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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  • Oct 13, 2017

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    337-948-6263/800-424-5442
    828 E Landry St
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce at Music & Market in historic Opelousas. In addition to the musical entertainment, Music & Market will spotlight a vegetable and/or agriculture commodity. Samples will be available. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Ice chests will not be allowed. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

    337-948-6263/800-424-5442
    828 E Landry St
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

  • Oct 14, 2017

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    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Voices from our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours

    Spend some time with voices from the past and hear their stories. Some are happy and some are sad, but each will leave you wanting to know more. In its 14th year, tour reenactors will transport you back in time focusing on a chosen time period in Opelousas history. 

    This year's theme is "Leaders & Legends". The tour will include spirits such as Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert of the Holy Cross; criminal defense attorney, Edward P. Veazie; orphan train rider, Johnny Vidrine; Ella Collins, wife of the City Marshall, and many more colorful St. Landry Parish personalities from the past. The actress played by Miss Collins will perform her line in French! 

    Who will you meet on the tour? 

    Nina Celestine Delarue Chachere, wife of Tillman George Chachere, a well-known architect. 
    Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert, of the Sisters of the Marinates of the Holy Cross
    Edward P. Veazie, Assistant District Attorney 
    Johnny Vidrine, an Orphan Train rider 
    Antoine Simien and Marie Madalene LeMelle Simien, a successful business owner from France and his wife
    John Thistlewaite, owner of Opelousas' newspaper
    Harvard Cochise Collins and Ella Collins, City Marshall and his wife

    All proceeds from the cemetery tours fund the Cemetery Historical Restoration Project. The tours began in 2003 and, to date, 30+ gravesites have been restored. Additionally, signage has been added. In 2012, reenactors said their part an average of 17 times. Come to Opelousas for this unique experience and contribute to maintaining history.

    Handicapped accessible tours will be available the first weekend. Call for more details.

    St. Landry Catholic Church - Valentin Hall | Saturday at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm | Sunday at 2pm and 3pm | $10 Admission
    Groups/Bus Tours contact: 337-308-3474

    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Oct 15, 2017

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    337-678-3024
    372 Harry Guilbeau Rd
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Open Yearling and Mixed Sale

    The Equine Sales Company of Louisiana was founded and is owned by horsemen to advance Louisiana's Equestrian industry. This first-class facility sits on 13 acres and opened in 2010 as Louisiana's first facility dedicated to selling horses. 

    In 2016, 215 horses sold at auction. For more sales, view the 2017 schedule

    Equine Sales Company of Louisiana | 10am 

    337-678-3024
    372 Harry Guilbeau Rd
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Oct 15, 2017

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    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Voices from our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours

    Spend some time with voices from the past and hear their stories. Some are happy and some are sad, but each will leave you wanting to know more. In its 14th year, tour reenactors will transport you back in time focusing on a chosen time period in Opelousas history. 

    This year's theme is "Leaders & Legends". The tour will include spirits such as Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert of the Holy Cross; criminal defense attorney, Edward P. Veazie; orphan train rider, Johnny Vidrine; Ella Collins, wife of the City Marshall, and many more colorful St. Landry Parish personalities from the past. The actress played by Miss Collins will perform her line in French! 

    Who will you meet on the tour? 

    Nina Celestine Delarue Chachere, wife of Tillman George Chachere, a well-known architect. 
    Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert, of the Sisters of the Marinates of the Holy Cross
    Edward P. Veazie, Assistant District Attorney 
    Johnny Vidrine, an Orphan Train rider 
    Antoine Simien and Marie Madalene LeMelle Simien, a successful business owner from France and his wife
    John Thistlewaite, owner of Opelousas' newspaper
    Harvard Cochise Collins and Ella Collins, City Marshall and his wife

    All proceeds from the cemetery tours fund the Cemetery Historical Restoration Project. The tours began in 2003 and, to date, 30+ gravesites have been restored. Additionally, signage has been added. In 2012, reenactors said their part an average of 17 times. Come to Opelousas for this unique experience and contribute to maintaining history.

