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!

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  • Mar 26, 2017

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    337-457-2565
    651 Samuel Dr.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    32nd Annual World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cook Off

    This event features professional and amateur cooks vying for the title of "World Champion." This has got to be one of the best ways to taste crawfish in Louisiana. Teams compete to see who can cook the best crawfish etouffee in three categories: Amateur, Professional and Club/Organization. Once the judges have their samples from the booths, the public can buy the crawfish etouffee directly from the participants. Vote for the People's Choice Award! 

    Also, enjoy live Cajun and zydeco music (starting at 10AM), plenty of dancing and, of course, tons of etouffee. There will also be arts and crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, fun jumps, and more fun activities for the whole family! World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off is held the last Sunday in March every year, except when it conflicts with Easter.

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    Here's a clip from last year's festival! 



    Saturday, March 25 - Kick-off Dance 

    8pm – Travis Matte & The Kingpins

    Lakeview Park & Beach | 8pm-12am | Admission charged

    Sunday, March 26 - Music Line Up

    10am – Coz Fontenot
    12pm – Paul Daigle & Bayou Gold 
    2pm – Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin' Cajuns 

    Northwest Community Center Pavilion | 10AM-4PM | Free Admission 

    337-457-2565
    651 Samuel Dr.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Apr 07, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017

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    337-826-3580
    123 S. Church St.
    Washington, LA 70589

    Semi-Annual Antique Fair & Yard Sale

    Come and enjoy one of the South’s largest antique fairs. Join thousands of shoppers over the weekend to browse six acres filled with more than 200 vendors from across the country. There will be food, fun and great bargains. Spend the day and have lunch in the Old Schoolhouse Café. The Antique Fair and Yard Sale is held the second weekend in April and in October every year.

    Need accommodations? Washington, LA has several historic bed and breakfast's!   

    Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall | 9am-5pm | Free Admission

    337-826-3580
    123 S. Church St.
    Washington, LA 70589

  • Apr 17, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017

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    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    Semaine de la Francophonie (Francophonie Week)

    Formerly known as La Semaine Francaise or French Week, this creative placemaking summit is returning to Arnaudville with a series of mini-conferences with subjects such as tourism, environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education, and folklife traditions. The summit brings together the expertise of internationally respected scholars, artists, scientists, cultural citizens and organizations. Attendees represent Louisiana and the Brittany region of France for the purpose of critical discourse on creativity imperatives and processes. Each day brings a new experience, and with each, a deeper understanding of purpose, benefits and methods for job creation within a cultural economy. LSF also includes an educational component geared toward high school students. 

    The last two days of the conference are reserved for a party, the 13th Annual Le Feu et L'Eau (Fire and Water) Rural Art Celebration, featuring a multitude of artists, performers, and cultural workers in a variety of disciplines and genres. Participate in cooking demos, and watch feature films. Hear live music, listen to poetry and shop local art vendors. It is a truly unique French Louisiana celebration.   

    The first two days of the summit will be held in Baton Rouge to cover the policy and advocacy component. Conference participants present to state legislators and attend public displays and projects representing programs supportive of arts and culture. On the 13th participants will gather in Arnaudville where the remainder of the program will be conducted. 

    NUNU Arts & Culture Collective and various locations throughout Arnaudville | Admission to the conference is $10 a day which includes lunch

    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

  • Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017

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    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    13th Annual Le Feu et l'Eau (Fire and Water) Rural Arts Celebration

    Born following the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Fire and Water featured signature floating fires and the work of visual artists with only a sampling of other artistic disciplines; however, over the last several years the event has expanded to become more of a celebration featuring a multitude of local artists, performers and cultural workers in a variety of disciplines and genres. Participate in cooking demos, and watch feature films. Hear live music, listen to poetry and shop local art vendors. Plus, don't miss the traditional peace march, honoring veterans to Bayou Warehouse, where the traditional fire is set ablaze upon Bayou Fusilier. 

    In 2016 the festival was moved from December to April and is now two days of festivities ending a week-long conference, Semaine de la Francophonie. Formerly known as La Semaine Francaise d'Arnaudville or French Week, this cultural economy conference emphasizes the use of Creative Placemaking with subjects such as tourism, environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education, and folklife traditions.

