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!
Opelousas is a great place to use your feet, whether strolling over the 19th-century brick sidewalks lining its historic district or participating in the city's deep Zydeco music tradition by dancing at a local club or festival. Opelousas is Louisiana's third-oldest city and is part of the state's Main Street Program with its downtown cluster of antique shops, boutiques and restaurants serving Cajun cuisine. Visitors can see antebellum, Victorian and early 20th-century buildings on a walk through town, including the "Hidden Capital of Louisiana," which served as the governor's mansion during the Civil War. A trip to the historic Le Vieux Village, with its 19th-century cottages, Orphan Train exhibit and Jim Bowie display about the famous one-time Opelousas resident, adds historical context to the Cajun and Creole folkways still in such vibrant evidence around the city today, while the Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino is among the city's newest attractions.