About our Community
Welcome to Opelousas, Louisiana!
The History of Opelousas, the third oldest city in Louisiana, is more than the story of one small city -- it is a story of a way of life, of the impact of events, of patterns that may be seen all across the state and the region. Opelousas was founded in 1720 and populated by travelers, traders, Native Americans, Creoles and those of French and Spanish descent. At one time, it was the capital of Louisiana. The story of Opelousas is something that cannot be overlooked, because through it you will learn the history of many people, the creation of a cultural gumbo, and the elements of a way of life that should not be forgotten.
For visitors to Opelousas, culture abounds in the sights and sounds of a community rich in history. From our unique array of museums to our restaurants featuring "hot and spicy" Cajun cuisine, visitors are sure to find something special in Opelousas. You will be delighted by the architecture, the shaded streets, the wonderful cuisine, and of course the music. Today, Opelousas is known as the home of the city’s Spice & Music Festival and the Yambilee Sweet Potato Festival! It is also known for Zydeco Music. Each year, thousands attend the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in neighboring Plaisance, on the outskirts of Opelousas. This one-day event held on the Saturday before Labor Day attracts visitors from throughout the United States and the world. The population of Opelousas is 25,000, while the parish population is 90,000.
For overnight stays there is a long list of franchise hotels, or stay in one of the many bed and breakfast establishments.