St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 |

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!



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Sunset with St. Paul en Cornillion, France (1984)
Sunset with Nassagne, Belgium (1999)

Sunset is also the "Rubboard Capital of the World" as proclaimed by the 2014 Louisiana Legislature via Resolution SRC81. A rubboard is only one of four musical instruments founded in the United States, and lifelong resident Tee Don Landry and his family are the reason for this designation. To date, he has handmade 2,200 rubboards and keeps a map of where each one calls home. 

The town has flourished in the past few years with small, entrepreneurial business owners setting up antique markets, thrift shops, antique stores, fused glass art galleries and studios, restaurants and even a French bakery. Sunset participates in the 2nd Saturday along Corridor des Arts trail (Sunset to Henderson). Visitors can stop in to see artists at work in their studios and purchase tax-free original art pieces within the Sunset Cultural District, part of the Louisiana Cultural District Program.

Sunset is also the sight of The Exit 11 Yard Sale, which includes the neighboring community of Grand Coteau, thousands of shoppers line the streets on the third Saturday of March and September.  Visitors are also welcomed on the first Saturday of May each year for the Celebration of Herbs and Gardens that attracts plant lovers of all ages. This one-day festival showcases yard art, native plants, fresh herbs and flowers.

Several stories of how the town of Sunset, surrounded by fertile fields and racehorse farms, actually got its name.

According to one story, the town was going to be called Sibilleville, after a prominent family in the area, and whose descendants still live there today. In another version, the workers building the railroad named the new train stops as they reached them. Apparently, they named the town Sunset because they reached it at the end of the day.

There is also the story that a conductor on the Sunset Limited, which ran through the town, suggested naming the town for his train. Then, there is the one about the meeting held in Grand Coteau just before the Civil war. Afraid the train would bring yellow fever into the community; the residents wanted the train to go somewhere else. It is said that someone who argued for the railroad in Grand Coteau said, "If the railroad does not go through Grand Coteau, our community's sun has set." The railroad through Sunset was finally completed in the 1880s, and businesses began to spring up around the depot.