St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

Events

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  • Apr 19, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017
    Cycle Zydeco

    Cycle Zydeco is a four day, 172 mile bike ride through Cajun Country, often referred to as a “rolling party”. 2016 is the 14th year and will pass through several towns in Acadiana including Arnaudville, Eunice and Opelousas. Remember to share the road! Sponsorships are also available. 

    The ride is hosted by TRAIL, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and maintaining parks, hiking trails, bike trails and other recreational infrastructures. TRAIL is working to build better communities that promote healthy lifestyle options, appreciation for the native environment, and a more desirable place to live, work and visit. 

    Itinerary is TBA. Keep watching www.cyclezydeco.com for specific details.

    337-781-9416

  • Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017

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    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    13th Annual Le Feu et l'Eau (Fire and Water) Rural Arts Celebration

    Born following the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Fire and Water featured signature floating fires and the work of visual artists with only a sampling of other artistic disciplines; however, over the last several years the event has expanded to become more of a celebration featuring a multitude of local artists, performers and cultural workers in a variety of disciplines and genres. Participate in cooking demos, and watch feature films. Hear live music, listen to poetry and shop local art vendors. Plus, don't miss the traditional peace march, honoring veterans to Bayou Warehouse, where the traditional fire is set ablaze upon Bayou Fusilier. 

    In 2016 the festival was moved from December to April and is now two days of festivities ending a week-long conference, Semaine de la Francophonie. Formerly known as La Semaine Francaise d'Arnaudville or French Week, this cultural economy conference emphasizes the use of Creative Placemaking with subjects such as tourism, environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education, and folklife traditions.

    Friday, Arnaudville Potluck
    7pm-10pm – Cost is a dish for the communal dinner
    Music by the Potluck Band

    Saturday, Day of Fire 
    10am-5pm – Join LA Metalsmiths' Association as they bang and burn. They day culminates with a public auction with hand wrought art for sale. 

    Sunday, Day of Water 
    10am-5pm – The Healing Elements Collective joins forces with Diego Martin Perez to create a collaboration of visual and performing artists and musicians. 

    Need accommodations? Visit the "Stay" page!

     
    Watch this clip to learn more about NUNU, home of the Fire & Water Rural Arts Celebration!  

    NUNU Arts and Culture Collective & Downtown Arnaudville locations | 11am-11pm | Free Admission 

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    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

  • Apr 21, 2017

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    337-948-6263/800-424-5442
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

    Music & Market Spring Series

    Friday evening pick up fresh, homegrown produce, and listen to live, regional music at Music & Market in historic Opelousas. In addition to the musical entertainment, Music & Market will spotlight a vegetable and/or agriculture commodity. Samples will be available. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Ice chests will not be allowed. 

    April 21 – Patrick Henry and the Liberation Band | Mustard Greens 
    April 28 –
    Courthouse Square Edition featuring Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas | Pralines 
    May 5 – 
    Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush | Turnips 
    May 12 –
    The August Heat Band | Cucumber
    May 19 – 
    La Recolte | Squash

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Courthouse Square Location:  118 S. Court St., Opelousas, LA 70570

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    337-948-6263/800-424-5442
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

  • Apr 21, 2017

    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing

    It's thoroughbred racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
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    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Apr 20, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017

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    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    Semaine de la Francophonie (Francophonie Week)

    Formerly known as La Semaine Francaise or French Week, this creative placemaking summit is returning to Arnaudville with a series of mini-conferences with subjects such as tourism, environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education, and folklife traditions. The summit brings together the expertise of internationally respected scholars, artists, scientists, cultural citizens, and organizations. Attendees represent Louisiana and the Brittany region of France for the purpose of critical discourse on creativity imperatives and processes. Each day brings a new experience, and with each, a deeper understanding of purpose, benefits, and methods for job creation within a cultural economy. LSF also includes an educational component geared toward high school students. 

    The last two days of the conference are reserved for a party, the 13th Annual Le Feu et L'Eau (Fire and Water) Rural Art Celebration, featuring a multitude of artists, performers, and cultural workers in a variety of disciplines and genres. Participate in cooking demos, and watch feature films. Hear live music, listen to poetry and shop local art vendors. It is a truly unique French Louisiana celebration.   

    Monday, April 17 - Tourism Day - "Sustaining Authenticity in Tourism"
    Presenters: St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes Tourist Commissions
    Moderators: Dona Richard, SMPTC Director, and Celeste Gomez, SLPTC Director
    Morning Panel: 9:30am-12pm
    Panelists: Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary of Tourism, Louisiana Office of Tourism | Dori Janise, Coordinator of the Sunset Rubboards Public Art Project | Tee Don Landry, Owner, Key of Z Rubboards | Sr. Lucie Nordmann, Director of Institutional Advancement, Academy of the Sacred Heart | Sr. Barbara Moreau, Director of Tourism, Academy of the Sacred Heart | Dane Thibodeaux, Volunteer, T.E.C.H.E Project | Brandon Ballengee, Artist/Biologist, National Academy of Sciences, 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow | Maureen Little, Owner/Executive Chef, Virtual Bistro Catering
    Lunch: 12pm-1pm
    Afternoon Roundtable: 1:30pm-3:30pm

