Cajun Fest’s Cajun Caravan

itinerary map
Map Courtesy of Southeast Texas Arts Council

Port Arthur is the Cajun Capital of Texas, so naturally you can let the good times roll at the Cajun Heritage Fest on April 2. Plan now to stay the weekend so you can make the Cajun Caravan around our area.

Say your prayers!

cajun house in port arthur texas

Father Keven Badeaux will recite a rosary in Cajun French at 1:30 p.m. at La Maison Des Acadienne, “The House of Acadia,” 1500 Boston Avenue at Tex Ritter Park in Nederland.  This home also pays tribute to the early French settlers of our area.  And there might even be a Cajun musician or two making music! Father Badeaux is from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Arthur.

Let’s Eat!

crawfish and corn in port arthur texas

We’ve got some of the best Cajun restaurants in the area offering the best Cajun food this side of the Sabine River.  One stop on the Caravan is Reel Cajun Seafood, located at 7500 Twin City Hwy, in Port Arthur.  Start with their award winning gumbo, followed by those AWESOME barbecued crabs and delicious  boiled crawfish!

Try some brunch at Rodair Bar & Grill, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Fried green tomatoes are everyone’s favorite and they’ve also got fried gator, red beans and rice, crawfish and po’ boys. There’s chicken and sausage gumbo and the half and half crawfish e’touffee. Ask John, the general manager, for some in-depth history of Cajun and Creole foods.

VIP time at Museum of the Gulf Coast

set up of cajun dwelling in the museum of the gulf coast

The Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter Street, Port Arthur, has an authentic Cajun cabin for you to visit, so you can see first hand how Memere and Pepere lived along the bayou.  The Music Hall of Fame, where you can listen to Cajun as well as Swamp Pop and Zydeco artists from our area, will not only bring back memories, but also get your toes tapping. The Museum is typically closed Sundays, so take advantage of VIP hours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, just for Cajun Caravan!

Stay Tuned for More Good Times

Couple Cajun two stepping on the dance floor

Keep checking on how we’re letting the good times roll. Follow us to learn other area Cajun restaurants that will be added to our Cajun Caravan.   You can never have too much Cajun music, or too much Cajun food! Drive by La Maison Beausoliel at Port Neches Park for another Cajun experience. Learn about it, here.

Cajun Heritage Fest

Authentic Cajun Trail

You can self-guide your family through many of the stops, such as La Maison Beausoliel,  you can read about here. 

Check out where to stay, here.

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