Sept. 2, 2015


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
October 2015 Events
New Iberia * Avery Island * Jeanerette
Jefferson Island * Loreauville * Delcambre

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!

Oct. 1 - 16, 2015 - Hi Sugar! Exhibit - Celebrate the long-standing tradition of Iberia Parish's Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival with photos from the I.A. and Carol Martin Collection. The exhibit will feature individuals cutting sugar cane by hand, old time harvesting machines, the old sugar mills, Sugar Festival contestants and celebrated festival kings and queens. Iberia Parish Library - Main Branch, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (library hours), (337) 364-7150, 
Oct. 2 - 4, 2015 - Tour du Teche Canoe Race - Annual 135-mile canoe, kayak and pirogue race on Bayou Teche with local culture and flavor featuring nightly festivals at each stop. Held the first weekend in October (Fri-Sun). The Black Bear Canoe and Kayak Race runs 35 milesfrom New Iberia to Franklin. Register at Bayou Teche, Port Barre to Patterson, all day event, (337) 394-6232,  
Oct. 3 - Nov. 1, 2015 - Halloween at Cajun RVera - Trick or treating every Saturday in October with costume contest. Pumpkin patch and haunted house on Friday and Saturday of Halloween weekend. Cajun RVera/SugArena, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy 3212), New Iberia, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., (337) 256-8681,, 
Oct. 3, 2015 - Shadows Arts & Crafts Fair - More than 100 artists exhibit fine art and crafts in the Shadows' gardens. Wooden cutting boards and bowls and many types of wooden items, baby clothes, crocheted and knitted items, baked goods and other food items, bath products, creams & lotions and more. To celebrate Grand Réveil Acadien week, the Shadows will offer tours in French during the fair. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., (337) 369-6446,, 
Oct. 3, 2015 - Cajun Day at the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market
- Live Cajun music and lots of Cajun food just for this event! Enjoy what's fresh for the season from area farms and local waters, along with tasting opportunities and recipes, live music, kids' activities and other special events. Bayou Carlin Cove Boat Landing and Pavilion, 605 S. Railroad St., Delcambre, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 800-884-6120 ext. 7,, 
Oct. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, 2015 - 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,
Oct. 5 - 10, 2015 -Grand Réveil IberiaIn celebration of Grand Réveil Acadien, the Iberia Parish Welcome Center will offer prizes, a scavenger hunt, artisans, musicians, art exhibits, culinary demonstrations, food tastings, coupons, information about GRA specials throughout Iberia Parish, including special events in Loreauville and Delcambre. Please visit our Grand Réveil event page and shopping page for more information. Iberia Parish Visitor Center, 2513 Hwy. 14, New Iberia, 9 am. - 4 p.m., (337) 365-1540,,
Oct. 7, 2015 - Cajun History Talk Jeanerette Museum will host the film viewing of "Louisiana Story" and a special presentation by Tika Laudun, senior producer of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Laudun will speak about the process of creating the film and the people behind it during the museum's celebration of Grand Reveil Acadien. This free program is suitable for an adult audience. Jeanerette Museum, 500 Main St., Jeanerette, 6 - 8 p.m., 337-276-4408,,  

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015 - 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,,

Oct. 8, 2015 - Discover Loreauville, La. - Loreauville will have a special event for Grand Réveil Acadien. Presentation on Acadian History in Loreauville area and on the New Acadia Project. "Flotilla Under the Bridge" ceremony and French students performance. Unveiling of plans for a park, museum and Acadian Odyssey Monument. Tintamarre (traditional Acadian parade) to City Hall on Main Street. Gumbo and music. Old Fire Station, 119 Bridge St., Loreauville, 10 a.m. - noon, 337-967-2018. 
Oct. 8, 2015 - Iberia Parish Day for Grand Réveil Acadien There will be activities during the day including a photo scavenger hunt, trivia contest, giveaways, artisans and much more! Iberia Parish Welcome Center, 2513 Hwy 14, New Iberia, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 337-365-1540,, 
Oct. 9 - 10, 2015 - SugarFest Classic Added Money Barrel Race - Regional added money barrel race competition, concessions.. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 337-365-7539,, 

Oct. 10, 2015 - Jeanerette Farmers Market - Locally grown foods and handmade items. Jeanerette City Park, Tarleton Street, 8 a.m. - noon, 337-335-0721,,

Oct. 10, 2015 - Food Truck Festival Food trucks will be available at the Teche Area Farmers Market every second Saturday of the month. Along Fulton St. between Fisher Street and Iberia Street, New Iberia, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 337-369-2330,

