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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 (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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  • Lafayette Weekly - (January 11-17, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly - (January 11-17, 2021)

    Although most Mardi Gras events have been canceled due to the recent peak in covid-19 cases, folks in Lafayette are still finding ways to celebrate. Whether it’s at home or at regulated outdoor venues, there is plenty of great Louisiana music to catch this week. Lost Bayou Rambler founder and singer

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  • Lafayette Weekly - (January 4-10, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly - (January 4-10, 2021)

    Mardi Gras season is upon us now that we’re in the new year. While we traditionally take down Christmas decorations on 12th night, we also put up our purple, green, and gold. Although this year’s carnival will be different due to COVID restrictions, the spirit in Lafayette is still alive. There’s

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  • Lafayette Weekly (December 28-January 3, 2021)

    Lafayette Weekly (December 28-January 3, 2021)

    There probably will never be a more welcomed new year in our lifetime than 2021. Live music is often a big part of closing out the holiday season, and there are options to enjoy some local sounds in person, or virtually this New Year’s Eve. Rock n’ Bowl de Lafayette has been consistent with

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  • Lafayette Weekly (December 21-27, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (December 21-27, 2020)

    Unlike most years, the amount of music to catch this week in Lafayette is limited. That being said, you'll still have the opportunity to hear some holiday favorites and locally rooted sounds during this Christmas holiday. Lafayette based crooner Marco Savvy will perform a set of spirited standards a

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  • Lafayette Weekly (December 14-20, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (December 14-20, 2020)

    There's quite a bit of music to catch this week in Lafayette. The Blue Monday Mission returns to their new location, The Grouse Room, on Monday night. The live music venue will be hosting concerts in their courtyard while COVID-19 regulations are in place. Lafayette based pop group, The Good Dudes

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  • Affordable Eats: 10 Dishes Under $10

    Affordable Eats: 10 Dishes Under $10

    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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  • Lafayette Weekly - (December 7-13, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly - (December 7-13, 2020)

    While we're still navigating how to live in the midst of rising COVID cases, Lafayette has been creative in ways to enjoy live music. The Acadiana Center for the Arts is presenting their Socially Distanced Concert series kickoff with local soul songster Ray Boudreaux along with special guests Julian

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  • Lafayette Weekly - (November 30-December 6, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly - (November 30-December 6, 2020)

    It’s starting to feel like Christmas in Acadiana now that Thanksgiving’s over and the cold weather moving in. As per holiday tradition, Downtown Alive will host the lighting of the tree at Parc Sans Souci. Zydeco multi-instrumentalist Curley Taylor will provide the soundtrack to the Friday evening

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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

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  • Lafayette Weekly (November 16-22, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (November 16-22, 2020)

    There's plenty of great local music to catch this week in the Hub City, with some of the biggest names from Our area scheduled to play. Grammy winning fiddler Michael Doucet will be featured for Café Vermilionville’s Courtyard Concert Series Wednesday evening. Doucet will be accompanied by

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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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  • 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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  • Lafayette Weekly (November 9-15, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (November 9-15, 2020)

    The Blue Monday jam session returns this week at the newly opened Grouse Room on Jefferson Street. Veterans of the Acadiana roots scene will gather for the first time in months to riff on standards and invite young players to the stage for the popular fundraising concert series. Accordion driven

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  • Lafayette Weekly (November 2-8, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (November 2-8, 2020)

    Like so many festivals and concert series this year, Blackpot Festival will broadcast a virtual program online. The annual cook-off and music gathering will feature many of their regular artists such as zydeco legend Preston Frank, Tejano ambassadors Los Texmaniacs, and host band The Revelers.

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  • Lafayette Weekly (October 26-November 1, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (October 26-November 1, 2020)

    If you’re looking for music to compliment your Halloween experience, there’s plenty to choose from. Accordion queen Sheryl Cormier will provide some classic Cajun sounds at the Hideaway while classic rock cover band La Roxx will take over the new Grouse Room located downtown. The Blue Moon and

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  • Lafayette Weekly (October 19-25, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (October 19-25, 2020)

    There are several options to enjoy live music in person or virtually this week in Lafayette. Local rock n' roll duo Sick Ride team up with funk and neo-soulsters Sailor Mouth for a double bill at the Grouse Room Thursday night. The former River Ranch venue recently opened its doors at their new home

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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 Weekly (October 12-18, 2020)

    Lafayette Weekly (October 12-18, 2020)

    Due to Hurricane Delta, Festivals Acadiens et Creoles rescheduled their first-ever online event. The virtual edition of the festival will now take place on October 16 through Sunday, October 18. Their lineup and schedule will remain the same as it was originally set. Cafe Vermilionville will host

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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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  • Po'boys: The Southern Sandwich Staple

    Po'boys: The Southern Sandwich Staple

    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. Throughout the U.S., you'll find a sandwich tied to just about every region of the country. The

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  • Acadiana's Local Breweries

    Acadiana's Local Breweries

    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. Man, it’s hot. Of course it’s hot. It’s summer in Louisiana. And that means time for iced cold

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  • Home Grown: Farmers Markets in Acadiana

    Home Grown: Farmers Markets 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. As the sun begins its early rise one Saturday morning, I find myself at Moncus Park under a

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  • Best Drive-Thru Daiquiris in Lafayette

    Best Drive-Thru Daiquiris 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. Louisiana has some pretty unique laws pertaining to its food industry. Heck, there's even a

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