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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 (July 19-25, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (July 19-25, 2021)

    Louisiana Crossroads will be presenting Nashville songwriters Jim Lauderdale and Sara Douga. Lauderdale made a name for himself through the years, having penned songs for the likes of George Strait, Elvis Costello, and Patty Loveless. Douga, a native to South Louisiana, recently moved to the Country

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  • Lafayette Weekly July 12-18, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly July 12-18, 2021)

    Swamp pop torchbearers, the Foret Tradition, take the stage Thursday at Rock n’ Bowl. The South Louisiana R&B band led by singer Ryan Foret will play their mix of oldies and local jukebox favorites. Friday night will see modern outlaw country crooner Dustin Sonnier and his band, The Wanted, on the

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  • Lafayette Weekly (July 5-11, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (July 5-11, 2021)

    Jazz musician and composer Billy Childs is set to perform at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on Tuesday evening. Childs has performed through the years with an impressive list of artists, including Sting, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea. Zydeco accordionist Jeffery Broussard will host a dance at

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 28-July 4, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 28-July 4, 2021)

    Ray Boudreaux and his band will kick off this Independence Day weekend with a performance at Rock n’ Bowl Friday night. Local news reporter and Zydeco accordionist Gerald Gurenig will share the stage at the Blue Moon Saloon with Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. that same night. On July 3, you'll see the return

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 21-27, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 21-27, 2021)

    The Hideaway on Lee will host the release of two much-anticipated debut solo albums by two of our area’s most unique singer/songwriters. Formerly of Shrugs, Renée Reed’s new record effortlessly weaves out of spacey psychedelia and folk tunes, sung in English and our local French language. Reed’s

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 14-20, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 14-20, 2021)

    Live music is back in full swing this week in Lafayette. The Blue Monday Blues Jam will return to its new location at the Grouse Room on June 14, starting at 6:00 pm. In addition, Blue Moon will host its weekly Cajun Jam on Wednesday night, and accordionist Kevin Naquin will kick the weekend off at

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  • Lafayette Weekly (June 7-13, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (June 7-13, 2021)

    Local pop singer and keyboardist Hunter DeBlanc will continue his Janky Piano Night this Wednesday at the Grouse Room. DeBlanc will be singing top 40 hits at the piano and acting as a game show host for this interactive performance featuring song requests and prizes. The Hideaway will celebrate

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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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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 31 - June 5, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 31 - June 5, 2021)

    Louisiana Crossroads is celebrating 20 years this Friday with a special concert curated by multi-instrumentalist Roddie Romero. Lafayette’s legendary concert series has famously brought renowned musicians from all backgrounds on stage with our area’s finest talent for unique, genre-bending musical

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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 24-31, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 24-31, 2021)

    If you're ready to dance this Memorial Day Weekend, Lafayette's got you covered. The Cajun Table is revamping their Crawdown Alive series with the Cajun Power man, Richard LeBeouf, on Friday evening. Later that night, accordionist Forest Huval will supply classic waltzes and two steps at the

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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 17-23, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 17-23, 2021)

    Live music returns to a downtown staple this week. Artmosphere will start back up on Thursday evening with a performance by the Nouveau String Band. Downtown Alive! will wrap up their virtual spring series with piano man Eric Adcock and blues-rocker Michael Juan Nunez. The duo will collaborate on a

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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 Weekly (May 10-16, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 10-16, 2021)

    Givers vocalist and percussionist Tiffany Lamson teams up with local chanteuse and pianist Julie Williams for a set at the Acadian Superette this week. The new duo dubbed the Sha Hearts will be this week’s guests for the Hawk’s Boil Up music series on Thursday evening. This weekend sees the new

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lafayette Weekly (May 3-9, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (May 3-9, 2021)

    While live music is starting to make its way back into our community, many full-time players are still struggling financially. Marc Broussard and an all-star cast of musicians come together to help their own with Lost My Gig: The Concert. The benefit performance sponsored by Rader Solutions will

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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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  • Lafayette Weekly (April 26 - May 2, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (April 26 - May 2, 2021)

    The Acadian Superette will host Daniel Coolik and K.C. Jones this Thursday for their weekly music series. The duo recently released an eclectic covers on an EP entitled "Spirited Melancholy," while Jones also released her debut single "Heat Rises." The song is taken from her much-anticipated album

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  • Lafayette Weekly (April 19-25, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (April 19-25, 2021)

    While venues are slowly opening back up in Lafayette, some of our favorite live music events are still limited to online streams. Festival International de Louisiana is the Hub City's largest of these occasions. Last year's experimental virtual version of the world music gathering was a hit, even

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  • Lafayette Weekly (April 12-18, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (April 12-18, 2021)

