Things To Do

Acadiana is Ringing in the New Year

  Most years, I feel like time moved too fast to my liking. Everyone, it seems, had a long, arduous 2018. Everyone, it seems, is ready to ring in 2019 with something unabashedly fun to make up for lost time. …

New Years in New Orleans

  One of the great things about our town is the large number of exciting things to do to celebrate the new year – here are a few of the best. Veteran funksters Galactic are having their usual New Years…

Christmas in the City

  Well the holidays are upon us once again and as usual there are a lot of great local music events to help you celebrate the season.  Tipitina’s gets things rolling with big shows on Friday and Saturday.  Friday you…

Holiday Parties Host Local Vendors

If you’re out and about this weekend, chances are you’ll come across a combination of live music and shopping. Tons of vendors, shops and bands have come together to throw a chain of holiday parties across Acadiana! You can check out…

Bienvenue, Papa Noel

While most of the United States anxiously awaits the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, in Louisiana children look for Papa Noel. To help the French Santa find their stockings hanging by the chimney with care, we light bonfires…

Christmas Season Kicks Off This Weekend

  The annual Festival of Lights returns this Friday! The Oil Center tradition provides a fun way to shop in a festive atmosphere and heralds the beginning of the holiday season in Acadiana. Following Friday’s big event are four Saturday…

If Our Ancestors Decorated For The Holidays

  I’m a history nerd, so I must admit that part of me balks at the sight of holiday lights and laughing Santa Claus decorating a historic village. But only for a millisecond. As quickly as that idea floats through…

Holiday Tastings, Wine Not?

  All across town there are establishments getting ready for the holiday season. The sound of clinking glasses is loud and clear. We are so excited because that means there are plenty of fun events, tastings and cheer to last…

New Events Gain Traction In Acadiana

  This weekend brings lots of new activities trying to grow and develop in Acadiana. Some events, such as NTRFST, will have their introduction into the community, and others, such as Broussard Community Fair, will have its third. All of…

Lafayette Is Bursting With Visual Arts

  With so many opportunities to take in locally-made visual art in many mediums, this weekend is ideal for anyone artistically inclined or attuned. This week’s Artwalk, which occurs on the second Saturday of every month, coincides with the weekend…

PJ Morton, Larkin Poe and Things To Do

  PJ Morton Releases a Christmas Album and Spends Thanksgiving at the House of Blues Earlier in the year I talked with PJ Morton about his excellent release – Gumbo.  Tomorrow he’ll return with the new record Christmas with PJ Morton…

Fall Fests and Benefits Abound

  This week, a slew of fall festivals, benefits and live music will happen around town. The first week of November marks the last of downtown’s free outdoor music showcase, Bach Lunch, but will also bring family friendly activities.   11/2:…

Something (Completely) Different

  The logical topic for today is pretty obvious. But by this time, you are likely either fully planned for Halloween, are well into your celebrations and costuming, or have decided to just go about your routine, well tired of…

Spirits of Louisiana

  There’s so much to love about the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge despite that Mark Twain once called it “pathetic." The castle-like structure sits on a hill facing the Mississippi River in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge,…

Car Shows and Drive-Ins and Pumpkins, oh my!

  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…

October in Alexandria

  October is an illuminating, artistic affair in downtown Alexandria. First up, the annual Fall Arts Council of Central Louisiana ArtWalk will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, with music, dance, visual artists and more than…

DRINK: Off the Beaten Path

  The beauty of New Orleans is that we can enjoy a great cocktail just about anywhere, for any reason. Imbibing doesn’t just have to be at your neighborhood bar or fancy restaurant. We embrace the cocktail culture whole heartedly morning,…

Lifting The Veil

Through the month of October, St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery bring former residents to life

Latin Fest celebrates Acadiana’s Latin American Day

October is a busy month for fall fests in various forms, and, since 2002, now includes a festival that celebrates part of my heritage: The Latin Music Festival, this Saturday at Parc International. Growing up, I felt isolated from and…

Rockin’ Ruston

  It’s “Loyal Blue Weekend” in Ruston, three days of football fun with Louisiana Tech, and this weekend the Bulldogs take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There will be a Rock the Railroad rally Friday night with live…

Get Lost In A Corn Maze

Fall comes slowly to Louisiana, with temperatures taking their sweet time to drop and trees turning colors closer to Thanksgiving than Halloween. If you’re eager for something that smells and tastes like autumn, besides the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks,…

City Park's Historical Musical Train Tour

Casie Duplechain is executive director of Friends of City Park. In this podcast, Duplechain describes City Park’s unique and entertaining Historical Musical Train Tour. The miniature train tour takes riders on a 45-minute history tour throughout the park, accompanied by…