As of last Friday, Lafayette is in Phase II of reopening. Although some of us are still in self-imposed quarantine or limiting our interactions to those within our family, others are ready to venture out into the world again. ArtWalk returns to Lafayette this weekend, heralding a return of larger public gatherings, and protests continue. For those of us who want to limit our interactions with the general public, a local Grammy nom will perform in an intimate setting, and a baking class will teach a small group lots of new things! Stay safe.


6/11 Creole Trio: Missing live shows? Artmosphere Bar & Grill will host Grammy-nominated musician Cedric Watson, Terry Domingue and Chuck Bush Thursday evening from 7-10 p.m. The trio will bring to life traditional French classics from the old days.

6/13: ArtWalk: Downtown Lafayette’s ArtWalk returns this Saturday evening! Starting at about 5:30 and ending at 9: 00 p.m., ArtWalk invites Acadianians to view and purchase artwork, handmade goods like jewelry, locally crafted tinctures and more at different locations throughout downtown. ArtWalk also officially opens the Acadiana Center for the Arts! All guests at the ACA are required to wear a mask.

6/13: ArtWalk Exotic Animal Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Lafayette’s Artwalk and Schoolhouse Safari are putting on a family friendly and free scavenger hunt! Scavengers will learn about downtown Lafayette and get a chance to encounter exotic animals from around the world. To participate, pick up your free Clue page downtown between 5pm-7:45pm during Artwalk and turn it in by 8 p.m. The winner of the scavenger hunt will receive a free exotic animal encounter which can be used at home or school. For more information, check out the Schoolhouse Safari Facebook page.

6/14: March for Police Accountability and BLM: The Student Action & Organizing Committee (SAOC) and the Acadiana Coalition against Social Injustice (ACSI) are marching in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter from the Maurice Heymann Memorial to the pavilion at the east end of Girard Park this Sunday from 5-7 p.m. The peaceful protest is partnering with Move the Mindset to demand the removal of the General Mouton statue on Jefferson Street. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks.

6/18: Space Babies Cookie Class: In this workshop at A Baker’s Choice, bakers will make and take home eight space-themed cookies while learning the basics of lining and flooding cookies with icing, the do’s and don’ts when preparing and handling cookies, tips and tricks to store icing and more. The class is packed with valuable tips and techniques! Each student will receive a class packet filled with recipes. Tickets are available for $45.