Perhaps the easiest guide to Festivals Acadiens et Creoles is, simply, “be at Girard Park.” However, the human condition is fraught with nuance and relativity, so here are some of the top things you can do to make your festival experience top-notch.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.
Pregame for the festival when the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL, for short) will host “Exploring Francophone Culture”. CODOFIL will hold a panel discussion about the history of their organization and the importance of francophone culture in Louisiana.
Thursday, Oct. 11.
7 p.m. at Warehouse 535
The festival kicks off with the Music Cities Opening Concert, a musical showcase featuring local musicians including artists who appear on the “Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent,” a tribute to the eccentric Vincent who contributed greatly to the perpetuation of Francophone ballads (many dating as far back as the Medieval period) until his death in 1970. Musicians set to appear include but are not limited to: Jourdan Thibodeaux, Cedric Watson, Kelli Jones, Megan Brown, Steve Riley, Sam Broussard, David Greely, Julie Williams, Lil Buck Sinegal and Chris Stafford.
Friday, Oct. 12.
5:30 p.m. at Girard Park.
The park will be the place to be as musicians from across the state take to six stages across the park to celebrate the musical and culinary heritage of the Acadiana region. Following the opening performance by Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band at 5:30 p.m., the University of Louisiana at Lafayette “Homecoming Party” will feature the marching band, the football team and this year’s homecoming court. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (with special guests) will close out the day at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13.
10:30 a.m. at Girard Park.
The festivities will start early with Ervin Frey & Cajun Prairie, and music will continue with nary breath until the Pine Leaf Boys and Lost Bayou Ramblers, at different stages, shut things down with hour-and-a-half sets beginning at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively
Sunday, Oct. 14
10:30 a.m. at Girard Park.
This year’s festival will end with performances from the Babineaux Sisters, El-jon Sonnier, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars and, of course, festival favorite and Cajun mainstay Wayne Toups (6 p.m. at Scène Ma Louisiane).
Of course, a Louisiana festival is nothing without food. Here are just a few of the can’t miss options closeby the festivities:
The fresh spinach and artichoke bread-bowl is to die for.
Scratch Farm Kitchen
Five stars across the board. You really can’t go wrong with anything here.
We recommend the chicken shawarma.
Cool off with some gelato!