2018 Special Events

All events are free and open to the public (except Tour Des Atakapas and Music Cities Concert)


Friday, Sept. 7
Poster & Pin Unveiling & opening of Hilliard University Art Museum exhibit Louisiana French: Myths and Movements
6-8 p.m., with unveiling at 6:45 p.m.
Exhibit will be on display in the A. Hays Town Building through Oct. 14.


Wednesday, Oct. 3
Louisiana French Oral Poetry: Past and Present
6-8 p.m.
Hilliard University Art Museum
An evening of music and culture as we delve into the history of the French language in Louisiana and the tradition of oral poetry.


Wednesday, Oct. 10
6-8 p.m.
Hilliard University Art Museum
Panel discussion hosted by CODOFIL about the history of their organization and the importance of francophone culture in Louisiana.


Thursday, Oct. 11
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
A. Hays Town Building at Hilliard University Art Museum


7-9 p.m.
Warehouse 535
This Lafayette musical showcase will feature local musicians, along with some of the artists on the “Lyrical Legacy of Caesar Vincent” album. Musicians include Jourdan Thibodeaux, Cedric Watson, Kelli Jones, Megan Brown, Steve Riley, Sam Broussard, David Greely, Julie Williams, Lil Buck Sinegal, Chris Stafford and more.
Friday, Oct. 12
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles opening & cutting of the boudin at 5 p.m., followed by Friday Night Fais Do Do with a 30 For 30 Anniversary Celebration featuring Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.
Girard Park


Saturday, Oct. 13
Tour Des Atakapas race & duathlon at 7 a.m.


Presentation of the Louisiana Tradition Bearer Award Honoring Thomas Deshotels
at 2 p.m., Atelier
Supported by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Louisiana Folklife Commission.
Girard Park


Sunday, Oct. 14
French Mass at 9 a.m.
Final day of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and CODOFIL's “Louisiana French: Myths and Movements” exhibit
Girard Park
Radio Acadie will be broadcasting live from the festival grounds! Interviews as well as live music will hit the airwaves throughout festival weekend. Stop by the tent and visit with the KRVS staff and get info on how you can become a member!