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!

Local Music

Key of Z Rubboards

See below for a list of dance halls!

In St. Landry Parish, musicians play accordions. But the rocking sound of these squeeze boxes is more B.B. King with a Creole accent than Lawrence Welk and a bubble machine. Others play the frottoir, French for the word washboard. But Mama can't wash clothes when these raspy rhythms dance through the air. The accordion and washboard are the heart of zydeco, dance music that was born here in St. Landry Parish.

Before the days of electricity, French-speaking , black sharecroppers chased their blues away in living room dances called "La La." Someone would surely shout, "Oh mom, les haricots (zydeco) sont pas salé," a half-complaint, half-prayer about times so hard, there was no salt to pour over the snap beans. Send salt, dear Lord, or send another "La La" to dance these bitter blues away. Send Amédé Ardoin, a mysterious drifter whose lonely music of the 1920s and ‘30s could make women cry and men stop fighting. Or send Clifton Chenier, an Opelousas native and Grammy winner, who could cook the French zydeco with big city rhythm and blues. Send Rockin' Sidney, another parish son and Grammy winner, who told millions "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot." Send Grammy winner Terrance Simien, Geno Delafose, Jeffery Broussard and, Guyland Leday, young parish natives who keep the zydeco gumbo boiling with pinches of traditional French, funk, blues, rap and rock.

Cajun music, another squeezebox groove found in St. Landry Parish, is filled with stories of brokenhearted men, sly women, and meddling parents. Yet these sad, French songs keep fans two-stepping and waltzing from Lawtell to London. In the 1950s, teenagers added English lyrics, R&B and country music to grandpa's accordion blues and swamp pop was born. Rod BernardMagnolia Sisters stood on feed sacks when he sang on radio broadcasts in his hometown of Opelousas.The broadcasts primed Bernard for his 1959 hit "This Should Go On Forever," a classic that opened the door for over 20 swamp pop songs to enter the national music charts.

The legacy of these and other parish natives lives on. Cajun music is celebrated Saturdays in Eunice in a Grand Ole Opry-style broadcast from the historic Liberty Theater or a jam session at Savoy's Music Center, an accordion factory where admission is
beer, boudin or an ability to tap your feet. Thousands feast on zydeco annually, the Saturday before Labor Day at the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in Plaisance or the first Saturday in July at the Lebeau Zydeco Festival. Swamp pop has become the subject of books and immortal hits on local radio stations, like KBON 101.1 FM, where Louisiana artists come before corporate cutouts. The accordion and washboard have unusual uses in St. Landry Parish. But the world wouldn't have it any other way.

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    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

    It's always been a Saturday tradition to participate in "The Cajun Way" demonstrations at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center before heading to the Rendez-vous de Cajun at the Liberty Theatre next door. Participate in music and dancing demos with the Jean Lafitte Jammers at 3pm. Walk away know how to do the Cajun two-step or even the Waltz.

    franco responsable
    Ici on parle français. French is spoken here.

    Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm | Saturday 9:30am-6pm
    Free Admission | TripAdvisor 

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

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

    Lakeview Park & Beach

    Old fashioned fais-do-do barn dances are held every Saturday night at Lakeview Park & Beach (February through November). This rustic barn converted into a lively dance hall has hosted some of Louisiana’s most well-known entertainers such as 2015 Grammy Nominated group, Bonsoir Catin. Other performances feature popular Cajun, zydeco, country and blues performers. Every October this very barn is also the hub for activities hosted by musicians from all over the country for a Black Pot Camp. The Black Pot festival takes place in Lafayette however, the “staff” and participants prepare for the festival by gathering at Lakeview Park and Beach the week before for lessons in music, Cajun dancing, cooking demos, songwriting, and more. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. For more music and fun at Lakeview, cool off during the summer months and enjoy performances by local musicians on the beach.

    Admission for campers and non-campers varies
    Barn dances: Saturday 8pm-12am
    Beach entertainment: Select Saturdays 4pm-7pm

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

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    337-457-7389
    200 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Liberty Center for the Performing Arts

    Every Saturday night, the internationally recognized Rendez-Vous des Cajuns live radio and TV show goes on the air in a restored 1924 movie house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and included in the Great American Movie Theaters Preservation Guide. This Grand Ole Opry-style show features Cajun and Zydeco music for the entire family and is hosted in both French and English.

    franco responsable
    Ici on parle français. French is spoken here.

    Saturday 6pm-7:30pm | $5 admission
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    337-457-7389
    200 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Eunice

    337-546-0007
    109 S. 2nd St.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Radio Station - KBON FM Radio

    A popular radio station in St. Landry Parish, playing a variety of music specializing in Louisiana artists. Dial-101.1 FM

    337-546-0007
    109 S. 2nd St.
    Eunice, LA 70535


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    337-457-3041
    330 W. Laurel Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Radio Station - KEUN AM Radio

    Local radio station, playing Cajun Country music. Dial-105.5 FM or 1490 AM

    337-457-3041
    330 W. Laurel Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

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    337-457-6999
    1415 E. Laurel Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Rocky's Cajun Kitchen

    This restaurant and Cajun dancehall host a jam session every Wednesday. Anyone is welcome to bring an instrument and participate in this traditional pastime. Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for the seasoned musicians playing authentic Cajun music, and often sing in Louisiana French. 

    Wednesday Jam 6pm-9pm | Saturday Live Music 6pm-9pm

    337-457-6999
    1415 E. Laurel Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

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    337-457-9563
    4413 U.S. 190
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Savoy Music Center

    Experience a tradition that has been taking place every Saturday morning since 1966. Marc Savoy, renowned accordion maker and musician, and his wife Ann, author and musician, host a jam session every Saturday morning from 9am-12pm that has become a regular event for many locals and visitors alike. Everyone is invited to stop by and celebrate the wonderful Cajun musical heritage.

    franco responsable
    Ici on parle français. French is spoken here.


    Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm | Closed 12pm-1:30pm
    Jam session | 9am-12pm | Free admission
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    337-457-9563
    4413 U.S. 190
    Eunice, LA 70535