As the heart of our community and the center of Acadiana, we invite you to explore what makes Downtown Lafayette an unforgettable place to be.


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Downtown Lafayette is the place to be on Friday nights. The Spring season of Downtown Alive! returns this March, presented by Evangeline Maid. The concert lineup is one of the best yet, with artists like Anders Osborne, Brother Dege, Horace Trahan, Amythyst Kiah, and Ray Boudreaux taking the spotlight at Parc International. As always, Downtown Alive! is free and open to all ages. Bring the whole family and kick-start a weekend of fun in Downtown Lafayette!

Who is Downtown Lafayette?

Downtown Lafayette is represented by two organizations: the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. They work together to help Downtown thrive.

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Downtown is rising

Downtown Lafayette is undergoing a revitalization that is bringing new businesses and residents to the city center. Downtown’s central location, built-in infrastructure, and its role as the cultural and business center of the region has led to significant development activity in recent years, including more than 100 residential units currently under construction.

Downtown is where Lafayette happens

Downtown is where the residents of Lafayette and Acadiana come to work and play. Something exciting is always happening at the numerous businesses, organizations, galleries, restaurants, music venues, and festivals located Downtown. Stay up-to-date on Downtown news and stories when you subscribe to our newsletters, or follow us on social media.

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2019 Year-in-review: Creating momentum for a new decade of growth in Downtown

2019 Year-in-review: Creating momentum for a new decade of growth in Downtown

2019 was a transformative year for Downtown Lafayette, one that will mark the beginning of a new decade of momentum for the heart of Acadiana. Our organization has undergone exciting changes, beginning with the appointment of Anita Begnaud as the CEO of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU) in October of 2018. Anita hit the ground running by reinvigorating DLU’s membership and programming efforts, hiring Maureen Dugas Foster as the first ever Director of DLU, and acting as the spokesperson for a list of catalytic projects in Downtown—from the renovation of the Old Federal Courthouse and the construction of Vermilion Lofts and Buchanan Heights, to efforts to address Downtown’s pressing infrastructure issues.

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