Embrace the Cooler Weather with Lafayette’s Fall Festivals

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Celebrate fall in the Cajun and Creole culinary destination of the South: Lafayette, Louisiana

The heart of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Country transforms into a diverse hub of culture, cuisine, and music, offering something for everyone practically every week. From beer to boudin, paddling to blackpots, and even movies, Lafayette, Louisiana celebrates it all. See below for some upcoming festivals.

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

October 13 through 15, 2023: Girard Park

Lafayette’s annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, held the second full weekend in October, provides the ideal opportunity to discover Lafayette’s blend of food, music, and culture that makes the city so unique. For more than 45 years, this free festival has offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience three days of nonstop music, dancing, and food, as well as crafts and a genuine Cajun and Creole experience like no other.

a basket full of brown Cajun sausages called boudin Lafayette, Louisiana
Image courtesy of Denny Culbert

Boudin Cook-Off & Bacon Festival

October 21, 2023: Parc International

You can’t think of Louisiana without imagining the numerous culinary delicacies Cajuns enjoy. For the past decade, one of those dishes has drawn hundreds to Parc International in Downtown Lafayette for a celebration and competition all centered around boudin. First dreamt up by University of Louisiana at Lafayette history professor Robert Carriker, Lafayette’s Boudin Cook-Off was established as a means of showcasing the talents of boudin makers from across the state.

A line up of different cans of craft beers with sheets of paper describing the taste. A lady is pouring a can into a small cup. Lafayette, Louisiana Gulf Brew

Gulf Brew

October 21, 2023: Acadiana Center for the Arts | Jefferson & Vermilion Streets

Experience the Acadiana region’s largest craft beer festival with more than 200 beers from distributors and local home brewers alike. Gulf Brew brings a Southern festival feel to tasting the finest craft brews. While you’re sipping, enjoy live music, good food, and great company, and know that your ticket purchase is making an impact with the proceeds benefitting the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Lafayette, Louisianal: An image of a big bowl of brown gumbo and stew with a metal spoon in it from the Blackpot Festival Cookoff.
You can find authentic Cajun dishes at Lafayette’s Blackpot Festival & Cookoff. Image courtesy of Jo Vidrine.

Blackpot Festival & Cookoff

October 27 through 28, 2023: Vermilionville

The South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in the state. Held annually in late October, the festival celebrates Cajun culture and cooking with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping and jamming. The festival is a cooperative of South Louisiana musicians, artists and Southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country.

A full crowd in a sold out theatre smiling and waving at the camera. Lafayette, Louisiana Southern Screen
A full-house at Lafayette’s Southern Screen!

Southern Screen

November 16 through 19, 2023: Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette’s Southern Screen is held annually in November over the course of four days in downtown Lafayette at various venues. In addition to film screenings, Southern Screen also showcases live music, screenwriting, live podcasts, workshops, parties, and more for people of all ages to enjoy. Southern Screen moves beyond traditional film and music festivals, working to expose the community to the widespread possibilities of storytelling using various forms of multimedia.

Visit for a complete list of things happening in and around the Hub City. 

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