Lafayette’s distinct mix of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco makes for a musical experience like no other. For music lovers there’s no place else where you can get a taste of all these flavors. For dancers the music is endless as are the dance partners. Two-step your way to Acadiana and immerse yourself in our musical culture.
Café Vermilionville – Wednesday Evenings
Mercredi Show – Wednesday Evenings at Pelican Park
Rhythms on the River – Thursday Evenings in River Ranch
Bach Lunch – Fridays in Downtown Lafayette
Downtown Alive! – Friday Evenings in Downtown Lafayette
Acadiana Bayous & Byways is a Cajun experience that is entertaining and educational. Wake up your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of Cajun culture like you’ve never seen before. As you travel through the bayous and byways of Cajun and Creole Louisiana, you will experience the true Joie de Vivre our culture has to offer.
Hear the story of how Junior Martin and his family began making custom crafted diatonic accordions used by professionals and amateurs musicians around the world. Learn about the many steps in creating the accordion from the artist himself and sit back in delight as he gives you a demonstration of how this joyous instrument is played.
Chubby Carrier will serve up a spicy cup of soul with a dash of history and a hint of curiosity through his Zydeco A-Z program at Acadian Village. Step back in time to experience the evolution of zydeco music from its African and French beginnings through audio, visual, and kinesthetic learning complete with live performances and listener participation. Available for groups Monday – Thursday during the day.
Get a true taste of local music by visiting one of the many jam sessions in Cajun Country. Local and visiting musicians of all ages gather and play instruments ranging from accordion, fiddle, guitar and ti-fer or triangle. Everyone is invited to watch and if there’s enough room, to dance. If you listen closely you can hear musicians catching up in their native French between songs.
Cajun Dance Lessons
Allons Danser Cadien
Danser Avec Nous!
Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum – Eunice, LA
Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center – local instruments & sounds
Liberty Theatre – “Rendezvous des Cajuns,” Live Cajun Radio & TV Show – Saturdays 6-7:30 p.m.
Mouton Accordions- Accordion making & music
Vermilionville – live music on Sunday afternoons & music artisans