The French phrase joie de vivre, loosely translated as a joy of life, defines the love of art and music that is woven into the Bayou Region. Music and art can be found at free, outdoor concerts, on evening strolls through community art walks and as the backdrop to the local farmer’s market.
Favorite local venues include the Todd Art Gallery in Franklin, which has local exhibitions, and the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, an eclectic mix of figures and fabrications from the mind of local resident Kenny Hill.
Houma’s Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, which fronts Bayou Terrebonne in Downtown Houma, offers an immersive experience into the culture, art and history of the region and is a short walk from Houma’s Downtown Live After 5 concerts. An arts and culture immersion is equally available at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park system and in the same building as the Thibodaux Playhouse. These attractions are only a few minutes from Nicholls State University, which has art galleries and student exhibits. All are free and open to the public.
From the French Food Fest Rocks series featuring rocker Bret Michaels, to Cajun tunes served up on Sundays at the authentic Cajun dancehall in Houma, The Jolly Inn, the Bayou Region’s music scene can be experienced at venues that offer a variety of experiences.