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Savoy Music Center

The best time to visit Eunice is on a Saturday from 9am to noon when this accordion factory and shop hosts a Cajun-music jam ­session. Musician Marc Savoy and his guitarist wife, Ann, often join in.
Live Music in Cajun Prairie

Fred's Lounge

Deep in the heart of Cajun country, Mamou is a typical South Louisiana small town six days of the week, worth a peek and a short stop before rolling on to nearby Eunice. But on Saturday morning, Mamou's hometown han…
State Park in Cajun Prairie

Chicot State Park

A wonderful place to access the natural beauty of Cajun country. The excellent arboretum is fun for kids and informative for adults, and deserves enormous accolades for its open, airy design. Miles of trails extend …
Music in Cajun Prairie

Floyd’s Record Shop

A good way to round out your musical tour of the prairie is to stop by this record shop in Ville Platte, 14 miles northeast of Mamou. In 1957 Floyd Solieau left his DJ job to start both the shop and Flat Tire Music.…
Cajun in Cajun Prairie

Billy's Boudin & Cracklins

Folks will literally drive for hours, sometimes crossing state lines, to grab some of Billy's goods. Most folks treat this as a take-out counter, but there's a seating area and some coolers where you can snag a cold…
Theater in Cajun Prairie

Liberty Theater

Saturday evening's 'Rendez-Vous des Cajuns' is a Cajun country roundup of music and a little bit of banter; it's performed live here and broadcast on local radio.
Cafe in Cajun Prairie

Ruby's Restaurant

This Eunice institution serves popular plate lunches in a 1950s diner setting. Weirdly it also serves sushi (Thursday only) – and why not? The more local menu features dishes such as meat loaf, grilled salmon and fr…
Museum in Cajun Prairie

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

This NPS-run museum has exhibits on rural life and Cajun culture, and shows a variety of documentaries explaining the history of the area. It's the perfect place to begin your exploration of the Cajun Prairie. Music…
Cajun in Cajun Prairie

Crawfish House & Grill

This may be the prairie, but you can still find good seafood out here, and the Crawfish House & Grill is a good example. Fried baskets and Cajun spins on local seafood abound; give the Cajun Girl po’boy (crab, c…
Music in Cajun Prairie

Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival

Plaisance, northwest of Opelousas, hosts this grassroots, fun-for-the-family festival.