We are on the cusp of another sure-to-be wonderful Festival International de Louisiane in downtown Lafayette.

The 5-day cultural celebration will happen Wednesday, April 26, 2023, through Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Festival International boasts top-notch music from around the world, gourmet food, handcrafted artworks and so much more. People of all ages will come from near and far to experience the magic of Festival.

Festival International de Louisiane, Facebook
Festival International de Louisiane, Facebook

No matter if you've been many times or if you're new to the experience, there are still quite a few things that you should know before you head out to attend this year's Festival. So, we've put together a few important highlights that might help you enjoy your weekend.

(Do keep in mind that there will be some unique guidelines for Lauren Daigle's performance on Thursday night. Read that information here.)

Where can I park?

Parking downtown during Festival can be a bit difficult. There are a few paid parking lots (but you usually need to get there early). Your best bet is likely parking at Cajun Field and taking the shuttle.

Parking at Cajun Field with the Festival Shuttle to downtown runs Thursday through Sunday. There is a $15 per car fee and only credit/debit cards are accepted.

The shuttle runs every 15 minutes. For a complete schedule and more information regarding the Festival Shuttle, click here.

Is there an admission fee to attend?

Nope. That has never changed. Festival remains free thanks to loyal supporters, sponsors and community.

All merchandise purchases (pins, posters, etc. from the merch tents) are ways to help keep Festival International free.

Is there a site map for Festival?

Yes, simply click here to view the 2023 site map so you can see where everything is located, including the music stages, shopping, food vendors, and more.

What payment methods are accepted at Festival?

Festival operates with a cashless payment system using RFID wristbands. Simply visit one of the stations set up downtown or the Festival app and you'll link your debit or credit card to make purchases of food, beverages and merchandise.

New this year -- You don't have to top off your RFID bracelet with a certain amount of funds and wait for a refund after Festival. Your bracelet is simply linked to your card and you pay as you go.

Are ice chests, tents and chairs allowed?

Ice chests and tents are not allowed at Festival International.

Lawn chairs, blankets, wagons, and handheld umbrellas are allowed. Patrons are asked to be mindful of the limited space and large crowds where some of these items will be difficult to maintain.

Are dogs allowed at Festival?

Sorry, while pooches are loved, they are not allowed downtown during Festival. This is to protect your pets and patrons alike.

Festival International de Louisiane, Facebook
Festival International de Louisiane, Facebook

You may have other questions regarding Festival International. A good resource is FestivalInternational.org.

And a definite thing to have if you're planning to head downtown is the Festival International app. It contains the music schedule, maps, food and shopping info, RFID bracelet assistance, and more.

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