    NUNU Arts and Culture Collective & Downtown Arnaudville locations | 11am-11pm | Free Admission 

    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

  • Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017

    337-754-5912
    370 Main St.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    32nd Annual Étouffée Festival

    Étouffée is a "smothered" dish and a favorite among locals, enough to stir up some friendly rivalry. Get a taste of the competition at the Mayor's Cook-off, which will feature a diverse variety of étouffées including crawfish, seafood, vegetable, and even wild game! Festivities include carnival rides, award winning bands, bingo, Cash-n-Carry store, various vendor booths, an auto show and, of course, étouffée! This festival is held the fourth weekend of April, every year. 

    St. John Francis Regis Church | Free Admission | Friday 5pm-12am | Saturday 11am-12am | Sunday 11am-5pm

    337-754-5912
    370 Main St.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

  • May 06, 2017

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    337-662-3542
    Marie St.
    Sunset, LA 70584

    21st Annual Celebration of Herbs & Gardens

    Everything for the garden enthusiast: plants, herbal products, pottery, garden art and informative presentations. Get there early to attend Master Gardener presentations. Catering will be provided by Janise's Supermarket & Deli and the Sunset Mexican Grill. Children are welcome to attend. Bring your wagon to load up but no pets or ice chests allowed. Celebration of Herbs and Gardens is held the first Saturday in May every year. 

    9am-4pm | Rain Date is Sunday, May 7 | $5 Admission | 6 and Under Free

    337-662-3542
    Marie St.
    Sunset, LA 70584

  • May 25, 2017 - May 28, 2017

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    337-566-3527
    562 Front St.
    Krotz Springs, LA 70750

    6th Annual Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival

    Voted BEST NEW EVENT for 2013 by the Louisiana Association of Fairs & Festivals! The mission of the Krotz Springs Heritage Festival is to promote the wetlands and woodlands that surround our community and the Atchafalaya River. Join everyone in celebrating and sharing the heritage and extraordinary wildlife and habitats that we have treasured our entire lives on the banks of the Atchafalaya. Adventurous foodies can vote for the best wild game in the Fur, Feathers, or Fins cook-off. Cajun, Swamp Pop, and Zydeco enthusiasts can take over the dance floor, and families will enjoy the fairgrounds, food, and art vendors. 

    Thursday, May 25
    5:30pm-10pm - Carnival Rides

    Friday, May 26
    5:30pm - Fair grounds open
    7pm-11:30pm - Live Music

    Saturday, May 27
    2pm - Fair grounds open
    2:30pm - Fur, Feather, or Fins Cook-Off Judging
    3pm - Taster's Choice begins
    4pm - Live Auction
    5pm - Raffle Winners
    5:30pm-11:30 - Live Music

    Sunday, May 28
    12pm - Queen's parade

    Nall Park | Friday 5:30pm-11:30pm | Saturday 7am-11:30pm | Sunday 8:30am-7:15pm  | Free Admission

    337-566-3527
    562 Front St.
    Krotz Springs, LA 70750

  • Jun 17, 2017

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    337-945-5064
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    35th Annual Juneteenth Folklife Celebration

    A celebration that highlights the folk art, heritage and traditions of the African-American culture in this area. This celebration is to pay tribute to the date when Texas slaves first heard the news of their freedom. As this is a family friendly event, no alcohol is sold or allowed on site. 

    Live music featuring Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie + Goldman Thibodeaux  

    Farmers' Market Pavilion, across from Le Vieux Village | 1pm-6:30pm | Free Admission 

    337-945-5064
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Jul 01, 2017

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    337-351-3902
    103 Lebeau Church Rd.
    Lebeau, LA 71345

    27th Annual Lebeau Zydeco Festival

    Celebrate this unique genre of music called zydeco with live performances, dancing, and creole cuisine—including their famous pork backbone dinners. Feel free to set up for the day with tents and lawn chairs. Please note that there are no refunds, BBQ pits, ATVs, glass containers or ice chests/coolers allowed. This festival is held the first Saturday every year in July.

    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church | 11am | Adults $12 | Children 11 and under get in free

    337-351-3902
    103 Lebeau Church Rd.
    Lebeau, LA 71345

  • Jul 29, 2017

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    337-246-0718
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    4th Annual Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival

    Experience Opelousas' colorful Native American heritage with traditional dancing, drumming, arts & crafts, storytelling, food, and special guest speakers. Learn something new with lessons demonstrating traditional dance, jewelry making, and basket weaving. Bring the entire family for fun and educational kids' activities including face painting, storytelling, and a talking stick contest. This is a family friendly event, and therefore alcohol-free.