Oct. 10 - 11, 2015 - World Championship Gumbo Cookoff - Every 2nd weekend in October. Family oriented food festival in historic downtown New Iberia. Music all weekend. Roux Run Saturday 8 a.m. (5K and one mile Fun Run register at Anything but gumbo mid-day Saturday. The "Battle of the Roux's" on Sunday-gumbo serving at 11 a.m. Awards mid afternoon. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. & until 3 p.m. on Sunday, (337) 364-1836,,
Oct. 14, 2015 Indian Mounds Along Bayou Teche Talk Celebrate Archaeology Month with a presentation by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Professor and archaeologist Dr. Mark Rees. Seating may be limited for this free program suitable for an adult audience. Jeanerette Museum, 500 Main St., Jeanerette, 6 - 8 p.m., 337-276-4408,,  
Oct. 17, 2015 - Jeanerette Live - Live music, food, shopping, cake walk and kids activities on Main Street Jeanerette. Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Booth space is $50 for craft vendors and $75 for food vendors. Jeanerette Main Street, from Minnieville Boulevard to Bracey Street, Jeanerette, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., (337) 276-4164,, 
Oct. 17, 2015 - Tailgating Cookoff - Good ol' fashion Cajun tailgating cookoff with rag ball tournament, car show, live silent auction, fais-do-do, kids games, arts & crafts, refreshments and more. Loreauville Park, 601 Ed Broussard Rd., Loreauville, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., 337-577-3852, 
Oct. 17, 2015 - 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 West St. Peter Street. Historic Downtown New Iberia, Main St., 4 - 7 p.m., 337-369-2330, 
Oct. 18, 2015 - New Iberia Beneath the Balconies - Series of theatrical presentations and musical performances on select balconies along New Iberia's award-winning Main Street. Starts at 2 p.m. at Shadows-on-the-Teche (317 East Main Street). Bring lawn chair. Before the event, enjoy "Lunch, Shopping and Music by the Berry Classics" in downtown New Iberia from noon to 2 p.m. Shops will be open and lunch will be available in Bouligny Plaza and at local restaurants. Main St., New Iberia, 2 - 5 p.m., 337-364-1603
Oct. 22, 2015 - Moon Festival at Epiphany Day School  - Family Halloween fun, A-Maze-Ing Labyrinth, face painting, carnival games, prizes, Scholastic Book Fair, spooky stories, Photo-op Spot, Giant Pumpkin Raffle, Class Pumpkin Auction. Family appropriate costumes, no scary masks please. Ephiphany Day School-Campus Playground, 120 Jefferson St., New Iberia, 5:30 - 7 p.m., 337-364-6841, 
Oct. 24, 2015 - Brudley's Wild Game Cookoff  - Cookoff including wild game, seafood, jambalaya, desserts and other home cooking, live entertainment, silent auction, exhibits and activities for the kids. Weeks Park, 4412 Weeks Park Rd., Lydia, 5 - 8 p.m., 337-268-9555,
Oct. 24, 2015 - Terror On the Teche - Family Halloween storytelling program under the moss-covered oaks. Tickets are on sale at Iberia Parish Libraries and Shadows-on-the-Teche. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, 7 - 9 p.m., (337) 364-7024,
Oct. 29, 2015 - Acadiana Growers Alliance Farmers Market - Selling fresh produce and baked goods on the last Thursday of each month. For details, go to For additional "flash" (pop-up) market dates and locations, check United Methodist Church Ministries Center, 211 W. St. Peter St., New Iberia, 4 - 6 p.m., 337-367-0838.
Oct. 29, 2015 - Evening Under the Oaks - A fundraising event in support of Shadows-on-the-Teche. Dinner, music and entertainment held under the Shadows historic live oaks. Call for reservations. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, 7 - 9 p.m., (337) 369-6446,, 
Oct. 29 - Nov. 8, 2015 - IPAL Presents "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" - Live theater production, concessions. Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia, Thurs - Sat. 7:30 - 10 p.m. & Sun 3 - 5:30 p.m., 337-364-6114,
Oct. 31, 2015 Love Cure Awareness 5K Breast Cancer Fun Walk/Run - 6th Annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Fun Run to benefit the Lydia Cancer Assoc. Registration begins at 7:30 am. Opening ceremony at 8 am. Walk begins immediately after opening ceremony. Weeks Park, 4412 Weeks Park Rd., Lydia, 337-367-1192, 
Oct. 31, 2015 - Weeks Hall's Birthday - Shadows visitors can enjoy cake to celebrate Weeks Hall's birthday and Halloween.  Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., (337) 369-6446,, 

Oct. 31, 2015 Showtunes Sing-Along - Envision daBerry invites everyone to participate in belting their favorite musicals in a piano lounge-style setting. Free admission. Beau Soleil Café and Catering, 225 W. Main St., New Iberia, 7 - 11 p.m., 337-378-9469,,

Oct. 31, 2015 - Downtown Pub Crawl - Join Iberia OnTap for Halloween in downtown New Iberia and sample local foods and beverages. More information and registration will be available on their website and Facebook. $10 admission for non members. Downtown New Iberia, 7 - 9 p.m., (337) 352-2180,,


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

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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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