Author: Ashley Hinson

Mardi Gras Week Hits Acadiana

This weekend, celebrations start early, end late and go well into the week for Mardi Gras! Everything from parades to their afterparties are featured here, so you’ll know where to go before you start your night. This week is all…

Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras Season Kicks Off

This weekend marks the return of floats, costumes and public intoxication with Mardi Gras! Whether you celebrate with your friends, children or just looking to stumble upon something exciting, this weekend won’t disappoint. And this year Mardi Gras coincides with…

Free Art Showings, New Workshops and More in Acadiana

  This weekend brings free artistic experiences in various capacities. We are a musically inclined community, and that will be on full display this Saturday with the annual unveiling of the Festival International de Louisiane poster and pin! This coincides…

Spring Things To Do and See In Acadiana

  Acadiana springs are the prettiest, albeit briefest, season. This week’s activities and events include spring-related celebrations, including a UL-Lafayette alumni gathering to network and admire the campus in bloom, a springy, seafood-rich 5-course meal, and a fun celebration for…

Sweet Moves and Fests

The in-between time between Christmas and Mardi Gras could feel oddly vacant – but not this weekend. I’m not sure why January feels like it’s been going on for approximately 17 years, but that just means more time for seeing…

Acadiana Projects, Productivity This Weekend

An exceptionally productive weekend awaits Acadiana. Kick it off with a vision board workshop to map out your momentum! Follow that by planting trees in one of Acadiana’s favorite parks for nature enthusiasts. Sing some songs that evening to benefit…

Events To Cure Post-Holiday Blues

By now, the Christmas lights are taken down, and I’ve got the post-holiday blues. What to do after weeks of holiday parties? Do I exist outside of a cocktail dress? Why is water somehow not as enjoyable as champagne? Fear…

Exclusive Acadiana Dinners, Shows for Christmas

It’s the last week leading up to Christmas. In true fashion for Lafayette at all times of the year, it’s a time for food, music and good deeds for others. This week, you can indulge in two cross-cultural dinners in…

Partying in Acadiana – Christmas Edition

  Who doesn’t love a good holiday party? If you’re anything like me, you’re down for a theme, and Christmas-themed parties leading up to New Year’s Eve are the best. Before we delve into holiday celebrations with our families, there…

Where to Shop, What to See This Week in Acadiana

This week, Lafayette and the surrounding parishes will celebrate the holidays with multiple ways to shop for Christmas presents and take part in traditional holiday festivities. Trees, neighborhoods and homes will be ceremoniously lit. Live music is, as always, in…

Small Business Saturday Takes Over Downtown

Black Friday officially heralds the holiday season. Small Business Saturday, however, is on its heels and gaining traction in Acadiana. This weekend, locally owned shops in Lafayette and the surrounding areas will celebrate with special deals and events that make…

Christmas Shopping and Sipping

It seems that after Halloween, we have all collectively decided to eschew Thanksgiving events altogether in favor of Christmas-themed gatherings. Personally, I’m all for it. I’ve always associated Christmas season in Acadiana with shopping with my mom. We’ve always had…

Benefits Kick Off Holiday Season In Acadiana

  Need to get some shopping done? Want to bring home a new family member? Maybe you just want some brunch. This weekend, we’ve got you covered!   11/17: Vermilionville Cochon-de-lait: Café’ Vermilionville invites the community to participate in a…

Southern Screen Overtakes Downtown

This weekend marks the return of Southern Screen, the annual Lafayette film festival that celebrates local artists and invites collaborators from all over to downtown! The festival coincides with November’s second Saturday Artwalk, which will have plenty of exhibits and…

Events Underway for Halloween and Autumn in Acadiana

Fall in Acadiana means we’re in peak celebration season to enjoy the cooler temps, and this weekend has plenty to offer. From Halloween hangs to intimate fall concerts, a special fall poetry event that takes over an entire town to…

Spooky Halloween Activities in Acadiana

Halloween weekend in Lafayette and the surrounding areas is shaping up to be such a good time, it’s scary. Blackpot Festival and Cook-off returns to Vermilionville this year, and a local brewery hosts its annual costume party. The Children’s Museum…

Particularly Artistic Weekend in Acadiana

We’re known for entrenching ourselves within the arts and celebrating our artists, and this is particularly evident in the events scheduled for this weekend. Beginning on Friday with a special artist showcase and closing with a Cajun camp unlike any…

Festivals Acadiens Returns!

Right on schedule, the cold front signifies Festivals Acadiens et Creoles week! The autumnal festival, held every second week of October, celebrates Cajun heritage through cuisine, music and lots and lots of dancing. In addition to the festival proper, additional…

Latin Fest Week! (And more)

  As someone who is half-Latin American, I value the almost-new Latin Fest in downtown Lafayette more than a little bit. The festival sheds light on where the Viator, Miguez, and Lopez families – plus many more – come from,…

A la mode: Black Beauty

Fall transition pieces that eschew predictable earth tones in favor of the deep, dark shade with a bit of an edge to it year round. The absence of color makes for high-contrast shapes cut with dazzling details. This balancing act…

Détails: Lagniappe / Take Flight

The Kitchenary 456 Heymann Blvd. Lafayette 337-264-1037 thekitchenary.net  Champagne’s Market 454 Heymann Blvd. Lafayette (337) 235-4114 champagnesmarket.net

Joli: Gifts / Oh So Gifted

1 Baxter Shave Tonic This multitasking product combines rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor and spearmint essential oils to cool razor burn and prevent ingrown hairs. Apply before and after shaving.  2 Necklace Local designer Inga Woods, of Pineville, creates glass jewelry coated…

Joli: Flowers / Full Bloom

1 Monstera From jewelry to potted plants, the monstera is having a moment. The massive leaf, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, balances delicate, intricate orchids. 2 Sprigs Feathery and light touches of greenery from the orchids balance the…

New and Returning Events and Activities in Acadiana

  This week is a mixture of old and new. Returning favorite events, such as The Bayou Vermilion District Festival and Boat Parade and Tinsel & Treasures Market, will go down this weekend! Both events have been a Lafayette staple…

Community-Building Abounds This Weekend

  Maybe it’s Virgo season, or the habit of feeling more productive as the weather gets a little cooler, but all the events this week center on productivity. Acadiana will be bustling this weekend with active, creative, educational and cultural…

Autumn Comes To Acadiana!

It’s barely perceptible, but the early mornings are cooler…and fall events are back! We’re not in boots and sweaters yet, but the main events this weekend – like the Lafayette Public Library’s fall book sale, a harvest moon paddle and…

New Classes, Old Traditions This Week in Acadiana

We’re somehow already in September. Acadiana activities are abuzz with celebration and self-expansion this week, and some of the events foreshadow an early fall: pumpkin cookie classes, cookoffs in the country, as well as an autumnal iteration of an outdoor…

Something New: New Events, Activities in Acadiana

  While it is grounding to settling into the new school year, this week’s collection of events center around variety. From family friendly, high-altitude events to foraging wild food and trying a new instrument, this weekend provides you with options…

One-Time Only, Recurring Events This Weekend

  This weekend provides Acadiana residents with the opportunity to check out events they might have not seen the first time around or try something totally new in a one-time experience! The weekend, there’s a moms-only scavenger hunt on the…

End-of-Summer Events in Acadiana

  I knew when I saw school supplies up for sale that summer would come to a close, as it often does, just when I started to appreciate it. Luckily, the last weekend before school starts will be eventful in…