Category Archives: Local Events

Rayne Frog Festival

frog_xingHop on over to Rayne, Louisiana next weekend for a toad-ally fun and exciting time!

The annual Rayne Frog Festival will be held Wednesday, May 11th through Saturday, May 14th at the Frog Festival Pavilion and Grounds in Rayne.

What does the Frog Festival celebrate, exactly? It all began with the Weill brothers, who in the late 1800s started a lucrative business exporting frog legs to world renowned restaurants from New York to France. On all of their invoices they wrote: “Rayne, Louisiana, Frog Capital of the World”.

The frog leg industry experienced a sharp decline in the 1970s, but the people of Rayne were reluctant to lose the title of Frog Capital of the World. In response to the industry’s decline, the first annual Rayne Frog Festival was held in 1973, preserving the town’s recognition.

kissing frog

Each year since then, Rayne has celebrated the impact of the frog leg industry on its town with a four day festival full of music, delicious foods and drinks, carnival rides, signature events such as frog racing and jumping, pageants, an arts and crafts show, and a Grand Parade.

So join in on the celebration; you’re in for an un-frog-ettable weekend!

Rice and Gravy Cook-Off

If you grew up in South Louisiana, rice and gravy was (and still is) a popular dish. The simplicity of rice and gravy is what has always made it the perfect go-to dinner: savory gravy made from meat, poultry, or seafood poured atop a plate of steaming white rice. That’s all it takes to satisfy a Cajun’s appetite!

rice and gravy

If thinking about rice and gravy is making you hungry, you’re in luck.  The Breaux Bridge Lions Club is hosting its annual Rice and Gravy Cookoff TODAY!  Locals have registered to put their rice and gravy to the test and are currently cooking up big batches for all attendees to sample from now until 6 PM.

Head over to Parc du Pont in Breaux Bridge for all-you-can-eat rice and gravy and live music provided by Les Bons Sons, Nickeo’s Crustacean’s Band, and Brenda C & the Cajun Jammers.  There are also fun activities for the kids!  Tickets are $5 per entry.  The winners of each cookoff category (meat, poultry, and seafood) will be announced at 4 PM!

bblcBreaux Bridge Lions Club is part of a global service organization network whose mission is to provide community service and improve the lives of local youths, needy, and disabled.  Learn more about the organization here.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

bb crawfish festIt’s no surprise that Louisiana is by far the largest producer of crawfish in the United States.  In fact, the Crawfish Capital of the World is nestled right in the heart of Acadiana.  Breaux Bridge, Louisiana was given the title in 1959 by Governor Earl K. Long.  Each year since then, Breaux Bridge and all of Acadiana have celebrated the success of the crawfish industry in Louisiana at the Annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!

The festival is one of the biggest parties in Cajun Country, receiving around 30,000 attendees each year.  This year’s installment will be held next weekend, May 6th through May 8th, and is expected to be a huge turnout as always.

more crawfish

Can you guess what’s on the menu?  That’s right: crawfish, crawfish, and even more crawfish!  And it’ll be available in every imaginable form – fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites.  (Other foods will also be available, but who goes to the Crawfish Festival and doesn’t eat crawfish?!)

The annual crawfish eating contest will be held for those who have major appetites for the mudbugs.  If you’d rather not eat the crawfish, you can enter one in the crawfish race instead!

In addition to all the food is the crawfish étouffée cook-off, where contestants cook up their best étouffée recipes in hopes of winning the title of Cook-off Champion.  Patrons will be able to sample the entries after judging!

dancing festival

There will be enough live and local music to go around all weekend, provided by 30 Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop band on three different stages.  So put on your dancing shoes, especially if you plan on competing in the Cajun and Zydeco dance contests!

Kids of all ages will love experiencing the fun and exciting carnival rides and games, all safely enclosed in a fenced-in area.  A highlight of the weekend is the Festival Parade, honoring the festival royalty and featuring festive floats and energetic music performances.

Be sure to check out all the arts and crafts booths for unique and creative items, ranging from clothing and accessories to wood work and furniture!  Official Crawfish Festival merchandise will also be available for purchase.

If crawfish has a special place in your heart, you won’t want to miss out on the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, a weekend full of fun for the whole family!

Visit the event’s website for the full weekend schedule, lineup, and more general information.

Festival International de Louisiane

Fesival International

Acadiana’s biggest and most anticipated music festival is finally here – the 2016 installment of Festival International de Louisiane will be held next week from Wednesday, April 20 to Sunday, April 24 in Downtown Lafayette.  This family-oriented event is free for all to attend!

festival screaming people

Since 1986, Festival International has aimed to enrich the community with a celebration of its native cultures through performing arts, educate the public of the historical achievements and artistic expressions of related global cultures, and develop culture and tourism, as well as enhance economic development by expanding Louisiana’s reputation as an arts center and a destination for artistic events.

The Festival brings a variety of unique and emerging performers from across the globe to Southwest Louisiana.  Each year, artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas are invited to share their talents with the community.  In addition to music, the event also features workshops, theater, and other forms of performance arts.

festival food

Music lovers, foodies, and art aficionados alike will be pleasantly surprised by just how much Festival International has to offer.  This year’s food vendors include some of Lafayette’s most prestigious local eateries, such as Fezzo’s, Bon Temps Grill, Blue Dog Cafe, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn, and over a dozen regional brewing companies.  More than 150 artists’ booths will display unique artwork from around the world.

Head over to festivalinternational.org to check out the full music lineup and other experiences such as Cirque de la Rue and Rhythms and Roots series.  Be sure to head Downtown next weekend to help celebrate 30 years of Festival International de Louisiane!

