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Cities And Towns Along The Byway

Church Point
Crowley
Eunice
Eunice Area
Grand Coteau
Krotz Springs Area
Mamou
Opelousas
Opelousas Area
Rayne
Rayne Area
Sunset
Ville Platte
Ville Platte Area
Washington

Festivals & Festivities

Grand Coteau
  • Family Conge' - Academy of the Sacred Heart – April Annual family celebration featuring a food court, silent auction, live music, athletic events, and games for children.
  • Rainbow Festival – St. Ignatius School, 180 Church Street – October Annual school fair featuring live music, games and other activities, concessions, bingo, and barbecue.
  • Family Fun Day - May
  • Festival of Words – Casa Azul 232 ML King Dr. – Fall
  • Le Grand Noel –November. Shops throughout Grand Coteau celebrate the holiday season, with special events for the entire family
  • 7 Mile Yard Sale – Grand Coteau to Arnuadville. Spring & Fall. The “seven mile” drive between the two will hold great bargains as well as food and fun. Look for the red balloons.
  • Christmas at Coteau - Academy of the Sacred Heart - December Annual fund raising event for the Academy of the Sacred Heart. It features fine dining, live music, silent and live auctions, the Holiday Boutique, and the Gourmet Shoppe.

    Sunset
  • A Celebration of Herbs and Gardens – May Family oriented festival focusing on flowers and herbs and their many uses. Included are a wide variety of vendors, informative lectures, and concessions. Special children's areas and activities are programmed.

    Opelousas
  • Martin Luther King Celebration – Little Zion Baptist Church, 840 West Bellevue Street – January Annual celebration that features a parade and program in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Here's the Beef Cook-off Contest – Yambilee Agricultural Arena, 1863 West Landry Street – February Annual beef cooking contest which includes live music and a trail ride. Sponsored by the St. Landry Parish Cattlemen Association.
  • Half Fast Krewe of Frank's Mardi Gras Parade – Landry Street – February or March Annual Mardi Gras parade.
  • Mardi Gras on Main Street – Courthouse Square area. Live music and fun from 12 until 5PM on Mardi Gras Day.
  • Music & Market Series – Hwy 190 Farmers Market Pavilion/Historic Downtown. Live musical performances on Friday afternoons in Spring & Fall. Events feature seasonal vegetables. Free.
  • St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours – second and third weekend in October tours are conducted in the historic cemetery during which local actors portray residents who called St. Landry home.
  • Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing. Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino 2235 Creswell Lane. April – September. Post time 6:20PM Wednesday thru Saturday.
  • Sharecropper's Day – 1113 W. Vine St. An April afternoon celebration honoring the area's Creole heritage and their simpler way of life, rich in family values and customs. Including re-enactment of a Creole wedding.
  • International Cajun Joke Telling Contest – Yamatorium, 1863 West Landry Street – April Annual event that features a social hour and music, dinner, and a joke telling contest.
  • Zydeco Extraganza – Evangeline Downs Racino. Annual event held in May. Celebrates Opelousas being Home of Zydeco Music with live music, food and fun for the family,
  • Opelousas Spice & Music Festival – Downtown Opelousas; First weekend in June includes three days of live music, Music Demonstrations, lots of Cajun & Creole food featuring our locally produced spices and carnival rides. www.opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com
  • Juneteenth Folklife Celebration – Farmer's Market, Louisiana Highway 190 East A unique celebration of African-American history and cultural heritage.
  • Zydeco 5K/Mile Fun Run – South City Park, 1524 South Market Street – August/September Event held in conjunction with the Zydeco Music Festival. The run meanders thorough the community's historic residential areas.
  • Zydeco Breakfast – Courthouse Square – August/September. Start your Zydeco Festival day off with breakfast and dancing under the oaks. Live Zydeco music and dancing.
  • Music & Market Series – Hwy 190 Farmers Market Pavilion/Historic Downtown. Live musical performances on Friday afternoons in September-November. Events features seasonal vegetables. Free. St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours – second and third weekend in October tours are conducted in the historic cemetery during which local actors portray residents who called St. Landry home.
  • Louisiana Yambilee Festival – Yambilee Fairgrounds, 1863 West Landry Street – October Begun in 1946, and one of the oldest in Louisiana, this annual festival celebrates the yam industry of St. Landry Parish. The festival includes live music, food (including sweet potato pies), arts and crafts, carnival rides, shows and exhibits, the Soiree Royal with the crowning of the Yam Queen, and the Grand Louisyam Parade. Sponsored by the Yambilee Association.
  • Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival – 788 North Union Street – November Live Zydeco music and dancing, barbecue, and a fish fry.
  • Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church Annual Barbecue and Bazaar – 101 North Lombard – November Features barbecue, baked goods, and arts and crafts.
  • Veteran's Day Parade and Program – Landry Street and St. Landry Parish Courthouse – November Parade from the Opelousas Tourist Center to the St. Landry Parish Courthouse.
  • Lighting of Le Vieux Village – Hwy 190E (828 Landry St.) Annual Christmas lighting of unique village. Event includes activities for the children, caroling, refreshments and visit from Santa.
  • Kwanzaa in Opelousas – Holy Ghost Church, 788 North Union Street – December African roots holiday featuring a church dinner and entertainment, and celebrating family and community.
  • Annual Children's Christmas Parade – Downtown – December Featuring lighted floats, marching bands and drill teams, and Santa. Sponsored by the ABWA Jim Bowie Chapter.

