There’s no shortage of things to do here in Louisiana. Plan ahead for these upcoming (and weekly) events next time you’re in the area, or should you find yourself playing tour guide:
Sugar Cane Festival
For 72 years now, New Iberia’s Sugar Cane Festival has honored the farmers and processors whose tireless efforts continue to make all our lives a whole lot sweeter. Set this year for Sept. 25-29, the festival will feature a fais-do-do, boat parade, concerts, food vendors and so much more. If the unmistakable scent of sugar mills processing isn’t enough to prepare you for fall, try chomping down on a sugar cane stalk. Not a soul will give you an awkward eye.
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Kick up your heels, along with a little dust, for Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, three full days of food, music, crafts and artwork from some of the region’s most prolific chefs, musicians, artisans and artists. This free festival, Oct. 11-13 in Girard Park, offers a truly authentic Cajun and Zydeco music experience, plus a food selection featuring more incredible dishes than a foodie’s Instagram feed.
Zydeco Pancake Breakfast
Where else can you eat pancakes and listen to Zydeco music? Join the Kiwanis Club of Acadiana 8 a.m.–11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Acadian Village for an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast with the foot-stomping music of the Grammy Award-winning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement and Kiwanis’ Bring Up Grades (BUG) and Eliminate projects.