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!

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  • Sep 22, 2017

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

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce 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. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

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

  • Sep 29, 2017

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

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce 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. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

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

  • Oct 06, 2017

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

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce 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. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

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

  • Oct 13, 2017

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

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce 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. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

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

  • Oct 20, 2017

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

    Music & Market Fall Series

    Come enjoy the best in local music and fresh home-grown produce 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. 

    This series occurs every Friday on selected dates in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) each year in a unique, family-friendly outdoor setting.

    October 20 - Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress (Downtown Edition: Courthouse Square)

    Sponsors: City of Opelousas, Bodemuller, CLECO, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living, ZydecoOnline.com

    Farmers' Market Pavilion | 5:30pm-8:30pm | Free Admission 

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

  • Nov 30, 2017

    337-948-5227
    Various Locations
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Sound Places Christmas Series

    Opelousas Main Street is excited to welcome back WindSync, a Houston-based chamber quintet, for a final visit of the year-long program, Sound Places. WinSync will return to Opelousas for three days of community activities and events filled with holiday sounds. During their stay, WindSync will lead interactive school sessions with area youth; they will also collaborate with residents from Prompt Succor Nursing Home and students from JS Clark Leadership Academy for a bell ringing performance. The quintet will give a pop-up performance at the 15th Annual Lighting of the Village and at the Opelousas Public Library! This is all part of Sound Places, a national placemaking project. 

    From November 30 – December 2, residents can enjoy multiple interactive events that incorporate music, and community. 

    Thursday, Nov. 30, residents are invited to gather for Christmas Caroling in the Downtown Historic District with Windsync. Visitors can join in on the caroling or just enjoy the sounds of the Christmas music. Also, attendees are welcomed to Back in Time following the Christmas Caroling for refreshments. This great evening of caroling takes place at from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. followed by refreshments at Back in Time, 123 W. Landry Street. 

    Friday, Dec. 1 features a Pop-up Performance at the Lighting of the Village with WindSync, who will be joined by students from JS Clark Leadership Academy. WindSync plays at 5:30 p.m. The Lighting of the Village is from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Le Vieux Village, 828 E. Landry St. 

    Saturday, Dec. 2 Merry Melodies at the Opelousas Public Library includes a concert by WindSync at the Opelousas Public Library. The quintet will also collaborate with the bell ringers from JS Clark Leadership Academy and Prompt Succor Nursing Home, followed by a farewell celebration for WindSync at 10 a.m. at the Opelousas Public Library, 212 E. Grolee Street.

    About WindSync

    WindSync is strongly committed to educational enrichment and promoting arts engagement through concerts dedicated to inspiring children and members of the community. Set in diverse spaces including concert halls, outdoor venues, libraries, and schools WindSync has been featured in educational performances presented by The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. 

    Sound Places is a creative placemaking program centered on the performing arts. This pilot program, developed by Chamber Music America (CMA), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA), and Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), along with the WindSync ensemble, strives to engage in meaningful ways with the civic fabric of Louisiana’s Cultural Districts.

    337-948-5227
    Various Locations
    Opelousas, LA 70570


  • Dec 01, 2017 - Dec 02, 2017

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    337-662-5275
    1821 Academy Rd.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Christmas at Coteau

    Every year The Academy the Sacred Heart offers a little Christmas cheer, holiday shopping, and amazing local cuisine. This is a perfect opportunity to view the gorgeous yet sacred grounds, including the alley of the oaks. At the Holiday Market, guests have first selection from as many as 75 unique vendors offering antiques, estate jewelry, Christmas accessories, objects d’art, children’s apparel, and home and garden accessories. All are invited to enjoy shopping, dining, and holiday merriment in the enchanting setting of historic Grand Coteau. 

    Holiday Market - Dec 1 & 2
    Time:  9am-4pm
    Admission:  $10.00 

    Gourmet Luncheon - Dec 1
    11am first seating | 1pm second seating
    $60 per person, $450 per table of 8 | Admission includes entrance to the Holiday Market

    Cookies at Coteau - Dec 2
    Includes a hot chocolate bar, Christmas crafts, and a photo with Santa
    10am-2pm | for ages 4-10 | $20 per child, $10 for Santa pictures only

    Eat, Drink & Be Merry Saturday Luncheon! - Dec 2
    Lunch and fashion show | 11:30am 
     $35 per person, $250 per table of 8 | Ticket includes entrance to the Holiday Market

    Gala on the Grounds - Dec 2
    Food, cocktails, live music, and a live auction 
    11:30am | $100 per person
     
    Academy of the Sacred Heart | Friday 9am-4pm | Saturday 9am-3pm | $8 entry to market 

