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Acadiana Festivals & Events that are NOT Canceled this fall!

carnival rides community fair

When you start smelling gumbo in the air, it must be fall in Acadiana. And fall 2021 is shaping up to be MUCH better than the fall we all slept through last year.
The Boudin Cook-Off and Bacon Fest ushered in the festival spirit right this weekend at Parc International. The weather could not have been better, as thousands came out to enjoy live music, cold beer, and over 35 different boudin and bacon creations. Check out the competition’s results to find something new and delicious to try! Also, make sure to keep an eye out for next year’s Boudin Cook-Off & Bacon Fest.

While many of our beloved large gatherings have been cancelled this fall, here are a few outdoor events still planning to roll.

a group of people standing on a sidewalkTo celebrate the growth of Lafayette’s Downtown area, Downtown Rising  will be taking place on the evening of November 11, 2021. This is an outdoor live music event featuring multiple performers. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and the event is family friendly, so feel free to bring the kids! There is limited capacity, so make sure to purchase your tickets early.
Marvin Santiago et al. posing for the cameraNovember 11th also kicks off the Port Barre Cracklin’ Festival which lasts through November 14th. This event hosts a Cracklin’ Cook-Off, Pageant Competition, and a Parade! There will be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase throughout the festival as well. This family-friendly event also has rides and games available for the kids. Click here   for the full festival schedule.

Always the weekend before Thanksgiving is the annual Broussard Community Fair  This year’s festivities will take place on November 20th and 21st on the grounds of St. Cecilia School in Broussard, LA. This growing community fair is the perfect way to spend a day with the family. In addition to carnival games and rides, there are plenty of chances for the adults to win as well. Take home a Thanksgiving turkey or ham! A silent auction will take place, and, just like any other Louisiana event, there will be delicious local Cajun food and smile-making drinks available for purchase.

And don’t forget about old favorites like the world-famous Zydeco Breakfast at Buck & Johnny’s in Breaux Bridge.

Buck and Johnny's in Breaux Bridge

This morning party takes place every Saturday year-round! The restaurant picks up half of its tables to make room for the Zydeco band and a dance floor. Live music from 8 to 11am, and, for just $15, guests can get bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Breakfast is also available for purchase if you can find a moment to kick off your dancing shoes!

Another reoccurring event in the area is the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market . This market is full of local vendors selling their home-grown fruits and vegetables, specialty food items, handcrafted gifts and artwork, plus so much more! Vendors are out at Moncus Park every Saturday from 8am to noon. There are usually a few musicians at the market as well, and the area is shaded by large, beautiful oak trees. So, feel free to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and take some time to enjoy yourself.

a group of people sitting at a bus stop
If you have the time, we highly recommend all of these outdoor events to add a little “joie de vivre” to your fall this year!
By: Whitney Ross, Lafayette Native