Oct. 12, 2016 01:03 PM

Creating a “temporary dance hall” scene at Girard Park, Festivals Acadiens et Creoles organizers strive to present the current state of the culture through performances that can range from thoughtful preservation to daring innovation, from the oldest ballads to the latest in experimental Cajun, zydeco and Creole music.

FESTIVAL VENUES

SCÈNE MA LOUISIANE PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE

Festivals oldest music stage grew out of a 1974 concert in Blackham Coliseum, and musicians gather annually here to make a statement concerning the current state of the art.

SCÈNE MON HÉRITAGE PRESENTED BY LUS

This stage grew out of the Atelier or Workshop Stage, as it was known when it first emerged in the 1980s, eventually evolving into a full-blown, open-air site with a well-earned reputation for experimental Cajun and zydeco programming.

SCÈNE D’ANNIVERSAIRE PRESENTED BY YUENGLING

The newest addition to Festivals’ multi-music platforms, this stage is located on the grounds of the Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum on the campus of UL Lafayette.

SALLE DE DANSE PRESENTED BY CHEVRON

The Dance Hall Tent grew out of a request from people attending Festivals for a wooden dance floor, as well as a need to feature bands that specialize in a dance hall style of music.

BAYOU FOOD FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CRÉOLES

Try an alligator sausage poboy, boudin balls, crawfish tamales, jambalaya and beignets as the area’s best restaurants and caterers turn out to showcase their finest specialties.

CULTURE SUR LA TABLE PRESENTED PRESENTED BY J&J EXTERMINATING

Visit us at Culture Sur la Table (Culture on the Table) where Louisiana Culinary Institute Chef Instructor Colt Patin will be joining area chefs in demonstrating authentic Louisiana dishes.

LOUISIANA CRAFT FAIR PRESENTED BY THE LOUISIANA CRAFTS GUILD

The Craft Fair with more than 70 booths takes place next to Scène Mon Héritage and admission is free, making the entire Festivals a free event. Visit www.louisianacrafts.org for more information.

LA PLACE DES PETITS PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles invites all the little folks to enjoy French language games, crafts and music.

JAM ÇA! JAM TENT PRESENTED BY DR. TOMMY COMEAUX ENDOWED CHAIR IN TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Festivals-goers have the opportunity to play alongside some of the best Cajun and Creole musicians Louisiana has to offer, picking up priceless pointers.

SCÈNE ATELIER PRESENTED BY FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CRÉOLES

For two days, we fill this stage with an astonishing selection of performances and interactive workshops, providing rare insights into the music and magic of our artists.

LOUISIANA SPORTS TENT PRESENTED BY LUS FIBER & LA 31 BEER

Keep up with scores of your favorite Louisiana teams and wash down a win with an ice cold beer.

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