Downtown Lafayette Updates: Jefferson Street Closure, ArtWalk and more.

Photo from Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette has a few announcements.

According to a report a portion of Jefferson Street will be closed Friday and Saturday nights. This closure will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel freely through Jefferson, Vermilion, Congress and Cypress Streets between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am. The Lafayette Police department will start closing the streets Friday, September 3rd. No vehicles will allowed in this area during that time. All other downtown streets will remain open to traffic.

Downtown visitors will be able to park at any metered spot, parking lot or in the Vermilion Parking Garage. There is also additional parking near the Buchanan Garage and behind the City Court house.

Be aware that construction is still taking place in the downtown area. The Old Federal Courthouse and adjacent buildings are being turned into residential apartments. This project is expected to be finished within a year. Also, expect Parc Sans Souci to look a little different in the next few months. There will be totems installed.

Plus, starting this week, Lafayette Consolidated Government will be in the process of removing meters and add kiosk pay stations to the Garfield street parking lot. The rate will be similar to parking meters. But instead visitors can download the ParkMobile app to pay parking fees or pay at the kiosk located at the corner of Jefferson and Garfield.

If anyone is interesting in applying for the Retail Tenant Improvement Program, the deadline is approaching. The application must be submitted by September 30th. The Façade Rehabilitation Program‘s deadline is Oct 15. If you are not sure what this program is or if you qualify, contact Rachel Holland at

There is a Sunday Brunch planned for this Sunday, September 5 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Expect to see pop-up shops, music, food and drinks.

ArtWalk returns to Downtown Lafayette Saturday, September 11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This is a chance to check art and local businesses.