This hidden gem is tucked away in Willow's Food Mart at 1409 Willow Street in Upper Lafayette. The name says it all - BZ's Underground Kitchen is a call-ahead, drive-up food service restaurant. Every dish is made to order. What started as a way to channel energy during the shutdown in 2020 turned into a passion.
If you're looking to spend some time in the Hub City and want to know what events are happening in June, you're in the right place. We'll give you a monthly rundown of live music and other events taking place each month in the Happiest City in America. EatLafayette |...
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Shawn Broaddus grew up eating delicious food. Shawn's grandmother owned a Sonic on Moss Street for many years. He took the quality of food he ate at home for granted after a camping trip where others were in charge - he realized learning how to cook for himself was essential. In 2014, he took his grandmother's defunct Sonic drive-in property and transformed it into Broaddus Burgers.
National Food Truck Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of June. It began as a way to support the 30,000+ food trucks across the United States and Canada. Visit your favorite local food trucks to help keep these small businesses part of our community! There is a new food truck in Acadiana every weekend, so there is no limit to the delicious meals on wheels you can find.
Sushi: the Japanese delicacy has become accessible to everyone across the world and it’s easy to see why. Are you looking for a simple morsel of salmon? Or do you want a fried piece of soft shell crab wrapped in rice and topped with roe, eel sauce, and all the fixings? With such a wide range of flavor profiles, sushi can be a flexible dinner option for many. Mix in our cajun flavors (crawfish roll anyone?) and you have a unique and interesting sushi experience.
Springtime in Lafayette is music to everyone's ears with free concert series held Wednesday through Friday. Kick off your weekend starting Wednesday in Pelican Park with the Mercredi Concert Series. On Thursday, the good times keep rolling with Rhythms on the River, a free evening concert series held in River Ranch's Town Square. Fridays are a doubleheader with Bach Lunch, a free popular lunchtime music series on Fridays in Downtown Lafayette and Downtown Alive! later that evening, with free music from regional artists of all genres. To download the spring concert series calendar, click here.
Summer. It's more than a season; it's an attitude of vacation embedded in our psyches from childhood schooldays. It's in our muscle memories of halcyon times of play, long lazy days, tall glasses of lemonade and sweet tea sipped under a ceiling fan on a shady porch, or maybe a frosty cocktail or two or three enjoyed at a favorite air-conditioned watering hole. It's the laughter of children splashing in a pool and picnics under ancient oaks in a park. It's the cool relief of an afternoon rain shower, leaving the air fresh with the scent of magnolias and jasmine, and it's the aromas permeating from backyard grills everywhere. Summer in Lafayette is a time to slow down and relax but make no mistake; there's plenty of fun to be had as well. Whether your idea of a good time involves two-stepping around one of our famous dancehalls, paddling down a bayou beneath moss-draped oaks, sitting in at a Cajun music jam, dining on authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, fishing for the big one, or being mesmerized by nature on a swamp tour, Lafayette is your summer headquarters for all the vacation fun Acadiana has to offer.
What goes better with beautiful weather, festivals, and live music? BBQ. There is no shortage of choices in Lafayette and the surrounding areas when it comes to BBQ. From traditional to special Sunday plate lunches, there's a smoked meat restaurant for everyone's palate. Is it sauce you love? Lafayette has a place. Is it smoked, dry-rubbed brisket? We have that too. What about an entire pig that's been slow roasting all afternoon? Yep. We got it.
This literary festival honors New Iberia authors and others from around the world. There will be events throughout the festival at various venues celebrating literature and its impact on our culture as a parish. Events include storytelling, workshops, theatrical vignettes, music, local cuisine, Dave Robicheaux tours, and a 5K run. For more information, click here.
Deemed the festival on wheels, Cycle Zydeco is a four-day touring ride held the week after Easter. Cyclists from all over the globe (the farthest being from New Zealand) participate in this party on wheels. Cycle Zydeco's priorities are eating, dancing, drinking, and riding a bicycle to the next festive location. Each stop offers you the chance to experience the magic of Cajun Country that includes tours of local attractions, live music, and Cajun cuisine.
The Scott Boudin Festival celebrates a rich community of Cajun heritage by showcasing a unique specialty, boudin. In the small town of Scott, boudin recipes have been passed down from one generation to the next, making it such a staple that it's known as the Boudin Capital of the World.
Prepare to two-step the day away at the world’s largest one-day zydeco festival Zydeco Extravaganza. Held annually on the Sunday before Memorial Day, it’s a musical marathon that features eight to ten zydeco artists over 12 hours. Local radio personality Charles Cravins founded the festival in 1987 to revive the Creole culture in Southern Louisiana and to pay tribute to his ancestors who have lived in the area since 1764.
A tradition since 1960, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is the best way to experience all the ways the crustacean can be enjoyed, with the area’s best music as its soundtrack. Breaux Bridge is Ranked #7 on Southern Living’s list of best food towns while also being the Crawfish Capital of the World, making this festival one not to be missed.
Sept. 3 – Southeastern Louisiana. Feb 25 - Stanford, 1:00 pm (Round Rock Classic) Feb 26 - Indiana, 12:00 pm (Round Rock Classic) Feb 27 - Arkansas, 6:00 pm (Round Rock Classic) March. Mar 1 - @ Northwestern St., 6:00 pm. Mar 2 - Northwestern St., 6:00 pm. Mar...
March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, we're showing support to local, female-owned businesses. These eateries are diverse in the types of food offered; some are new to the scene, some are established classics. Either way, these restaurants, and the boss babes who run them are paving the way for future generations to follow their dreams.
In Lafayette, Spring parades in like a Mardi Gras and 2-steps out like a Zydeco Queen. Gardens are bursting with azaleas in every shade of pink, peach, red, and lavender, while magnolia trees present their showy white blossoms. Spanish moss-draped cypress and tupelo trees in swamps and lakes proudly display their new green foliage as you paddle past nesting herons, egrets, and spoonbills, while alligators and turtles sun themselves on fallen logs. Music, especially the Cajun, zydeco, and swamp pop that provide the soundtrack to life in Acadiana, rings out from festival stages, auditoriums, jam sessions, and dance halls, and the enticing aromas of crawfish boils and Cajun and Creole cooking permeate the air. Spring in Lafayette is festival season, crawfish season, garden season, getting-out-in-nature season, and all-around-enjoying-life season. Whether visiting for a weekend or a month, there are always unique experiences to bring you back to The Happiest City in America, again and again.
Libations. Spirits. Cocktails. Drinks. Aperitif. Whatever you call it, liquid concoctions of booze, fruit, herbs, and other flavors can elevate any outing. Bartenders and mixologists are becoming more playful and adventurous on their bar menus. There's something for everyone, from old-school classics to trendy new flavor profiles. With mocktails becoming more popular, there are even options for the sober curious.
South Louisiana is home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras. But what most people see on television the weekend before Lent starts much earlier. The entire Carnival season runs several winter weeks in Lafayette and throughout the Acadiana region and includes Carnival balls, parades, ancient Cajun courirs or Mardi Gras runs, and special events. Carnival begins on Jan. 6, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, or the Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus. This Carnival season continues until Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
South Louisiana is home to the best free gathering on earth, a one-of-a-kind celebration known as Mardi Gras! With so many things to do during this five-day celebration, it can be hard to decide where to go, or if you're a fan of Cajun and Zydeco music, where to go dancing.