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Immerse yourself in the untouched purity of a cypress and tupelo swamp. Sway your hips to the upbeat tempo of accordions and washboards, or let the seductive flavors of Cajun and Creole cooking dance on your palate. Join in on a colorful Mardi Gras celebration and experience the largest non-ticketed Francophone festival in the country. All these experiences await in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Happiest City in America. Set within the heartbeat of Acadiana, Lafayette is unquestionably uniquely seasoned. Each time of year presents new possibilities making this the place you’ll want to visit often. Read on to discover why.
Savor World-Class Cajun & Creole Cuisine
Craving delightfully smoked boudin, mouthwatering gumbo, and piping hot jambalaya seasoned to perfection? Beyond being delicious, there’s a reason Cajun food is known worldwide: because there’s nothing like it. Plan your food adventure at LafayetteTravel.com/FoodiesGuide.
Experience Lively Festivals
From the toe-tapping rhythms of zydeco and Cajun music to the delicious savory and sweet festival treats, Lafayette knows how to celebrate. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in its one-of-a-kind heritage is by making your way here for one of its festivals, a treat for all your senses. See below for a list of upcoming festivals, or visit LafayetteTravel.com/Festivals for a complete list.
- Mardi Gras – February 10-11, 17-21, 2023
- Festival International – April 26-30, 2023
- Crawfish Festival May 5-7, 2023
- Pride Acadiana – June 2023
- Latin Music Festival – October 7, 2023
- Festivals Acadiens et Creole – October 13-15, 2023
- Gulf Brew – October 21, 2023
- Boudin Cook-Off & Bacon Festival – October 21, 2023
- Blackpot Festival & Cook-Off – October 27-28, 2023
- Cajun & Creole Christmas – November & December 2023
Explore Magnificent Trails
When you’re ready for an escape, tie on your walking shoes and find your way to Lafayette. From culinary trails like crawfish, boudin, and gumbo to ancient oaks, dancehalls, and history, there’s a trail in Lafayette for just about everyone. Visit LafayetteTravel.com/Trails for trip ideas.
Discover One of North America’s Best Birding Locations
Dense forests, trickling bayous shaded by towering cypress trees, and sweeping shorelines form Lafayette’s native landscapes and create the ideal habitat for a stunning array of birds. Located within the Mississippi Flyway and the Atchafalaya Loop of America’s Wetland Birding Trail, Lafayette Parish is a must-visit destination for birding enthusiasts. Discover why at LafayetteTravel.com/Birding.
Two-Step Your Way Through Lafayette
Lafayette is known as the Heartbeat of Acadiana, and with good reason. Their one-of-a-kind mix of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco can be heard any night of the week while sampling some authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine and sipping on one of the many local beers or spirits that will have your taste buds dancing as much as your feet. For a weekly playlist and schedule of live music, visit LafayetteTravel.com/LafayetteWeekly.
No matter when you visit, you’ll discover that Lafayette is Uniquely Seasoned. From the rich cultural history and the vibrant flavors of Cajun and Creole cooking to the wealth of ways to enjoy the outdoors, few places better represent the heart and spirit of Louisiana.
Plan your next getaway at LafayetteTravel.com.
Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America.