Festival International de Louisiane is the largest free Francophone music-focused festival in North America, and is, simply put, one of the best festivals in the world. Taking place over the course of five days in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana during the last full week of April each year, Festival (as it is succinctly known among its legions of fans) attracts attendees in the hundreds of thousands, but still has a rootsy, intimate feel. Though Festival is free, they do ask that attendees buy a $10 pin to help defray costs. You can see 2012's pin design in the image above.
2012 looks to be one of Festival International's best years yet, with a lineup that includes Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Gary Clark, Jr., Bombino, Beats Antique, Teada, Slavic Soul Party, Debo Band, Khaira Arby, and a whole lot of Lafayette's most famous musical treasure, Cajun and zydeco music. Read more: Must-See World Music at Festival International 2012