    Blue Monday returns this month with a tribute to three of Lafayette’s greatest blues artists. The local musician fundraising event will pay homage to the late guitar great Lil Buck Sinegal, pianist and singer Carol Fran, and zydeco soul multi-instrumentalist Major Handy at the Grouse Room. Cajun

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  • Lafayette Weekly (April 5-11, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (April 5-11, 2020)

    Local pop piano man Hunter DeBlanc takes the stage at the new Grouse Room downtown on Wednesday night with his Janky Piano Show. The performance will be an intimate concert with games and prizes to coincide with his mix of radio hits and catchy originals. Friday night will see up-and-coming

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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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  • Lafayette Weekly (March 29-April 4, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (March 29-April 4, 2021)

    With Lent coming to an end this week and covid restrictions being lifted, live music seems to be back in full swing. Louisiana French preservationist and musician Jourdan Thibodeaux will provide sounds with his high-profile bandmates Cedric Watson and Joel Savoy at the Hawk’s Boil Up crawfish feast.

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  • Lafayette Weekly (March 22-28, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (March 22-28, 2021)

    With vaccines in circulation and bar restrictions lifted, live music is almost close to being back to some sort of normal in Lafayette. Cajun and zydeco sounds return to Hub City staples like the Blue Moon Saloon and Cowboys Nightclub this week. Modern Cajun accordion favorite Kevin Naquin and his

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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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  • Lafayette Weekly (March 15-21, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (March 15-21, 2021)

    St. Patrick's Day celebrations were the first events to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. This Wednesday will make up for what we missed last year with rare performances by two of Louisiana's most legendary artists. Downtown Alive! also returns this week with a virtual concert by

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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

    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. Sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what you need to get your creative juices flowing.

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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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  • 12 Things You’ll Only Find in Lafayette

    12 Things You’ll Only Find 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. For travelers looking to immerse themselves in a true cultural experience, put Lafayette on your

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  • Lafayette Weekly (March 8-14, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (March 8-14, 2021)

    The beloved Freetown Cajun jam returns to the Blue Moon Saloon Wednesday evening after a year-long hiatus. Pine Leaf Boy drummer and T'Monde frontman Drew Simon will host the session on accordion. Another Pine Leaf, Wilson Savoy, will team up with his brother Joel and local rhythm aces Jim Kolacek

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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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  • Lafayette Weekly (March 1-7, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (March 1-7, 2021)

    A tribute to one of country music’s greatest stars, Merle Haggard, will take place on Sunday evening at the Hideaway. The all-star band salute will feature Pine Leaf Boys Thomas David and Drew Simon, Daniel Coolik of the Revelers, and fiddler Kelli Jones. This will be the first of a series of

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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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  • Lafayette Weekly (February 22-28, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (February 22-28, 2021)

    This Wednesday afternoon, Louis Michot’s Melody Makers will play a special live stream concert to benefit coastal restoration projects. Michot’s experimental French music group with special guest Leyla McCalla will provide sounds for the wild game cookoff fundraiser. The virtual event requires

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  • Six Picks for a Romantic Getaway in Cajun Country

    Six Picks for a Romantic Getaway in Cajun Country

    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. With enchanting bayous, magnificent oaks, a rich history, and warm hospitality, Cajun Country is

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  • Best Places For Romance in Lafayette

    Best Places For Romance 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. From fairytale gardens and majestic oak trees draped with moss to Cajun cuisine fit for a king,

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  • Pizza in Lafayette

    Pizza in Lafayette

    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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  • Lafayette Weekly (February 8-14, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (February 8-14, 2020)

    For the first time in recent history, Mardi Gras is canceled. Due to the pandemic, communities around the state have put festivities on hold this year for the public's safety. Although South Louisiana won't be parading in the city streets or country neighborhoods, the spirit will stay alive at home

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  • Lafayette Weekly (February 1-7, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (February 1-7, 2021)

    Music returns to the Grouse Room this Friday with local top 40 cover band, Shotgun Lillie. The performance will take place outside on the courtyard stage at the new downtown venue. The Hideaway will host two of the most acclaimed accordionist to emerge in the 1990s this weekend. Dirk Powell,

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  • Lafayette Weekly (January 25-21, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (January 25-21, 2021)

    The Hideaway on Lee is hosting a mix of experimental jazz, swamp rock, and acoustic ballads this week. Multi-instrumentalist Josh Leblanc is leading Electronic Jazz Night at the downtown club on Thursday, while singer/songwriter Derrick Savoie and his Sad Boys will take the stage Friday night. The

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  • Lafayette Weekly (January 18-24, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (January 18-24, 2020)

    As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy this week, I would like to honor the racially defying artists that made South Louisiana a mecca for unique American music. Rhythm and blues and rock and roll had a big part in the civil rights movement, and our local artists had their role in

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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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  • 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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