    Opelousas Area
  • Courir de Mardi Gras – Grand Prairie – February/March
  • Cankton Wagon Festival and Trail Ride – Cankton City Park, Cankton – May Annual trail ride and festival features live Cajun music and concessions. Sponsored by the Cankton Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Étouffée Festival – Little Flower School Grounds, Arnaudville – April A family-oriented festival that features all types of étouffée and other Cajun dishes, an éttoufée cook off, arts and crafts, live Cajun music and dancing, a parade, and other activities.
  • Bayou Blues Revival - Arnaudville Town Market. 1013 Neblet. Performances by some of the Blues greats held in May.
  • Port Barre Lion's Club Fishing Rodeo – American Legion Hall, Port Barre – June
  • Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival – Plaisance – August/September Labor Day Saturday, featuring live Zydeco music and dancing, Creole arts and crafts, and traditional Creole (fried pork chop sandwich) and Cajun foods. Reserved spaces for tents and recreational vehicles. Produced by the Southern Development Foundation.
  • Cracklin Festival – Veteran's Park, Port Barre – November Annual festival featuring live music, arts and crafts, concessions, the crowning of the Cracklin Queen, a parade, and the graton (cracklin) cooking contest. Sponsored by the Port Barre Lion's Club as a fundraiser.
  • Le feu et l'eau (Fire & Water) Festival – Arnaudville – The town of Arnaudville glows as fires burn in Bayous Fuselier and Teche, welcoming artists from around the state as their showcase their creations made possible through the use of fire and water. December.

    Washington
  • Washington Catfish Festival – Main Street – March Formerly known as Festival du Courtableau, this annual, family-oriented festival celebrates the catfish and life on the Bayou Courtableau. It features live Cajun music, native crafts and demonstrations, antiques, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, food and beverage concessions, historic home tours, and a catfish cook-off.
  • Semi –Annual Antiques Fair & Yard Sale – Washington Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall 210 Church Street. Additional vendors plus the hundreds of vendors already on grounds. April and October.
  • Washington Garden – “A Garden Affair”– Church Street. Garden Club Headquarters. Held in April. Day of gardening tips, food and entertainment
  • Washington Garden Club - “High Tea”- Church Street. Garden Club Headquarters. Held in October. An afternoon of gourmet delicacies and wonderful entertainment await you.

    Krotz Springs Area
  • Atchafalaya Fun Fest – Krotz Springs – June
  • Lebeau Mini Zydeco Festival – Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, U.S. Highway 71, Lebeau – July. This annual festival features live Zydeco music and food and beverage vendors.
  • Melville Mardi Gras – Melville – February/March This annual festival features live Zydeco music and food and beverage vendors.
  • July 4 Celebration in Krotz Springs – Nall Park, Front St. Annual celebration with live music, concessions and fireworks display at dusk.

    Rayne
  • Ray*La*Ne Events– Rayne Depot Square – May Featuring live Cajun and Zydeco music, a classic car show, Cajun cuisine, and a carnival. Founded in 1998.
  • Rayne Frog Festival – Rayne Fairgrounds, Frog Festival Drive – Labor Day Weekend, November Live music, frog jumping contest, parade, carnival, arts and crafts, folklore presentations and demonstrations, and concessions. Founded in 1972.
  • Main Street Magic Promotion – Main Street and Other Locations – December A series of special events and activities for Christmas. Included are an open house at City Hall, a tour of decorated homes, choral and gospel groups, and the annual Christmas parade.

