Since 1986, historic downtown Lafayette has served as host of the Festival International de Louisiane. The festival lasts for five days and occurs each year in the last full week of April. Through music and art, the festival aims to celebrate southern Louisiana’s French cultural heritage and educate the public about the customs of the Francophone world. True to its mission, the Festival International de Louisiane boasts a wide variety of FREE culturally enriching events and activities. Festivalgoers can experience live music from over 100 performers of various musical genres. Attendees can also watch theatrical shows and participate in cultural workshops. Shoppers (and browsers) will enjoy exploring the the Fine Arts Market, which offers handcrafted goods from artists throughout the United States, and the World Market, which features a wide selection of international commercial products. Obviously, a Louisiana festival would not be complete without a culinary aspect, and foodies will not be disappointed with the Festival International’s cooking demonstrations and extensive menu options.
Although the Festival International de Louisiane is a free event, you can support the festival by purchasing an official pin or poster. Because parking is limited downtown, the festival provides a free shuttle service to and from Cajun Field, where parking is available. Pets are not allowed at the events.
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