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 the opening of a fall exhibition – are distinctly autumnal. You’ll be carving pumpkins before you know it.


9/11-9/14: Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: This Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, The Heymann Performing Arts Center will sell well-loved books at discounted prices. Gently used hardcover and paperback books will be for sale by the inch. The members’ only Friends’ Night on Wednesday commences from 6-8 p.m., though signups will be available at the door. The Thursday public sale opens from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday’s sale is from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday’s sale is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call the Friends at (337) 501-9209.

9/13: Fall Exhibition Opening Reception: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum will open its fall exhibition Friday from 6-8 p.m. Shannon R. Trahan, Urban South Brewery, Bayou Teche Brewery and Dripping Springs Vodka will provide drinks and light refreshments. Museum members are invited to join us for an exclusive sneak peek from 4 – 6 p.m. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles will also unveil this year’s festival poster and pin at 6:45 p.m.!

9/14: Sola Violins Fifth Anniversary Party: This Saturday during ArtWalk, Lafayette’s premier violin shop/fiddle hospital Sola Violins will celebrate five years of being a hub for local musicians — young and old, novice and expert – with a party! From 5 p.m.-9 p.m., stop in to see performances from Joel Savoy and Linzay Young and Beausoleil Trio. It’s the party of the decade – at least, it’s the party of the half-decade.

9/14: Word Crawl 2019: The Festival of Words Arts Cultural Collective and Downtown Lafayette invite poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, spoken word performers, storytellers, songwriters and other creatives to engage in a daylong marathon of expression. Starting at noon, writers will recite/perform their works all along Jefferson Street. Proceeds aid in bringing the literary arts to people of all ages, especially those with little access to the literary arts. Funds will also help pay for the annual November Festival, which will feature Donney Rose’s, Yuri Herrera’s and Tyler Sheldon’s public readings. Funds will also go toward creative writing workshops in St. Landry public schools and community centers. For more information, including how to participate, visit

9/14: Harvest Moon Paddling at Lake Martin: Pack & Paddle will host a beginner’s level moonlit session on Lake Martin Saturday evening to witness a huge full moon, which heralds autumn, shine over the lake. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the public boat launch. Attendees can look forward to a safe, three-hour guide through the lake, breathtaking views, and time to chat and take pictures. Each $45 ticket includes access to kayaks, canoes, paddles, life jackets, dinner and guides. Attendees must be 12 or older to participate. Tickets are available here.