    All day – Dancing by the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe 

    10am – Opening Ceremony (Blessing) Deputy Chief Merniva Broussard Francois
    11am – Grand Entry + Presentation of Flags  
    11:30am – Education speaker, Harvey Whitford
    12pm – Lunch
    3pm – Silent Auction
    3:30pm – Opelousas Blacklegged Drummers 
    4pm – Closing Ceremony 

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 10am-5pm | Free Admission 

    337-246-0718
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Sep 02, 2017

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    337-290-6048
    1939 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    35th Annual Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival

    In 1981, fearful that Creole and zydeco music were dying out, a group of concerned citizens organized the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. Today, the event features the best in zydeco in addition to some swamp-pop, swing, R&B, and southern soul artists.

    Saturday, Sept 2 - Zydeco Breakfast
    The Annual Zydeco Breakfast is Saturday morning, hosted by the City of Opelousas, Zydeco Capital of the World. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy live entertainment in a relaxed and charming setting in the heart of downtown Opelousas. Last year’s breakfast included Bloody Mary’s, coffee, Clifton Chenier Casserole, and pancakes. 

    Courthouse Square | 8:30-10:30am | Free Admission | 337-948-6262 | www.cityofopelousas.com

    Saturday, Sept 2 - Festival Schedule
    TBA - Black Pot Cook-off begins. Free samples
    TBA - Judges are served. Awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
    TBA - Zydeco Party Wagon Mini Ride lines up at Zydeco Park

    Saturday, Sept 2 - Music Lineup TBA

    Live Music: Yambilee Building | Gate opens at 7am | Adults $10 | Children 12 years old and under $5
    Trail Ride:
    Zydeco Festival Park | 457 Zydeco Rd., Opelousas, LA 70570

    337-290-6048
    1939 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Sep 16, 2017

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    337-313-4448/337-331-5577
    Sunset & Grand Coteau, LA

    Exit 11 Yard Sale

    Join us for this shopping experience that runs through the historic towns of Sunset and Grand Coteau. Residents and visitors are invited to set up tables to sell anything from crafts, antiques and furniture, jewelry, glassware and one-of-a-kind items. Some shops will feature special sales or one-day discounts.

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    Along Highways 182 & 93 in Sunset and Grand Coteau, I-49 Exit 11 | 7am-4pm | Free Admission 

    337-313-4448/337-331-5577
    Sunset & Grand Coteau, LA

  • Oct 07, 2017

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

    3rd Annual Festival de la Grande Église

    St. Landry Catholic Church, known as the mother church of southwest Louisiana, invites all to celebrate its 300+ years of history with activities for the entire family including tours of the church and cemetery, a jambalaya cook-off, 5K color run, silent auction and live music.

    7am – Jambalaya Cook-Off begins
    9am – 2 Mile Color Run 
    10am – 3pm Historic Tours of St. Landry Church
    10am – 3pm Historic Cemetery Tours
    12pm – 3pm Live music 
    4pm – Eucharistic Celebration  

    St. Landry Catholic Church | 9am-till | Free Admission

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

  • Oct 28, 2017

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    337-945-4314
    174 Church Street
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    6th Annual Sweet Dough Pie Festival

    This event celebrates the unique history of historic Grand Coteau and a traditional treat called, sweet dough pie. Every year pastry chefs and home cooks vie for the title in the sweet dough pie contest. A large variety of pies will also be available for purchase including fig, custard, lemon, blackberry, and other local, seasonal ingredients. Browse through more than 70 vendors of arts, handmade items, flowers and herbs, custom furniture, indoor and outdoor decor, while enjoying local cuisine and live music.  

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore the gorgeous grounds at the Church or St. Charles Borromeo. Historical reenactments and trolley tours of St. Charles Cemetery where fifteen graves of historic citizens will take place throughout the day. Meet Dr. Millard, who treated, Mary Wilson, the beneficiary of the only miracle recognized by the Catholic Church in the United States. 

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    Monies raised will benefit the Grand Coteau Cultural Foundation

    St. Charles Catholic Church | 9am-3pm | Free Admission 

    337-945-4314
    174 Church Street
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

  • Nov 03, 2017 - Nov 04, 2017

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    337-254-9695
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    9th Annual Festival of Words

    This free event celebrates the written and spoken word through public readings and performances, student creative writing contests, open mics, writing workshops in the school and community, and “drive-by poetry". 2016 authors include: Yvette Landry, Rain Prud'homme-Cranford (Gomez), Chere Dastugue Coen, Bruce Coen, Kristina Marshall, and Chamir Murphy.

