On March 26, 1974, CODOFIL presented the first Tribute to Cajun Music concert in Lafayette’s Blackham Coliseum. In 1976, CODOFIL moved its Tribute to Cajun Music to Girard Park near the lake and to the fall. The Natural History Museum and CODOFIL agreed to hold their respective events on the same weekend. In 1977, the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission broadened the range, joining their own Bayou food Festival, then held in the Lafayette Municipal Auditorium near the Natural History Museum. The combination of these three events focusing on the crafts, music and food of South Louisiana served as the basis for a co-op called Festivals Acadiens.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, set for Oct. 10–12 in Girard Park, adjacent to campus. The event features music on multiple stages throughout the park, food and crafts.