revised 11-22-2019
december 2019
39th General Assembly of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF)
Dec. 3-5 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
     The AIMF (International Association of French-speaking Mayors) is an operating agency for urban development comprised of 48 countries or governments. The goal is to establish close cooperation in all areas of municipal activities. Its missions are to strengthen local democracy, building municipal capacities, and to support the populations. The Association pursues its actions in the domains of health, culture, youth and education, urban development, training, and municipal infrastructures.
      This network of elected officials meets to discuss topics of interest related to economic and cultural development.  The theme of the General Assembly has yet to be announced.
      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474
International Workboat Show 2019
December 4 - 6, 2019 | Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
   The International WorkBoat Show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders as well as the vendors and suppliers that serve them.
      Contact: Christophe Pilut for details.  337-291-5474
General Assembly of the Association of Francophone Prefects and State-level Representatives (APREF)
Dec. 12 | Paris, France
     APREF is an association within the IOF. Its mission is to provide a forum for Prefects and other State-level Representatives to benefit from sharing concerns and administrative practices.  The theme of the General Assembly is related to emergency management, disaster prevention and impact minimization as well as post-disaster recovery and resilience.
      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474
january 2020
INCOTERMS 2020 Training
Thursday, Jan. 16 | Lafayette, LA (TBA)  
      This training will cover the different aspects of INCOTERMS 2020 including the division of responsibility, liability, title, insurance, mode of transport, documentation, loading and unloading, AES filing and the relation of INCOTERMS to the use of Letters of Credit and EXIM Bank receivables insurance.  The course will assume minimal knowledge or experience in using INCOTERMS.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
march 2020
South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals
Mar. 13-22 | Austin, Texas  
      The SXSW Festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of the Interactive, Film, Music, and Comedy industries, with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases. The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. In addition to providing a platform for the most groundbreaking and diverse panels, sessions, and festivals, SXSW hosts many different world-class exhibitions.
      SXSW goes even further with the SXSW Trade Show, Spotlights, and Gaming Expo. Exhibitions such as Job Market, Flatstock, SXSW Marketplace, SXSW Wellness Expo, and SouthBites are free and open to the public with a SXSW Guest Pass.
      For details, visit
International Francophone Day
Mar. 20  |  Vermilionville, Lafayette, Louisiana
      In honor of the first International Day of La Francophonie with Louisiana as an observer member of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Vermilionville is proud to present an exceptional celebration.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
Shallow and Deepwater Expo—trade show to Mexico
Mar. 24-26 | Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.
      Shallow & Deepwater Mexico will address exploratory perspectives, operations and services in the Gulf of Mexico. Industry professionals will meet with the Louisiana delegation and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas to improve the profitability of shallow and deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474
Lafayette Holi Festival  
Saturday, Mar. 28 | 11:00 AM Girard Park, Lafayette, Louisiana
      In India, the Holi Festival is the festival of colors. For decades the members of the Acadiana Indian Association celebrated the festival in their backyards, but since 2011, they have brought it to the community. Hosted each year by the Association, the festival is held each year on the last Saturday in March. The celebration is held to signify the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.
      The festival is free to attend and open to all ages, with bags of colors available for purchase. It features the iconic throw of color powders, live music, dance performances, water balloons, food, drinks, and more.
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La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette 12th Annual Pétanque tournament
TBA  | Girard Park, Lafayette
      Pétanque is a French game with roots in ancient history. Similar to horseshoes and bocce ball, the game requires precision, finesse and a great deal of concentration that may not be apparent to the casual spectator. This popular lawn game is played throughout the world, both for fun and as serious competition.
      The local pétanque club is a group of people who share a love of the outdoors, good conversation, and a healthy appetite for fun. They play on a regular monthly schedule, but also whenever the weather is nice and the mood strikes. They are affiliated with Alliance Française de Lafayette, whose mission it is to promote the French language, so they frequently do their socializing in French. They play as a club every fourth Sunday of the month from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, meeting at the public pétanque courts in Girard Park. The courts are located in the northeast corner of the park, across from the rear of the UL Alumni Center. Parking is conveniently located along the one-way street behind the center. Beginners are most welcome.
      For details, contact Mike LeBlanc at 654-9467 or , or visit
april 2020
Festival International de Louisiane
Apr. 22-26 |  Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana
      Festival International de Louisiane is the largest International music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world, having an estimated economic impact of $49m annually. With over 300,000 festival-goers every year, this annual festival features musical artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts. The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.
