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March in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

 

After a cold winter, spring has arrived in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. And up and down the bayou there are plenty of activities and events to enjoy. Here’s a look at what’s happening around town in March.

 

Choctaw Fireman's Fair

CHOCTAW FIREMAN'S FAIR - March 2-4

This year markets the 35th annual Choctaw Volunteer Firemen’s Fair. Throughout the weekend visitors and residents alike can enjoy rides, food and plenty of music. Friday night you can pull up a chair and listen to music from 6 p.m. to midnight with Will Cooper & Southern Groove, followed by Junior Lacrosse.  Both will be playing a variety of music from swamp pop, old school rock and roll and everything in between.

 

Arts Walk 2017

ARTS WALK DOWNTOWN THIBODAUX - March 16

The annual Downtown Arts Walk is a perfect girlfriend’s night out or couples looking to have a romantic evening on the town.  There’s something about strolling through downtown and visiting the shops, boutiques and restaurants housing some of the area’s most remarkable and celebrated artist.  Throughout the historic district, you’ll find a mix of art styles ranging from watercolors, tapestry, jewelry and prints of local scenic wetlands. And while you enjoy the arts at a several local restaurants, you can order a drink, share an appetizers or a dinner before heading back out to enjoy few more stops tour spots. Finish off the evening by stopping by another of the downtown restaurants or bars for a nightcap, once you picked up a few pieces of art along the way.

 

St. Patrick's Day on the Bayou

ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON THE BAYOU - March 17

Experience a twist on our St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the first ever St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou. Here, you can combine the holiday and while taking your paddle board, kayak, canoe or pirogue for journey down beautiful Bayou Lafourche. Compete by yourself, with a team and there’s even a place for kids to get in on the action too. For those really adventurous folks, ditch the kayak or canoe for a cardboard boat, created out of only cardboard and tape! After some fun on the water, enjoy the social area with food, drinks and live music. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. with Russ Cheramie Acoustic and The Soul Survivors at 7 p.m.

Best Sunrises and Sunsets of 2017

There's something so beautiful about the natural, unpolished beauty of the Bayou in Lafourche Parish. The sunrises and sunsets are truly unbeatable. We've gathered up some of the best ones in 2017 so you can enjoy them all over again! 

 

1. Sunrise on Bayou Lafourche 

2. Sunset up the Bayou

3. Sunset Among the Bayou Trees

4. Gulf of Mexico Sunset in Lafourche 

5. Pretty in Pink Bayou Sunset

 

 


Living Local at the French Food Festival

Let’s face it; whenever we come together down the bayou, it’s all about having a good time. There is no truer statement associated with our festival culture in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. The French Food Festival exemplifies this Cajun truism and any festival with the word “food” in the name won’t disappoint! Here is a local perspective on how to “do” the French Food Festival. Ready, let's GEAUX!
 
START PLANNING YOUR SECOND FOOD SELECTION WHILE IN LINE FOR THE FIRST

We live to eat! Another Cajun truth! Fifty percent (a very safe estimate) of your time will be spent eating at the French Food Festival; the other fifty will be visiting with family and friends (with food in your hand). This festival celebrates a variety of Cajun cuisine, alligator sauce piquant, shrimp boulettes, etouffee, jambalaya, grillades, crawfish pasta, gumbo, did I say shrimp boulettes! Once you have decided which tasty offering to start with, get in line. It’s perfectly normal and very wise to start planning your next selection while waiting in line for the first. It’s what locals do! If you are visiting our Cajun Bayou for the first time then don’t be shy cher’ (sha!) We “make friends” easily, love to talk and share our wonderful cuisine!

COME MAKE THE VEILLER (VAY-YAY)

Spending the evening talking with friends or making new ones for the first time, it’s the Cajun equivalent of shooting the breeze! With a comfortable chair in hand you’re going to want to claim a spot somewhere under the giant pavilion near the dance floor, but still a safe distance away for conversation. Locals, “make the veiller” to reconnect, eat and drink together and catch up. It’s a Cajun thing! We will gladly take you under our wing and before you know it you’ll be “making the veiller” too! You will also be in position to enjoy some of the best local musicians on the bayou!

PRESERVING OUR CAJUN CULTURE

We tell our story through our food and music, it’s part of our cultural heritage and legacy. The French Food Festival is a celebration of our way of life. From the Les Artistes du Bayou art contest and exhibit, to the multiple generations of families that have dedicated themselves to cook and serve the Cajun delicacies, the festival preserves our legacy. And as the locals say, “C’est Tout”: That is all…


Experience the Cajun Lifestyle at Fall Festivals

All up and down the Bayou you’ll find the best in Cajun food, music, and traditions at our fall festivals. There’s really something special about each one you visit and we want you to our authentic Cajun celebrations for yourself. Whether it’s the dozens of local food vendors serving up samples of our famous cuisine or swinging your dance partner around on the floor to the sounds of a Cajun beat, you won’t soon forget your festival experience in Cajun Bayou.