    Handicapped accessible tours will be available the first weekend. Call for more details.

    St. Landry Catholic Church - Valentin Hall | Saturday at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm | Sunday at 2pm and 3pm | $10 Admission
    Groups/Bus Tours contact: 337-308-3474

    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Oct 18, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
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    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln.
    Opelousas, LA 70570


  • Oct 19, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

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


  • Oct 20, 2017

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    337-948-6263/800-424-5442
    828 E Landry St
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce at Music & Market in historic Opelousas. In addition to the musical entertainment, Music & Market will spotlight a vegetable and/or agriculture commodity. Samples will be available. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Ice chests will not be allowed. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

    337-948-6263/800-424-5442
    828 E Landry St
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

  • Oct 20, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

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


  • Oct 21, 2017

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    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Voices from our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours

    Spend some time with voices from the past and hear their stories. Some are happy and some are sad, but each will leave you wanting to know more. In its 14th year, tour reenactors will transport you back in time focusing on a chosen time period in Opelousas history. 

    This year's theme is "Leaders & Legends". The tour will include spirits such as Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert of the Holy Cross; criminal defense attorney, Edward P. Veazie; orphan train rider, Johnny Vidrine; Ella Collins, wife of the City Marshall, and many more colorful St. Landry Parish personalities from the past. The actress played by Miss Collins will perform her line in French! 

    Who will you meet on the tour? 

    Nina Celestine Delarue Chachere, wife of Tillman George Chachere, a well-known architect. 
    Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert, of the Sisters of the Marinates of the Holy Cross
    Edward P. Veazie, Assistant District Attorney 
    Johnny Vidrine, an Orphan Train rider 
    Antoine Simien and Marie Madalene LeMelle Simien, a successful business owner from France and his wife
    John Thistlewaite, owner of Opelousas' newspaper
    Harvard Cochise Collins and Ella Collins, City Marshall and his wife

    All proceeds from the cemetery tours fund the Cemetery Historical Restoration Project. The tours began in 2003 and, to date, 30+ gravesites have been restored. Additionally, signage has been added. In 2012, reenactors said their part an average of 17 times. Come to Opelousas for this unique experience and contribute to maintaining history.

    Handicapped accessible tours will be available the first weekend. Call for more details.

    St. Landry Catholic Church - Valentin Hall | Saturday at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm | Sunday at 2pm and 3pm | $10 Admission
    Groups/Bus Tours contact: 337-308-3474

    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Oct 21, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

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


  • Oct 22, 2017

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    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Voices from our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours

    Spend some time with voices from the past and hear their stories. Some are happy and some are sad, but each will leave you wanting to know more. In its 14th year, tour reenactors will transport you back in time focusing on a chosen time period in Opelousas history. 

    This year's theme is "Leaders & Legends". The tour will include spirits such as Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert of the Holy Cross; criminal defense attorney, Edward P. Veazie; orphan train rider, Johnny Vidrine; Ella Collins, wife of the City Marshall, and many more colorful St. Landry Parish personalities from the past. The actress played by Miss Collins will perform her line in French! 

    Who will you meet on the tour? 

    Nina Celestine Delarue Chachere, wife of Tillman George Chachere, a well-known architect. 
    Sister Madeline Sophie Hebert, of the Sisters of the Marinates of the Holy Cross
    Edward P. Veazie, Assistant District Attorney 
    Johnny Vidrine, an Orphan Train rider 
    Antoine Simien and Marie Madalene LeMelle Simien, a successful business owner from France and his wife
    John Thistlewaite, owner of Opelousas' newspaper
    Harvard Cochise Collins and Ella Collins, City Marshall and his wife

    All proceeds from the cemetery tours fund the Cemetery Historical Restoration Project. The tours began in 2003 and, to date, 30+ gravesites have been restored. Additionally, signage has been added. In 2012, reenactors said their part an average of 17 times. Come to Opelousas for this unique experience and contribute to maintaining history.

    Handicapped accessible tours will be available the first weekend. Call for more details.

