Evangeline Downs is Louisiana’s first racino built from the ground up and stands in the Zydeco Capital of the World, Opelousas. In fact, in 2015 the business celebrated 50 years of racing. The racetrack isn’t the only attraction at this one-stop-shop for entertainment. The 24-hour complex features 1,350 slot machines, live horse racing, zydeco music, nightlife, and great food. You might say it’s the perfect place to play. If you play too hard; that’s okay because Evangeline Downs Hotel is just steps away with luxury guestrooms and suites.

The racing season kicks off in April with thoroughbred racing through September. In October, quarter horse racing begins and ends in December. Horse races take place every Wednesday through Saturday. Other exciting annual events are held including Louisiana Legends Night and the LQHBA Louisiana Million Final. For more information, view the racing calendar.

Looking for something good eat? Taste down-home Louisiana cooking in The Cajun Buffet, or breakfast items and plate lunches at Café 24/7. The casino’s newest addition, The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor is the perfect place for specialty cocktails, craft beer, and Cajun fusion cuisine. For musical entertainment, check the event center calendar for concerts happening year-round.