Category Archives: Local Events

Rayne Frog Festival

frog_xingHop on over to Rayne, Louisiana next weekend for a toad-ally fun and exciting time!

The annual Rayne Frog Festival will be held Wednesday, May 11th through Saturday, May 14th at the Frog Festival Pavilion and Grounds in Rayne.

What does the Frog Festival celebrate, exactly? It all began with the Weill brothers, who in the late 1800s started a lucrative business exporting frog legs to world renowned restaurants from New York to France. On all of their invoices they wrote: “Rayne, Louisiana, Frog Capital of the World”.

The frog leg industry experienced a sharp decline in the 1970s, but the people of Rayne were reluctant to lose the title of Frog Capital of the World. In response to the industry’s decline, the first annual Rayne Frog Festival was held in 1973, preserving the town’s recognition.

kissing frog

Each year since then, Rayne has celebrated the impact of the frog leg industry on its town with a four day festival full of music, delicious foods and drinks, carnival rides, signature events such as frog racing and jumping, pageants, an arts and crafts show, and a Grand Parade.

So join in on the celebration; you’re in for an un-frog-ettable weekend!

Rice and Gravy Cook-Off

If you grew up in South Louisiana, rice and gravy was (and still is) a popular dish. The simplicity of rice and gravy is what has always made it the perfect go-to dinner: savory gravy made from meat, poultry, or seafood poured atop a plate of steaming white rice. That’s all it takes to satisfy a Cajun’s appetite!

rice and gravy

If thinking about rice and gravy is making you hungry, you’re in luck.  The Breaux Bridge Lions Club is hosting its annual Rice and Gravy Cookoff TODAY!  Locals have registered to put their rice and gravy to the test and are currently cooking up big batches for all attendees to sample from now until 6 PM.

Head over to Parc du Pont in Breaux Bridge for all-you-can-eat rice and gravy and live music provided by Les Bons Sons, Nickeo’s Crustacean’s Band, and Brenda C & the Cajun Jammers.  There are also fun activities for the kids!  Tickets are $5 per entry.  The winners of each cookoff category (meat, poultry, and seafood) will be announced at 4 PM!

bblcBreaux Bridge Lions Club is part of a global service organization network whose mission is to provide community service and improve the lives of local youths, needy, and disabled.  Learn more about the organization here.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

bb crawfish festIt’s no surprise that Louisiana is by far the largest producer of crawfish in the United States.  In fact, the Crawfish Capital of the World is nestled right in the heart of Acadiana.  Breaux Bridge, Louisiana was given the title in 1959 by Governor Earl K. Long.  Each year since then, Breaux Bridge and all of Acadiana have celebrated the success of the crawfish industry in Louisiana at the Annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!

The festival is one of the biggest parties in Cajun Country, receiving around 30,000 attendees each year.  This year’s installment will be held next weekend, May 6th through May 8th, and is expected to be a huge turnout as always.

more crawfish

Can you guess what’s on the menu?  That’s right: crawfish, crawfish, and even more crawfish!  And it’ll be available in every imaginable form – fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites.  (Other foods will also be available, but who goes to the Crawfish Festival and doesn’t eat crawfish?!)

The annual crawfish eating contest will be held for those who have major appetites for the mudbugs.  If you’d rather not eat the crawfish, you can enter one in the crawfish race instead!

In addition to all the food is the crawfish étouffée cook-off, where contestants cook up their best étouffée recipes in hopes of winning the title of Cook-off Champion.  Patrons will be able to sample the entries after judging!

dancing festival

There will be enough live and local music to go around all weekend, provided by 30 Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop band on three different stages.  So put on your dancing shoes, especially if you plan on competing in the Cajun and Zydeco dance contests!

Kids of all ages will love experiencing the fun and exciting carnival rides and games, all safely enclosed in a fenced-in area.  A highlight of the weekend is the Festival Parade, honoring the festival royalty and featuring festive floats and energetic music performances.

Be sure to check out all the arts and crafts booths for unique and creative items, ranging from clothing and accessories to wood work and furniture!  Official Crawfish Festival merchandise will also be available for purchase.

If crawfish has a special place in your heart, you won’t want to miss out on the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, a weekend full of fun for the whole family!

Visit the event’s website for the full weekend schedule, lineup, and more general information.

Festival International de Louisiane

Fesival International

Acadiana’s biggest and most anticipated music festival is finally here – the 2016 installment of Festival International de Louisiane will be held next week from Wednesday, April 20 to Sunday, April 24 in Downtown Lafayette.  This family-oriented event is free for all to attend!

festival screaming people

Since 1986, Festival International has aimed to enrich the community with a celebration of its native cultures through performing arts, educate the public of the historical achievements and artistic expressions of related global cultures, and develop culture and tourism, as well as enhance economic development by expanding Louisiana’s reputation as an arts center and a destination for artistic events.

The Festival brings a variety of unique and emerging performers from across the globe to Southwest Louisiana.  Each year, artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas are invited to share their talents with the community.  In addition to music, the event also features workshops, theater, and other forms of performance arts.

festival food

Music lovers, foodies, and art aficionados alike will be pleasantly surprised by just how much Festival International has to offer.  This year’s food vendors include some of Lafayette’s most prestigious local eateries, such as Fezzo’s, Bon Temps Grill, Blue Dog Cafe, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn, and over a dozen regional brewing companies.  More than 150 artists’ booths will display unique artwork from around the world.

Head over to festivalinternational.org to check out the full music lineup and other experiences such as Cirque de la Rue and Rhythms and Roots series.  Be sure to head Downtown next weekend to help celebrate 30 years of Festival International de Louisiane!