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It's Time For Fall Festivals!

09/16/2014 04:16PM ● Published by Robert Frey

By Michelle Matthews Calloway

Though the rest of the country is familiar with the standard four seasons of the year, those of us who are blessed to live in Acadiana have a season that our fellow Americans don’t share: Festival Season! From September through December, we are privileged to experience an eclectic range of festivals from which to choose. From weekly concerts in downtown Lafayette to paddle racing down the Bayou Teche in canoes, kayaks and pirogues, we know how to live life to the fullest and “pass a good time.”

Downtown Alive!

Fridays: Sept.-Dec. • Admission: Free

DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage concessions and musical performances from 6-8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concession sales help keep DTA! free, so please leave your ice chests at home with your pets. For more information and a full Fall 2014 Schedule, visit Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette in cooperation with Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Lydia Cancer Cajun Food Festival

Date: Sept. 12-13

Location: Weeks Park, Lydia • Admission: Free

Contact Number: 337-365-3005

Fais do do, live bands, carnival rides, poker run, car show, crafts, and food, food, FOOD! Plus, a hot air balloon on site if weather permits.

Kiwanis Pepper Festival

Date: Sept. 19-20

Location: 200 N. New Market Street, St. Martinville • 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

Admission: $14 Couple; $8 Individual

Contact Number: 337-369-7538

Music festival, French bands, dancing, cakewalk, gumbo, jambalaya, raffle, auction and door prizes. 

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival & Fair

Date: Sept. 24-28

Location: Mitchell Brother’s Shows at the corner of Hwy 14 and Sucrose Drive,
fais-do-do and music concerts located at Bouligny Plaza, Main Street at the Hi Sugar Stage.

Admission: Visit for details.

Contact Number: 337-369-9323

Blessing of the crop, ceremonies, parties, parades, royalty, exhibits, street fair, popular bands, fais-do-do and dancing in the streets. Car, art, flower, photography and livestock shows, arts and crafts – you name it and you will find it at the Sugar Cane Festival. 

Tour du Teche III

Date: October 3-5 

Location: Race begins at 7 a.m. in Port Barre at the Port Barre Boat Launch

Admission: Free

Contact Number: 337-394-6232

A 135-mile canoe/kayak/pirogue race runs through the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country. Events awaiting paddlers and spectators along the race route include arts and crafts, vendors, jambalaya dinners and musical entertainment.  Also included is a car show, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, petting zoo and carnival-style games. 

Tour du Teche La Grande Boucherie

Date: October 4, 11 a.m.-Midnight

Location: St. Martinville Festival Grounds

Admission: $5

Contact Number: 337-394-2230

Cajun bands, dancing, arts and crafts, Cajun food, vendors and mini fair for children. Slaughtering of pig and local policemen racing in canoes and pirogues are the event’s highlights.

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

Date: October 9-12

Location: Girard Park, Lafayette

Admission: Free

Contact: Send an email to for more information.

A music, food and craft festival featuring the sounds, flavor and crafts of south Louisiana. Five music stages, Bayou Food Festival, chef demos, fine arts and crafts, child-friendly activities and Louisiana Sports Tent. 

Natchitoches Fall Pilgrimage/Tour Of Homes 

Date: October 10-12

Location: Natchitoches

Admission: One-person tour $25 per person, two-person tour $40 per person, three-person tour $50 per person. Children ages 6-12 $5, and under 6, free.

Contact Number: 1-800-259-1714

The 60th Annual Fall Pilgrimage Tour of Homes showcases homes throughout Natchitoches. It includes Historic Sites on the town and country tours and a Historic District candlelight tour along the lovely Cane River Lake.

World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off

Date: October 11-12

Location: Main Street, New Iberia

Admission: Free

Contact Number: 337-364-1836

Bands, downtown shopping deals, museum tours and on Saturday, 40-plus food booths cooking anything but gumbo for lunch. Sunday’s full attention goes to the gumbo! Ninety or more teams vie for bragging rights to the best gumbo in the world. 

Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade 

Date: October 19

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette

Admission: $5

Contact Number: 337-233-4077

Boat Parade, antique putt-putt boat displays, film showings and discussions, cooking demonstrations, kids crafts music and more. 

Franklin Harvest Moon Festival

Date: October 25

Location: Main Street, Franklin

Admission: Free

Contact Number: 337-828-6326 or 800-256-2931

Welcome Fall with all-day festivities on Franklin’s charming Main Street. There will be live music, children’s activities, a classic car and motorcycle show, 5K Run/Walk, BBQ Cook-off, concessions and special retail promotions.

Downtown Jeanerette!

Date: November 8

Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Main Street, Jeanerette

Admission: Free 

Contact Number: 337-233-4077

Food and Kid Zone. Music lineup includes featured band Krossfyre and local talent. 

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