Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Lafayette’s annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, held the second full weekend in October, provides the ideal opportunity to discover Lafayette’s blend of food, music and culture that makes the city so unique. For over 40 years this free festival has offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to experience three days of nonstop music, dancing, food as well as crafts and a genuine Cajun and Creole experience like no other. For more infomration, go to the official site of Festivals Acadiens et Creoles.

Upcoming Dates:

October 9-11, 2015
October 14-16, 2016
October 13-15, 2017
October 12-14, 2018
October 11-13, 2019
October 9-11, 2020
 
History of Festival Acadiens et Creole
In the 1930s folklorists John and Alan Lomax visited South Louisiana to record Cajun and Creole songs to be added to the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song, now the Archive of Folk Culture. It was the first time Cajun and Creole songs were captured on tape for archival purposes.
 
In 1964, Dewey Balfa, Gladdie Thibodeaux and Louis “Vinesse” Lejeune were invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island — the first Cajun musicians ever accorded that honor. Balfa didn’t know how the South Louisiana music would be received and was surprised that audience members sat and listened, as opposed to dancing like they did back home.
 
At the end of Dewey Balfa’s set, the audience responded with a standing ovation.
 
Buoyed by Lomax and inspired by Newport, Balfa was determined to ignite that same respect and adoration in his home state. He came back to Louisiana with a purpose to bring home the echo of that Newport applause back to Louisiana.
 
The result was “A Tribute to Cajun Music” on March 26, 1974, in Lafayette’s Blackham Coliseum, a culturally significant event that would evolve into today’s Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, a culturally rich, multi-layered free festival.
 
More than 40 years later Festivals Acadiens et Creoles continues to evolve and celebrate the cultures of South Louisiana in Lafayette, the heart of Cajun & Creole Country, with a combination of food, music and cultural demonstrations.

Read more about the 40 year history of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles on our blog by clicking the images below.


2015 Schedule of Performers

Friday, Oct. 9
Scène Ma Louisiane
5:30 - 6:45: Terry Huval & Jambalaya, DL Menard, Hert LeBanc, Jo-El Sonnier, Christine Balfa, Kevin Wimmer, Dirk Powell & Waylon Thibodeaux
7:15 - 8:45: Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie
 
Saturday, Oct. 10
Scène Ma Louisiane
10:30 - 11:30: Rachel Wilson and Cajun Express
11:45 - 12:45: T-Salé, with tribute to Cyp and Adam Landreneau
1:00 - 2:15: Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys & Family Juré
2:30 - 3:30: Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys
3:45 - 4:45: Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys
5:00 - 6:00: Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars
6:15 - 7:30: Bonsoir, Catin
 
Scène Mon Héritage
10:45 - 11:45: Sheryl Cormier and Cajun Sound
12:00 - 1:00: Ruben Moreno and Zydeco Re-Evolution
1:15 - 2:15: Magnolia Sisters
2:30 - 3:30: Pine Leaf Boys
3:45 - 4:45: Corey Ledet Zydeco Band
5:00 - 6:30: Feufollet
 
Salle de Danse
11:00 - 12:00: Lafayette Rhythm Devils
12:15 - 1:15: Zydeco Radio
1:30 - 2:30: Sweet Crude
2:45 - 4:00: Creole String Beans
4:15 - 5:30: Savoy Family Band
 
Atelier
11:30 - 12:30: Is it ladylike? Christine Balfa, Sheryl Cormier, Mary Broussard, Kristi Guillory
12:45 - 1:45: Acadian Ballads - David Greely, Barry Ancelet, Megan Brown & Hert Leblanc
2:00 - 3:00: Pianorama - Rick Lagneaux, Wilson Savoy & Eric Adcock
3:15 - 4:15: Electric Guitars - Sam Broussard, Chris Stafford & Tommy Shreve
4:30 - 5:30: Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Leroy Etienne, Aurelien Barnes - Louisiana Creole French Songs
 
Anniversary Stage
11:30 - 12:30: Huval – Fuselier Cajun Trio
12:45 - 1:45: Ervin Frey and the Eunice Ramblers
2:00 - 3:00: Kira Viator and Bayou Beat
3:15 - 4:15: Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours
4:30 - 5:30: Ray Abshire & Friends
 
Jam Ça!
12:00 - 1:15: Kira Viator
1:30 - 2:45: Sheryl & Russell Cormier
3:00 - 4:15: Jeffery Broussard and D'Jalma Garnier
 
Sunday, Oct. 11
Scène Ma Louisiane
10:30 - 11:30: Robert Jardell and Pure Cajun
11:45 - 12:45: Dog Hill Stompers
1:00 - 2:00: Hert LeBlanc Band from Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Canada
2:15 - 3:15: Travis Matte and the Kingpins
3:30 - 4:30: Richard LeBoeuf and Two-Step
4:45 - 5:45: Jo-El Sonnier
6:00 - 7:15: Wayne Toups ZydeCajun
 
Scène Mon Héritage
10:30 - 11:30: Lil Wayne and Same Old Two-Step
11:45 - 12:45: Babineaux Sisters
1:00 - 2:00: Chubby Carrière and the Bayou Swamp Band
2:15 - 3:15: Lost Bayou Ramblers
3:30 - 4:45: Terry and the Zydeco Bay Boys
5:00 - 6:30: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
 
Salle de Danse
9:00 - 10:00: French Mass
11:00 - 12:00: Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold
12:15 - 1:15: Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
1:30 - 2:30: Red Beans and Rice Revue Reunion
2:45 - 3:45: The Revelers
4:00 - 5:30: Greg Martinez and the Delta Kings
 
Atelier
11:30 - 12:30: Master Fiddlers - Kevin Wimmer & Mitch Reed
12:45 - 1:45: Steel Guitars in Cajun Dance Halls - Randall Foreman, Richard Comeaux & Marty Broussard
2:00 - 3:00: Fiddlers with amps - Jamie Bearb, Jason Bergeron, Travis Matte
3:15 - 4:15: Accordion theory - Jason Frey, Steve Riley and Dexter Ardoin
4:30 - 5:30: Sweet Cecelia
 
Anniversary Stage
11:30 - 12:30: Dexter Ardoin Band
12:45 - 1:45: T'Monde
2:00 - 3:00: Courtbouillon
3:15 - 4:15: Jimmy Breaux and Friends
4:30 - 5:30: Goldman Thibodeaux and Friends
 
Jam Ça!
12:00 - 1:15: Jimmy Breaux
1:30 - 2:45: Horace Trahan
3:00 - 4:15: Angelle Aces with Kristi Guillory