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Events in Lafayette

Immerse yourself in authentic southern Louisiana culture, embark on a three-day paddle down Bayou Vermilion, and enjoy all the lively music at the world’s largest zydeco and LaLa music festival. This is just a taste of what you’ll experience at the many annual events and festivals in Lafayette. Check out the following calendar of events so you don’t miss a thing while you’re in The Heart of Cajun Country.

Cinema on the Bayou
Each January, more than 200 filmmakers, producers, actors, musicians, and other industry professionals from around the world come to Lafayette for the internationally acclaimed Cinema on the Bayou, Louisiana’s second-oldest film festival. More than 180 films are shown over the course of eight days, and they’re paired with expert panel discussions, workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, nightly parties, live music, and more.
Lafayette, LA 70501


Mardi Gras Events
As The Heart of Cajun Country, it’s no surprise that Mardi Gras is a huge deal in Lafayette. As a matter of fact, there are numerous celebrations throughout February. Take in the Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette for traditional carnival rides and games, live music, food vendors, and parades. You can also check out Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras for parades, elegant balls, and much more.
Lafayette, LA 70501


The Vermilion Voyage
Do you have what it takes to venture on a three-day paddle down Bayou Vermilion? If so, join in on the Vermilion Voyage, launching from the Acadiana Park Nature Station and traveling more than 50 miles to Palmetto Island State Park. Along the way, you’ll pass under the shade of towering tupelo trees as you relish the peaceful atmosphere of the bayou.
1205 East Alexander Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Celtic Bayou Festival
When Irish meets Cajun, you’ve arrived at the annual Celtic Bayou Festival. This family-friendly event, held each St. Patrick’s Day, features performances by traditional Celtic bands, plus other events like the Irish Lenten Crawfish Boil, Guinness Cookoff Competition, and much more.
535 Garfield Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Louisiana Comic Con
Put on your coolest superhero costume and head to Lafayette for the Louisiana Comic Con. Admire the works of notable comic artists, shop for all kinds of memorabilia, meet prominent guests, and revel in all the family-friendly fun at this two-day event.
444 Cajundome Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70506


Acadiana Poboy Festival
Dig into some of the best po’boys Acadiana has to offer at the annual Acadiana Poboy Festival. Savor delicious eats from more than 25 vendors along with refreshing beverages, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, children activities, live entertainment, and of course, the "Po-boy Eating Contest.” 
201 East Vermilion Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Festival International de Louisiane
Known as the largest non-ticketed outdoor Francophone festival in the country, the Festival International de Louisiane is a five-day cultural extravaganza. See artists and performers from 20 countries, taste cuisine from around the world, and run off all those calories at The Courir 5K. There’s even a children’s area with its own kid-friendly musical performances, face painting, arts and crafts, and all sorts of other fun.
Lafayette, LA 70501


Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade
Where else can you find a catfish rodeo, catfish cookoff, paddle craft parade, arts and crafts stations, live music, outdoor yoga, and more all in one location? All this, and so much more, is part of the fun at the annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade! Paddle four miles down Bayou Vermilion to the festival grounds, where live music, food, and refreshments await.
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Combine your love for music and crustaceans all into one fun-filled weekend. Observe more than 30 Cajun and Creole bands perform as you indulge in the state’s favorite seafood: crawfish. Other weekend activities include a parade, crawfish eating contest, Cajun and zydeco dance contest, crawfish étouffée cook-off, crawfish race, and plenty of carnival rides.
1290 Rees Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517


Zydeco Music Festival
Mark your calendar for the world’s largest Zydeco and LaLa music festival. Learn all about the vibrant culture of Louisiana’s Creoles and the amazing music they create. The festival spotlights the talent of both seasoned and new Zydeco artists, so you’re sure to hear something new!
1939 West Landry Street
Opelousas, LA 70570


Bayou Round Up
The culture of Louisiana comes alive at the annual Bayou Round Up. Discover the food, scenery, music, and culture that cultivates Lafayette’s unique personality. Check out the hot rods, custom cars, artists, and many vendors as you stroll through the Blackham Coliseum.
2330 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503

Blackpot Festival & Cookoff
Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the most unique festivals in the state of Louisiana. Each October, the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff combines two days of live local music, dancing, food, camping, and much more. Here’s your chance to experience the sounds of Cajun and zydeco, Creole, swing, hot jazz, blues, and so much more. The famous Blackpot Cookoff gives you a chance to view each chef's outdoor kitchen and sample everything from gravy, gumbo, cracklins, jambalaya, dessert, and other authentic dishes.
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
For all things Lafayette, don’t miss the annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. Enjoy three days of nonstop music, dancing, food, crafts, and a genuine Cajun and Creole experience like no other. 
500 Girard Park Drive 
Lafayette, LA 70503

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Contact Information
1400 NW Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, LA 70501
Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission
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