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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 (September 21-27, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (September 21-27, 2020)

    It takes more than just talent to survive in today's ever-changing music industry. In a time of declining physical record sales, and now a pandemic, musicians must be creative with their output to stay afloat. Many players have turned to live stream performances as a means to play for their fans.

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  • Lafayette Weekly (Festivals Acadiens et Creole Edition)

    Lafayette Weekly (Festivals Acadiens et Creole Edition)

    Since 1977, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles has been simultaneously educating and entertaining local and visiting audiences. The fall gathering started when the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission decided to have Louisiana Native Crafts Festival, the Tribute to Cajun Music, and Bayou Food

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  • Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Lori & Richard Hurst from Riverside Inn

    Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Lori & Richard Hurst from Riverside Inn

    We sat down with Lori & Richard Hurst with Riverside Inn to find out where they like to eat when not cooking up delicious seafood and steaks. Watch the video below or check out the abbreviated answers below for a quick read. Favorite place to eat breakfast? Hub City Diner – Stack of pancakes or

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  • Lafayette Weekly: September 7-13, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly: September 7-13, 2020)

    So many of our acclaimed roots players in South Louisiana have famously cross-pollinated with each other in different musical styles. R&B hitmaker Cupid has collaborated with modern zydeco star Chris Ardoin, and country icon Sammy Kershaw recently released a collection of duets with some of the

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  • Memory Lane: Lafayette’s Historic Landmarks

    Memory Lane: Lafayette’s Historic Landmarks

    Lafayette Parish is home to 37 sites on the National Register of Historic Places Acadiana has a long and profound history. The area was founded in 1755 from French-Canadian exiles seeking religious and cultural freedom. At the time, South Louisiana was Spanish Territory. The Spanish Trail ran right

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  • Downtown in a Day

    Downtown in a Day

    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. Downtown Lafayette is the heart of the city and walking through its lively streets you’ll feel the

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  • Girlfriend's Getaway

    Girlfriend's Getaway

    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 all know the importance of the family vacations and romantic getaways with your partner, but

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  • Lafayette Weekly (August 21-September 6, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (August 21-September 6, 2020)

    Many of the most beloved songs in our South Louisiana soundtrack were written and recorded in Lake Charles. The Louisiana/Texas border town and its surrounding areas suffered catastrophic damage from Hurricane Laura last week and are now in the process of reconstruction. Phil Phillips took his "Sea

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  • B&Bs in Acadiana

    B&Bs in Acadiana

    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. An alternative to hotel and motels, B&Bs offer accommodations ranging from romantic getaways and

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  • The Last Popeye's Buffet in the World

    The Last Popeye's Buffet in the World

    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. There is nothing outside to tell you that you are at a landmark. No sign that says “This is the

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  • Hot Spots for Foodie Families

    Hot Spots for Foodie Families

    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. Lafayette is a foodie town, dishing out authentic cuisine with plenty of flavor and without

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  • 7 Great Happy Hours You Should Know About

    7 Great Happy Hours You Should Know About

    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. Everyone knows about the regular happy hour specials. Things like 2-for-1 margaritas, cheap beers,

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  • Best Desserts in Lafayette

    Best Desserts 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. Cajun Country is world-famous when it comes to food. While we’re known for savory specialties like

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  • Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Clair Burton with CENTRAL

    Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Clair Burton with CENTRAL

    We sat down with Clair Burton from CENTRAL to find out where she likes to eat when she's not serving up delicious pizza. Watch the video below or check out the abbreviated answers below for a quick read. Favorite place to eat breakfast? Dwyers Café – Sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich with

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  • Lafayette Weekly (August 24-30, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (August 24-30, 2020)

    2020 has been full of unpleasant surprises, and the year isn't over just yet. Acadiana is preparing for a first-time scenario: back-to-back tropical storms. The duo will hit the Louisiana coast early this week with Hurricane Marco winning the race Monday evening. There will be music in the wake of

