By: Brittany Racca
With so many fun things to do, summer is the perfect time to visit. We’ve created this handy guide to help you plan how to use those PTO days in our area this summer.
The unofficial rule is that every season is gumbo season in Acadiana, but sometimes the delicious dish is too hot for the strongest of us. Instead treat yourself to some icy goodness with a snowball from one of our drive through stops like Caribbean Ice Co. or Cool Scene.
Head to Bojangles Sushi & Oyster Bar for lunch or dinner, or grab a cool drink at Preservation Bar & Grill, all located in our newly designated National Register Historic District. See other options on our dining page.
There’s a multitude of events going on during summer, it really depends on what you would like to do. Our numerous parish wide farmers markets are a fabulous way to get out of the house and shop locally, as well as eat fresh! Iberia Parish Parks & Recreation and the Iberia Parish Library also host various crafts and healthy living events that are either free or reasonably priced all summer long.
Isle of Iberia RV Resort’s summer concert series features a different local musician every weekend so break out those dancing shoes. Other summer events include the June “Stars and Stripes” musical celebration and annual Independence Day activities like the fishing rodeo and New Iberia 4th of July Parade.
Every August, the Iberia Film Festival celebrates all genres of short independent films. The Delcambre Shrimp Festival ends summer on a high note with a carnival, shrimp cookoff, pageantry and nightly fais-do-dos. Check out our calendar to see what's going on each weekend!
The Great Indoors
New Iberia is known for great attractions and the good thing is, most are indoors! Bayou Teche Museum or Jeanerette Museum are air-conditioned havens on those hot days and Shadows-on-the-Teche and Conrad Rice Mill are cool out of the sun retreats. Although the majority of the attractions on Jefferson Island and Avery Island are outside, they do have components that are indoors. The Joseph Jefferson Home on Jefferson Island and the Tabasco® Museum on Avery Island both offer an AC respite from the heat. And, the best part is that all of our attractions are educational and kid-friendly!
We’ve created the “Summer Daze” movement for locals and visitors to show us and the world their summer fun in Iberia Parish. In Louisiana, summer isn’t just a season, it’s a way of life. Memories are made on and off the water and we want you to capture those moments with photographs and videos.
The contest will run June 1 – August 31, 2020. To enter, simply follow us and use the hashtag #OnlyIberia in your captured moments around Iberia Parish on your social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). You can also email us, tag us or post to our Facebook page. For information and rules, visit our Summer Daze blog.