    337-662-5275
    1821 Academy Rd.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

  • Dec 01, 2017

    337-948-5227
    Various Locations
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Sound Places Christmas Series

    Opelousas Main Street is excited to welcome back WindSync, a Houston-based chamber quintet, for a final visit of the year-long program, Sound Places. WinSync will return to Opelousas for three days of community activities and events filled with holiday sounds. During their stay, WindSync will lead interactive school sessions with area youth; they will also collaborate with residents from Prompt Succor Nursing Home and students from JS Clark Leadership Academy for a bell ringing performance. The quintet will give a pop-up performance at the 15th Annual Lighting of the Village and at the Opelousas Public Library! This is all part of Sound Places, a national placemaking project. 

    From November 30 – December 2, residents can enjoy multiple interactive events that incorporate music, and community. 

    Thursday, Nov. 30, residents are invited to gather for Christmas Caroling in the Downtown Historic District with Windsync. Visitors can join in on the caroling or just enjoy the sounds of the Christmas music. Also, attendees are welcomed to Back in Time following the Christmas Caroling for refreshments. This great evening of caroling takes place at from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. followed by refreshments at Back in Time, 123 W. Landry Street. 

    Friday, Dec. 1 features a Pop-up Performance at the Lighting of the Village with WindSync, who will be joined by students from JS Clark Leadership Academy. WindSync plays at 5:30 p.m. The Lighting of the Village is from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Le Vieux Village, 828 E. Landry St. 

    Saturday, Dec. 2 Merry Melodies at the Opelousas Public Library includes a concert by WindSync at the Opelousas Public Library. The quintet will also collaborate with the bell ringers from JS Clark Leadership Academy and Prompt Succor Nursing Home, followed by a farewell celebration for WindSync at 10 a.m. at the Opelousas Public Library, 212 E. Grolee Street.

    About WindSync

    WindSync is strongly committed to educational enrichment and promoting arts engagement through concerts dedicated to inspiring children and members of the community. Set in diverse spaces including concert halls, outdoor venues, libraries, and schools WindSync has been featured in educational performances presented by The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. 

    Sound Places is a creative placemaking program centered on the performing arts. This pilot program, developed by Chamber Music America (CMA), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA), and Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), along with the WindSync ensemble, strives to engage in meaningful ways with the civic fabric of Louisiana’s Cultural Districts.

    337-948-5227
    Various Locations
    Opelousas, LA 70570


  • Dec 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017

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    337-948-6263
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Lighting of the Village

    Every year the village is set aglow with lights and enough holiday cheer for all. The evening begins with an upbeat melody of rhythm by members of the Opelousas High School marching band followed by the official “pulling of the switch,” which will illuminate thousands of lights in the village. Offering a variety of activities for the little ones, the annual lighting event will include a petting zoo, choir music, an obstacle course fun jump, a cupcake decorating station, and an ornament making station where kids can design their own holiday ornaments. Special guests for the event include Frosty the Snowman, Queen Elsa, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Elmo and Balloon Man Rick Hessler. And of course, Santa Clause will be on site and holiday photos with Santa will be offered.

    The Village stays lit through January 1, 2016 for the public to enjoy.

    Le Vieux Village | 5pm-8pm

    337-948-6263
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Dec 02, 2017

    337-948-5227
    Various Locations
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Sound Places Christmas Series

    Opelousas Main Street is excited to welcome back WindSync, a Houston-based chamber quintet, for a final visit of the year-long program, Sound Places. WinSync will return to Opelousas for three days of community activities and events filled with holiday sounds. During their stay, WindSync will lead interactive school sessions with area youth; they will also collaborate with residents from Prompt Succor Nursing Home and students from JS Clark Leadership Academy for a bell ringing performance. The quintet will give a pop-up performance at the 15th Annual Lighting of the Village and at the Opelousas Public Library! This is all part of Sound Places, a national placemaking project. 

    From November 30 – December 2, residents can enjoy multiple interactive events that incorporate music, and community. 

    Thursday, Nov. 30, residents are invited to gather for Christmas Caroling in the Downtown Historic District with Windsync. Visitors can join in on the caroling or just enjoy the sounds of the Christmas music. Also, attendees are welcomed to Back in Time following the Christmas Caroling for refreshments. This great evening of caroling takes place at from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. followed by refreshments at Back in Time, 123 W. Landry Street. 

    Friday, Dec. 1 features a Pop-up Performance at the Lighting of the Village with WindSync, who will be joined by students from JS Clark Leadership Academy. WindSync plays at 5:30 p.m. The Lighting of the Village is from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Le Vieux Village, 828 E. Landry St. 

