Friday, April 5, 2019 Events

Tastes Along the Teche Food Demo

Friday, April 5, 2019                                                                                 
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Food demonstrations and tastings featuring world famous culinary geniuses.

Ticket Price: $25

Dave's Haunts & Jaunts Tour

Friday, April 5; 12:30 – 4:00 PM                                                    
Saturday, April 6: 8:00 – NOON

Ticket Price: $60

Lunch on Friday, or breakfast on Saturday, at Victor’s Cafeteria followed by a guided bus tour with stops along historic Main Street in New Iberia and other sites throughout Iberia Parish

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Movie Screening

Figure in mist

Friday, April 5; 2:00 PM


Grand Theater 10 New Iberia screening of a movie by a Southern writer.

Live Oak Walk


Friday, April 5;  3:00 PM


Stroll down Main Street with Jim Foret, local arborist, who will enlighten you about the gorgeous oak trees that grace our lovely city, along one of the most beautiful Main Streets in the country. The walk is free, and starts at The Shadows-on-the-Teche, proceeding down Main Street, and ending at The Daily Iberian. Friday, April 5, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque

Friday, April 5
4:00 – 5:30 PM


Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque will perform selections of his poetry on Friday, April 5 from 4-5:30 p.m., at the Iberia Parish Library’s Main Street Branch, 445 East Main Street.  Opening for Bourque will be finalists of the poetry contest held in area schools.

L'Acadian Art Guild Exhibit

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6

2:00 to 4:00 PM


The L’Acadian Art Guild will be hosting an Art Exhibit entitled “Anything Goes” in conjunction with the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival to be held Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019. Approximately fifty 11×14 and 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvases done by local artists will be on display at the Main Branch of the Iberia Parish Library. Most of the art is available for purchase. The exhibit will include receptions to be held from @2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. both afternoons. Receptions are free and will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with the artists. The exhibit will hang from March 22 to April 23, 2019.

Jazz It Up Opening Reception


Friday, April 5; 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Ticket Price: $50

Cajun Cochon de Lait (pig roast) with music by the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band, hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages at Shadows-on-the-Teche, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 Events

Sir Speedy Run

Saturday, April 6                                                                                          
8:00 AM

5K fun run through scenic areas along the Bayou Teche and through downtown New Iberia.  Registration is available at Cajun Timing.


Panel on Writing Children's Books

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

320 East Main St.
New Iberia, LA 70560

Would you like to write and illustrate a children’s book? Author Margaret Simon and Paul Schexnayder, local artist, published author, and educator, will lead the panel covering what you need to know besides putting those words on paper.

University of LA at Lafayette Academic Symposium

Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:30 – 2:30 PM

Seating is limited, please reserve at Eventbrite

Iberia Parish Main Library
445 E. Main St, New Iberia

University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic symposium at the Iberia Parish Main Library, 445 E. Main St, downtown New Iberia. James Lee Burke and Louisiana Politics.

Authors Book Fair

Historic Main Street
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Books Along the Teche 2012 Spring ArtWalk

Books galore! Books and more!  Authors will be signing and selling their books at Bouligny Plaza and along New Iberia’s award-winning Main Street.  Food trucks with area specialties will be near for sampling. Look for specials in the local establishments too! 

Venue subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

Allons Manger Food Truck & Music Event

Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Bouligny Plaza
102 W. Main Street, New Iberia

Sample local Cajun cuisine and listen to live music. Food vendors will offer Cajun fare and other food for purchase in Bouligny Plaza, downtown New Iberia.

Free event, food for purchase.

Bourée on the Bayou Lessons

Saturday, April 6, 2019                                                            
11:00 AM – 12 PM

Ticket Price: $15

New Pelicans on the Bayou, 5 Jefferson St, New Iberia.

Learn the card game that is a Cajun tradition, taught by a local Bourée master.  

Books Made Into Movies Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00 – NOON


Sliman Theater, Main Street, downtown New Iberia

A panel discussion on books made into movies.

Dave's Haunts & Jaunts Tour

Saturday, April 6: 8:00 – NOON

Ticket Price: $60

Breakfast at Victor’s Cafeteria followed by a guided bus tour with stops along historic Main Street in New Iberia and other sites throughout Iberia Parish

Center Stage Readers' Theater

Saturday, April 6, 2019                                                    
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Essanee Theatre
126 Iberia St., New Iberia

Readers’ Theatre Performance by Iberia Performing Arts League, featuring dialogue and narration from “Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells.  

Bourée on the Bayou Tournament

Saturday, April 6, 2019                                                            
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ticket Price: $25

New Pelicans on the Bayou, 5 Jefferson St., New Iberia.

Enjoy a spirited game of bourre in a tournament setting. Beginner and experienced players are welcome. Prizes and gift certificates for winners, no cash awards.  Saturday, April 6, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

On the Big Screen Movie

Saturday, April 6, 2019
4:00 PM

Grand Theater 10 New Iberia screening of movie by Southern writer.

Great Southern Writer Symposium

Saturday, April 6, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Our 2019 Great Southern Writer is Rebecca Wells, author of “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” Her stories celebrate female friendships and mother-daughter bonding, and created a literary movement across the country as readers formed their own Ya-Ya groups. The best-selling author will present her program at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Sliman Theater in Downtown New Iberia. Tickets are $15, free if an all access pass is purchased. Seating is limited, please reserve at Eventbrite.

Sliman Theater, Main Street, downtown New Iberia.

Boogie on Down Evening Party

Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Ticket Price: $50

Steamboat Warehouse Pavilion at Bouligny Plaza
102 W. Main Street

Dine on Cajun fare, grab a drink and learn to Cajun dance to the live music of Terry Huval and the Jambalaya Cajun Band for a good ole’ fais-do-do.  Dance lessons start at 6:00 PM and the party and music are from 7:00 – 9:00 at the Steamboat Warehouse pavilion in Bouligny Plaza, downtown  New Iberia

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Events

T-Boy's Bayou Adventure Tour

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Tours start at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM

New Iberia City Park Boat Launch, New Iberia

Ticket Price: $25

Set off on a party barge from the New Iberia City Park Boat Launch and get a perspective of New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux’s hometown, from the waters of the Bayou Teche. A guide will highlight key points of interest along the way.  This event is sponsored by The Teche Project.

On the Big Screen Movie

Figure in mist

Sunday, April 8; 2:00 PM


Grand Theater 10 New Iberia screening of a movie by a Southern writer.

Symphony Sunday in the Park

Sunday, April 7, 2019                                                                                        
3:00 – 4:30 PM


New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Drive

The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra will perform under New Iberia City Park’s majestic live oaks.  Grab a blanket or chair, bring a picnic, or order lunch from the food trucks.

Ticket Information

All-inclusive ticket provides admission to the following:

  • Tastes Along the Teche Food Demo/$25
  • Jazz It Up Opening Reception/$50
  • Dave’s Haunts & Jaunts Tour/$60
  • Center Stage Readers’ Theater/Free
  • Authors Book Fair/Free
  • Allons Mangez Food Truck & Music Event/ Free with lunch available for purchase
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette Academic Symposium/Free
  • Boogie on Down Evening Party/$50
  • In The Electric Mist Movie Screening/Free
  • Symphony Sunday in the Park/Free. Includes reserved seating and box lunch.
  • Festival T-shirt
  • T-Boy’s Bayou Adventure Boat Tour


Please note that space for some venues is limited and will be provided on a first-bought, first-served basis.

Tickets are available to individual events at


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