More About Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Since then, Festivals Acadiens' events have continued to evolve, both on their own and together. The three have grown to become three-day events. In 1980, CODOFIL's annual Tribute to Cajun Music, which had already moved to the other side of Girard Park to accommodate growing crowds, was renamed the Festival de Musique Acadienne/Cajun Music Festival. Sponsorship of the music festival passed on to the Lafayette Jaycees who had already become involved in Festivals Acadiens through the Bayou Food Festival and the Acadiana Fair & Trade Show. The Bayou Food Festival moved outdoors to make dancing and eating available in the same place. The Natural History Museum added a contemporary crafts component to their festival. More recently, the Heritage Stage, Jam Ca Tent and an Anniversary Stage at the Hilliard Museum have been added. The Louisiana Crafts Guild now produces the Louisiana Craft Fair in Girard Park.
Today's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles encompasses the entire full second weekend in October, with a symposium, art exhibit, six stages of music, more than 60 bands, food, crafts, cooking demonstrations, childrens' activities, a French Mass, sports tent and lots more for all ages.