Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known for letting the good times roll, or as the locals say “laissez les bons temps rouler,” – and people are starting to notice.
Appropriately named the ‘Happiest City in America’ by the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.com, Lafayette’s distinctive blend of food, music, and culture has people from all over heading to the city with a smile on their face.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit, Lafayette will be waiting for you to join their perpetual celebration. The region is teeming with festivals year-round, celebrating everything from beer to boudin, shrimp to sugarcane, gumbo to gratins – there is literally something happening every week.
Lafayette truly comes alive in the fall with remarkable weather to compliment the multitude of events and festivals. Unique to Lafayette is the free concert series that take place in the fall. Kick off your weekend starting Thursday with Rhythms on the River, a free evening concert series held in River Ranch’s Town Square. Bach Lunch, a free popular lunchtime music series that takes place on Fridays in Downtown Lafayette, couples local food offerings with music for all ages. The fun continues into the evening with Downtown Alive!, another local favorite concert series offering free music from regional artists of all genres.
It’s not just the fall concert series that makes Lafayette the self-proclaimed Free Music Capital of the World. While the month of October alone hosts more than 21 events that boast free music, everyone also looks forward to Festival Acadiens et Creole. This free three-day festival takes place the second full weekend of October and welcomes locals and visitors alike to share in food, music, and dancing, as well as the arts and crafts that make the region so unique.
Always the crowd-pleaser, the Boudin Cook-Off combines music and a shared adoration for boudin – a southern food staple. Held the third weekend in October, the festival celebrates the varying types of boudin. Enjoy the diverse offerings and cast your vote for the best boudin winner of the year.
If you still have any energy left and make it to the final weekend in October, be sure to check out the Blackpot Festival and Cook-Off. The two-day camping festival takes place at Vermilionville, and combines the art of blackpot cooking, music, and crafts.
Whether your passion is for the rich cultural history, a bustling culinary scene, or a distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear.