March 5, 2014


For Immediate Release

Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742

Iberia Parish Convention 

and Visitors Bureau

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Louisiana's Sweet Picks
April 2014 Events
New Iberia * Avery Island * Jeanerette
Jefferson Island * Loreauville * Delcambre
Turn up the heat with food, live music and family fun at the Cajun Hot Sauce Festival April 11- 13, 2014.

NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to experience our famous attractions, world renowned cuisine, contagious music, sizzling events and people who never meet a stranger. Join us and savor the difference in Iberia Parish!

April 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 2014 - Teche Area Farmers Market -

Experience our harvest of delicious, locally grown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists and crafters. Also included are handcrafted cypress yard objects, bread and fresh baked goods, ceramics, honey, jellies, jams, herbs, candies, wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Tues. 2:30 - 6 p.m., Sat. 7 - 11 a.m., 337-369-2330,

April 1 - 31, 2014 New Iberia Azalea Trail - Delicate azaleas bloom early each spring flooding the landscape with a sea of red, pink, white, purple and salmon. Our easy self guided driving tour offers a glimpse of all the beautiful flowers along the trail from the miniature varieties to the massive. All day at various locations. Main Street, New Iberia, 337-365-1540,,

April 1 - 31, 2014 Iberia Parish Library Events - Toddler programming, writing workshops and more. Check for details. Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-7150,

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014 - GLC Farmers Market - Local farmers selling produce, plants, honey, homemade pies and other items grown locally. Grass-fed beef, pork and lamb are also available at the meat market during this time. GLC Meat Market, 211 N. Main St., Loreauville, 2 - 6 p.m., 337-577-9160,,

April 3 - 5, 2014 Louisiana Gourd Show, "Gourding on the Bayou" - Classes for gourd artists of all skill levels from beginner to expert, vendor booths, art ribbon competition and childrens' crafting area. Willow Wood Multi Purpose Building, 113 Willow Wood Dr., New Iberia, Thurs. 1 - 5 p.m.,  Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 337-824-8952,

April 5, 2014 Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival - Experience authentic dragon boats racing down the Bayou Teche during our second annual event. Boats are powered to the finish line by 20 paddlers while one drummer keeps the beat. Local vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-352-2180,,

April 5 - 6, 2014 Louisiana Paint Horse Club Registered Paint Horse Show - Horse show, concessions. Sugarena@Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,,  

April 7 - 13, 2014 Cajun Classique - Leisurely classic wooden boat cruise down Bayou Teche with excursions in Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, New Iberia and Franklin. Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge to Franklin, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., 337-366-0337,

April 9, 2014 - "Dancehalls of South Louisiana" Film Viewing - Viewing of "Dancehalls of South Louisiana" led by John Sharp, documentary filmmaker and folklorist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The film includes an introduction by Sharp along with a brief history discussion on Louisiana dancehalls. Program is free and suitable for an adult audience. Jeanerette Museum, 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette, 6 p.m., 337-276-4408,,

April 11 - 13, 2014 - Cajun Hot Sauce Festival - Festival with family atmosphere, hot sauce competition, Jambalaya cook-off, live entertainment, food court, crafts and much more. Fri. 7 - 11:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,

Sugarena@Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 337-365-7539,

April 12, 2014 - Jeanerette Farmers Market - The market will have over 30 vendors with home goods, produce, crafts, entertainment and food. Jeanerette City Park, Tarleton Street, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 337-276-4293,,

April 13, 2014 Symphony Sunday in the Park - Free outdoor concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra featuring a performance by New Iberia Youth Choir presented by the Iberia Cultural Resources Association. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Building. New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia, 3 - 4:30 p.m., 337-364-1603,

April 18 - 20, 2014 - Lao New Year Celebration Lanexang Village celebrates the Lao New Year every Easter weekend with a three-day festival that includes live music, a beauty pageant, parades, sand castle building, kids activities, and several vendors selling clothes, jewelry, music and food from Southeast Asia. What Thammarattanaram Temple, 7913 Champa Ave., Broussard, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 337-364-3403,

April 19 - 20, 2014 SugaSheaux Regional horse show and ranch sorting competition. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,

April 19, 2014 New Iberia Downtown Artwalk - Local artists gather in the downtown area to showcase their work. Begins at Shadows-on-the-Teche (317 East Main Street), following Main Street to Railroad Avenue, then to A&E and NILA Gallery on W. St. Peter St. Historic Downtown New Iberia, Main Street, New Iberia, 4 - 7 p.m., 337-369-2330,

April 25 - 27, 2014 SugarFest Jr. & High School Rodeo - High school rodeo, prizes, concessions. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,,

April 26, 2014 New Iberia Creole Market - Shop for seasonal, locally grown produce and fruits, fresh Louisiana seafood, homemade jams, jellies and other preserves, as well as fresh baked items, home-cooked dishes, hand made crafts and more. Enjoy fun and educational activities that promote healthier eating and lifestyle choices. 8 a.m. - noon, West End Park, 1200 Field St., New Iberia, 337-367-0834,

April 26, 2014 Showtunes Sing-Along - Envision daBerry invites everyone to participate in belting their favorite musicals in a piano lounge-style setting. Free admission. Des Amis Dining and Catering, 225 W. Main St., New Iberia, 7 - 11 p.m.,,

April 26, 2014 Grillin' In the Park - Barbecue cookoff for kids and adults with kids 7-11 and 11-16 participating in 'Chicken Little Cookoff' where chicken thighs rule and adults competing in divisions with brisket, chicken, ribs and road kill. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies awarded in each category and special Master Chef trophy awarded along with gift package. There will be fun jumps, games and prizes, petting zoo and pony rides. New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 337-367-8464.

April 27, 2014 Shadows Preservation Jazz Brunch - Help raise funds to preserve this historic site by savoring a traditional Louisiana brunch, local music and silent auction. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at the Shadows. Tables will be reserved for parties of eight. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 337-369-6446,,

April 30 - May 1, 2014 Iberia Parish 4-H Ag Days - Open to Iberia Parish 3rd graders only. Student receive hands-on experience with farmers and professors of agriculture. For more information, please call 337-369-4440.  SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,,


For more information on parish events call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

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  Hot Spots




 Antique Rose Ville Tea Room & Gardens


Bayou Teche Museum


William G. "Bunk" Johnson Jazz Collection Exhibit


KONRIKOŽ Company Store/ Conrad Rice Mill


Jungle Gardens of Avery Island 


TABASCOŽ Factory/ Country Store


Rip Van Winkle Gardens/ Rip's Rookery/ Jefferson Island 


Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation Home & Gardens


Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Bayou Teche Corridor


New Iberia Main Street Walking Tours


James Lee Burke's "Iberia Trail"




The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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