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NSF data again shines national spotlight on UL Lafayette
The National Science Foundation’s annual index of research and development spending contains a bevy of good news for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to NSF’s 2021 Higher Education...
Embrace Our Culture
Lagniappe Day is one of our most enduring traditions. Every April, we have canoe races in Cypress Lake, a 20,000-pound crawfish boil, and great music just for students.
- Highlight Crawfish boil & canoe races
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- When it Happens Every April
Festival International de Louisiane
Festival International de Louisiane is the largest international music and arts festival in the United States. The annual five-day festival transforms downtown Lafayette with seven stages of music, endless food options, and art from around the world. And best of all, it's free!
Krewe of Roux
Krewe of Roux is the University's kick-off to the Mardi Gras season. Every year, Ragin' Cajuns participate in a masquerade ball and parade that travels through campus. Following the parade, the king and queen are selected by who finds the plastic baby in king cakes.
- Highlight Mardi Gras ball and parade
- Distance On campus
- When it Happens Every Mardi Gras
Downtown Lafayette's free concert series features bands from every genre: Cajun and Creole, zydeco, rock, covers, blues, and more. Every Friday night, you'll find some of Lafayette's best musicians performing in our downtown parks at Downtown Alive!.