St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

Attractions

  • Opelousas

    337-948-6263
    120 S. Market St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    "Welcome to Opelousas" Postcard Mural

    This mural pays tribute to the City’s 2020 Tricentennial. The Welcome to Opelousas Postcard Mural can be seen on the Delta Grand Theatre located at Market Street across from the Courthouse Square. 

    Painted by eight local artists, the mural depicts a retro postcard and features brightly colored letters. The letters feature themes such as culture, food, history, wildlife, music and agriculture. Art Instructor Cindy Pitre, who served as designer and art director of the project, teamed up with Jerome Ford, who coordinated with local art teachers. The project was produced by area art educators Jerome Ford (Southwest Elementary), Cindy Pitre (Opelousas Catholic), Kathryn Guidroz (Port Barre Middle School), Michelle Reed (Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts), Kimberly Nelams-Becnel (MACA) and their students as well as professional artists Ted Bertrand, Sue Boagni, and Robbie Sebastien. Opelousas Main Street and Opelousas Tourism also worked in collaboration with the project. 

    The project is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts Office administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Support was also provided through an Everybody Walk! Grant, through America Walks which promotes walking and walkable communities.

     

    337-948-6263
    120 S. Market St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570


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    113 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Acadian to Cajun Mural

    Created by Jerome Ford of Opelousas, this mural depicts the journey of the Acadians, from their exile from Nova Scotia in the mid-1700s to their settlement here in south Louisiana.

    113 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570


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    337-945-5064
    1113 W. Vine St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Creole Heritage Folklife Center

    The Creole Heritage Folklife Center in Opelousas offers the public an opportunity to relive traditions of the African-American community with folklorist, Rebecca Henry. Henry is a native to St. Landry Parish and offers educational programs and events that focus on Creole heritage. Learn about the use of herbs and folk medicine, everyday tools, home-life, and folk art. In the gift shop find handsewn quilts, homemade soaps and potpourri, preserves, handcrafted dolls, and artwork. Guided tours offered weekly and by appointment. The Creole Heritage Folklife Center is included on the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail.

    Wait, what is Creole? According to Creole Heritage Inc. founder, Rebecca Henry, "'Creole' is family, culture, heritage and tradition which embodies all that connects the inner and outer families with their ancestral past, not a racial confusion."

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    Tuesday-Friday 12pm-4pm | Saturday 1pm-4pm | Sunday by appointment | Adults $8, Seniors $7 (64+), Children (12 and under) $5

    337-945-5064
    1113 W. Vine St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    109 N Union St
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Early Fire Fighting Tribute Mural

    The fire mural pays tribute to early firefighting and dedicated to all firefighters - past, present and future. The mural, Early Fire Fighting: A Tribute to Lelle, was painted by a group of local student artists at Opelousas Catholic under the direction of Cindy Pitre. The mural depicts the fire truck named after Marie Celeste "Lelle" Dupre' Robertson. Along with her husband, she was an active member of the Hope, Hook and Ladder Fire Company Number 1 established in 1871. Miss Lelle has been credited with many of the company's early successes, but most remember her for her role in helping fight the courthouse fire that occurred during the early years of the 20th century.

    Hope, Hook and Ladder Station

    109 N Union St
    Opelousas, LA 70570


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    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln. Extension
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

    This Racino is the first new facility of its kind to be built from the ground up. More than 1,400 slot machines, live horse racing, music, nightlife and great food, makes Evangeline downs the perfect place play. Enjoy live thoroughbred horse racing April through September and live quarter horse racing October through December (Wednesday through Saturday). 

    Taste down-home Louisiana cooking in The Cajun Buffet, or breakfast items and plate lunches at Café 24/7. The casino’s newest addition, The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor is the perfect place for specialty cocktails, craft beer, and Cajun fusion cuisine. For musical entertainment check the Event Center calendar concerts happening year round.

    Celebrated 50 years of racing in 2015!

    Open 24 hours a day
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    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln. Extension
    Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-948-5227
    109 W. Vine
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Fiddle Mania II

    Fiddle Mania features over-sized fiddles fabricated from metal, painted and designed by local artists. It was unveiled in November 2012 in conjunction with the state office of tourism’s Main to Main initiative. 

    The overall theme of the fiddle designs encompasses Louisiana’s rich heritage depicting wildlife and waterways, diverse people, food, music and places. The Fiddle Mania exhibit is dedicated in memory of local musician/fiddler and cultural ambassador Hadley J. Castille.

    Artists involved in the project include June Lowrey, Jerome Ford, Kat Guidroz, Kimberly Nelams Becnal, Alicia Johnson, Gary Steckler, Shawn Hunt, Natalie Clay Hutchinson, Darlene Moore, Tony Cutrera, Ne’keeta Guillory, Kate Ferry, Deante Benjamin, Theon Guillory, Katy Leger Roy, Westminster Christian Academy Art II Senior Emily Waguespack and Bailey Benoit, Hunter Tardiff and Brianna Jordan of Port Barre Middle School, Davonte’ Lafontaine of Port Barre High and Noah Guidroz of Park Vista Elementary.