    Rayne Area
  • Germanfest – St. Leo IV Catholic Church, Roberts Cove – October Celebrates family values and the German traditions of the area. The festival Features an Alpenfest Band with traditional music, German folk singing and dancing performed by the descendents of local settlers, children's activities, a museum and folklore tent, arts and crafts, and traditional German foods such as sauerkraut, zucker plätzchen (sugar cookies) and kartoffel (smothered potatoes).

    Church Point
  • Cajun Music Jam Sessions – Saddle Tramps Club House – Weekly
  • Church Point Courir – Various locations – (Sunday before Fat Tuesday) February or March Traditional Courir de Mardi Gras run through Church Point and the surrounding countryside. Sponsored by the Saddle Tramp Riding Club.
  • Our Mother of Peace School Bazaar – Second weekend in May Features Cajun music, food, crafts, auction, and a carnival.
  • Church Point Elementary School Cajun Day – May
  • Church Point Buggy Festival and Parade – Park and Downtown – First full weekend of June The Festival includes a buggy parade, live Cajun music, Cajun cuisine, youth fiddle and accordion contests, a children's cultural tent, a French-speaking contest, a trail ride, and the crowning of the Buggy Queen.
  • Le Jour des Cajuns – Second Sunday of November Long established annual celebration featuring Cajun music and dancing, food, and the crowning of the Cajun Queen. Sponsored and produced by the Saddle Tramp Riding Club.
  • Church Point Christmas Parade – Main Street – December
  • Live Nativity Scene – Acadia-St. Landry Hospital Grounds – Feast of St. Nicholas, December

    Crowley
  • Rice Capital Juried Art Show – 220 North Parkerson – February Sponsored by the Crowley Art Association.
  • JulyFête – Downtown – First weekend of July Old time Fourth of July celebration featuring a patriotic parade, live music, special activities for kids, and a large fireworks display.
  • International Rice Festival (Founded 1937) – Downtown – October The granddaddy of Louisiana agricultural festivals pays tribute to the rice industry of Acadia Parish. The festival features a street fair, a fais do do, live musical entertainment, a livestock show, rice-cooking, -eating, and -grading contests, accordion, fiddle, and harmonica playing contests, a children's parade, and the Grand Parade presided over by the newly-crowned Rice Queen.
  • International Rice Festival Arts and Crafts Show – Levy Park – October Very large arts and crafts show held in conjunction with the International Rice Festival.
  • Crowley Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade – Downtown - December
  • Carnival d'Acadie Mardi Gras,
  • Cajun Prairie Christmas Trail

    Eunice
  • Courir de Mardi Gras – Various locations – February or March Four-day, annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring several parades, including the Liberty Truck Parade and the traditional Courir de Mardi Gras Parade, a boucherie, Children's traditional Mardi Gras run, special exhibits and shows, live Cajun, Zydeco, and other music, food.
  • Old Time Boucherie – City Hall – Sunday before Mardi Gras Demonstration of a traditional boucherie with live Cajun music and dancing, and concessions.
  • World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cookoff – Northwest Community Center Pavilion, Samuel Drive – March An annual event that features a crawfish étouffée cooking contest for both professional chefs and non-professional cooks, live Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing.
  • Eunice Community Day - Louisiana State University - Eunice Campus - April A one day festival featuring arts and crafts, special “hands on” children's programs, live music and entertainment, concessions, and a juried art competition.
  • Cajun French Music Festival – Northwest Community Center Pavilion, Samuel Drive – April One day, annual festival featuring live Cajun music, dancing, and food. Sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association.
  • “Un Celebration de Cajun – Leur Culture Avec Leur Music” – Northwest Community Center Pavilion, Samuel Drive – June Annual, one-day event featuring live Cajun music and dancing. Sponsored by the Louisiana Cajun Culture and Music Club.
  • July 4th Celebration – Northwest Pavilion, Samuel Drive – July Annual celebration with a large fireworks display and concessions.
  • Classic Country”. –Liberty Theatre. 200 W. Park Ave. Eunice. Special November performance.
  • “Lovesick Blues:An Evening with Hank Williams”. –Liberty Theatre. 200 W. Park Ave. Eunice. Special January performance.
  • Christmas Parade – Downtown – December
  • Tribute to Hank Williams”. –Liberty Theatre. 200 W. Park Ave. Eunice. Special January performance.

