One of the state's largest free festivals in getting bigger in 2017.
Festival Acadiens et Créoles announced Wednesday its music lineup and schedule. The annual festival will be held Oct. 13-15 in Girard Park, 500 Girard Park Drive, in Lafayette.
The festival will kick off Friday, Oct. 13, with the annual cutting of the boudin at 5 p.m., followed by performances from Bonsoir, Catin at 5:30 p.m. and Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys at 7:15 p.m. at the Scène Ma Louisiane stage.
Other notable performers this year include Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars, Wayne Toups & ZydeCajuns, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings, Balfa Toujours, Feufollet, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys.
A full schedule and detailed listing of performances is available at festivalsacadiens.com/music.
This year's theme is "Crafting the South Louisiana Sound: Tools of Cajun and Creole Music." A symposium at Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, exploring the evolution of local musical instruments and their makers through discussion, historical artifacts and photography will launch this year's festival Thursday, Oct. 12.
"This year, in addition to celebrating the makers of Cajun and Creole music who perform on our multiple stages, we are also celebrating the makers of the instruments that they use to make that great music," festival founder Barry Ancelet said in a press release.
Festival attendees also can look forward to more space in the Atelier tent, which will be walled in and air conditioned to make guests and musicians more comfortable. The Scène d'Anniversaire stage will feature a new shade structure, too.
"We are always thinking about what sort of amenities we can bring to people attending the festival," Patrick Mould, vice president of programming and development, said in the release. "Our mission from the beginning has been to present better signage, better sound, better tents and better staging to give attendees the best festival experience possible."
The Tour Des Atakapas run of the festival starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and has expanded to feature a run, paddle and duathlon. Early bird registration is $35 for runners and $45 for paddlers.
The official pin and poster, created by St. Martinville native Dennis Paul Williams, will be unveiled at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Hilliard University Art Museum's A. Hays Town Building.
Williams' poster includes bright colors, ancestral icons and spiritual energy his work is known for. Silhouettes of instruments will be incorporated into the pin design.
On Friday, Sept. 15, Festival Acadiens et Créoles will produce the first Downtown Alive! concert of the fall season at Parc International. The concert will feature an informal Cajun jam at 5 p.m., followed by performances from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to include Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie and Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys.
"There are so many ways to enjoy Festival Acadiens et Créoles this year," Mould said. "We have a little bit of something for everyone."