FOLKLIFE VILLAGE Coordinated by the National Park Service. The 2017 festival will feature over twenty-five folk demonstrators, such as boat building, Native American folk crafts, Mardi Gras mask making, musical instrument making, weaving and many others. The beauty of this component is its simplicity: folk artists at work, communicating with festival guests by telling stories, answering questions and sharing tradition in a personal way. Folklife Village is a core component of the festival as organizers place a high value on the preservation, promotion and documentation of Louisiana folk art and crafts. MUSIC STAGE Features great Louisiana musical talent. Eunice's own Todd Ortego serves as emcee on stage throughout the weekend. Bands representing several musical genres (e.g. traditional Cajun, Zydeco, Country & Western, Bluegrass, etc.) entertain festival guests.
MUSICIANS' VILLAGE Hosted by the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) Acadiana Chapter featuring scheduled and impromptu jam sessions throughout the weekend. CFMA will host jams which include its own members as well as invited musical groups of all ages. The village provides an opportunity for musicians to jam together, networking, share stories and learn from one another.
ARTIST VILLAGE Hosted by the Eunice Community Art House and features the work of Louisiana artists from a wide variety of genres and mediums – including folk art, classical art, pottery, glass, photography, and more. Artist Village will also have many activities for children throughout the weekend.
WALK-THROUGH LOUISIANA The walk-through is a unique and exciting element of the festival. This area affords communities, parishes, tourist centers, festivals, and regional entities the ability to showcase themselves in whatever manner they choose -- as simple as setting up a table with brochures, or as elaborate as sharing food samples, hosting musicians from their region, etc. Participating entities will be part of a walk-through exhibit, allowing festival attendees to stroll through LA, meeting people from various regions, learning about events and opportunities, and hopefully making a tourism "to-do" or "bucket" list for the future.
CRAFT VILLAGE Hosted by the LOUISIANA CRAFTS GUILD, Craft Village is dedicated to featuring authentic, Louisiana crafts.
FILM VILLAGE Hosted by filmmaker Pat Mire and Cinema on the Bayou. Louisiana films are featured throughout the weekend, often with the filmmaker present, sharing dialogue with guests following the showing of their work. Films are shown in the west auditorium of the Community Education Building (adjacent to the festival grounds)..
FOOD VILLAGE Restaurants, organizations, and individuals selling a delicious variety of cuisine! Features a wide variety of Louisiana cuisine, ranging from backbone stew to poboys, cracklins and boudin to gumbo.
ATHLETIC EVENTS Cameron's Shoes Foundation will host a 5k Run on the morning of Saturday, October 22. CLASSIC CAR & TRUCK SHOW Hosted by 105-5 KEUN & Mark Denette.