Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart free film screening - Follow world-renowned Louisiana Cajun singer, songwriter, and cultural activist Zachary Richard on a quest to explore his roots and discover the nature of Acadian/Cajun identity in the 21st century. The award-winning documentary was directed by Canadian Phil Comeau. Screening will be followed by discussion. Film is in French with English subtitles. Sponsored by CODOFIL, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana. 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23. Free.
Ranger talk - 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Learn about local history and culture through a ranger program. No talk on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras (February 28 in 2017) when the center is closed. Free.
The Cajun Way: Echoes of Acadia - Who are the Acadians and how did they become Louisiana's Cajuns? Find out through a 35-minute film that shares their history from their deportation from Nova Scotia in Canada to their settlement in south Louisiana. Shown on the hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. Free.
Dulcimer jam - Join the Cajun Dulcimer Society and its core group, the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society from Baton Rouge for dulcimer music: Cajun, country, Celtic, folk, and hymns. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in or just enjoy. 9:30-11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, June 10, and July 8. Free.
Qigong class - Based on an ancient Chinese health care system, Qigong exercise integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Certified instructor Dennis Wise leads the class, which will be held outside on the Acadian Cultural Center's scenic grounds. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month: June 3 and July 1 (no Qigong in May). Free.
Registration for summer camps at the Acadian Cultural Center is currently underway. Follow the link for camp dates, application, and other information.
Ranger-guided boat tours on the good ship Cocodrie cruise Bayou Vermilion Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, May 26 (follow the link for all the details). Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District.
The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana's wildest place. Portable media players with guided tours of the museum in French, Spanish, and English can be borrowed at the visitor center information desk. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store sells local crafts, music, and books, including cookbooks and children's stories. 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.
501 Fisher Road, Lafayette
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 28, in 2017). Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.
Special programs by reservation:
- field trips for school and other groups by reservation.
- Girl and Boy Scout programs by reservation.
- summer camps for kids.
For more information on Cajun history and culture, visit