What is Festival International de Louisiane?
Festival International de Louisiane is the largest international music and arts festival in the United States. Festival International is a beloved annual 5-day cultural celebration of French, Cajun, and Creole heritage, occurring in downtown Lafayette. We have music, arts and crafts, street animation, performances, and more!
Since its creation, Festival International de Louisiane has become famous as a premier presenter of some of the most unique world musicians and performances in the United States. It features musical genres from around the world, showcasing Louisiana’s ties with the Francophone world. From rock to folk, world music to Cajun, zydeco to jazz, blues to funk, Latin to reggae… there is something for everyone!
When and where is Festival International de Louisiane held?
Festival International de Louisiane takes place during the last full week of April. Historic downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, is transformed into an entertainment mecca featuring 6 music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutique, art galleries, beverage stands, etc.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming years!
April 22-26, 2020
April 21-25, 2021
What does is cost to attend Festival?
Festival is a free event, thanks to our supporters. Volunteer, buy some merch, run the 5K, get a Festival Pass, join one of our support programs… there are many ways you can help keep Festival going.
Any tips on preparing for Festival International de Louisiane?
- The springtime weather in south Louisiana can range from pleasantly cool to very warm, so you will want to dress comfortable. T-shirts & tank-tops are available for purchase at the Festival Merchandise tents.
- Bring along sunscreen for yourself and your family, as well as sunglasses. Downtown Lafayette has many shaded areas but the sun will be out at every stages!
- A hat or a visor is a good idea. Don’t worry, if you forget your hat or lose it while dancing, we have plenty of Festival hats and visors available for purchase at the Festival Merchandise tents.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be dancing away during many Festival performances, standing in lines, and walking (or running) from stage-to-stage to see your favorite Festival performer!
- You will want to keep hydrated. Beverages are available throughout Festival property!
Can children join the party?
We welcome guests of all ages! Our Scene des Jeunes is our designated children’s area located at Cathedral Carmel, and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm with activities and bands geared towards children if you’re looking for some great family friendly entertainment!
If it rains, would the Festival be cancelled?
Festival is a rain or shine event, though festival hours are subject to change depending on the weather. Stay tuned with us for updates if any severe weather is to come about!
Are pets allowed on the Festival grounds?
While we love animals, we have a NO pet policy in the festival area. It may seem like a cool idea to bring your pet, but loud noises and large crowds are not good for animals.
Can I bring a blanket & chair?
Yes, you may bring blankets & small collapsible chairs. Please be aware that people will be dancing around you during performances and the view of the stage and performers may be blocked.
- Carts, pets, glass, personal tents, metal poles, shade canopies, beach or pole-style umbrellas, are not allowed
- Inserting stakes, poles, or any other objects into the ground, or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space is not allowed
- Weapons, illicit drugs, and other contraband are strictly prohibited
- Ice Chests or coolers
Lost & Found
Lost something? It’s all too easy. Our Lost & Found is located on the corner of Jefferson Street and East Vermillion Street.
Cash, Credit Cards and RFID
We will have ATM stations throughout the Festival Grounds.
Another payment method is the Festival IBERIABANK RFID wristband. Register and activate your wristband and enjoy Festival without carrying around credit/debit cards. This method is the only one accepted for beverages, food, and official Festival merchandise. Find more information about IBERIABANK RFID wristbands here.
Festival Site Map
Festival Pass Map
Are there special accomodations for guests with disabilities?
We want all guests to have a fabulous Festival experience. For those disabled, we offer accessible viewing areas, restrooms, and transportation options.
Festival International is located on the streets and sidewalks of downtown Lafayette. Not all sidewalks are accessible, but many of the streets are closed to vehicles, and pedestrians walk in the street. There are accessible sidewalks along Jefferson Street, along Main St. from Buchanan to Jefferson, along E. Vermillion from Lafayette to Polk, and along the front of the federal courthouse on Lafayette St.
There are viewing areas reserved for people who need accessibility features near the stage at the Scène Laborde Earles Law Firm Fais Do Do and at the Scène LUS Internationale. You can access the ADA area at Scène Laborde Earles Law Firm Fais Do Do directly from Jefferson St., and at Scène LUS Internationale from the Garfield entrance.