    The address provided is for the Opelousas-St. Landry Chamber of Commerce for parking. The fiddles are across the street, behind the St. Landry Bank. 

    337-948-5227
    109 W. Vine
    Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-942-8011
    1152 Prudhomme Circle
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Historic Michel Prudhomme Home

    The home is believed to be the oldest structure in St. Landry Parish. The home is a French Colonial House built in the late 1700s and currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, the house was used to house Union officers. The home is currently owned by the Preservationists of St. Landry, Inc.

    The home is available for meetings, receptions and tours by appointment.

    337-942-8011
    1152 Prudhomme Circle
    Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-942-2732
    747 N. Union St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    The Holy Ghost Parish was founded in 1920 in Opelousas, Louisiana at the request of a group of parishioners of the St. Landry Catholic Church and the efforts of Rt. Rev. Canon A. B. Colliard. Prior to desegregation, St. Landry Church's black parishioners were sectioned off from the rest of the congregation. With the assistance of the Holy Ghost Fathers and a desire to have a place worship where the African American community felt they could belong, the new Parish was created. Initially, Masses were held at the Holy Ghost School, but soon thereafter a church was built.

    Today, the church boasts the largest Catholic congregation of African Americans in the US. Visitors are often struck with admiration at the sight the church's collection of religious art depicting African Americans. The artist responsible for these powerful images is a local master painter, Donald Lee "Aldox" Alexander. Alexander has done outstanding work for the African American community both in his home state and outside of Louisiana.

    Another special treat is the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Gospel Choir. The gospel choirs singing on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month during the 11am Mass, while the youth choir performs on the second and fourth Sundays. For group tours, please make an appointment with Deacon Richard. 

    During the first weekend of November, the church celebrates their Creole heritage with a three-day event, The Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar. The festival features a special gospel concert Friday night, live music and dancing Saturday and Sunday, and Creole dishes all weekend long! 

    Group tours by appointment only | Contact: Deacon Charles Richard | Free admission | Bus parking available

    337-942-2732
    747 N. Union St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    337-942-3564
    312 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

    J. B. Sandoz, Inc.

    A true find for any shopping and history enthusiast, this hardware store has been open since 1878 and is Opelousas's second oldest business. Still operated by the Sandoz family, find hardware items, housewares, and gifts.

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    Monday-Friday 7am-5pm; Saturday 7am-2pm

    337-942-3564
    312 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570


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    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    JS Clark Memorial Walkway

    The Opelousas high school that bore the name of the late educator J.S. Clark, founder of Southern University in Baton Rouge, lasted for only 15 years. But it made a lasting mark on its city and will forever be remembered by the J.S. Clark Memorial Walkway, located at Le Vieux Village. From 1954 to 1969, in the days before school desegregation, J.S. Clark served the needs of black high school students in and around Opelousas. 

    The memorial walkway was officially dedicated on October 18, 2014, during a special ceremony. It features bricks and monuments that pay tribute to many of the school’s former teachers, staff and students. It also honors outstanding people connected with J.S. Clark: football standout Preston Fontenot, 1972 Olympic track and field gold medalist Rodney Milburn, and Rosa B. Scott Anderson, a former lead majorette who became a nurse and helped casualties during a firearm assault on Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State 20 years ago.

    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-948-6263
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Le Vieux Village Heritage Park

    The Old Village of the Opelousas Poste. The village was created in 1988 by the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee. Many of its structures were donated by families from the area. We invite you to sit back and imagine yourself in any of these historical buildings that were brought together from various places within St. Landry Parish to form this beautiful little village of the past—from a schoolhouse to a store, a church, and a doctor's office. Guided tours are available by request. Tours are given Tues - Fri on the hour from 10-2 p.m. and by appointment.

    Also housed at Le Vieux Village is the City of Opelousas Tourist Information and Welcome Center is located at the eastern entrance to Opelousas along U.S. Highway 190. The center houses the Jim Bowie Display. Jim Bowie, an American hero of the Alamo, once lived in Opelousas. The Jim Bowie Display has many artifacts and memorabilia from that era.

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    Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
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    337-948-6263
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-942-3163
    515 Bellevue St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church

    The Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church in Opelousas Louisiana is the oldest Methodist church congregation west of the Mississippi River. In fact, Opelousas is known as the "Cradle of Louisiana Methodism." Missionary Elisha W. Bowman established the church in Opelousas in 1806. The present church, constructed in 1955, sits on the site where two earlier churches existed. The property for the church was purchased in 1857 from the Fonda Family.

    337-942-3163
    515 Bellevue St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    337-948-9922
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570

    Louisiana Orphan Train Mural

    Artist Robert Dafford depicts the arrival of the orphans at the Opelousas train depot. This impressive mural measures 7'x14' and hangs in the main area of the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. 