    St. Landry Catholic Church - Valentin Hall | Saturday at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm | Sunday at 2pm and 3pm | $10 Admission
    Groups/Bus Tours contact: 337-308-3474

    337-308-3474
    1020 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Oct 22, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017

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    337-457-2881
    1717 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Blackpot Camp

    This music camp provides an outlet for people to learn Cajun and other music from their favorite musicians, including hosts The Revelers and friends, along with artists performing at the Black Pot Festival. This year's lessons include a melting pot of activities including Cajun fiddle, accordion, guitar, Old-time banjo, Swing jazz, & songwriting. Participants will also try their hand in Cajun cuisine taught by local cooks in a hands-on environment. Enjoy a loose, festive atmosphere that encourages extracurricular jamming and sharing of experiences among campers from all places and backgrounds. If you've never tried to Cajun or Square Dance, now is the time to take your cue from experienced instructors. All of the activities are in the spirit of fun! Create unforgettable memories with interactive experiences amongst other lovers of Cajun and roots music (including folks who don't play music at all!). After the preparations of Blackpot Camp, attend the Blackpot Festival October 28-29 at Acadian Village in Lafayette.

    Lakeview RV Park & Beach | Schedule is TBA | Admission Varies; See website for Registration

    337-457-2881
    1717 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Oct 25, 2017

    337-254-9695
    219 E. Martin Luther King Dr.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Spirits of the Gods: Book Release and Open Mic

    The Festival of Words will host a book release and celebration of Spirits of the Gods (UL Press), a collaboration between poet John Warner Smith and artist Dennis Paul Williams. The event includes poetry, stories and an open mic in which everyone is invited to share creative works. 

    For this project, John Warner Smith created poems in response to paintings of Dennis Paul Williams. The result is a publication with poems rich in metaphor and voice beside the paintings that provided the seeds of inspiration. 

    Spirits of the Gods is John Warner Smith’s third collection of poetry. His debut collection, A Mandala of Hands, was published in 2015 by Aldrich Press. His second collection is Soul Be A Witness (MadHat Press). Smith’s poems have appeared in North American Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Transition, and numerous other literary journals. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Sundress Best of the Net Anthology. Smith earned his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. His poetry can be found at www.johnwarnersmith.com. 

    Dennis Paul Williams is perhaps most recognizable as the guitarist for Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas. Williams’s artwork is represented by Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans and Zari Gallery in London. It has been shown in Canada, Japan, and in cities across the United States from Los Angles to New York. Williams has been featured on Nightline with Ted Koppell, as well as on World Café and American Routes on National Public Radio. His art can be found at www.dennispaulwilliams.com. 

    You are welcome to bring your own poems, songs or stories for the open mic. This free, community event is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective.

    Chickory's Coffee & Cafe | 7pm-9pm 

    337-254-9695
    219 E. Martin Luther King Dr.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541


  • Oct 25, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

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


  • Oct 26, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

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


  • Oct 27, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln.
    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. Also, take the trolley car for a narrated town tour featuring St. Charles Church and the cemetery, St. Ignatius School, the St. Peter Claver complex, and the Schools of the Sacred Heart

    Click here for nearby accommodations! 

    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

  • Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017

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    337-580-3363
    2048 Johnson Hwy.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    3rd Annual Experience Louisiana Festival

    You’re in for a treat! The mission of the festival is to celebrate and feature all that is great about the State of Louisiana. Year by year the content will change, but the model remains the same. The festival’s major components include Folklife Village, Main Stage, Food Village, Musician’s Village, Walk-Through Louisiana, Craft Village, Artist’s Village, Film Village, Cooking Demos by Louisiana Chefs, Coushatta Village, Narrative Stages, Athletic Events, Antique & Classic Car Show and more!

    Several live demonstrations take place throughout the weekend including an old time boucherie or hog butchering, a courir de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras run), folklife traditions such as instrument making or basket weaving, and Cajun and Creole cooking demonstrations by professional chefs. 

