Founded in 1925, Southeastern Louisiana University has steadily grown into a significant and respected educational institution in the area. The University offers over 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees to around 15,000 students every year. Amongst other services to the community, the school runs the Columbia Theater For the Performing Arts, a historic building in Hammond that features plays and musical performances, as well as lecture series and film screenings. The home games of the Lions, the university's sports teams, are a big deal in the community where locals crowd the stands to support their hometown heroes.
Hammond locals are very proud of their historic downtown area. The old fashioned main street district is home to many eclectic shops and boutiques. Every Saturday all year long the Hammond Farmer's Market is the perfect place to stock up on local produce or plants that can be bought directly from the people who grow them. After dark, downtown transforms into a lively scene of bars and eateries. The Cate Street Seafood Station is a local favorite that has a menu including both sushi and American seafood fare. This popular restaurant is a great place to eat a gourmet dinner and stick around for an awesome dance party a little later in the evening.