Weekend Snapshots | Festival International de Louisiane

 Main Stage at Festival International de Louisiane 2015

Main Stage at Festival International de Louisiane 2015

This weekend, I attended my first Festival International in YEARS. Festival International de Louisiane is a 5-day long music festival that celebrates all things french – food, music, art, culture – in the Southwest Louisiana region. Artists and patrons from all over the world come to enjoy the tastes and sounds of this FREE festival in Downtown Lafayette. Yes, the entire thing is FREE to attend. Since 1987, the festival has been put on by hundreds of volunteers and every year it gets bigger and better than the last. Like I said, I haven’t been here in years – I’m talking elementary school years – so it definitely was time to make an appearance.

It rained on and off throughout the weekdays of the festival, but on Saturday it was a hurricane. The downpours started in the morning and didn’t end until mid afternoon. Many of the performances for that day were either cancelled or pushed back to later times. Since much of the day was flooded out, we ended up catching a few of the nighttime performances by The Figs, Brass Bed, and Nomadic Massive. We went back Sunday for the final day – there was not a single cloud in the sky! We checked out some of the Art and Craft shops and saw the final day headliner, Buckwheat Zydeco. Check out a few iPhone snaps from this weekend below.

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 Nomadic Massive performing at Festival International de Louisiane, 2015

Nomadic Massive performing at Festival International de Louisiane, 2015

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 Mardi Gras Indians at Festival International de Louisiane 2015

Mardi Gras Indians at Festival International de Louisiane 2015

 Buckwheat Zydeco headlining Festival International de Louisiana 2015

Buckwheat Zydeco headlining Festival International de Louisiana 2015

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All in all, I thought it was a great festival weekend. For someone who hasn’t been since the late 90s, I really enjoyed seeing the festival updates including a bus shuttle and free WiFi stations.  I already can’t wait until next year!