There’s no better place to experience Cajun culture – food, music and lifestyle – than the city of Lafayette. And there’s no better time than during the annual Le Cajun Music Awards and Festival.
Le Cajun brings together several of the things Cajuns love the most – food, music and dancing, to name a few – in a three-day festival highlighted by a Grammy-style awards ceremony honoring top Cajun musicians.
Le Cajun gets started with a free show on the banks of Bayou Vermilion in Lafayette. Vermilionville is a Cajun and Creole Folklife and Heritage Park that re-creates the lifestyle of Acadian settlers in the area during the period of 1765-1890.
On the next day, the festivities move over to Lafayette’s Blackham Coliseum (2330 Johnston Street), a site chosen for many reasons, not the least of which is its powerful air conditioning system. Friday’s events include the main awards ceremony (Male and Female Vocalists of the Year, Accordionist of the Year, Fiddler of the Year, et cetera), plus plenty more Cajun music performances. Admission is charged for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted free.
Le Cajun’s main event is Saturday at Blackham Coliseum. From early morning until late at night, you’ll be treated to performances by some of the brightest stars in Cajun music. Past performers include Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold, Don Fontenot & Les Amis de La Louisiane, Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys, Wayne Toups & Friends and more.
The festival is sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Cajun music, language and culture. The organization was founded in 1984 and has grown to more than 2,000 member families. Food sold at the festival is prepared by the member families. So attendees get another dose of Cajun authenticity in the form of home-cooked jambalaya, gumbo, fried seafood and much more. Though the music is guaranteed to be hot, don’t forget to bring your own TABASCO® Sauce to spice up the festival cuisine.
For more information, visit www.cajunfrenchmusic.org.