While New Orleans is atwitter with its Jazz and Heritage Festival, an estimated 400,000 music lovers will descend on Lafayette for the annual Festival International de Louisiane. This free outdoor visual and performing arts celebration honors South Louisiana’s French heritage by inviting French speaking performers from around the world to its five stages.
Downtown Lafayette becomes an international hub of music, dance, and food. Meandering down the tree-lined streets, and drifting in and out of colorful art markets, attendees are greeted by more than two dozen local eateries. From expertly fried alligator balls by Alligator Shakes to Natchitoches meat pies by Antlers Restaurant and Bar, there is a wide variety of Cajun flare. And hot boudin and cracklins abound.