The cool fall is the perfect backdrop for these Lafayette festivals | Sponsored by: Lafayette Travel

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There aren’t many places that celebrate fall quite like Lafayette. Any weekend in the season, there’s sure to be an event under the sun that celebrates local food, music and culture. Here’s your guide to some of the most important events on the calendar for the coming weeks.

Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade, September 24

Bring your own boat or rent one to cruise the roughly 10 miles from Vermilionville to Southside Park along Bayou Vermilion. Not only is it a scenic and relaxing journey, but it’s also a way for participants to learn about Vermilion’s role in the region, as well as preservation and cleanup efforts. If 10 miles seems too long, a shorter five-mile route runs from Camellia Boulevard to Southside Park. Details: https://bayouvermiliondistrict.org/bayou-fest-and-boat-parade/






During the Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade, participants can use a canoe, kayak, or other watercraft to cruise the river.




Latin Music Festival, October 1

After a two-year hiatus, the festival is making a strong comeback in 2022 with Cuban music star Cimafunk highlighting the day’s activities. This event aims to celebrate the boldness and vibrancy of Latin culture through food and music, making it perfect both for those who already have an appreciation for the culture as well as those who are introduced to it for the first time. Other musical acts include Rumba Buena and Malentina & The Lafayette Latin Allstars. Details: www.aclaf.org/latin-festival







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The Latin Music Festival returns to Lafayette this year after a two-year hiatus.




Acadian and Creole Festivals, Oct. 14-16.

Widely considered one of Lafayette’s signature events, this festival is a tribute to the region’s heritage and history, primarily through live musical performances by long-time artists and new artists who maintain the living Acadian and Creole spirit. This year’s lineup includes Wayne Toups, Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadours, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, The Daiquiri Queens, Chris Ardoin, The Magnolia Sisters and many more. Attendees can also visit local artisans at craft stalls, take part in workshops on various topics, and sample local dishes available everywhere. Details: www.festivalsacadiens.com.







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Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is one of Lafayette’s flagship events.




Gulf Brew, October 22

Downtown Lafayette will come alive with this outdoor festival along Jefferson Street. It’s one of the largest gatherings of craft breweries and craft breweries in the region, with over 200 beers to sample. In between, shop for unique creations at craft stalls or watch live entertainment on the music stages. Tickets are available online or on site. Details: https://acadianacenterforthearts.org/event/gulf-brew-2022/







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Gulf Brew is one of the region’s largest gatherings of craft brewers, with hundreds of beverages to sample.




Boudin Cookoff and Acadiana Bacon Fest, October 22

The only thing better than one food festival is two food festivals! Some of the best restaurants and meat markets in Louisiana and Texas will take up residence in Downtown Lafayette’s International Park with mouth-watering blood sausage and bacon dishes, both classics and new creations. Cleanse your palate with Louisiana lemonade, snoballs, ice cream sandwiches, gourmet popcorn and more. Celebrates 15 yearse anniversary this year, the festival also maintains its family atmosphere with fun jumps, games, unique photo opportunities and more. Details: www.boudincookoff.com







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The Blackpot Festival offers various meals cooked outdoors.




South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff, October 28-29

What began 16 years ago as a celebration of outdoor cooking using the traditional black pot has become one of the region’s signature events. On Saturday afternoons, take a stroll through Vermilionville Gardens while sampling the sauce, okra, cracklins, jambalaya, and desserts created by local amateur and professional chefs. This year also features an all-star musical lineup with artists like The Pine Leaf Boys, The Revelers, Cedric Watson, Big Cedar Fever and more. Details: www.blackpotfestival.com

Lafayette Concert Series, ongoing

The start of fall also marks the start of another outdoor concert season in the region. Things start with Wednesday shows on Wednesday nights at Pelican Park, followed by Rhythms on the River on Thursday nights at River Ranch. Fridays are filled with music in downtown Lafayette, with Bach Lunch during the day (featuring food from local vendors) and Downtown Alive! In the evening.

Highlights from this season include Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (Oct. 6, Rhythms on the River), Julian Primeaux (Oct. 7, Bach Lunch) and Jamie Bergeron and The Kickin’ Cajuns (Oct. 26, Wednesday Show ), among many others. Details: www.lafayettetravel.com/events/concert-series/

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