TEMPORARILY CANCELLEDLa Table Francaise invites everyone to come pass a good time speaking French (Cajun or otherwise) and help preserve French in Louisiana. Every Friday 9:30-11:00 a.m. except on federal holidays when the center is closed. Free.
Saturdays at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (center is open 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.:
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Acadiana with Kids 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Explore the people, places, and natural world of Acadiana through activities for kids of all ages. A parent or guardian must remain with children six and under. Free.
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Cajun French Conversation 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Speak and learn basic conversational Cajun French and help keep French alive and well in Louisiana. Free.
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Ranger Talk 2:00-2:30 p.m. - From history to culture to music to food, learn more about life in Acadiana. Free.
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Music and Dancing 2:45-3:45 p.m. - Enjoy local bands and kick up your heels on the center's dance floor. Free.
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Cooking Demonstration 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Discover the secrets of local cuisine with a cooking (and tasting) demonstration. Free.
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED Rendez-vous des Cajuns 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater (next door to the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center) - Known locally as "the Cajun Grand Ole Opry," Rendez-vous des Cajuns is a live show featuring Cajun and zydeco music, storytellling, a big dance floor, and family fun in a historic 1920s theater. Follow the link for information on tickets and who's playing or call 337-457-7389.
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 Rangerprogram. The center's park store sells craft items, books from cookbooks to children's stories to 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 calendarof events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportationoptions; and for accessibility information.
The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center and Mardi Gras in Eunice were featured as a National Park Getaway in February 2012. Follow the link to discover how Cajun country celebrates Mardi Gras with horses, costumes, and a community gumbo feast.
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!
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center - 250 West Park Avenue, Eunice 337-457-8499
Closed on federal holidays. Useful information about public transportation, regulations on pets, etc., is available here.