Here is a full list of the fun happening this fall! Check out our Calendar of Events page for detailed info!

TaWaSi Collectable and Antiques Show
September 8-10

Cajun Hawg Bassmasters
September 10

Cut Off Youth Center Hurricane Festival
September 22-24

La Fete Des Vieux Temps
October 6-8

Bayou Music Festival
October 7

Louisiana Gumbo Festival
October 13-15

Laurel Valley Plantation Festival
October 15

French Food Festival
October 26-29

 Acadia Music Festival
October 28

Louisiana Swamp Stomp
November 4

Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off
November 10

Thibodeauxville Fall Festival
November 11


Find Your Inner Cajun in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

Cajun. It’s a word that encompasses so many things in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. Cajun is a lifestyle that defines families, traditions, and experiences. And at its heart, Cajun is about people- not just the folks who live here, but also our visitors, who we welcome like family and encourage embracing our authentic way of life. Once you begin you adventure up and down the Bayou, we think you’ll find you’ve always had a little piece of Cajun in you, too. These are some great ways to find your inner Cajun here in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou!

Take A Swamp Tour

One of the best ways to dive right in to the Cajun atmosphere is on a swamp tour. Choose a fast-paced airboat tour or a meandering pontoon boat… either way, you’ll come back feeling (and maybe speaking) a little more Cajun. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or looking for some relaxation, our swamp tours will take you on a journey that you’ll never forget. Our tour guides are storytellers who know how to weave a tale … and make you feel like you’ve jumped right into a great book full of Cajun culture and tradition. And you won’t be just listening to the story; you’ll become part of it as you interact with wildlife, feel warm breezes, and listen to the sounds of the swamp. 

Go On A Fishing Trip

There’s something about being on the water in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou that’s so peaceful, yet so exhilarating. With so many types of fish and seafood – shrimp, crabs, oysters -- to be caught in our bountiful waters, hopping on a charter fishing trip is a satisfying and memorable way to spend the day. Cajuns love to fish. It’s a pastime shared with friends and family and an experience our charter captains are eager to share with visitors, too. They’ll teach you how to cast a line, explain how Cajuns make their living on the water, and take you to favorite spots where you’re guaranteed to reel in the big one. A beautiful day on a boat with an ice chest full of fish (and probably some beers from our local brewery, Mudbug) will have you feeling as proud as a Cajun bringing in their daily catch. 

Explore Our Museums 

Visit our many museums –for adults and kids alike, and truly immerse yourself in the Cajun experience, learning how we work hard but also know how to truly enjoy life. Live the life of a real Cajun as you touch handcrafted boats more than 400 hundreds years old, hear the sounds of the French Acadian language still spoken today, take kids on an interactive drive through sugarcane fields, or use your own hands to make shrimping nets. Just like those nets, the Cajun lifestyle is beautifully woven into the history of Lafourche Parish, all up and down the Bayou. The first Cajuns didn’t just live here; they worked and made a living from every natural element available to them, just as they do today. 

Eat Our Food

Cajuns live to eat! With so much flavor and history behind every bite, our world-famous cuisine is one more experience we love to share with our guests. Learning how to crack open crabs and peel shrimp and crawfish are rites of passage for visitors seeking to become honorary Cajuns. And if you don’t know what you’re doing at the Cajun table, don’t worry: there’s always a local expert around to teach you. A Cajun’s motto is, “The best way to a person’s heart is through the stomach,” and that’s a promise delivered. Once you’ve had the crash course in boiled seafood, don’t forget to try the home-cooked meals and overstuffed poboys you’ll find at any of our restaurants up and down the Bayou. You won’t leave Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou hungry, that’s for sure. You’ll learn to eat – and maybe even cook – just like a Cajun.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish is a place with an authentic Cajun lifestyle unlike any other. Is your inner Cajun ready to explore “Where Cajun Runs Deep?” Come see the unpolished, unspoiled beauty of the Bayou. Plan your trip today


Best Museums in Lafourche Parish

History and culture are a big part of what makes Lafourche Parish so unique. The variety of museums in our community creates a hands-on and authentic experience into our deep Cajun heritage known around the world. From centuries old boats to sugarcane harvesting lessons, these are just a few of the best museums to visit as you get to know “up and down” Bayou Lafourche.

Best Museums in Lafourche Video

For museum hours and locations, visit our Things to Do page.


Favorite After Five Cocktail Spots

It’s no secret that Lafourche Parish is a great place to “pass a good time” and with all our cocktail hot spots, happy hour has never been tastier. Enjoy some downtime on the bayou as our bartenders mix up some of the most unique drinks you’ll find in Lafourche. These are our top picks for the best places to grab a drink after five. 

