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.”
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 downtownlafayette.org/. 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
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 hisugar.org/events_schedule.html 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
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
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
Contact: Send an email to festivalsacadiens.com/contact/ 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
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
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
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
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.
Date: November 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Jeanerette
Contact Number: 337-233-4077
Food and Kid Zone. Music lineup includes featured band Krossfyre and local talent.