    This year the festival's theme is agriculture, an appropriate topic for area abundant with generational farms. In fact, many are chefs from across Acadiana (nine parishes) get an assortment of fresh cuts of beef, pork, and poultry at the local slaughter house and superette in Eunice. The festival will celebrate the industry with a dried crops exhibit, a visit from Smoky the Bear, demo by the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, a game called Forestry Squares, and several other outdoor activities. 

    Find the music lineup below! 

    Click here for nearby accommodations.

    Savoy Family Band joins the music lineup!  

     

    Bands:

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

    10am CFMA Young Musicians
    12pm Dustin Sonnier & The Wanted
    2pm Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie
    4pm TBA
    6pm Rendez-Vous des Cajuns Radio Show featuring The Band Courtbouillon

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017

    10:30am TBA
    12:30pm Louisiana Red
    2:30pm The Savoy Family Band

    Last year's Folk Demonstrators:
    Fiddle repairs, duck decoys, quilting, chair caning, tatting, alligator jewelry, file' maker, boat builder, muskrat + nutria skinning, blacksmithing, Mardi Gras masks, Cajun rosaries, lye soap, spinning + weaving, woodcarving, traiteur, Coushatta pine straw baskets, and more.  

    last year's Artist Village:
    Hannah Gumbo, J Originals by Jaron Stone, Cajun Cube, Louisiana Music Map, and more. Includes activities for children. 

    Special Components:  
    Traditional Cajun boucherie, Savoy Music Center jam, Rendez-vous des Cajuns radio show, Recognizing Our Roots NPS Youth Program, Cajun dance lessons, Franco Fun Chorale En Francais, and more

    This year's Cooking Demonstrations:
    Chef James Hamilton, Chef Drake Leonards (Lüke and John Besh's newest restaurant, Eunice)
    Chef Drake will conduct a cooking demonstration at 1pm on Sunday. 

    LSU-Eunice Campus | Saturday 7am-7:30pm | Sunday 8am-4pm | Admission is free but there is a parking fee

    337-580-3363
    2048 Johnson Hwy.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017

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    318-267-5220
    308 Church St.
    Washington, LA 70589

    Fall Ramble & Tour of Homes

    The steamboat town of Washington will be the host for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation's next Fall Ramble. The group organizes two Rambles a year in different historic Louisiana towns to observe preservation efforts and explore other parts of the state. The public will also be invited to the Washington Ramble, where guests will have an opportunity to tour homes that are typically not open to the public, including The Eagle Hotel, St. Mark's Church, The Crawford House, and more. A walking district tour and lunch will also be provided. Purchase your tickets today, and visit our "Stay" page for local accommodations. 

    Tour Itinerary: 

    St. John's Episcopal Church (1874)
    A Gothic Revival church from 1874. Also used as a site for the 2015 movie, Free State of Jones

    Nathaniel Offutt House (c. 1840)
    Greek Revival style home owned by Nathaniel Offutt a wealthy plantation owner. 

    The Crawford House (c. 1850)
    An Acadian style cottage owned by a steamboat captain. 

    Francois Marchand House & Eagle Hotel (c. 1826)
    The first hotel in Washington and one of the oldest structures in the historic steamboat town. 

    St. Mark's Methodist Church (c. 1867)
    The property once belonged to the Oakland Plantation, popularly known as Magnolia Ridge. 

    Serenity (c. 1820)
    Side-gabled Creole house with generous galleries. 

    The Martin Demaret Home (c. 1860)
    A Greek Revival style home built by Elizabeth and Pierre Casse. 

    Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant (c. 1820)
    The last steamboat warehouse standing in Washington. 

    Cedar Hill Cemetery (the late 1700s)
    Old Church Landing Cemetery (the mid-1800s) 
    Known as the "Yellow Fever Cemetery"
    Hebrew Rest Cemetery (c. the 1800s)

    Registration at St. John's Episcopal Church | 10am | Admission charged for Member and Non-Members. You can purchase tickets, here.

    318-267-5220
    308 Church St.
    Washington, LA 70589

  • Oct 28, 2017

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

    Live Quarter Horse Racing

    It's quarter horse racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

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