Acadiana is the heart of Cajun Country, where people know how to have a good time — especially when the sun goes down.
In Acadiana, residents enjoy authentic South Louisiana food, bars, clubs and dozens of dancehalls featuring Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop bands.
Live music of all kinds can be found across the region, from concert series in downtown Lafayette featuring popular local bands to regional acts appearing at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, such as Ricky Lee Jones, Aaron Neville, Josh Ritter and Rosanne Cash. The arts are also an important part of Acadiana culture and at night they come alive in all forms — from theater and dance to exhibitions and art walks.
Dining & live music
The Acadiana region is home to a culture that celebrates food in both casual and fine dining settings. In addition to steak, seafood and authentic Cajun restaurants, Lafayette also features international cuisine such as Japanese, Cuban, Mexican, Spanish Tapas and Greek, as well as numerous late-night dining options.
Acadiana residents regularly fill dancehalls, restaurants and pack area festivals to dance and listen to local music. The area is filled with a variety of live music options, including swamp pop, blues, rock, alternative, bluegrass, folk and Celtic music in addition to youthful pop bands. Live music is ingrained into the Acadiana culture, and there is plenty to discover across the region.
An evening of art & nightlife in Downtown Lafayette
Downtown Lafayette is a hub for nightlife. Fine restaurants, sports bars, live music venues, clubs and more all within a short walk of each other. The Downtown Alive spring and fall concert series features a range of artists from Big Band and Cajun music to popular acts like The Marshall Tucker Band. Downtown Lafayette also plays host to popular events like Movies in the Park and “Hottest Night of the Year,” a family-friendly, end of summer blowout party.
The downtown Lafayette Cultural District has been recognized for its cultural contributions and both business and community partnerships by various state, national and international publications, drawing visitors from around the world. The area’s monthly ArtWalk allows locals and visitors to take in the evening art exhibits, while other recurring events highlight the region’s arts and culture scene, including like theater productions and poetry slams at Cite des Arts, comedy from the Silverbacks Improv Theatre and a professional symphony orchestra.