    Eunice Area
  • Basile Mardi Gras – February/March Basile celebrates an authentic, old-time Cajun Mardi Gras each year, complete with masked riders, a community gumbo, and street dancing.
  • Louisiana Swine Festival – Main Street, Basile – November It's SOOOWEEEEE!!! every year at this festival that features live Cajun and other music, concessions, a greased pig contest, a pork cooking contest, a cochon de lait, the Miss Swine and the Teen Swine Pageant, and King Porky and Queen Petunia.

    Mamou
  • Le Courir de Mardi Gras a Cheval – Downtown and Countryside – February/March The traditional country Mardi Gras featuring masked and costumed revelers on horse back riding through the countryside and collecting ingredients – live chickens and roosters, and rice – for a huge gumbo that is made in town upon their return. At every house they stop, the reward for the contributing homeowner is a Mardi Gras dance. This traditional Mardi Gras celebration dates back before the Civil War. It was not held for many years and then was revived in 1953 by Paul Tate, Sr. The celebration also includes live Cajun music and a big dance after the gumbo.
  • Mamou Rodeo – Saturday before Mardi Gras
  • Veterans Day Celebration – May
  • Mamou Cajun Music Festival – Mamou Civic Center, Main and First Streets – First full weekend of September. Nearly forty years old, this festival is the result of a focused and concentrated effort to preserve traditional Cajun music and culture. Features live Cajun music and dancing, a boucherie, Cajun food and barbecue vendors, crafts, and a slate of competitive activities, including: arm wrestling bouts, egg throwing contests, greased pole climbing, and a guinea hen chase for the kids. Produced by the Mamou Cajun Music Festival Association. The celebration has been previously selected as a top twenty event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
  • Mamou Zydeco and Blues Festival – First full weekend of October Featuring down-home Blues and Zydeco music and dancing and Creole food sales with dishes such as turtle sauce piquant and fried alligator.
  • Mamou Cajun Christmas Parade – Main and Sixth Streets A traditional Christmas parade highlighted by classical Christmas music sung in French.

    Ville Platte
  • Le Festival de la Viande Boucaneé – Ville Platte Civic Center and Grounds – Last full weekend of June The annual smoked meat festival celebrates a major industry and tradition in features live musical entertainment, food and beverage vendors, an arts and crafts trade show, heritage craft demonstrations, and a beauty pageant. Also featured is the World Championship Smoked Meat Cook Off, in both professional and amateur divisions. Promoted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 632.
  • Juneteenth Celebration – Southside Park – June A celebration of Ville Platte's African American culture and heritage.
  • Lighting of the Oaks – October-January Project sponsored by the Magnolia Club
  • Louisiana Cotton Festival and Le Tournoi de la Ville Platte – Second weekend in October Long established festival featuring live Cajun music and a fais do do, concessions, a parade, carnival rides and games, a beauty pageant to select the Cotton Queen, and the ancient game of “Le Tournoi”, a jousting contest with roots in medieval France.
  • Louisiana Cajun Gumbo Festival – West Main Street – First full weekend in November Annual festival featuring live Cajun and other music, concessions, novelties, arts and crafts, special activities for children, and a gumbo cook off competition. Sponsored by the Ville Platte Lions Club.

    Ville Platte Area
  • Mardi Gras Run – Drouet Park, Turkey Creek – February/March
  • Mardi Gras Family Run – Chataignier – February/March
  • Boggy Bayou Festival – Boggy Bayou Fairgrounds, Pine Prairie – April Featuring the Bayou Boggy Olympics, Cajun food and beverage vendors, a beauty pageant to select the Boggy Bayou Queen, and live music.
  • Chataignier Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue – Chataignier – August
  • Mt. Carmel Trail Ride – Chataignier – September
  • Sheep Bash and Horse Show – Turkey Creek Arena, Turkey Creek – Third Saturday of every month
  • Chataignier Christmas Parade – Chataignier – December
  • Turkey Creek Christmas Parade and Crafts Show – Drouet Park, Turkey Creek - December
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