Festivals Acadiens et Créoles - 2019Sep 30, 2019 09:16AM ● By Staff Writer
Created in 1974 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles has evolved from a simple gathering of likeminded people to one of the premier cultural heritage festivals in North America.
This family-friendly* event includes a symposium, delicious food, arts & crafts, shopping, cooking demonstrations, the best live Cajun & Zydeco music, and lots of dancing.
All events are free (except Tour Des Atakapas), and open to the public. But consider supporting this non-profit event by becoming a Festival Friend; Levels start at just $30. Food, drinks, and gifts are available for a fee.
This year’s festival is Oct. 11-13 at Lafayette’s Girard Park and starts Friday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. with the official Cutting of the Boudin and continues until 9 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
The symposium “Female Perspectives in Cajun and Creole Culture” starts Friday morning Oct. 11, at 9 AM – 4:30 PM at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd. Seating is limited, so get there early. Lunch Tickets must be purchased in advance. For details visit: www.festivalsacadiens.com/events.
Dance till your heart’s content, shop the Louisiana Craft Fair and purchase official festival merchandise, eat at the Bayou Food Festival where a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes will be available from dozens of local vendors, attend a cooking demonstration in the Culture Sur La Table tent, watch a football game in the Sports Tent, run or paddle the Tour Des Atakapas, or just sit back and enjoy the unique sights and sounds of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.
To learn more about Festivals Acadiens et Créoles visit www.festivalsacadiens.com.
* Please leave pets, open containers, food, glass, skateboards, and RVs at home.