    Friday, November 4

    7pm-9pm – Oral history, poetry, musical performance, Q&A, and book signing
    Artists: Yvette Landry & Rain Prud'homme-Cranford (Gomez) 
    Oral History: Sonny Eaglan
    Location: Chicorys Coffee & Cafe | 219 E. Martin Luther King Drive, Grand Coteau

    Saturday, November 5

    10am-2pm – "Drive-by Poetry" with Bruce Coen, Kristina Marshall and friends 
    Location: Grand Coteau cafes, shops, and on the streets

    10:30am-11am – Awards Ceremony for Youth of Creative Writing Contest
    Location: Thensted Center | 268 Church St., Grand Coteau 

    11am-3:30pm – Community Stage showcasing literary and spoken word groups of Acadiana
    Location: The Thensted Center | 268 Church St., Grand Coteau

    11am-5pm – Literary Workshops 
    Poetry with Rain Prud'homme-Cranford (Gomez)
    Song & Story Writing with Yvette Landry 
    Life/Memoir Writing with Chere Dastugue Coen
    Children's Creative Writing with Chamir Murphy
    Fiction Writing, TBA 
    Location: Thensted Center | 268 Church St., Grand Coteau 

    Festival of Words is proud to be listed in the Community Foundation of Acadiana's DONORSense database of Louisiana nonprofit organizations.

    337-254-9695
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

  • Nov 03, 2017 - Nov 05, 2017

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

    25th Annual Holy Ghost Creole Festival Bazaar

    This festival features live zydeco music, Creole food favorites, and is widely known for its Gospel choir concert. Also enjoy a parade, raffles, games and more. The festival takes place every year, the first weekend in November.

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    Friday, Nov 4 - Gospel Night (7pm-10pm)
    TBA

    Catfish dinners are sold from 10am-3pm

    Saturday, Nov 5
    8am - 5K Run
    10am - Live music 

    Sunday, Nov 6
    1pm - Creole Festival Parade (Landry St. to Union)

    Holy Ghost Catholic Church | Friday 8pm-12am | Saturday-Sunday 8am-till | Free Admission

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

  • Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017

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    337-585-2827
    504 Saizan Ave.
    Port Barre, LA 70577

    32nd Annual Port Barre Cracklin Festival

    Begun in 1985, the Port Barre Cracklin Festival is the major fundraiser for the Port Barre Lions Club. Attended by thousands of festival goers each year, it is an important cultural event for the city of Port Barre and St. Landry Parish.

    This festival showcases the ritual of making cracklins - a traditional Louisiana food that has made headlines on such cooking reality shows such as Top Chef. Enjoy terrific food, great Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and a beauty pageant. No ice chests, glass containers or pets allowed. Cracklin Festival is held the second weekend in November every year.

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    Friday, November 10

    5:00pm Festival opens
    7:30pm–12am – Live music 

    Saturday, November 11

    10:00am Parade – Saizan St. Port Barre, La.
    11:00pm–12am – Live music 

    Sunday, Nov 12

    10:30am-3pm – Live music 
    3:00pm–4:00pm – Judging & Awards
    4:00pm–6:00pm – Live music

    Veterans Park | $5 Per Day | 10 and Under Free 

    337-585-2827
    504 Saizan Ave.
    Port Barre, LA 70577

  • Dec 02, 2017

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    337-344-3821
    1510 Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    4th Annual Al Berard Music Festival

    Visit the French-speaking community of Arnaudville for a day filled with live music, arts, culture and more. Plus, bring a partner and enter the Zydeco Dance Competition! 

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    The Al Berard Music Festival is a fundraising event for the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). The fund directly supports Acadiana’s unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers, and music scholarships to students of all ages. We also support community-based organizations that support our rich culture. The fund honors the late Al Berard, who was a mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion was to teach everyone about his love for music and the Cajun/Creole culture in which he lived. Through this fund, his passion lives on today. 

    This event always falls on the first Saturday of December.

    NUNU Arts & Culture Collective | 12pm-8pm | $10 admission 

    337-344-3821
    1510 Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512