    Saturday, Dec. 2 Merry Melodies at the Opelousas Public Library includes a concert by WindSync at the Opelousas Public Library. The quintet will also collaborate with the bell ringers from JS Clark Leadership Academy and Prompt Succor Nursing Home, followed by a farewell celebration for WindSync at 10 a.m. at the Opelousas Public Library, 212 E. Grolee Street.

    About WindSync

    WindSync is strongly committed to educational enrichment and promoting arts engagement through concerts dedicated to inspiring children and members of the community. Set in diverse spaces including concert halls, outdoor venues, libraries, and schools WindSync has been featured in educational performances presented by The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. 

    Sound Places is a creative placemaking program centered on the performing arts. This pilot program, developed by Chamber Music America (CMA), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA), and Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), along with the WindSync ensemble, strives to engage in meaningful ways with the civic fabric of Louisiana’s Cultural Districts.

    337-948-5227
    Various Locations
    Opelousas, LA 70570


  • Jan 20, 2018

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Traditional Mardi Gras Mask Making

    Every Saturday, local artisans showcase their skills at the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. Featured artist include musicians, chefs, and quilters. During the month of January and February, a special demonstration is taking place at the center, a traditional Mardi Gras mask making class. The center will provide the screen and trim for the base of the mask, and you can bring a few items from home to add your own personal flair to your mask. These traditional masks are part of a very old tradition and are required in order to participate in he Courir de Mardi Gras which takes place on February 13,  2018, Fat Tuesday.

    Prairie Acadian Cultural Center | 10am-12pm | Free Admission 

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535


  • Jan 27, 2018

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    337-331-2837
    603 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    12th Annual Gumbo Cook Off

    The Annual Gumbo Cook-Off heats up with live music, a kids’ activity area, both silent and live auctions, food, drinks, dancing, and lots of gumbo. While this is a free event, the entry fee to participate in the Cook-Off is $50. Prizes are awarded for First Place Champion, Second place, and Third Place. In addition, a specially designed Gumbo Cook-Off Champ Paddle will be passed from the reigning champ to a new contender. Winners of the cook-off will be announced at 4pm. All proceeds benefit a local child and family who are burdened with medical and related expenses.

    This year's gumbo cook-off recipient is seven-month-old, Adalynn Rose Guidroz. Adalynn, daughter of Brooke Gerace & Jason Guidroz of Palmetto, LA, is affectionately known as Addie. At 22 weeks gestation, her parents were given terrible news, that something was severely wrong, and at 24 weeks a maternal-fetal specialist confirmed it was spina bifida. Due to the severity, hydrocephalus began to occur in the womb resulting in the malformation of Addie’s brain tissue. Given the grave prognosis, her family put their faith in God and on February 1, 2017, Adalynn Rose Guidroz was born by C-section at Women’s & Children’s in Lafayette. This was the first of many miracles. She weighed 10 pounds and was breathing on her own, despite an expectation that permanent ventilation would be necessary to help Addie breathe. Shortly after delivery, she underwent a nearly six-hour emergency surgery to place an external drain to assist with the hydrocephalus, along with a partial back closure. This was just the first of many surgeries to come. After 24 days and multiple surgeries, it was felt that she should be transferred to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans where the pediatric neurosurgery team could be readily available. She remained in the NICU at Children’s Hospital for three months undergoing several brain surgeries, shunt placements, and multiple wound closures. Adalynn was finally discharged on May 20, 2017, and was welcomed home by her very anxious, smiling big sister Rylee. Addie has made miraculous progress but still has a long road ahead. Her family will continue traveling back and forth to New Orleans to continue Addie’s care and for future surgeries, along with multiple trips each week for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Join the Gumbo Foundation in showing Addie and her family all the love and support.

    This event is held the last Saturday in January every year.

    Frank’s Downtown and Pride Doran Law Firm | 10am-till | Free Admission 

    337-331-2837
    603 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Jan 27, 2018

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    337-457-7389
    200 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr.

    Bring your dancing shoes to the City of Eunice annual fundraiser for the weekly "Rendez-vous des Cajuns", and dance to the tunes of Hugh Harris Vin Bruce, Megan Brown, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Terri Huval, Luke Huval, Pope Huval, and Benjamin Bruce. These performers will pay tribute to the life and career of Hank Williams, Sr., who is a legendary singer/songwriter who influenced Cajun music. This is a show not to be missed. 

    Click here to see pictures of past tributes.

