Frequently Asked Questions

When is the festival?

Our 2019 dates are Oct. 11-13. The festival starts Friday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. with the official Cutting of the Boudin and goes until 9 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where does it take place?

Girard Park in Lafayette, La.

How much does it cost to get in?

It’s FREE and open to the public, but please consider supporting us by becoming a Festival Friend. Levels start at just $30 and go all the way up to offset the cost of your favorite band for $1,000.

Where do I park?

Parking on the UL Lafayette campus will be available to the public at $10 per vehicle/per entry. Only debit or credit cards are accepted and are paid at one of the pay station meters in the corners of the parking garage with license plate number. Three free parking lots are also available on Brook Street and Mildred Street. Find more information on parking and a map here

Is there bike parking?

Yes, you can park your bike for free in the “Bike Lafayette” Bike corral presented by Hub City Cycles where it will be safe.

Are ice chests allowed?

NO! The festival profits from the sale of beverages, so for every soft drink or beer you bring from home, that is less monies going to support the musicians and the charities that the festival supports. Water, soft drinks, beer and mixed drinks are all available on-site. Please note that we will be enforcing this policy heavily for 2019, so LEAVE YOUR ICE CHEST AT HOME. 

Can I set up a tent?

Yes, tents set up around the perimeter of the park are first-come, first-served starting on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. We ask that those setting up tents become a Festival Friend first. You can sign up in advance on our website or any time during the weekend. A representative from the festival will be coming around to check tent registration during the weekend. Please email with any questions.  

What other items are prohibited?

We ask that you leave pets, open containers, food, glass, skateboards and RVs at home.

Is recycling available on the grounds?

Yes, drop recyclables in recycling bins and LUS will do the recycling.

What are the festival hours?

Our symposium kicks things off on Friday Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. The music starts Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Are kids welcome?

Yes! We have La Place des Petits, an area just for children with arts and crafts, games and story time with an emphasis on French language and culture. A second kids area focused on arts and crafts is located in the Louisiana Craft Fair.

Is there food for sale?

Our Bayou Food Festival offers a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes from two dozen local vendors, and cooking demonstrations and tasting with area chefs are available at our Culture Sur La Table tent throughout the weekend. Please do not bring your own food to the park and support us by purchasing from our vendors. 

Where can I stay if I’m from out of town?

Our official hotel is Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome. A special rate for festival-goers is available through Sept. 19. 

What else is there to do at the festival besides music?

Shop the Louisiana Craft Fair and official festival merchandise, eat at the Bayou Food Festival, attend a cooking demonstration in the Culture Sur La Table tent, watch a football game in the Sports Tent, run or paddle the Tour Des Atakapas.

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