    Tuesday, April 18 - Saint Luc French Immersion Campus Day - "Visioning for Saint Luc French Immersion and Cultural Campus"
    Presenter: Louisiana Culture Economy Foundation
    Moderator: Aimee Smallwood, CEO Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
    Morning Panel: 9:30am-11am
    Panelists: Bill Fontenot, St. Landry Parish President |  Robert and Joanie Hodes, Culture-Up incubator, owners of New TourLeans | Hali Dardar, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities PRIME TIME Program Assistant | Camille Lenain and Lilly Keber, filmmakers, "Apres Nous" | Jourdan, Subject of "Apres Nous"
    Film Screening: 11:15am-12pm
    Lunch: 12pm-1pm
    Afternoon Panel: 1pm-2pm with Universities Speak
    Afternoon Roundtable: 2pm-3:30pm
    Panelists: Visioning | Report on Visioning

    Wednesday, April 19 - CODOFIL Day - "The Future of the Language Creole in Louisiana"
    Presenter: CODOFIL
    Moderator: Herbert Wiltz, retired educator, member of CREOLE, INC.
    Morning Panel: 10am-12pm "L'identité Créole" en français
    Panelists: Alton "Billy" Francis, Creole cowboy | Paul Cluse, retired educator, member of CREOLE, INC and CODOFIL | Dustin Fuqua, Cultural Resource Specialist, Cane River Creole National Historical Park | Aaron Flegeance, retired educator, STMP School Board member, Captain of La Table Creole | Nathan Wendt, Creole linguist, Tulane University | Raymond Vavasseur, Creole from Parks | Velma Johnson, St. Martin Parish Sheriff Department | Ms. Lewis, member CREOLE, INC
    Lunch: 12pm-1:15pm
    Afternoon Panel: 1:30pm-3:30pm "L'avenir du Créole" en français and English
    Panelists: Sandra Billeaudeau, retired educator, founding member of the Creole Heritage Center | Oliver Mayeux, Creole researcher/linguist, Cambridge University, UK (via Skype - TBD) | Charles Larroque, Executive director, CODOFIL | Nathan Wendt, Creole linguist, Tulane University | Tim Rosamond, Principal North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia | Aaron Flegeance, retired educator, STMP School Board member, Captain of La Table Creole | Herbert Wiltz, retired educator, member of CREOLE, INC

    Thursday, April 20 - Economic Development - "Drivers of Economic Development"
    Presenters: St. Martin and St. Landry Parishes Economic Development Districts
    Moderators: Beth Guidry, SMPED Director, and Bill Rodier, SLED Director
    Morning Panel: 10am-12pm
    Panelists: The Future's Fund - Beth Guidry | Tiny Houses - Beth Guidry | Creative Placemaking Taskforce/Initiative - Bill Rodier
    Lunch: 12pm-1pm
    Afternoon panel: 1pm-2pm featuring Bill Rodier, Creative Placemaking Concept
    Afternoon Round Table: 2pm-3:30pm featuring the Placemaking Task Force hosted by St. Landry Parish Economic Development discusses purpose, ongoing projects, barriers, and progress. Task Force was created in 2016 and is represented by business and governmental representation from Sunset, Grand Coteau, and Arnaudville.

    Friday, April 21 -Environmental Sustainability. - "Adapting to a Changing Climate"
    Presenter: Bayou Vermilion District
    Moderator: David Cheramie, CEO Bayou Vermilion District
    Geo-Tent: 10am 
    Presentation: Climate Change Exhibit from Poitiers, France
    Panel: 10:20am-12pm
    Panelists: Emile Ancelet, Bayou Vermilion District Bayou Operations Specialist, La. Sept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Biologist | Greg Guidroz, Bayou Vermilion District Recreation and Education Coordinator, Watershed Exhibit Manager, Naturalist | Catherine S. Comeaux, No Waste Louisiana | Brandon Ballengée, Artist, Biologist, National Academy of Sciences, 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow | Lilli Voorhies, Native Plants 
    Lunch: noon - 1:15pm
    Afternoon Roundtable: 1:30pm-3:30pm
    Presenters and Attendees: Recycling and Litter Solutions for Our Community | Poitier's Climate Change Exhibit Opening and Reception at 5:30pm | Philippe Gustin, Lafayette International Center Director
    Potluck social: 7pm - Opening of Le Feu et l'Eau Rural Arts Celebration

    NUNU Arts & Culture Collective | Admission to the conference is $10 a day which includes breakfast and lunch

    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

  • Apr 22, 2017

    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing

    It's thoroughbred racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino every Wednesday through Saturday. Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino | 5:40pm | Free Admission
    TripAdvisor 

    337-594-3000
    2235 Creswell Ln.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Apr 22, 2017

    337-662-3276
    832 Napoleon Ave.
    Sunset, LA 70584

    Sunrise Saturdays in Sunset Farmers' Market

    Find fresh local produce and artisan food producers every Saturday. While you're visiting Sunset, check out local art galleries, antique malls, and shops. Local artists work with everything from gourds to fused glass, and several antique shops specialize in mid-century items and kitchen ware. 

    The grounds at Water Oak Farms | 8am-12pm

    337-662-3276
    832 Napoleon Ave.
    Sunset, LA 70584