Seven things to know about Festival International de Louisiane:

  • Parking will be tight downtown for the festival, but a free shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from the Cajun Field parking lot at Congress Street and Cajundome Boulevard.
  • Festival International’s mobile app offers a full schedule, maps, band bios and more. The app is available for download from the iTunes and Android stores.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at a hotspot at Parc Putnam near the Scène TV5 MONDE Lafayette stage in front of the federal courthouse.
  • Avoid the lines and the unwelcome surprises that come with portable potties at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The nonprofit arts center is selling $5 wristbands for all-day access to its rest rooms. Make a purchase at The Lab Handcrafted Coffee & Comforts’ pop-up coffeehouse inside the arts center and receive a complimentary potty pass wristband.
  • Diaper duty is a bit less challenging at the festival. A baby-changing station is near Scène Lafayette General Fais Do-Do.
  • You’ll need tickets to buy drinks — alcoholic and non alcoholic — but cash is needed to buy from food vendors.
  • Children have their own special spot for festival at Scène des Jeunes, where there are hands-on activities, games and music for the littlest of festivalgoers. Scène des Jeunes is on the grounds of Cathedral Carmel School at St. John and Vermilion streets.