Cinclare

Cinclare, a new addition to Downtown Thibodaux and has been wowing both food and drink lovers with their eclectic cocktails and rustic menu. Every week features a new cocktail like the Waterlily; mixed with Plymouth Gin, Creme de Violet, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice. You’ll want to try out their fresh, contemporary southern cuisine while you’re there. 
Open nightly Wednesday-Saturday. 

Mudbug Brewery

Mudbug is brewing up great local beers bursting with distinct flavors that center on our Cajun culture. Sample unique brews like the King Cake Ale, White Boot Louisiana Blonde Ale, and Intracoastal IPA. Eight beers are always on tap in the tasting room open Thursday-Saturday evenings. Hint: Grab your favorite brews to share back home at our local grocery stores.

Donner-Peltier Distillery

Our favorite mixed drinks are made with liquor from Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux. Taste the Oryza Chiller made with their signature vodka or the mojito mixed with Rougaroux Rum made from sugarcane right here in Lafourche. You’ll find their spirits at most area bars including specialty drinks at Spahr’s Seafood, Fremin’s, and Alumni Grill. Learn about the distilling process on a guided tours and tastings Monday- Saturday.

Flanagan's 

Flanagan’s Restaurant Bar is great for gathering with friends and family and known for its refreshing Long Island Ice Tea. Dine on weekly specials featuring Cajun cuisine while you sip your cocktail.
Open daily Tuesday-Sunday.

Beck's

Head down the bayou to the back porch of Beck’s for beautiful view of Bayou Lafourche. Enjoy live music from local musicians while dining on steaks, burgers, and Cajun cuisine. Happy hour is from 3-7 pm every Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Frank's Lounge

For the “World’s Best” Blood Mary stop by Frank’s Lounge in Des Allemandes where the friendly, laid back atmosphere will have you feeling like a true Cajun. You won’t meet a stranger at this stop! Cold beer and margaritas are also popular.

Cher'Amie's

A tasty seafood restaurant, Cher'Amie's, is just down the bayou and has a variety of drink specials every week. Martini Monday, Tequila Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesday…the list goes on! You’re sure to have a cool, refreshing beverage any day.

These are just some of the great places along the Cajun Bayou to grab a cocktail. Be sure to view our full list of restaurants and bars up and down the bayou. There’s always something to see and do on the bayou! Get your Guide to the Bayou Life and plan your trip today. 


6 Ways to Enjoy Summer Fun on the Bayou

Along the Cajun Bayou, the days of summer center on relaxation and fun. Fishing, shopping, and sightseeing are just a few ways to do just that in Lafourche Parish. Here are some of the top ways to unwind and unplug on the Bayou.

1. Downtown Thibodaux

Downtown Thibodaux offers a wide array of historical attractions and entertainment with local shops, eateries, and unique architecture. Stroll through the diverse selection of boutiques where you’ll find gifts for your friends and family such as handbags, jewelry, and artwork. Then, visit one of the many restaurants that offer a variety of food like fresh seafood and homemade pizza. Architecture lovers can stop by and see St. Joseph Co-Cathedral which features spectacular stained-glass windows and Egyptian marble accents. When the sun goes down, the nightlife comes alive with music and drinks at the many local bars like the Piazza throughout the downtown area. 

2. Bayou Country Children’s Museum 

In the heart of Thibodaux you’ll find the Bayou Country Children’s Museum filled with bayou life fun for the little ones. Kids will learn how to be a true Cajun through hands-on exhibits like the estuary water table and sugar cane alley.  The museum also provides educational camps throughout the summer that focus on topics like dinosaurs and science. 

3. Bayous and Waterways 

Boating and fishing are the perfect escape from your busy schedule and allows time to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the bayou. Our experienced charter fishermen say trout, redfish, and blue crabs are just a few of the many fish you are likely to catch in the summertime while exploring lush waterways. Check out the many ways you can fish through the boat launches and charter options available

4. Golden Meadow/ Fourchon 

One of the summer’s most thrilling events in Lafourche is the Golden Meadow-Fourchon International Tarpon Rodeo. This rodeo has become one of the most popular in the south and has been drawing in tarpon anglers for more than sixty years. Popular events include watching the fishermen bring in their prize winning catches and The King of the Catch cook-off where you’ll sample some of the tastiest seafood in the south like red snapper, tuna, and crab. 

5. Cool Treat Stops

After a hot summer day, cool treats are the best way to beat the heat in Lafourche Parish. Sip the flavors of an authentic southern snowballs like wedding cake, satsuma, or spearmint topped off with sweet condensed milk. Ice cream and shakes are also a favorite at stops like the traditional Goal Post Drive-In. 

5. Thibodaux Splash Pad


Photo courtesy of Fox 8 WVUE

Chill out in the new Splash Zone at the Thibodaux Municipal Pool. This recent addition to the park features more than 20 water experiences including sprinklers, water dumps, and timed water shows. It's a great way to beat the summer heat in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou!  


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