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 an annual event for animal lovers, it’s hard not to find something you’ll want to attend this weekend.


10/31: Halloween a Saint Street Inn featuring Boma Bango: This Thursday from 6-10 p.m., Latin Act Boma Bango takes part in SSI’s Dia de los Muertos edition of its Halloween party! The evening will feature a spooky cocktail menu and sugar skull face painting by The Beauty Shop. To make a reservation, call (337) 534-4112.

11/1: Lafayette Cellos Festive Fall Concert: Friday afternoon, visit SOLA Violins downtown for a fall concert. A cello choir and group songs will be performed in an informal, cozy setting within the shop’s walls. This event is free! The show starts at 4:45 p.m. and goes on until 6 p.m.

11/1: Wayne Toups + Evangeline Maid Centennial Celebration at DTA: Downtown Alive! hosts a Cajun music legend this Friday for a celebration that coincides with the 100-year celebration of another Lafayette icon – the Evangeline Maid. DTA will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday at Parc International with Cajun Bruce Springsteen. This event is free, so please leave the ice chests at home.

11/1-11/2: Festival of Words 2019: In Grand Coteau, writers, spoken word artists and more will hold court for the Festival of Words, which takes advantage of Grand Coteau’s historic district in myriad, walkable locations. On Friday, novelist Yuri Herrera, poet Donny Rose, and novelist/poet Robert Sheldon will conduct literary presentations and host a Q&A session from 6:30-9 p.m. at Chicory’s Coffee and Café. On Saturday, Bruce Coen and Friends will take over MLK Drive’s cafes and gift shops for “drive-by poetry” from 9 :30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.Festivalofwords.org.

11/2: Bark in the Park: Acadiana Animal Aid’s 21st annual fundraiser returns to Girard Park this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Various vendors with homemade treats, accessories and more will be on site, as will Dr. Katie Crabbe, who will provide microchipping services. Lots of adoptable dogs from rescue shelters around Acadiana will be ready for their forever homes, too.  All proceeds go toward the Acadiana Animal Aid, which saves nearly 3,000 cats and dogs every year.