Prairie Acadian Cultural Center - Eunice

Musician Leroy Thomas playing accordion

Put on your dancin' shoes---Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco RoadRunners are coming to the historic Liberty for a night of music and fun!

City of Eunice

Friday Nights at the Liberty - On the first Friday of most months, the historic Liberty Theater comes alive with special shows that share the best of life in south Louisiana. The next show is Friday, August 7, and features
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Free healthy Cajun cooking demonstration at Jean Lafitte's Prairie Acadian Cultural Center next door to the theater.
  • 5:00 p.m. Liberty Theater box office opens for ticket sales; tickets $5, all seats general admission.
  • 6:30 p.m. Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco RoadRunners: Leroy Thomas, aka "the Jewel of the Bayou," rocks the house with zydeco, Cajun, blues, R&B, and country music, a combination of traditional zydeco with a distinctive and innovative hard-driving sound (download the event poster pdf).

Waltz on in to the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice to discover the life of Louisiana's prairie Cajuns through ranger programs, exhibits, artifacts, and films. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store sells craft items, books from cookbooks to children's stories, and CDs, including "From One Generation to the Next," a CD produced by the center's rangers that tells the story of Cajun and zydeco music. Admission to the center is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs;for directions and transportation options;and for accessibility

information.

250 West Park Avenue, Eunice
337-457-8499

Open Wednesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays and December 25. Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here.

Regularly scheduled programs:

  • Discover "the Cajun way" every Saturday 1:00-5:00 p.m. At 1:00 the weekly cooking demonstration begins;at 2:00 p.m. it's a quilting and sewing lesson;at 3:00 p.m. there's music and dancing;and at 4:00 p.m., it's time for the cooking presentation and sampling.
  • Rendez-vous des Cajuns every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live Cajun and zydeco music known locally as "the Cajun Grand Ole Opry" at the Liberty Theater next door to the center. Presented by the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center and the City of Eunice, Rendez-vous des Cajuns features live music, storytelling, a big dance floor, and family fun in a historic 1920s theater. Click here for who's playing and information on how to get tickets.

Special events and programs

For more on things to do in Eunice and for information on Cajun history and culture, check out


 
Image of CD cover with drawings of musicians and words From One Generation to the Next

Cajun and Creole music: born and raised in Louisiana and handed with care from one generation to the next.

Cajun and Creole music were born and raised in Louisiana and now are loved worldwide. Where did this music come from? How has it changed over the decades? You can find out with From One Generation to the Next, a landmark CD and DVD that shares the story of Cajun and Creole music in Louisiana. The project was produced by rangers from the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center and features local musicians playing traditional songs. The CD includes a booklet describing each tune's origins and its place in Louisiana music history; it's on sale now at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. The DVD, produced as a free educational project for area schools, features musicians discussing how they learned to play, how they've changed traditional music, and how traditional music has changed them. Pick up a CD and get ready for a musical journey that takes you From One Generation to the Next!

 
 
 
 

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