Welcome reception of a French delegation from Loudun, France
April 24, 3:30-5:00pm | Lafayette, LA
   The Thibodaux-Loudun Twinning Association will host a delegation of around 40 people from their sister city of Loudun, France, for 10 days, and will tour them across Louisiana with a visit to Lafayette in the afternoon of Friday, April 24, 2020. We will welcome them at Le Centre from 3:30-5:00 pm, before they visit Festival International de Louisiane later in the evening.  
      Contact: Christophe Pilut for details.  337-291-5474
may 2020
OTC (Offshore Technology Conference)
May 4-7 | NRG Park, Houston, Texas
      Taking place annually since 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) draws together energy professionals to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC’s flagship conference is held annually at NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park) in Houston.
      OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brazil and OTC Asia. The conference features international pavilions, outdoor exhibits, technical presentations, topical breakfast and luncheons, and panel sessions. OTC is sponsored by 13 industry organizations and societies, who work cooperatively to develop the technical program.
      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474
Farewell Reception for UL International Students
TBA | UL Alumni Center
      Annual farewell given to graduating international students  of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, co-hosted by UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie and City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. Graduating students are invested as Goodwill Ambassadors representing Lafayette, and an Outstanding International Alumnus is recognized, followed by a reception. A joint project of the UL Office of International Affairs, the UL Alumni Association, the LCG Mayor-President’s Office, the Lafayette International Center, and the UL Lafayette President’s Office.Center, and the UL Lafayette President’s Office.
june 2020
Global Petroleum Show (GPS)
TBA | Calgary, Alberta, Canada
      This three-day Canadian event is one of the largest oil and gas events in North America. Alberta is Canada’s largest oil and natural gas producer and is home to vast oil sands deposits. Calgary is the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada with head offices of every major company in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors located in the city. During these three days, over 100 experts will speak at various conference sessions during the week and more than 1000 companies are participating in the exhibition.
     The U.S. Department of Commerce pavilion includes about two dozen booths, highlighted by booths from the states of West Virginia and Louisiana. The Lafayette International Center, will be leading the Louisiana delegation, along with Louisiana Economic Development (LED), and will also be prospecting for trade leads and promoting LAGCOE.
      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474
North American Mayors Summit
TBA | Austin, Texas
       This Summit aims to find solutions, best practices and regional cooperation schemes in the areas of: border cooperation, mobility, tourism, urban sustainability, digital government, citizen security and trade. It will be hosted by the Mayor of Austin, Mr. Steve Adler, and will be attended by mayors and other dignitaries from the municipal and national level from Canada, Mexico and the United States.  This event is by invitation only.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
august 2020
Welcome Reception for UL International Students
      Annual welcome and orientation to Lafayette for arriving international students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, co-hosted by City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie. Reception following. A joint project of the LCG Mayor-President’s Office, the Lafayette International Center, the UL Lafayette President’s Office; and the UL Office of International Affairs.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;
september 2020
Reseau des Villes Francophones & Francophiles d’Amérique (RVFFA)
Sep. 17-19 | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
      The Network of Francophone and Francophile Cities in America co-sponsored by founding member cities of Lafayette, Moncton and Québec gathers to discuss the development of tourist trails in North America and other issues.
    The Network is generating excitement across the continent. It has more than 140 member cities, with this number growing, and brings together on a single platform the tourist, geographical and historical attractions of major cities in French-speaking North America. Eventually, the alliance of these cities will create tours for travelers from around the world.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
october 2020
Acadiana Cup Golf Exchange 2020    The 22nd annual tournament.
Oct. 4-9 | Lafayette, Louisiana
      The Acadiana Cup golf tournament was created in 1998, in Lafayette, Louisiana, in a spirit of friendly competition between Lafayette and her sister city of Poitiers, France. In the five years that followed, players were added from Namur (Belgium), Moncton (New Brunswick, Canada), Nîmes (France) and Prince Edward Island (Canada). Hosting the tournament rotates among the member cities, with the location alternating between North America and Europe.
      The Lafayette team will host the 2020 tournament, which will be held in Lafayette for the first time in ten years.
      Contact Bob Hardy for details,
november 2020
ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference)   
Nov. 9-12 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
      The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is one of the world’s most influential events for the oil and gas industry. As a premium exhibition platform ADIPEC enables professionals from around the world to do business and grow.
      Each year, ADIPEC provides one of the most important channels to do business and exchange information, attracting Energy Ministers, global CEO’s and leading decision makers across the 4 days of business discussions and knowledge exchange.
      ADIPEC covers a cross section of the industry and is committed to help the growing international energy community bridge gaps by bringing oil and gas professionals face to face. From C-level, senior decision makers, government leaders, engineers and procurement experts with sole or joint purchasing authority, the whole supply chain meet to showcase and discuss new technologies and business opportunities.
      For more details and to register visit: