“2nd Saturday Art Walk”
“2nd Saturday Art Walk” is a monthly Downtown Lafayette event from 6 to 8 p.m. Galleries spotlight the work of local and touring artists with receptions in over a dozen downtown galleries. In addition to art, ArtWalk also offers music, food, and drinks in the many businesses open for the occasion. For more information and gallery listings, call (337) 291-5566 or visit the events listing at DowntownLafayette.org.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra is one of only two orchestras in the U.S. that is associated with a Conservatory of Music. One of the fastest-growing and most successful regional orchestras and schools of music in the entire nation, the mission of the ASO and its Conservatory is unified in order to achieve a cohesive approach in the development of high-quality performances and educational programs. The orchestra performs at the Heymann Performing Arts Center under the direction of Maestro Mariusz Smolij. For season tickets and information, call (337) 232-4277 or visit acadianasymphony.org.
Theatre League of Louisiana
Take in a Broadway show with the Theatre League of Louisiana, the local presenter of nationally touring Broadway productions. The Theatre League of Louisiana Broadway Series features between five and eight presentations each season. All performances are held at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. For a full schedule or more information, call (337) 291-5555.
Lafayette Ballet Theatre
Experience the magic of Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s professional ballets, featuring world-class guest artists performing side-by-side with our area’s talented artists. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. For more information, call (337) 262-0444 or visit lafayetteballettheatre.org.
Tap your feet and grab a bite to eat at Bach Lunch, a free weekly music series held on Fridays during the spring and fall in downtown’s Parc Sans Souci. Bach Lunch presents local bands and food from area restaurants from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (337) 291-5566 or visit the events listing at DowntownLafayette.org.
Downtown Alive! offers a free, weekly music series held on Fridays during the spring and fall in Downtown Lafayette. DTA! presents the best of local and regional bands from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and band schedules, call (337) 291-5566 or visit the events listing at DowntownLafayette.org. Find Downtown Alive! on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Take a day trip to Henderson for swamp tours on the Atchafalaya Basin, enjoy Cajun cuisine at restaurants like Robin’s and Pat’s or Cajun music and cold beer overlooking the basin at McGee’s Landing or the Atchafalaya Club. Relax at Cajun Palms RV Resort, a full-service campground resort complete with pool, clubhouse, and a tiki bar.
Village of River Ranch
Visit the Village of River Ranch for its fall and spring music series, Rhythms on the River. Local bands play in the Town Square on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and shops keep their doors open late. For more information, call (337) 216-0249 or visit riverranchlafayette.com.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts
The Acadiana Center for the Arts in the heart of Downtown Lafayette functions as a cultural anchor for Acadiana. A facility of great architectural beauty with museum-quality gallery space, workshop, and meeting areas, it is the home of the Acadiana Arts Council, its administrative arm. Through the Center, as well as through outreach in arts funding and education, the Arts Council serves an eight-parish region with community development, education, performances, and exhibits.
Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA)
See nationally and internationally recognized performing artists in opera, theater, dance, and music during the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) season. Performances are held at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Call (337) 237-2787 or visit pasa-online.org for a schedule of events and season tickets.
Acadiana Park Nature Station
Environmental education programs, exhibits, and natural history activities highlight Southwest Louisiana’s unique ecology at Acadiana Park Nature Station. The station is situated on 42 acres of bottomland hardwood forest in the northern part of Lafayette with a three-mile nature trail, guided bird tours, and monthly night hikes. For more information, call (337) 291-8448.
Roberts Cove Germanfest
Experience a taste of Germany at the Roberts Cove Germanfest, held the first weekend in October in the community of Roberts Cove, which is about 25 minutes from Lafayette. The fest includes German music, dancing, food, and beer. For more information, call (337) 334-8354.
Main Library Downtown
538 Jefferson St.
Butler Memorial Branch
309 Cora St.
100 W. Main St.
220 W. Willow St., Bldg. C
310 Avenue au Nord
Milton Branch Cedar Village Shopping Center
108 W. Milton Ave.
Milton, LA 70558
North Regional Library
5101 N. University Ave.
5808 W. Cameron St.
South Regional Library
6101 Johnston St.
506 Lafayette St., Ste. C
Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National
Historical Park and Preserve
501 Fisher Rd.
This National Park facility features extensive exhibits and artifacts recounting the story of the Acadian region population, their history, language, music and architecture. An auditorium features a 40-minute film chronicling the Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia. Publications, music, children’s books and crafts are available for purchase. The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Dec. 25 and Mardi Gras Day.
200 Greenleaf Dr.
Lafayette’s oldest authentic vision of life in 19th century Southwest Louisiana, LARC’s Acadian Village is a showcase of authentic homes along a winding bayou, which depicts unique Acadian architecture of the time. The homes were restored on-site and are filled with period antiques. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the month of December, attend Noel Acadien au Village. It has been a part of LARC’s fundraising history for 30 years. Since the 1950s, LARC has been dedicated to serving the needs of people in the community with developmental disabilities. Throughout LARC’s existence, they have continually expanded to fully include their clients in the mainstream workforce of the community.
Visitors from around the country and across the globe join Acadiana in touring the 10-acre grounds. There is so much to enjoy at Noel Acadien au Village – one trip isn’t enough. After touring the lighting displays, which display over a half a million lights, there are carnival rides, nightly live entertainment, local food in Santa’s Kitchen, shopping in the Christmas Store, photos with Santa, and so much more!
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.
Lafayette’s downtown multidisciplinary arts venue, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, includes a 5,000-square-foot main gallery space and three smaller galleries; lectures and seminars; studio spaces; musical, theatrical, and dance performances; and a gift shop. The James Devin Moncus Theater has seating for 300 and state-of-the-art acoustics. Its re-configurable space can accommodate every type of performance – theater, dance, film and music – from a full orchestra to a Cajun or Zydeco band. The Downtown space also houses AcA’s well-known programs, such as Louisiana Crossroads and the Arts in Education Family Performance Series, providing a hub for arts in the heart of Acadiana.
Alexandre Mouton House and Lafayette Museum
1122 Lafayette St.
The Lafayette Museum is the 19th-century home of Louisiana’s first Democratic Governor, Alexandre Mouton. Period furnishings, paintings, documents, maps, and Mardi Gras costumes are on display, in addition to artifacts from the Civil War. During the Christmas season, the museum is decorated inside and out by area florists. The house and museum are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
515 Cathedral St.
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, completed in 1916, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Properties. Located near the Dutch Romanesque church is the third-oldest oak tree recognized by the Live Oak Society. The above-ground cemetery dates back to 1820. The museum chronicles the parish history through artifacts, documents, and memorabilia. It also houses a notable Italian Nativity. The adjoining gift shop offers modestly priced cards, jewelry, art, and handcrafted items. Pre-arranged tours are available. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Acadiana
201 E. Congress St
The hands-on Children’s Museum of Acadiana in downtown Lafayette is a colorful, exciting place where children enjoy “Learning By Doing.” Exhibits are designed for children from toddlers to age 10 and include a television station, bubble factory, and grocery store. Children can also visit the Café des Enfants, Reuseum, and Ambulance. The museum offers field trips, birthday parties and scout workshops and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium
433 Jefferson St.
The Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium presents over 10,000 square feet of exhibitions; planetarium shows; hands-on, interactive experiences; films; and workshops on science, history, and culture. Traveling exhibitions, from organizations like the Smithsonian Institution and National Science Foundation, change quarterly, as do planetarium shows. The museum and planetarium are open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wednesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum University of Louisiana, Lafayette
710 E. St. Mary Blvd.
The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette is Acadiana’s architectural landmark and the largest art museum between Houston and New Orleans. The museum features a variety of changing exhibitions and a continuing schedule of lectures and programs. Come enjoy the museum and the beauty of University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus just blocks away from the galleries, shops, and famous restaurants of Downtown Lafayette and the Oil Center. The museum is open Tuesdays-Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to noon; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.
300 Fisher Rd.
(337) 233-4077, (866) 99-BAYOU
Vermilionville is a Cajun and Creole Heritage and Folklife Park located along the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in Lafayette. The historic village is made up of 20 structures, seven of which are original homes of the area that have been moved to our site. In addition to the homes, Vermilionville’s village includes a Native American hut, a blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse, a chapel, and more.
The village’s structures, the artifacts found inside and even the plants on the grounds are meant to represent life for the early Acadian and Creole settlers in Louisiana between the years of 1765 and 1890. Costumed historical interpreters demonstrate traditional crafts, cooking, gardening, and music throughout the village. Schedule a boat tour down the Bayou Vermilion to see Lafayette from a whole new vantage point (weather and water conditions permitting).
Vermilionville also has an eight-room, interactive watershed exhibit, showcasing how humans affect waterways and what the water means to mankind, focusing specifically on the Bayou Vermilion. The on-site gift shop is filled with this area’s locally crafted items, Cajun and Creole music, movies, books, and art, plus beautiful fleur-de-lis items. Yearly memberships are available. Vermilionville is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The village is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Allons ç Lafayette, Inc.
With over 30 years of experience, Allon ç Lafayette offers first class service to the entire state of Louisiana. As visitors tour the unique state of Louisiana with professionally trained Allons guides, they are not only entertained but exposed to the rich history of our state. “We take you where many have not traveled. We love the back roads and the hidden treasures of our state – and enjoy sharing it with our friends.”
Cajun Food Tours
Experience the flavor of Louisiana on a cozy customized tour bus! Visitors learn the history and love of the culture and stop to taste several of the renowned Cajun delights that make Acadiana so unique. Daily tours make tasting stops!