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  • Acadiana Symphony Season (September 11, 2020- April 16, 2021)

    Acadiana Symphony Season (September 11, 2020- April 16, 2021)

    For more than 35 years, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has shared its passion for music through world-class live performances. They have stood the test of time in this community, through moments of celebration and moments of despair. Earlier this year, they announced our 36th season - ASO36 REVIVAL

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  • Lafayette Weekly (August 17-23, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (August 17-23, 2020)

    Steve Riley has been one of Cajun music's most acclaimed accordionists and bandleaders. He's also been one of the genre's great teachers. He famously produced Feufollet in their early years and was a mentor to the group's pre-teen members. His latest project is the Riley Family Band, featuring his

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  • Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Jeremy Conner with Spoonbill

    Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Jeremy Conner with Spoonbill

    We sat down with Jeremy Conner with Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant to find out where he likes to eat when he’s not serving up delicious burritos, seafood, and hamburgers at Spoonbill. Watch the video below or check out the abbreviated answers below for a quick read. Favorite place to eat

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  • Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Kesley Leger with Scratch Farm Kitchen

    Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Kesley Leger with Scratch Farm Kitchen

    We sat down with Kelsey Leger from Scratch Farm Kitchen to find out where she likes to eat when she's not serving up delicious farm to table goodness at Scratch Downtown. Watch the video below or check out the abbreviated answers below for a quick read. Favorite place to eat breakfast? El Ranchito

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  • Lafayette Weekly (August 10-16, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (August 10-16, 2020)

    The undisputed boss of zydeco, Keith Frank, released his latest album last week. Live in Mamou Vol. 1 makes for a great time capsule for the present-day Soileau Zydeco Band concert experience. Frank’s backing group has much in common with those who performed alongside the Godfather of Soul, James

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  • Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Holly Goetting with Charley G's

    Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Holly Goetting with Charley G's

    We sat down with Holly Goetting from Charley G's to find out where she likes to eat when she's not serving up delicious seafood and steaks for dinner. Watch the video below or check out the abbreviated answers below for a quick read. Favorite place to eat breakfast? Johnson’s Boucaniere – Nenaine

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  • Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Hollie Girouard with Ton's Drive-In

    Where Lafayette's Chefs Eat: Hollie Girouard with Ton's Drive-In

    We sat down with Hollie Girouard from Ton's Drive-In in Broussard to find out where she likes to eat when she's not cooking up delicious breakfast and plate lunches. Watch the video below or check out the abbreviated answers below for a quick read. Favorite place to eat breakfast? The French Press

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  • Coolest Cocktails in Lafayette

    Coolest Cocktails in Lafayette

    Summertime down South is not for the faint of heart. But warm nights are perfect for refreshing cocktails. Here in Louisiana, locals have embraced the joie de vivre, or joy of living, which means they don’t shy away from a good cocktail. At any local establishment, you can expect that whatever drink

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  • Lafayette Weekly (August 3-9, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (August 3-9, 2020)

    Lafayette’s most famous poboy shop is lending its hand to local musicians in need. On Monday night, Olde Tyme Grocery will sponsor up and coming pop party band The Good Dudes for a Facebook Live event. Other live streams happening this week include intimate concerts from Cajun guitarist David

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  • Lafayette Weekly (July 27-August 2, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (July 27-August 2, 2020)

    The brothers of Cajun music's most famous family will perform a rare and intimate concert this weekend at the Hideaway on Lee. Famed fiddler and producer Joel Savoy will trade licks with his younger sibling and Pine Leaf Boy, accordionist/pianist/vocalist Wilson Savoy on Friday night. The two both

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  • Lafayette Weekly (July 20-26, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (July 20-26, 2020)

    One of the top names in swamp pop has left the building. Rod Bernard passed away last week, according to his son Shane K. Bernard. The late first-generation rock n' roller was also a well-respected broadcaster in the Acadiana area, having worked in both radio and television. In 1958 Bernard

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  • Lafayette Weekly (July 13-19, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (July 13-19, 2020)

