Cajun and Creole Music Festivals in Lafayette, Louisiana


Meetu Chilana, Travel Enthusiast>>Lafayette,
the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country, some of the locals call it the “Happiest
City in America.” Maybe because there’s so many music festival
and food events going on all year-round like the one going on right now. I can’t wait to check it out. The Festivals Acadiens Et Créoles is a three-day
celebration of Cajun and Creole music, cuisine and crafts. They’ve got six stages with Grammy award
winning bands, local bands – the Zydeco music is out of this world. People are so friendly. Everyone is willing to dance with you and
show you a thing or two about their traditional dances. And the best part – it’s totally free. You know some of the best accordions in the world are made right here in Louisiana. The original reason they put together the
festival was to educate the younger generations the younger generations about Cajun and Creole culture. And one of the ways they do that is exhibits
like this that showcase the craftsmanship that goes into making the instruments they
play at the festival. You can see beautiful fiddles, gorgeous accordions
and even this alligator-skinned guitar. There’s so much good food here. I want to try everything! I’ve been sampling all the classic Cajun
and Creole dishes: crawfish etouffe, shrimp jambalaya, alligator sausage…you can even
learn how to make these dishes at workshops. It’s a foodie heaven. I feel like I just immersed myself in all
things Cajun, Creole and Zydeco at this festival, which really captures the essence of what
Lafayette actually is. You can get a sampling of everything: the
local crafts, the food, the music – I have so fallen in love with all of it.