introduced their original

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  • Cinema on the Bayou Attracts Filmmakers From Around the World

    Cinema on the Bayou Attracts Filmmakers From Around the World

    Born out of the need to premiere a documentary by famed Quebecois filmmaker Andre Gladu, Cinema on the Bayou has since staked a claim in the Louisiana film scene, becoming the second oldest film festival in the state. Now in its 18th year, the festival is ready to welcome back filmmakers and

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  • In Full Boom

    In Full Boom

    While much of the country is still covered in white snow and frost, spring bursts forth in Lafayette in spectacular shades of pinks, purples, corals, and white with millions of azalea blossoms. A springtime attraction since the 1930s, the Lafayette Historic Azalea Trail is a winding drive through

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  • Top Sights in Scott, LA

    Top Sights in Scott, LA

    Much of Southwest Louisiana developed when the railroad came through in the late 1800s. In 1880, the Louisiana Western Railroad obtained a right-of-way northwest of Lafayette, through the land of V. Cayret, who insisted the railroad place a station there in the hopes of encouraging the creation of a

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  • Pet Friendly Places in Lafayette

    Pet Friendly Places in Lafayette

    Hey there, all you convivial canines! As the official "dogger" (i.e., doggy blogger) for Lafayette Travel, I'm panting with excitement to tell you that not only is Lafayette the Happiest City in America for humans, it's pretty tail-wagging welcoming for us 4-legged visitors as well. There are

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  • Italian Restaurants in Lafayette

    Italian Restaurants in Lafayette

    Italian restaurants can serve many purposes: pizza with friends, a romantic dinner, or a comforting plate of cheesy red lasagna after a hard day at work. A lot of times, you can find all three in the same place. Lafayette has its fair share of locally owned Italian restaurants that span from casual

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  • Holiday Shopping Guide in Lafayette, LA

    Holiday Shopping Guide in Lafayette, LA

    Shopping locally is one of the best ways to support our neighbors and build our communities! Small business owners, artists, and creators make Lafayette, LA's shopping experience truly unique. Could you imagine Lafayette without the charm of our local gift shops, art galleries, boutiques, and craft

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  • 7 Great Happy Hours You Should Know About

    7 Great Happy Hours You Should Know About

    Everyone knows about the regular happy hour specials. Things like 2-for-1 margaritas, cheap beers, and a random assortment of snacks to munch on, but here in Lafayette, we offer more than just the norm. No matter what day you're looking to steal a deal, you can find a happy hour special that'll

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  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette Student Welcome Guide

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette Student Welcome Guide

    We've partnered with University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) student Christina Chauffe to create a Welcome Guide for the incoming University of Louisiana at Lafayette students. The informative guide will point you toward everything you may need during your time at ULL. Whether you're looking for

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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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  • Tips for Vacationing in Lafayette, LA

    Tips for Vacationing in Lafayette, LA

    Life’s easy in South Louisiana, so pack a bag and come on down. But if you need a little more guidance, we’ve compiled a few tips for vacationing in Lafayette Parish and surrounding areas. What to Wear There’s an old joke in Louisiana that our winters here are so short, last year it was a

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  • What's New in Lafayette

    What's New in Lafayette

    Lafayette is flush with new happenings, from hip restaurants opening, to more ways to enjoy the outdoors and the expansion of Moncus Park, Lafayette’s beloved property and community gathering spot in the heart of town. Check out what’s new in Lafayette. Let’s Eat Chef Ryan Trahan opened Vestal on

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  • Asian Cuisine in Lafayette

    Asian Cuisine in Lafayette

    Pho, pad thai, bulgogi, and pot stickers - these foods rate among some of my top favorite dishes. They all happen to fall under the category of Asian cuisine. Lucky for us, Louisiana has the 10th largest Vietnamese population, according to 2010 census data. With a pocket community of Laotian

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  • Spice Up Your Winter in Lafayette

    Spice Up Your Winter in Lafayette

    From the first December jingle jingle in anticipation of the arrival of Papa Noël to the last strains of the Mardi Gras song constantly heard in February, winter in Lafayette is a season of celebration and an opportunity to experience all that America's Happiest City has to offer. Winter has its own

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  • Generational Restaurants in Lafayette

    Generational Restaurants in Lafayette

    In Acadiana, generational talent is easy to find - many musicians are descendants of a long line of music-making families. For example, the Savoys, Delafoses, Berards, Ardoins, and Huvals are families in which the craft has been passed down. Just as important to the area's culture is our food, and

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  • Kolaches in Lafayette

    Kolaches in Lafayette

    People in Acadiana like to pass a good time. But when you have too much of a good time, you may need a rescue remedy in the morning. Enter kolaches. For the rest of the country, a kolache is a sweet, fruit-filled puff pastry sometimes coated with a sugary glaze. But in Lafayette, we like everything

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  • Favor Cuisine

    Favor Cuisine

    There is no shortage of hidden gems on Lafayette’s Northside. A few blocks up from Cameron on North University sits Favor Cuisine, a homestyle Creole lunch spot. Opened in 2021, owner Dale Faulk wanted a creole lunch spot with a homemade flair. An unpretentious, casual spot, Favor Cuisine runs

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  • Family Friendly Ragin' Cajuns Football Guide

