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 ride will honor those lost in cycling incidents with a nighttime ride of solidarity. More surprising activities to follow!


7/24: Movie Party – “The Lion King:”

This Wednesday, July 24, you can check out the live action version of the Disney classic and benefit a local charity with a powerful impact. Maddie’s Footprints, Milestone Mortgage and Lori McGrew, Realtor present this special screening of the new version of the film at Celebrity Theatres in Broussard. The pre-party will begin at 5:30 p.m, and the movie follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for all ages are $20, and the price includes the cost of the movie, drinks, popcorn and pizza. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Maddie’s Footprints as they continue its mission to provide support to families coping with miscarriages, stillbirths or the loss of an infant.

7/25: Mickey Shunick Loop Ride:

The fourth annual Mickey’s Memorial Bike Ride will be this Thursday at 6 p.m. with a group ride that begins at Girard Park. Forward Lafayette and Bike Lafayette invite Acadiana cyclists to join in this group ride on the anniversary of a 9-0 City-Parish Council vote to honor Shunick’s legacy with an interconnected eight-mile cycling loop. Anyone who has lost a friend or family member in a cycling accident is encouraged to ride in their memory. Registration for the ride is free. Participants are encouraged to wear a helmet and bike lights. Afterparty at The Wurst Biergarten to follow after 8 p.m.

7/26: Dirty Disco Tech – A Bad Bunny Party:

The Dirty Disco Tech aims to deliver Studio 54 inspired debauchery with rave aesthetics at The District! Deep bass and neo-disco sonics along with a mandatory costume requirement guarantee a night out of your element – perhaps more in your element than you know. Disco duds, avant-garde ensembles, fetish and/or rave wear is extremely encouraged. Several items and experiences will be raffled, including three shampoo/style/special event styles from The Headquarters Salon. Tickets are available on for $10.

7/27: Sixth Annual Three Moons Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival:

Located at 828 E.Landry Dr., the Three Moons Festival brings Native Americans across the country to Opelousas for this family-friendly event. Activities include dancing and craft lessons, Native American games and demonstrations from many Native American vendors. The public is welcome to attend, partake in Native food, participate in a jewelry making demonstration and more.

7/27: Fix-it Café:

Do you have a broken zipper? Faulty home goods? Unreliable electronics? Before you consider throwing them away, stop by the downtown Lafayette Pubic Library Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fixers will be available to assess and repair clothing, household goods, electronics, jewelry, furniture and bikes. The café’ will also serve complimentary treats from Reve coffee – attendees are welcome to bring their own favorite coffee cup, though some cups will be provided as well.