It's Festival Season!
● Published by Robert Frey
If you’re ready to pass a good time, all you have to do is say the word and you are sure to get an enthusiastic “Yes!” from family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. It’s Festival Season in Acadiana! Time to put on your comfortable shoes for dancing, tune up your ears for some good Cajun, Creole, French and Zydeco music, and sharpen your palate for the best cuisine Southwest Louisiana has to offer. Allons! What you waiting for, Cher?
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Date: August 13-17
Location: Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds, 401 Richard St., Delcambre, LA
Admission: Fri.-Sat. $5
Contact Number: 337-685-2653
This festival celebrates the shrimping industry with the Blessing Of The Fleet, parades, contests, pageants, carnival rides, food court, fais-do-do, shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp!
Gueydan Duck Festival
Date: August 21-24
Location: Duck Festival Park, 404 Duck Festival Road, Gueydan, LA
Admission: Fri.-Sat. $10, Sun.-Free
Contact Number: 337-536-6456
Duck calling contests, skeet-shooting contests, queen’s pageant, cooking contests, live music, parade, food, carnival and more.
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Date: Aug. 28-Sept. 1
Location: Downtown Historic District, Morgan City, LA
Admission: Bracelets available for purchase Thur. Aug. 28th from 5-9 p.m.,
and Mon., Sept. 1 from 12 noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. at $25 each.
Contact Number: 985-385-0703
Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival includes a carnival, Cajun cuisine, free live music, parades, softball and bass tournaments, a special Mass In The Park and much more.
Lydia Cancer Cajun Food Festival
Date: Sept. 12-13
Location: Weeks Park, Lydia, LA
Contact Number: 337-365-3005
Fais do do, live bands, carnival rides, poker run, car show, crafts, and food, food, FOOD! Hot air balloon on site if weather permits.
Kiwanis Pepper Festival
Date: Sept. 19-20
Location: 200 N. New Market Street, St. Martinville, LA
Admission: $5 adults, $1 children
Contact Number: 337-394-7408
Live music and dancing, arts and crafts, vendors, food, drinks and the famous pepper-eating contest.
Les Cadiens du Teche
(Cajun French Music Festival)
Date: Sept. 20
Location: City Park Recreation Center, 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia, LA
Contact Number: 337-369-7538
Music festival, French bands, dancing, cakewalk, gumbo, jambalaya, raffle, auction and door prizes.
Sounds On The Square Series
Free live music concert series featuring a different band each week. Tap your toes or dance like nobody’s watching as the bands play music under the majestic oak trees in Magdalen Square in Abbeville. Food and refreshments sold by the Allumé Society. Concert sponsored by the Carousel of Arts. Thursdays in September 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call Charlene Beckett at 337-898-4110 for more information.
Coffee And Music
Enjoy a cup of coffee, sample some sweets and listen to music by local musicians at the Kaplan Museum, 405 N Cushing Blvd. in Kaplan. Last Saturdays in Aug.-Nov. (8/29, 9/26, 10/25 and 11/29), 9:30-11 a.m. Call 337-643-1528 for more information.