We know this time of year there is plenty to do in Baton Rouge with kids, and the cooler temperatures means plenty of fall family fun. However, if you do find yourself wanting to venture out for a day trip, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is a kid-friendly festival in Lafayette, LA worth the drive. Our local Baton Rouge writers have plenty of family-friendly road trip suggestions from Baton Rouge, as well as tips on enjoying an adventure in the great outdoors! Another one of our favorite outings with kids in Baton Rouge is hiking, but there’s nothing quite like a festival in Southeast Louisiana when the weather is crisp … and that’s why we think you should plan to attend Festivals Acadiens et Créoles the weekend of October 14-16!
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles :: Family Fun is Just an Hour Away!
Growing up in Lafayette, there’s always one festival my family makes sure to attend, sometimes with my old(ish) grandma in tow. That’s right; this festival is easy enough to do with your grandma or your kids! Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is happening October 14-16 in Lafayette.
I can think of 100 reasons why my family and I make it a priority to make it to Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, but I’ll shorten my list to seven. So, pack a day bag, hop in the car, and drive over to Lafayette for the day, you’ll be home for bedtime (or close to it.) Laissez les bon temps rouler!
That’s right, there is NO admission fee! If you’re willing to walk a little, you can usually find free parking as well. The festival does have official parking on ULL’s campus for a $10 fee. There are food and drink booths, a craft area with tons of local and regional artists, and a festival shop. While you can go listen to the bands in the beautiful park area for free, I’d suggest bringing some cash.
The Crafts for Sale
The festival hosts members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild and they do not disappoint. I’ve bought many a Christmas present, cute kid outfit, or piece of jewelry from these wonderful people. The shopping is great and unique.
While us locals come out for the festival, it doesn’t feel crowded. There’s plenty of room t
Something for Everyone
There’s even an area with TVs for the sports fanatic in your life. Make new friends with someone while watching ULL or LSU on the big screens. Learn to cook a delicious Cajun dish at the “Culture Sur La Table” food demo tent. Eat until your pants don’t fit (or wear a dress, so you have more room). Listen to some absolutely amazing bands. Dance ‘till your feet hurt. Make some precious arts and crafts with the kids. Festival is truly a one stop spot for family fun!
Last, but not least, you’ll be home by bedtime.
Pack some pajamas, because your littles are bound to fall asleep in the car on the drive back to Baton Rouge. The last band takes the stage at 8, so the festival usually ends around 9-10. You’ll be home well before midnight, or book a hotel and stay for the weekend. You’ll have so much fun, you’ll probably want to come back for Sunday Funday anyway!