In Acadiana, there is a festival virtually every weekend celebrating nearly everything that the region has to offer from its rich heritage to food, music, wildlife and more. And while many of the popular festivals take a hiatus during the hot summer months they are more than made up for in the fall when the climate starts to cool off. With fall just around the corner, Acadiana Lifestyle has prepared a go-to guide for all of the major festivals coming to the area this fall.
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Date: Wednesday - Sunday, Aug. 15 - 19
Location: Downtown Delcambre
Admission: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday – Free; Friday & Saturday – $10
Contact: 337-685-2653 orwww.ShrimpFestival.net
Details: This five-day festival honors the local shrimp harvest and the people who make it happen as the small town of Delcambre welcomes thousands of shrimp lovers to celebrate its seafaring roots with a street fair, fairs do do, Blessing of the Fleet and loads of shrimp dishes. Live performances include Dustin Sonnier, Josh Ward, Leroy Thomas, Tracey Byrd, Krossfyre and Jaryd Lane & The Parish with Willie T, GG Shin, Warren Storm, T.K. Hulin & Smoke.
Lydia Cajun Food Fest
Date: Friday - Saturday, Sept. 7-8
Location: 4412 Weeks Park Rd., Lydia 70569
Contact: 337-367-1192 or
Details: This is a family event with Cajun food, bands, a car show, carnival rides, poker run and arts and crafts. This event serves as a fundraiser for the Lydia Cancer Association to help cancer patients in South Acadiana.
Le Cajun Music Awards & Festival
Date: Thursday - Saturday, Aug. 16 - 18
Location: La Poussiere, 1301 Grand Point Ave., Breaux Bridge & Rayne Civic Center, 210 Frog Festival Drive, Rayne
Admission: Thursday – Free; Friday – $10; Saturday – $10
Details: This unique three day event – often called the Grammy Awards of Cajun music – features a ceremony honoring the best in Cajun music and includes a two-day dance festival with award winning Cajun bands providing the music. Award categories include: Accordionist of the Year, Fiddler of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, Hall of Fame Inductees and the New Dawn Award that recognizes the next generation of artists in the genre.
Gueydan Duck Festival
Date: Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 20 - 23
Location: Duck Festival Grounds, 404 Dallas Guidry Road, Gueydan
Details: Every summer, the town of Gueydan celebrates its long hunting heritage with the annual Gueydan Duck Festival featuring dog trials, duck calls, hand carved decoys, parades, carnival rides and numerous duck-themed festivities along with top notch entertainment and delectable food. Live performances include Kevin Naquin & The Ossum Playboys, Slideshow, Richard Lebouef & Two Step, Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun and more.
Cajun French Music Festival
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22
Location: 5509 Hwy. 14, New Iberia 70560
Contact: 337-277-1188 or
Details: Les Cadiens du Teche (Cajun French Music Assoc.) music festival. Live music by Wallace Trahan Rice and Gravy. There will be food avaliable for purchse.
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Date: Thursday - Monday, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3
Location: Downtown Historic District of
Details: The Annual Shrimp and Petroleum Festival returns to Downtown Morgan City this Labor Day Weekend with its decades-old tradition of stellar live music, parades and more as Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival honors those who work in the state’s two cornerstone industries of shrimp and petroleum.
Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival
Date: Saturday, Sept. 1
Location: Yambilee Building, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas
Admission: Adults – $15; Children – $5
Contact: 337-290-6048 orwww.Zydeco.org
Details: The world’s largest Zydeco music festival celebrates the spicy culture of Louisiana Creoles by highlighting, documenting, preserving and enhancing their rich heritage. The festival spotlights the talent of both seasoned and new Zydeco artists and has grown to encompass all avenues of the region’s rich culture.
St. Martinville Kiwanis Club Pepper Festival
Date: Thursday - Saturday, Sept. 13 - 15
Location: St. Martinville Festival Grounds, 200 N. New Market St., St. Martinville
Details: The annual St. Martinville Kiwanis Club Pepper Festival celebrates the central ingredient in virtually every Cajun and Creole dish in addition to raising much needed funds for select community projects.This sizzling festival offers foot-stomping live entertainment, barbecue cook off, 5K run, pepper-eating contest, exciting carnival rides, spicy food and ice cold beer, all for a great cause to help support local children and the community.
Sugar Cane Festival
Date: Wednesday - Sunday, Sept. 27 - 30
Location: Bouligny Plaza, Downtown New Iberia
Details: This festival honors the state’s enduring sugar harvest and the industry as a whole in historic downtown New Iberia with fireworks, parades, live entertainment and more. The celebration kicks off Wednesday with a street fair that offers a family-friendly midway of treats, games and fun rides. The festival continues throughout the weekend with the Candy Toss Parade, the Cruisin’ the Cane Parade, fireworks and live music.
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Date: Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 11 - 14
Location: Girard Park, Lafayette
Details: Acadiana’s beloved festival of Cajun and Creole culture features five music stages along with the Chef’s demo stage, two children’s areas, the Bayou Food Festival and the LA Arts & Crafts Fair, the Tour des Atakapas race and a host of after-parties and events at surrounding venues.
World Championship Gumbo Cook Off
Date: Saturday - Sunday, Oct. 13 - 14
Location: Bouligny Plaza, 100 W. Main St., New Iberia
Details: The largest and longest-running Gumbo Cookoff in the state features the coming together of locals and visitors to celebrate Cajun cuisine and music. The main event happens Sunday, with 100 teams competing to call themselves “champions” with the best gumbo in the world. The cook off has other activities including a Roux Run, Battle of the Roux and awards ceremony.
International Rice Festival
Date: Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 18 - 21
Location: Downtown Crowley
Contact: 337-783-3067 orwww.RiceFestival.com
Details: The Rice Festival features a plethora of rice-themed festivities including two parades, live music, a state-of-the-art carnival, Rice and Creole Cooking Contest, Poker “Rice” Run and Classic Car Shows, 5k Rice Festival Run, International Rice Eating Contest, Fiddle and Accordion Contest, Senior Citizen’s Ball, Outdoor Arts and Crafts, a live Rice Threshing Demonstration, the Frog Derby and more. Performers include Asleep at the Wheel, Wayne Toups, Geno Delafose, Kevin Naquin and more.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Location: Parc Sans Souci, Downtown Lafayette
Details: This festival lets guests compare boudin samples from across the state along with a daring boudin eating contest, a people’s choice award for the best boudin, live music, free fun jumps, face painting, and contests with prizes. Performers include the Babineaux Sisters, the Bluerunners and the Iceman Special.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 - 21
Location: Downtown Houma
Details: The Rougarou Fest is a family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. There will be food, drinks, live music, a costume contest, the Krewe Ga Rou Halloween Parade and lots of other activities. All proceeds benefit the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, a nonprofit organization that studies Louisiana’s disappearing coast.
Isle of Iberia’s Pork Finger Cookoff
Date: Saturday, Oct. 6
Location: 911 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 70560
Details: This event is free to the public. Tickets will be sold to purchase food and drinks. There will be plenty of fun family activities planned throughout the day.
Halloween Art and Nature Festival
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Location: 105 Andrew Gautreaux Road
Contact: 337-761-6335 or email@example.com
Details: A family-friendly event complete with local music, live art performances, art exhibits, workshops, bat box making, a pumpkin patch, food, haunted hay ride, an upcycled costume contest and much more!