There is at least one accessible port-a-let in each bank of portable restrooms at the Festival. Patrons who do not need accessibility features of these restrooms are asked not to use them.
The Festival and the Lafayette Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities would like your feedback about access to the festival for people with disabilities. Please feel free to email us with comments, positive or negative, at
Where should I book a room?
Book your rooms at one of our proud partner hotels. Click here for a list of hotels.
Festival is located in downtown Lafayette.
Where can I park my car?
Parking is limited in downtown Lafayette and is not recommended. We recommend parking at Cajun Field and using the Festival Shuttle sponsored by Service Chevrolet Cadillac which is FREE, easy, and convenient.
Please keep in mind that if you park Downtown Lafayette, parking rules and regulations will apply.
Transportation To and From Festival
Festival goers can take the FREE Festival Shuttle sponsored by Service Chevrolet Cadillac. The shuttle leaves every 15 min from Cajun Field Thursday-Sunday (Corner of Congress and Cajundome Blvd) and drops off at Barry/Lee Street.
Ample parking and shuttle at Cajun Field
Thursday – Sunday
$10 per car entry – credit / debit cards only
Corner of Congress & Cajundome Blvd
Service every 15 minutes
2019 SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
Lee & Barry Street Stop
THURSDAY 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Last bus leaves downtown at 11:30 p.m.
FRIDAY 4:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Last bus leaves downtown at 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Last bus leaves downtown at 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY 10:30 a.m-.8:00 p.m.
Last bus leaves downtown at 8:00 p.m.
When are musicians' applications available?
Submissions are accepted annually from May 15 – August 15.
When is the lineup released?
Our music lineup is released in Febuary.
Where can I find the performance schedule?
You can find the schedule here.
Where can I find artists' biographies?
Is filming or recording permitted during performances?
Filming or recording is allowed.
Where can I purchase Official Festival Merchandise?
Online, at Parish Ink Downtown Lafayette or at Festival Merchandise tents during festival week.
Where can I register for the Courir du Festival 5K?
Where can I sign up to volunteer?
Volunteer registration opens in March here.
Can I bring food inside the Festival?
Festival International is a completely open event; therefore we don’t regulate outside items such as food. But by buying your food on-site, you support our food vendors!
Is there anywhere to charge my phone?
Sadly, we don’t currently offer charging stations.
Will there be a place to store my things?
Unfortunately, we do not offer lockers or storage spaces on the grounds.
How can I donate and Support Festival?
Festival is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships; any amount is welcome! We have 4 categories of support: Amis and Rain Angels for individual donations, Festival Leauxcal for small business sponsors, and corporate sponsorships. Learn more.
What is an Ami du Festival?
Festival exists on the generosity of donations. Amis are individual donors, seperate from any corporate sponsorship or business. Donations can be one-time or recurring; no amount is too small, and everything is generously appreciated! Learn more.
What is a Festival Rain Angel?
Our “Rain Angels” were founded several years ago when rain threatened the financial stability of Festival International. Today, their donations finance our rain insurance and protect our Festival. A Rain Angel donation is $2,500, higher than an Ami, but includes more perks, inlcuding access to our VIP area. Learn more.
Arts & Crafts
Marché des Arts, Marché du Monde, and Petit Marché applications are closed. Please check back in the fall to apply for Festival 2020.
Food vendor applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall to apply for Festival 2020.
Applications are now closed. Check back in March to apply for Festival 2020
Submissions are accepted annually from May 15 – August 15.
- Enrich the community with a celebration of its native cultures through performing arts.
- Educate the public of the historical achievements and artistic expressions of related global cultures while developing an appreciation for the arts.
- Develop culture and tourism, as well as enhance economic development by expanding Louisiana’s reputation as an arts center and a destination for artistic events.
Festival International de Louisiane is a premiere International music and arts festival known for bringing a variety of unique and emerging performers to Louisiana. The 501 (C) (3) organization is committed to maintaining the festival as non-ticketed and free to the general public. The family-oriented event is held each year in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. Our loyal audience, comprised of local, national and international patrons, return year after year.
Festival Board Members
Virgil “Buz” Reid
Marché & Food Coordinator
Jobs at Festival
We are not currently offering employment opportunities.
315 Lee Avenue
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501