The Acadian Awakening Music Fest will take place Friday – Sunday, Oct. 2 – 4, at the Lake Charles Civic Center with Lake Charles serving as the opening ceremonies for the event which spans many destinations throughout South Louisiana, Oct. 3-12. Marking the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of the Acadian people, this festival is a celebration our unique culture, music & traditions.
Commemorate and Celebrate
The Spirit of the Acadian People and 250 years of Cajun Culture in Louisiana
Friday, October 2
Lake Charles Civic Center, Rosa Hart Theatre:
Acadian Awakening Movie Night Featuring: Against the Tide,
Documentary by Pat Mire, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 3
Lake Charles Civic Center, Buccaneer Room:
Genealogical Library Research Stations and Historical Displays 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 12:15 –3:30 p.m.
Historical Lecture by Warren Perrin 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Warren Perrin will speak about the deportation and trials of the Acadian people who were banished from their homes in Nova Scotia. Perrin is a celebrated scholar who has written books on the Acadian people, their roots and history.
Lake Charles Civic Center, Jean Lafitte Room:
Cajun French Music Association – Music & Learn How to Cajun Dance
CFMA Youth Band
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lesa Cormier & the Sundown Playboys
1 – 1:45 p.m.
Free Face Painting, Murals, Acadian Passport Adventure, Musical Petting Zoo by Bulber Youth Orchestra
Lake Charles Civic Center, Exhibition Hall:
Opening Ceremonies by Dignitaries, 2 p.m.
Guest of Honor, Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France
Barbe Choir sings “Ave Maris Stella” – The anthem of the Acadian People
Performance by Henry Heights Elementary School, French Immersion
Importance of Preserving Acadian Culture, Warren Perrin
Art Vendors and Local Cajun Fare
3:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Local artists will have original work on display for festival goers, and local restaurants will prepare their best
Cajun or Creole food for purchase. Louisiana is famous across the globe for its cuisine, and the Acadian
Awakening Music Fest will bring that to life in a big way!
ACADIAN AWAKENING MUSIC FEST BAND LINEUP:
3:15 – 5 p.m.
Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Krush
5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
GRAMMY WINNER Jo-EL Sonnier
Sunday, October 4
Cajun French Music Association Building
3481 E. Prien Lake Rd.
Experience an authentic Cajun French mass performed by Father Roland Vaughn of St. Charles Borromeo
Following the service, the Cajun French Music Association will crank up the band for some Cajun dancing!
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Canadian Choir Concert
Neil-Michaud Choir from Moncton will give a concert at the beautiful Immaculate Conception Cathedral in
downtown Lake Charles.