Parking will be tight downtown for the festival, but a free shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from the Cajun Field parking lot at Congress Street and Cajundome Boulevard.
Festival International’s mobile app offers a full schedule, maps, band bios and more. The app is available for download from the iTunes and Android stores.
Free Wi-Fi is available at a hotspot at Parc Putnam near the Scène TV5 MONDE Lafayette stage in front of the federal courthouse.
Avoid the lines and the unwelcome surprises that come with portable potties at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The nonprofit arts center is selling $5 wristbands for all-day access to its rest rooms. Make a purchase at The Lab Handcrafted Coffee & Comforts’ pop-up coffeehouse inside the arts center and receive a complimentary potty pass wristband.
Diaper duty is a bit less challenging at the festival. A baby-changing station is near Scène Lafayette General Fais Do-Do.
You’ll need tickets to buy drinks — alcoholic and non alcoholic — but cash is needed to buy from food vendors.
Children have their own special spot for festival at Scène des Jeunes, where there are hands-on activities, games and music for the littlest of festivalgoers. Scène des Jeunes is on the grounds of Cathedral Carmel School at St. John and Vermilion streets.