Frequently Asked Questions
When is the festival?
Our 2017 dates are October 12-15. Our symposium at Vermilionville will take place Thursday, Oct. 12. The festival starts Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15.
Where does it take place?
Girard Park in Lafayette, La.
How much does it cost to get in?
It’s FREE and open to the public, but please consider supporting us by becoming a Festival Friend. Levels start at just $25 and go all the way up to offsetting the cost of your favorite band for $1,000.
Where do I park?
Parking on the UL Lafayette campus will be available to the public at $10 per vehicle/per entry. Only debit or credit cards are accepted and are paid at one of the pay station meters in the corners of the parking garage with license plate number.
Parking at Cajun Field and riding the shuttle to Girard Park is also an option. The shuttle is located at the corner of Congress Street and Cajundome Boulevard and drops off at the Hilliard University Art Museum. Parking is free, and cost of the shuttle is $2 each way.
Find more information on parking here.
Is there bike parking?
Yes, you can park your bike in the “Bike Lafayette” Bike corral presented by Hub City Cycles where it will be safe.
Are ice chests allowed?
No. The festival profits from the sale of beverages, so for every soft drink or beer you bring from home, that is less monies going to support the musicians and the charities that the festival supports. Water, soft drinks, beer and mixed drinks are all available on-site.
What other items are prohibited?
We ask that you leave pets, open containers, glass, skateboards and RVs at home.
Is recycling available on the grounds?
Yes, drop recyclables in recycling bins and UL Biology Society will do the recycling.
What are the festival hours?
Our symposium at Vermilionville kicks things off on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with the theme “Tools of Cajun and Creole Music and Their Makers.”
The festival opens with the official Cutting of the Boudin on Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. Hours by day are:
Friday: 5-9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Are kids welcome?
Yes! We have La Place des Petits, an area just for children with arts and crafts, games and story time with an emphasis on French language and culture. A second kids area focused on arts and crafts is located in the Louisiana Craft Fair.
Is there food for sale?
Our Bayou Food Festival offers a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes from two dozen local vendors, and cooking demonstrations and tasting with area chefs are available at our Culture Sur La Table tent throughout the weekend.
Where can I stay if I’m from out of town?
A block of rooms has been reserved for October 12-15 at our official hotel Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome. A special room rate of $109 a night will be available until September 21 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The hotel is also located right across the street from the shuttle.
What else is there to do at the festival besides music?
Shop the Louisiana Craft Fair and official festival merchandise, eat at the Bayou Food Festival, attend a cooking demonstration in the Culture Sur La Table tent, watch a football game in the Sports Tent, run or paddle the Tour Des Atakapas, view our 2017 art exhibit at the Hilliard University Art Museum A.