Louisiana's history is imbued with music that came here – or arose here – as a wide range of cultural influences took root. But music doesn't exist only in Louisiana's past. It's alive, vibrant and echoing through the streets of all of our cities. Music is alive in homes throughout the state where people play the tunes and instruments of their ancestors. It throbs in clubs and dancehalls from New Orleans to Lake Charles. It resounds from festival stages from Shreveport to Lafayette to Thibodaux. If you don't hear Louisiana's music live, you haven't heard Louisiana's music. Check the schedules, find a spot and sit yourself down – you're in for the musical time of your life!
As the largest city in Lafayette Parish, Lafayette, Louisiana mixes all the amenities of urban life, including universities and medical centers, with the unmistakable influence of the region's venerable Cajun and Creole cultures. Visitors can learn about the area's roots by touring either the Acadian Cultural Center or Vermilionville. Built as 19th century bayou villages, each folk life center operates as an interactive museum. This heritage is still prominent in the city's lifestyle cultural traditions.
Lafayette is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other American city, and many of them specialize in the distinctive, seafood-laden regional cuisine. Numerous music clubs feature homegrown talent, including both traditional and contemporary Cajun and Zydeco performers. Two popular festivals, Festival International de Louisiane in April and Festivals Acadiens in October, draw many thousands of visitors to town and anchor a calendar year full of celebrations of the area's vibrant culture.