    Liberty Theater | 6pm | $15 reserved seating only

    337-457-7389
    200 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Jan 27, 2018

    337-349-5814
    252 Church St.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Grand Coteau Mardi Gras Dance

    Start the Mardi Gras celebration early at the Mardi Gras Dance in Grand Coteau featuring Lil Buck Sinegal and Major Handy playing a range of styles including blues, funk, and zydeco. Lil’ Buck Sinegal is known as a phenomenal guitarist with a career that spans more than five decades. With over 300 recordings under his belt, he has played and recorded with Clifton Chenier, Henry Gray, Rockin’ Dopsie, Buckwheat Zydeco, and other blues artists, including Grammy-winning efforts with Paul Simon’s 1987 album “Graceland.” He also worked as a session guitarist for Excello on swamp blues by Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Lil’ Buck was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1999. 

    Major Handy was born and raised as the oldest of seven children in St. Martinville, Louisiana. He has played in the bands of Rockin' Dopsie for many years as well as in the very first incarnation of Buckwheat Zydeco just after Buckwheat had left Clifton Chenier. 

    There will also be a pageant with the king and queen, a second line, and a raffle with great prizes. 

    All proceeds from this event will help with the renovation of the Historic Knights of Peter Claver Hall in Grand Coteau. Tickets are available by calling 337-349-5814 or at visiting P&D Cake Cottage in Grand Coteau.

    Knights of Peter Claver Hall | 9pm-1:00am | $12 at the door, $10 in advance   

    337-349-5814
    252 Church St.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541


  • Jan 27, 2018

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Traditional Mardi Gras Mask Making

    Every Saturday, local artisans showcase their skills at the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. Featured artist include musicians, chefs, and quilters. During the month of January and February, a special demonstration is taking place at the center, a traditional Mardi Gras mask making class. The center will provide the screen and trim for the base of the mask, and you can bring a few items from home to add your own personal flair to your mask. These traditional masks are part of a very old tradition and are required in order to participate in he Courir de Mardi Gras which takes place on February 13,  2018, Fat Tuesday.

    Prairie Acadian Cultural Center | 10am-12pm | Free Admission 

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535


  • Jan 31, 2018

    337-254-9695
    219 E. Martin Luther King Dr.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Academy of Sacred Heart & Lives of the Slaves

    This month, the Festival of Words Arts Collective hosts an evening of history and an open mic. The event will feature Maureen J. Chicoine who will discuss her ongoing research of enslaved persons who lived and worked at the Sacred Heart Convent in Grand Coteau from 1821-1865 and their descendants. Maureen J. Chicoine, a Religious of the Sacred Heart, has a background in both history and genealogy and is happy to share what she has learned with others. 

    The Society of the Sacred Heart, a religious community of women, has a long history in Grand Coteau since they founded the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1821. This school for girls has been in continuous operation since then. From 1821 until 1865 the Convent, like many Catholic institutions in the South, was a slave owner. As part of the bicentennial celebration of the arrival of the Society of the Sacred Heart in North America, the Society formed a committee to study the history of the enslaved persons who served in our Southern houses, with the greatest number at the Convent in Grand Coteau and St. Michael’s school in Convent, LA. 

    During the bicentennial in 2018, the Society plans to issue a statement recognizing their participation in the evil of slavery, hoping to recognize those enslaved persons whose identities we know and to find living descendants of three families who lived there. Although there were many other first names of men, women, and children, the families found in the research whose surnames were identified are Frank Hawkins and Jenny (Jane) Eaglin Martin; their sons Frank, Ben, James, John, their spouses and children; Wilson Jacobs and Marie Louise Philips, their children Firmin and Clara Eaglin Senegal, and their spouses and children. Other surnames such as Chenier, Doyle, Eaglin, Gilbeau, Litell, Marlborough, McCarty, Meche, Milton, Minix, Payne, Senegal, Stelly, Thomas, and Woods are being researched for descendants of daughters of Hawkins and Jacobs' families. Descendants of these families have been located locally as well as in other parts of Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, and California. 

    The oral history presentation will be videotaped and placed in the Cajun and Creole Archives at the Center for Louisiana Studies collection. You are welcome to bring your own poems, songs or stories for the open mic. This free, community event is sponsored by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective with support from the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL

    Chicory's Coffee & Cafe | 7pm | Free Admission 

    337-254-9695
    219 E. Martin Luther King Dr.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541


  • Feb 03, 2018

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Traditional Mardi Gras Mask Making

    Every Saturday, local artisans showcase their skills at the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. Featured artist include musicians, chefs, and quilters. During the month of January and February, a special demonstration is taking place at the center, a traditional Mardi Gras mask making class. The center will provide the screen and trim for the base of the mask, and you can bring a few items from home to add your own personal flair to your mask. These traditional masks are part of a very old tradition and are required in order to participate in he Courir de Mardi Gras which takes place on February 13,  2018, Fat Tuesday.

