Rich in Creole heritage, Acadiana is home to an abundance of artistic and musical traditions. From distinctive art forms to the high-energy sounds of Zydeco bands, there is rarely a shortage of cultural experiences in the Acadiana region.
Located on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (UL Lafayette) campus, Rodrigue Studio Lafayette displays works by its namesake, the New Iberia native George Rodrigue (1944-2013). Rising to popularity in the 1990s through his creation of the now iconic “Blue Dog” series of paintings, Rodrigue’s work is the subject of 12 books and numerous retrospectives. At the Rodrigue Studio Lafayette, visitors can enjoy the artist’s wide collection of paintings, drawings and sketches at their leisure. The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum is another popular art venue located on the UL Lafayette campus, featuring a number of multicultural and historic exhibitions from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Lafayette also hosts popular performances throughout the year in the CAJUNDOME. Opened in 1985, the arena attracts a variety of entertainers and offers programs for Acadiana residents to enjoy. From concerts to extreme sporting competitions, the facility seats more than 12,000 people and hosts as many as 140 events each year. Past entertainers include Toby Keith, The Eagles, 3 Doors Down and Tim McGraw.
In a region filled with art, music and entertainment, Acadiana residents also enjoy popular local cuisine. After opening in the 1990s, Café des Amis has become an iconic Lafayette establishment. Every Saturday morning, loyal patrons pack Café des Amis for a tradition known as the Zydeco Breakfast. The mornings consist of food, fun, music and dancing that lasts well into the afternoon.