    John Bel Edwards announced last week that all bars in Louisiana must again shut their doors. The recent spike in COVID-19 infections around the state put pressure on the governor and his administration to put in place new restrictions for public gatherings. The state has also made masks mandatory in

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  • Lafayette Weekly (July 6-12, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (July 6-12, 2020)

    Lafayette's most famed guitar slinger will be performing an intimate live stream performance this

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  • Top 10 Things to Do This Summer in Lafayette

    Top 10 Things to Do This Summer in Lafayette

    Looking for an easy summer getaway? Plan a trip to Louisiana's Cajun Country. Whether you're an

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 29 - July 5, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 29 - July 5, 2020)

    Though COVID cases are on the rise again, Lafayette is experiencing its first taste of live music

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  • Lafayette's Global Cuisine

    Lafayette's Global Cuisine

    Acadiana has been a melting pot of cultures since its early beginnings. French-Canadians immigrated

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 22-28, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 22-28, 2020)

    Blue Moon Saloon’s world-famous Cajun jam is back on schedule this week. Acclaimed accordionist,

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 15-21, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 15-21, 2020)

    The annual summertime celebration of our area’s cultural roots will make its way online this year.

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 8-14, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 8-14, 2020)

    The live music calendar is looking like it's starting to get back to normal now that we're entering

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  • 25 Reasons Why Lafayette is the Happiest City

    25 Reasons Why Lafayette is the Happiest City

    Lafayette has been named the Happiest City in the US by the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. The

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 1-7, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 1-7, 2020)

    We're starting to see more actual live music pop up in town as we move into June. My Place Bar and

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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 25-31, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 25-31, 2020)

    A popular crawfish spot is now providing a somewhat safe space for local bands to perform in the

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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 18-24, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 18-24, 2020)

    Lafayette will host its first week of shows now that Louisiana has entered phase 1 of lifting the

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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 11-17, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 11-17, 2020)

    Give a kid from Georgia a piano, and he can change the world; a gay black kid from the segregated

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  • Shop Local

    Shop Local

    With a unique style and culture and warm Cajun hospitality, Lafayette is a hot spot for shopping,

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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 4-10, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 4-10, 2020)

    For nearly 30 years, Dege Legg has been a staple in the Lafayette music scene. Legg fronted the

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  • Jungle Gardens on Avery Island

    Jungle Gardens on Avery Island

    Many tourists head straight to Avery Island for the world-famous TABASCO® plant and completely miss

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  • St. Martin Parish Summer Guide

    St. Martin Parish Summer Guide

    From thrilling excursions to indoor family fun, St. Martin Parish is loaded with activities to make

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  • Lafayette Weekly (April 27-May 3, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (April 27-May 3, 2020)

    This week some familiar singers and players from Acadiana will be hosting streaming events. Live

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  • Virtual Tour of Lafayette

    Virtual Tour of Lafayette

    Swamp Tours The perfect way to view all the outdoor bounty Lafayette and the surrounding areas have

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  • Festival International Goes Virtual

    Festival International Goes Virtual

    Festival International de Louisiane is excited to announce plans to bring the community, and the

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  • Lafayette Weekly (April 20-26, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (April 20-26, 2020)

    This is the first time in its 30 plus year existence that Festival International will not take

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  • Playlist: Lafayette Weekly (April 13-19, 2020)

    Playlist: Lafayette Weekly (April 13-19, 2020)

    One of Lafayette's favorite live music events has gone the route of live streaming during the

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  • Playlist: Lafayette Weekly (April 6-12, 2020)

    Playlist: Lafayette Weekly (April 6-12, 2020)

    Social media platforms have probably never been more active than they have been these past few

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  • Hub City Day Trips

    Hub City Day Trips

    Lafayette, LA is known as "The Hub City" because of its proximity to major roadways heading north, south, east and west that lead locals and visitors to explore smaller towns. Though Lafayette is the largest growing city in the region, a great portion of its rich culture here is driven by

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