    Prairie Acadian Cultural Center | 10am-12pm | Free Admission 

    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535


  • Feb 07, 2018

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    337-945-3744
    2048 Johnson Hwy.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    8th Annual Taster's Choice

    Here's an event based on what Cajun Country and St. Landry Parish is known for—food! In 2016, more than 400+ people sampled food from 25 chefs who fascinated taste buds. 2017 will host several chefs in which a panel of judges will select winners in amateur and professional categories. A People's Choice award will be voted on by attendees.

    Let the good times roll with live music featuring Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie. Also enjoy a cash bar, and walk away with items the silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Eunice Community Health Center Clinic, which provides free and at-cost medical care for the working uninsured and under-insured people of the surrounding areas. 

    LSUE Acadiana Center | 6pm | $25

    337-945-3744
    2048 Johnson Hwy.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Feb 09, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018

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    337-319-0639/832-217-6935
    1939 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Lil Nate's 8th Annual L'Argent Chicken Run, Rodeo, & Parade

    It's a Mardi Gras weekend in Opelousas with parades, a chicken run, and zydeco headliners including Lil Nate, Chris Ardoin, Brian Jack, and Leon Chavis! Start making your plans now. 

    Friday, February 9 
    10pm-2am – Kickoff Dance (Location TBA) 

    Saturday, February 10 - Events at Yambilee Arena Building
    1pm – Go to the rodeo featuring roping, barrel racing, and buddy pickup
    10pm-2am – Live music  

    Sunday, February 11 - Events at Yambilee Arena Building
    12pm – The trail ride leaves from the Yambilee Arena
    1pm – The parade will leave the Yambilee grounds, head south on Railroad Ave., west on Park Ave., and north on Bullard St. Once the parade approaches Hwy. 190, it will continue west on Charles Burr Ln., north on Colorado Ave., and back to the Yambilee grounds on Vine St.
    4pm-8pm – Live music   

    Yambilee Arena at 1939 W. Landry St. (Hwy. 190), Opelousas

    337-319-0639/832-217-6935
    1939 W. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Feb 09, 2018 - Feb 13, 2018

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    337-457-7389
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Cajun Country Mardi Gras Celebration

    This unique five-day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact, you won’t find these trinkets in sight, but instead, men and women on horseback donned in hand-crafted wire masks, tall hats called capuchons, and very distinctive costumes. This one of a kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or “chicken run” which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don’t wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weekend, experience the town’s rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits, and a special Liberty Theater show. A Lil' Mardi Gras run for children and teenagers is held Sunday, as well as an old time boucherie (hog butchering).  

    The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras dates back from when the town was first established in the late 19th century. The Courir was abandoned for a few years during World War II, but in 1946 a small band of riders revived the tradition. Today, the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras has more than 2,000 participants on the run, and it continues to increase each year. 

    Click here to see pictures of last year's Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras events.

    Friday, February 9 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    7pm-10pm – live music 

    Saturday, February 10 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    12pm-til – live music 

    Saturday, February 10 (various locations)
    3pm-till – Jam session and cooking demo at Jean Lafitte National Park 
    3pm – Parade of Paws (Cajun Canine Mardi Gras Dog Parade Downtown)
    6pm-7:30 pm – Liberty Theatre Show with Jambalaya featuring the Basile Mardi Gras Association and Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys
    6pm – Live music at Rocky's Cajun Kitchen 
    7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach  
    9pm – Street dance and music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 

    Sunday, February 11 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    10am-till – live music

    Sunday, February 11 (various locations) 
    9am – Lil' Mardi Gras (children's’ run) leaves the Eunice Recreation Complex 
    9:30am – Old Time Boucherie (hog butchering) on 2nd St.
    3pm – Lil' Mardi Gras arrives downtown on 2nd St.
    7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

    Monday, February 12 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    7pm-till – live music

    Monday, February 13 (various locations)
    12pm – Presentation at the Liberty Theatre – history of rural Mardi Gras with Dr. Barry Ancelet
    1pm-3pm – Mardi Gras dance at the Northwest Community Center
    9pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard
    9pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

    Tuesday, February 13 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
    9:30am-till – Live music

    Tuesday, February 13 (Mardi Gras Day)
    8am – Courir leaves the Northwest Community Center 
    10am – Arts and crafts, food, music, and dancing (downtown)
    3pm – Truck Parade followed by the Courir de Mardi Gras
    6pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 
    7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

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