It's the first day of fall, and I was reflecting on some of the reasons I am ever so grateful to be here in Acadiana on this beautiful day! Even though it's hot as heck outside, we pretty much have great weather and fun things to do year round. A list of things that are close to my heart are below, and I just wanted to share. I love living here, and it's the people and places in Acadiana that make me happy. Here's to a spectacular fall, y'all!

 

  • International Rice Festival in Crowley
  • Driving over the beautiful Atchafalaya Basin
  • Fixing a big pot of gumbo for family and friends
  • Biting into that perfect link of boudin
  • Going to any festival where grandparents and kids alike are welcome
  • Dancing at Downtown Alive! Rhythms on the River, and Music & Market
  • Eating lunch at Parc Sans Souci with some great free local music every Friday at Bach Lunch
  • Picking my own fruit and vegetables at our Acadiana 'Pick Your Own' farms
  • Going to the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market - voted one of the top farmers markets in the United States
  • The fountains at Parc Sans Souci
  • Any Arts and Crafts Festival, including the one at Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia
  • Tailgating at Cajun Field for any Ragin' Cajun football game
  • Cracklins, any time, any where
  • Walking into a specialty meat market around the holidays, and smelling the delicious aroma of tasty dishes being prepared
  • Taking visitors to look for alligators at Cypress Lake on the UL Lafayette campus
  • Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia
  • Po Boy's from Olde Tyme Grocery
  • Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
  • Friendly faces wherever you go in Acadiana
  • Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Lafayette
  • Gumbo Cook Offs in every town