Prairie Acadian Cultural Center - Eunice

Entry to Prairie Acadian Cultural Center with logo and exhibits
Experience the history and culture of Louisiana's prairie Cajuns through music, dancing, food, and more.

 

Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center on Saturday, August 27! There's free family fun at the center followed by Rendez-vous des Cajuns at the Liberty Theater right next door. Here's a pdf flier of the centennial fun to download, print, and share. Mark your calendar for
  • 10:00 a.m.-noon Create a diorama of prairie life - hands-on fun for kids of all ages
  • noon-1:00 p.m. Architect Andy Hebert leads a game of Polar Freeze with Jacques de Frost
  • 1:00 p.m. Architect Andy Hebert explains the why, where, and how behind Acadiana's original Cajun building styles and shares energy-saving tips for modern homes
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. Old-time Cajun music and dancing with Cajun French Music Association Hall-of-Famer Harry Lafleur and friends (bal de maison style)
  • 4:00 p.m. Guest chef Roger Tabb makes a special syrup cake using Louisiana sugar cane syrup
  • Rendez-vous des Cajuns at the Liberty Theater (200 West Park Avenue) features the Lee Benoit Family Band. Doors open and ticket sales begin at 5:00 p.m.; performance at 6:00 p.m. Tickets $5.

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:

  • Explore & Restore crafts workshop for kids of all ages means hands-on fun creating unique crafts out of everything from egg cartons to buttons to milk jugs. A parent or guardian must remain with children six and under. Every Saturday 10:00 a.m.-noon. Free. Here's a list of items needed by Explore & Restore and how to donate.
  • Cajun Conversations led by Francophone student Mat Fruge encourages speaking and learning basic conversational Cajun French. Every Saturday 1:00-2:30 p.m. Free.
  • Discover "the Cajun way" every Saturday Kick up your heels with music and dancing beginning at 2:45 p.m. and discover the secrets of local cuisine with a cooking (and tasting) demonstration beginning at 4:00 p.m. Follow the link to find out who's playing and who's cooking what. Free.
  • 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. Follow the link for information on tickets and who's playing or call 337-457-7389.

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!

 
 
 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone:

(504) 589-3882
Phone numbers are for park headquarters. Phones are answered 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Park headquarters is closed on federal holidays and on Mardi Gras.

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