As evidenced by the emergence of sweaters, boots and scarves, this week truly marked the beginning of Autumn in Acadiana. Many of our favorite autumnal activities are back, in addition to some new ones. Events this week will be held in honor of/in conjunction with the Bayou Roundup car show at Blackham Coliseum, but others, such as a haunting play, evoke traditional fall fun.
10/18: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: A deathly play will come to life this Thursday evening at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Washington Irving’s 1819 play tells the tale of Tarry Town residents Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and the legendary Headless Horseman. This play is brought to us by Virgina Rep on Tour, which is internationally acclaimed for excellence as a theatre for young audiences.
10/20: Maddie’s Footprints 1 mile walk and 5K: In honor of Madeline Noell McGrew, Maddie’s Footprints is a non-profit organization that helps families who have endured miscarriages, stillbirths, and the loss of an infant through counseling and financial assistance for end-of-life and medical expenses. The walk begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration opens Oct. 19, and the race fee is $40.
10/20: The 4th Annual Bayou Roundup: Vintage cars, hotrods, customs, and live music collide this Saturday at Blackham Coliseum! Unique vehicles will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This kid-friendly event will also have tons of vendors. (Last year, I sat in a 100-year-old buggy with bullet holes on the passenger’s side, and I felt like the mob wife I was destined to be.)
10/20: Family Fun Day at The Pumpkin Patch: Lafayette’s favorite choice for pumpkins’ stock is still going strong, with plenty of pumpkins in various sizes, shapes and colors available at the Covenant United Methodist Church. This Saturday is Family Fun Day, which includes face painting, hay rides, a puppet show, and storytime. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
10/20: “Grease” Drive-in Movie: Presented by Southern Screen, the ‘70s does ‘50s classic “Grease” gets the retro treatment with a drive-in experience at Blackham Coliseum this Saturday at 7 p.m. Drive-in cars and motorcycles’ fee is $20, and registered Bayou Roundup vehicles’ entry fee is $10. Drive-in car entrance begins at 5 p.m., and drive-in parking is first come, first serve. Walk-in attendees should bring are $5, a blanket and a chair. Walk-in parking is designated across Coliseum Drive.