“There is no other festival anywhere that does more than Festivals Acadiens et Créoles to showcase and preserve Cajun/Creole music, language and culture. Music, food, workshops, jam sessions, interviews... It’s all there at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles!”
– Grammy Award–winning musician Steve Riley
Just down the road from Avery Island is the lively city of Lafayette, a center for Acadian food, music and culture that’s affectionately known as “the capital of Cajun Country.” A single concert, held here in 1974 to honor Cajun music as part of the national folk-music movement, has since evolved into Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, a 3-day festival celebrating everything Cajun and Creole.
Held annually on the second full weekend of October, this free festival combines three formerly separate festivals into one not-to-be-missed event. Attendees from far and wide enjoy the nonstop music, dancing and food, but home-grown locals love it, too. Expect to see many of the great Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop bands here. Headliners in past years have included the legendary Dewey Balfa as well as Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, BeauSoleil, TK Hulin and many more.
Food stalls at the festival typically represent the great culinary traditions of Cajun Country, such as gumbo, jambalaya, soft-shell crab poboys, boudin (a spicy Cajun sausage) and shrimp, crawfish and alligator served any number of ways. Another local favorite in these parts is TABASCO® Sauce – the perfect way to complete most any South Louisiana festival dish!
In the craft fair portion of the festival you’ll typically find handcrafted works by Cajun artisans such as painted gourds, traditional Cajun musical instruments, bath items and soap, furniture and wood carvings.
Do you (or your kids) love a parade? This festival delivers with TintaMardiGras, a combination of two ancient marching traditions full of loud, rollicking fun – an Acadian interpretation of Tintamarre (also known as Charivari) and Mardi Gras, for which Louisiana has long been famous.
For more information, visit www.festivalsacadiens.com.