    Family Friendly Ragin' Cajuns Football Guide

    Louisiana's Cajun Country has a distinct personality, known for food, family, and revelry. It's no different when it comes to football. The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns embody family fun. @lafayettetravel Ragin’ Cajuns are you ready for Saturday? 🏈🏟🤟 #collegefootball #gameday #acadianagameday

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  • Poupart's Bakery

    Poupart's Bakery

    Walking into Poupart’s Bakery on a Saturday morning is like walking into une boulangerie in Paris. The expansive cases of pastries, colorful rows of petit fours, and racks of freshly baked bread take you to another romantic time and place. There’s a good reason the 55-year-old French bakery takes

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  • Things To Do On A Sunday in Lafayette

    Things To Do On A Sunday in Lafayette

    The fun never stops in Lafayette, a Cajun and Creole city rich in culture, history, and food. And that includes Sundays. You'll find our outstanding cuisine, live music, dance floors, and unique natural environment waiting for your weekend visit. Check out our suggestions on Sunday activities and

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  • Marcello's Wine Market & Cafe

    Marcello's Wine Market & Cafe

    Do you have a big date coming up? What about a significant anniversary? Whether you are looking for a special place to celebrate or a romantic corner to snuggle over a bottle of wine, Marcello's Wine Market & Cafe is your go-to for fine dining. Gene and Marcello Todaro opened Marcello's in 1981

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  • Boutin's

    Boutin's

    It is hard to beat a homemade gumbo, an etouffee that your MawMaw made, and it's hard to find a favorite Cajun dish in a restaurant that out-shines those favorite family recipes you grew up eating. But not impossible. Boutin's Seafood and Oysters in Carencro come pretty dang close. With a homestyle

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  • Acadiana Bar & Grill

    Acadiana Bar & Grill

    The Acadiana Bar & Grill is just what its namesake describes - a sports bar with classics celebrating all things Acadiana. Think family-friendly atmosphere with arcade games, big screen TVs, and local sports decor across a large, open floor plan. The concept launched in 2017 in a former restaurant

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  • Falling for Fun in America's Happiest City

    Falling for Fun in America's Happiest City

    Come out, come out, wherever you are! Summer has ceased, and fall is fresh! With cooler temperatures and oh-so-many fun and exciting things to do, fall in Lafayette is prime time for festivals, food, music, cultural events, and outdoor activities. Join us, and we guarantee you will fall in love with

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  • Poorboy's Riverside Inn

    Poorboy's Riverside Inn

    Poorboy’s Riverside Inn is one of the longest-operating restaurants in Acadiana. The seafood restaurant has a rich history from where it started to what it is today. In the 1930s, Hulo “poorboy” Landry started a snowball stand after discovering he had a flour allergy and could no longer work for the

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  • Ton's Drive In

    Ton's Drive In

    When someone hears the title "drive-in," you are instantly taken back to simpler times - car hops, old-fashioned burgers, milkshakes, and friendly smiles. You don't have to go back in time to experience such a drive-in at Ton's. This family-owned restaurant has been open in Broussard since 1963 and

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  • Tchoup’s MidCity Smokehouse

    Tchoup’s MidCity Smokehouse

    Walking into Tchoup's Midcity Smokehouse is like walking into a good friend's home for Sunday dinner. Nested in a refurbished 70-plus-year-old home, owners Ryan and Traci Pecot kept as much of the original charm intact as possible. The husband and wife team opened Thcoup's Midcity during the COVID

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  • Cafe Vermilionville

    Cafe Vermilionville

    If you want to experience a piece of south Louisiana history all the while dining on classic cuisine with a modern twist, look no further than Café Vermilionville. Before transforming into a restaurant, Cafe Vermilionville was initially built as a trading post for Vermilionville in 1835 and has had

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  • Cafe Coachella

    Cafe Coachella

    An Upper Lafayette favorite is Cafe Coachella. They've served up soul food since 2019 and have grown into a family staple. They quickly outgrew the first location on Moss Street and filled out a larger, easier-to-access location just off Evangeline Throughway. The new location offers plenty of

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  • BZ’s Underground Kitchen

    BZ’s Underground Kitchen

    This hidden gem is tucked away in Willow's Food Mart at 1409 Willow Street in Upper Lafayette. The name says it all - BZ's Underground Kitchen is a call-ahead, drive-up food service restaurant. Every dish is made to order. What started as a way to channel energy during the shutdown in 2020 turned

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  • Broaddus Burger

    Broaddus Burger

    Shawn Broaddus grew up eating delicious food. Shawn's grandmother owned a Sonic on Moss Street for many years. He took the quality of food he ate at home for granted after a camping trip where others were in charge - he realized learning how to cook for himself was essential. In 2014, he took his grandmother's defunct Sonic drive-in property and transformed it into Broaddus Burgers. He stuck to the drive-in theme for the first few years in business but quickly outgrew the location....

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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 resist

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  • Lafayette Food Trucks

    Lafayette Food Trucks

    National Food Truck Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of June. It began as a way to support the 30,000+ food trucks across the United States and Canada. Visit your favorite local food trucks to help keep these small businesses part of our community! There is a new food truck in Acadiana

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  • June Events Spotlight

    June Events Spotlight

    If you're looking to spend some time in the Hub City and want to know what events are happening in June, you're in the right place. We'll give you a monthly rundown of live music and other events taking place each month in the Happiest City in America. Cajun Heartland State Fair | May 25-June 5 The

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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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  • How To Enjoy The Summer In Lafayette

    How To Enjoy The Summer In Lafayette

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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