Directions

Lafayette is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from New Orleans. Some of you may be staying longer and hitting Jazz Fest the following weekend in New Orleans. Flying into MSY makes most sense if that's the case. And for those coming just for our weekend, the airport is LFT. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Take the Amtrak

The Sunset Limited runs between New Orleans and Los Angeles and stops in Lafayette. If you fly into New Orleans, trains for Lafayette are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:00 AM getting in just after noon. 

 

Driving/Parking

If you decide to drive yourselves to Lafayette, keep in mind that parking will be challenging near downtown. You'll likely have to walk ten or so blocks. There is a free shuttle every 15 minutes from the Cajundome to Festival.  

 
 

Hotels are filling up very fast that weekend. The Hilton can't guarantee all of our blocked rooms will remain available, so please book now if you are coming. And if you need help finding accommodations, let Angela know. 

 

Hilton

We have a block of rooms here for Friday and Saturday. Mention the code MBW (McCallum Brister Wedding) for the group discount. 


1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337)235-6111
Link for Our Rooms

 

AirBnB

AirBnB has a few rooms available still. Some are a bit out of town, but here is a link to good locations.
 

Blue Moon

Blue Moon is a hostel that has dorm rooms available. Their private rooms are all booked. It's very close to downtown and they have live concerts every night. We often go there after Festival for their shows. 

 

 
 

South Louisiana is known as the Sportsman's Paradise. The swamps are stunning and April is a great time to visit because it won't be too hot yet. 

If you are planning an extended trip, Angela will be happy to help you put together an itinerary and lists of great places to eat. 

 

 

Avery Island

A salt island and beautiful nature preserve and bird sanctuary, Avery Island is about a 45-minute drive from Lafayette. This is the home of Tabasco. The founder established it as a nature preserve in the early 1900s and the McIlhenny Family still lives here. Along the route, other places worth visiting are St. Martinville, New Iberia and Jefferson Island.

Swamp Tours

Between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge, a charming little town with great food, are two good spots for getting a taste of South Louisiana's swamps, Lake Martin and Cypress Island. But if you want the real deal,  the massive Atchafalaya Basin is it. 

The Lafayette Travel page has a short listing of some great swamp tour operators

And for fans of the History Channel's "Swamp People" here are five ideas you'll love. 

 

Explore

There are tons of other activities and we've created a section below  just for food and another for New Orleans. 

Consider going fishing. Take a bike tour. Visit a plantation or the African American Heritage Trail. Tour Louisiana breweries

Take the Creole Country Scenic Route or simply pop in to some cute little towns: Grand Coteau, Washington, Abbeville, and Breaux Bridge.

 

Food really is reason enough to visit Louisiana. We're excited to have an authentic crawfish boil on Friday. And the food at Festival is always John's favorite part of the weekend. Angela likes the music. We'll have great local food at the house on Saturday, but don't stop there. 

For a two-day eating itinerary in Lafayette, read here

And if you're staying longer, consider a culinary tour

 

 

Po-Boys

Our local sandwich is called the po-boy. Catfish, fried shrimp, or roast beef with debris are all three sloppy and good.  Our favorite po-boys in Lafayette are at Old Tyme Grocery

Cajun Food

Gumbo, jambalaya, boudin at Hebert's, red beans & rice,  alligator, crawfish étouffée, shrimp and grits, grits & grillades,  squirrel, andouille, tasso, quail, duck, dove, every part of the pig. We'll put together a list of our favorite restaurants and get it to y'all. Here's one to get your mouth watering: The French Press

Learn how to pronounce these foods and some do's & don't's  here

 

Soul Food

Collard greens and fried chicken. Stuffed pork chops and black-eyed peas. Okra.  Smothered steak, smothered pork chops. Roast beef. Shrimp stew. 

Dwyer's and Antler's are both downtown. Go get yourself a plate lunch and a local beer.  And be sure to look out for the food truck Viva La Waffle serving things like  catfish with pickled okra tartar sauce at Festival. 

 

 

John and Angela will be heading back to New Orleans on Sunday.  We'd love to show you around!

 

 

Jazz Fest

It's festival season in Louisiana and one of the biggest is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival from April 24 - May 3. The city will sell out, so if you're planning to come, start looking for a room now.

Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffet (a Jazz Fest regular), Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Lenny Kravitz,  Keith Urban, Pitbull,  John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Trombone Shorty, Widespread Panic,  Wilco,  and many more.

French Quarter

John and Angela live in the historic French Quarter and you'll be surprised to know there's a festival. The French Quarter Festival is from April 9 - 12. It's a smaller affair than the other two music festivals in April, but it's great fun. Live shows on several stages throughout the Quarter. It's a free, outdoor music festival and the city isn't nearly as packed. 

Wandering the Quarter is fun no matter what time of year it is. Well, maybe not in summer.

Eat

Lafayette is the heart of Acadiana, the Cajun country.  So, you'll get better Cajun food there than in New Orleans. But the New Orleans cuisine is fabulous, too. Here are some of our favorites. 

Cochon Butcher
Peche
Commander's Palace
Antoine's
Boucherie
Drago's Oysters
Herbsaint