Author: Ashley Hinson

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…

Free, Culture-Rich Activities For All Ages

  This week in Acadiana, there are multiple free events, shows and activities for kids and adults alike. Personally, I am most excited for a star-studded showcase at Lafayette’s Acadiana Center for the Arts to see some of the region’s…

A la mode: Pop a Cork

Brushstrokes of every color are cast over the purse’s cork construction like a rainbow refraction when glass is held up to light. Pops of cardinal red accent the sides of the bag, providing stability as well as a punch of…

Productivity, Community-Building On Tap In Acadiana

I’m as surprised as anyone that we are about to enter August. And yet, here we are. While summer is languid and easy, it’s time to pick up the pace. On tap for this week are events for the particularly…

Multi-City Community Building Events This Week

Lafayette, Broussard and Opelousas have events throughout this week centered on community building in various forms. Native Americans from all over America will come together in Opelousas; a volunteer-based fix-it café’ will pop-up to repair just about anything; a bike…

Lightning Round! Making up for Lost Time

  Since Hurricane Barry came in and rained on our parade, let’s play catch-up. For this special lightning round of weekend events, I’ve complied activities that were rescheduled from last weekend as well as exciting goings-on for this weekend. Let’s…

Downtown (Lafayette) Fun For Everyone

This upcoming weekend promises to be eventful. In addition to my personal favorite monthly Artwalk, downtown will be abuzz! Parents and kids are invited to try out music classes, beautify downtown by planting flowers and cultivating community with a picnic.…

Independence And Other Days

July Fourth is peak summer. This year Independence Day falls on Thursday, and the workweek is looking more eventful than usual. You can look forward to firework displays, outdoor activities, and other things that require you to leave your ice…

Get Inspired at These Five Go-Getter Gatherings

  If there’s one illusion that I must admit took a long time for me to shatter, it was the illusion of the muse. As romantic as it is to imagine you’ll come up with your next idea at a…

Active or Indulgent? Five Weekend Activities In Lafayette

  There are multiple opportunities to engage in a new talent or develop a cherished skill this weekend throughout Lafayette, such as through dance with your daughter, paddleboarding, or developing your poetic prowess. Of course, there are shows to check…

What To Eat, See and Do Father's Day Weekend In Acadiana

  As an only child, I’m particularly close with my father. Close enough to know he does not need another tie or expensive cufflinks this Father’s Day, but probably just some quality time. What better way to spend time with…

ArtWalk and Other Activities in Acadiana

  Since this upcoming Saturday is the second Saturday of the month, this weekend’s events are ArWalk-centric but with two productive additions. There’s the ArtSpark-funded sci-fi play, a brand-new artisans’ market, and an engrossing interactive art installation. There is also…

A la mode: Heaven Help Me

Ocean blue stones, marbled quartz and freshwater pearls pair well with a linen dress or even your favorite swimsuit. Each piece has a gilded crystal accent or a pendant related to Christian imagery, such as The Virgin Mary. ABOUT THE…

Acadiana Celebrates the Arts for Memorial Day Weekend

  For many of us, the upcoming weekend has one extra day, and we’re taking advantage of it with a slew of new events that combine artistic talent and community building. An innovative songwriting festival returns with more workshops and…

Mom's The Word

  This weekend, there are many activities ideal for a Mother’s Day celebration or an afternoon excursion with friends. Saturday is particularly packed, with free family activities in downtown’s Parc Sans Souci, a beer celebration en Français at Vermilionville, a…

A La Mode: Haute Stuff

Rainbow Connection One of our favorite trends harkens back to the ‘30s and ‘40s: the matching playset. Think of it as a romper that isn’t as hard to take off! This colorful set from Maven Womenswear contains all the colors…

Crafts and Culture Collides

  Another beautiful spring weekend means another series of events that celebrate the creativity of our culture. The Acadiana Center for the Arts is certainly busy this week. Two of the five events this week will be held in the most…

Live Music, Local Legends Abound

  One could say this every weekend, but this weekend, Acadiana can look forward to lots of live music! Some of our favorite musicians, and some very new touring acts, will perform in lush gardens, historic hideaways and dives as…

Celebrating Celtic and Culture

  If you’re not too depleted from Mardi Gras festivities, get ready to honor St. Patrick’s Day. In recent years, Acadiana has provided more Celtic-centric events around this time of year, including a special live outdoor performance and a fundraiser for…

Spring Events Have Sprung In Acadiana

  You know when the azaleas start blooming that springtime has arrived. This weekend is jam-packed with returning and recurring events that define our culture, like the return of Downtown Alive! coinciding with the weekend of Artwalk. Other events, like…

Mardi Gras Parties in Acadiana

  The weekend leading up to Mardi Gras is one of the most fun times of year in our extremely festive region, and area venues and establishments are making the most of it! Some of our favorite performers will come…

Mardi Gras Season Begins in Acadiana

Sure, it looks like rain, but no rain can stop Mardi Gras. This weekend kicks off Mardi Gras in Acadiana with Krewe de Canaille’s parade without barricades! There are more Mardi Gras-related activities to follow, including the Krewe de Chien…

Expanding Your Knowledge in Acadiana

  I believe self-care can take many forms. As much as I love a facial or massage, part of my definition of self-care includes expanding my knowledge in some way. This weekend, there will be a collection of seminars and…

A la Mode: Stone Gorgeous

Gabrie’l Gonzalez, who creates under the moniker A Rolling Stone Jewels, has felt “an insatiable need” to make things her entire life.  “As a youngster I was always dabbling with little hemp ropes and beads, braiding and stringing little bracelet…

Sunny Days in Acadiana

After a succession of gray days, Acadiana should have a weekend’s window of sunshine, and there is a lot to get into in and out of doors. Start your weekend with a light yoga class outside and a drink, or…

Where to watch the game (and what to do instead)

  What to do this weekend? There is The Game, of course. That is a given, but what else is there? There are quite a few happenings and gatherings this weekend that range from reverent​ to jubilant, and sometimes, both…