The 2016 Festival International is finally here!!!

Jason Fontenot, who sits on the festival's Board of directors, said Festival International has evolved over the past three decades, as Downtown Lafayette has evolved, into a 21-st Century experience.

Now with five stages of entertainment form around the globe, the Festival hosts acts to fit anyone's tastes, on anyone's schedule, throughout the next our days.

Here's what's going on Thursday night:

  • Zachary Richard will present French Immersion students who hail form Acadiana and Martinique
  • The 2016 Festival Internationale de Louisiane Opening Ceremony
  • Featured acts that will kick off Festival tonight will include: The Burundi Drummers, Atchafalaya, Vishten, Boogat and many others.

To help navigate Downtown Lafayette, and to find food, booths, bands etc., download the Festival International app for your mobile device.

For more information (and a full schedule) on the 30th Annual Festival Internationale de Louisiane, visit the Festival International Facebook page and the Festival International Web site.