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    337-948-9922
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570


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    337-948-9922/337-942-7845
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

    The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum is a "must-see" attraction for travelers searching for things to do in and around Opelousas, LA. The Louisiana Orphan Train Society, Inc. domiciled in Opelousas is dedicated to collecting and preserving those items that tell the history of the Orphan Train Riders. The term "orphan train" or "orphan train riders" refers to the Orphan Train Movement, a welfare program that was in place between 1853 and 1930. During this time, over 200,000 orphaned children were transported to foster homes typically in rural areas in the Midwest. 

    The Louisiana Orphan Train Society, Inc. domiciled in Opelousas is dedicated to collecting and preserving those items that tell the history of the "Orphan Train Riders" who came to Louisiana from the New York Foundling Hospital between 1873 and 1929. Because of an increase in the number of occupants, the Sisters of Charity contacted Catholic priests asking for assistance. In the spring of April and May in 1907 three trains arrived in Opelousas with children from the Foundling Home wearing identification numbers that would match them to their new Catholic foster families. 

    The museum has a large collection of original documents, clothing, and images on display and many of the museum's volunteers are descendants of orphan train riders. The museum is the only one of its kind in Louisiana and second in the nation to the Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, KS.

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     Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children $3 | Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm | Saturday 10am-2pm | Bus Parking Available

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    337-948-9922/337-942-7845
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    Mural History

    Tony Wimberly of Church Point portrays a chapter in the life of Jim Bowie, a hero of the Battle of the Alamo and resident of Opelousas in the early 1800s. 

    Located at the parking lot on W. Landry Street between Main Street and Court Street. 


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    337-948-5227
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Historic District

    A must see, Louisiana's third oldest city’s historic district. Its makeup includes an abundance of historic structures including antebellum, Victorian and turn-of-the-century homes and other structures. Many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Come and see where the governor lived when Opelousas was the Hidden Capital during the Civil War. Visit our Tourist Information Center for a brochure on self-guided tours of these interesting historic sites. Along the way, sample the flavor of Cajun/Creole foods, Zydeco/Cajun Music and the warm, friendly welcome of our people.

    337-948-5227
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-948-2589
    315 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center

    The Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center is a great destination for those interested in the civil war, zydeco music, Native American history, or any traveler looking for things to do in Opelousas. The museum explores the history and culture of the Opelousas area from prehistoric times to the present. The Main Exhibit Room tells the story of the Opelousas Indians and the first settlers. The other side of the exhibit space focuses on zydeco, a popular music genre fostered right here in Opelousas, Louisiana. Other exhibits include the Civil War Room, The Geraldine Smith Welch Doll Collection, the Louisiana Video Collection Library, the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival Archives, and the Art of Animatronics. Group tours are available by appointment.

    Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
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    337-948-2589
    315 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    Seven Brothers Oak Mural

    Robert Tinney shows early settlers of the area enjoying music and dancing under the historic oak. View this legendary live oak yourself on Hwy. 182 Washington, LA.

    Parking lot on W. Landry Street between Main Street and Court Street. 


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    337-942-6552
    980 N. Union St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570

    St. Landry Catholic Cemetery

    This historic cemetery contains graves that date back to the 1790s. Veterans from various wars are buried here, along with old prominent families of the Opelousas area. Louisiana Governor Jacques Dupré and his wife are buried here, as well as one of Napoléon Bonaparte's soldiers, Gen. Garrigues de Flaugeac. 

    Visit in October for Voices from Our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours

    Tours by appointment. 

    337-942-6552
    980 N. Union St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570

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    337-942-6552
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    St. Landry Catholic Church

    Visit the second oldest church parish in the Lafayette Catholic Diocese, St. Landry Catholic Church of Opelousas. The earliest documented ritual performed was a baptism on May 16, 1756. However, the parish church was officially founded in 1770 as The Parish Chuch of the Immaculate Conception of the Post of Opelousas by French Capuchin friars. Since the 1700s more ornate churches have been built, and the current edifice, designed and completed by noted Opelousas architect Tilghman George Chachere, Sr. in 1909, is a Gothic form of structure with Romanesque motifs. Also, view stained-glass windows made in France by German artisans. 

    Another highlight of the St. Landry Catholic Church is the Father Lafleur Monument located on the grounds. Sculpted by renowned Italian artist, Franco Alessandrini, Lieutenant Father Lafleur’s last heroic crowning moment of life is depicted in white Carrara marble. Beautifully carved is Father Lafleur struggling to push men to possible freedom from the hull of the torpedoed and sinking “hell ship”, the Shinyo Maru while water pours down over them. Of 750 prisoners of war aboard this ship, only 83 survived to tell the tragic story of their plight and how Lieutenant Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, “Padre” to his fellow soldiers, gave his life once more for his men.

    During the second and third weekends of October, see costumed re-enactors portray historical Opelousas figures in the Voices from our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours. This tour welcomes bus groups! Additionally, tours of the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery can be arranged throughout the year by appointment. 

    Tours by appointment only | Contact: James Douget or Father James Brady | Allot 30 minutes-1 hour | Bus parking available

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    337-942-6552
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570