We’re somehow already in September. Acadiana activities are abuzz with celebration and self-expansion this week, and some of the events foreshadow an early fall: pumpkin cookie classes, cookoffs in the country, as well as an autumnal iteration of an outdoor favorite are available. There will also be a chance to check out some live music at an Acadiana landmark location, and the opportunity to allow yourself or your child to study the theatre arts. Whether you’re interested in new classes or engaging in old traditions, we’ve got you covered!


9/6-9/8: Early Registration – Acting Up in Acadiana: Potential actors ages seven and up are invited to register for this training-based, ensemble-driven series of acting classes hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts! Training and conditioning is year-round for 2019-2020. Classes include Introduction to Acting Fundamentals (ages 7-10), Acting Fundamentals and introduction to Stanislavski-based Techniques (ages 10-12), Stanislavski Review, Viewpoints and Style-based Techniques (high-school-adult) and Company Class, which is by audition and interview or invitation. Registration fee is $130 for children or adults, and classes are $70 a month. Acting up in Acadiana now offers online audition preparation, Shakespeare coaching and presentation coaching as well.

9/7: Sixth Annual Rice and Gravy Cookoff: Breaux Bridge’s yearly competition will feature dark meat, poultry, and seafood divisions for children and adult cookoff contestants at Parc de Ponts Saturday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Attendees can sample everything for just a $5 entry fee. Proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Breaux Bridge Lions Club.

9/7: Avery Island Presents – Rhythm and Brews: The world-famous location of TABASCO sauce’s wildlife sanctuary Jungle Gardens will host an afternoon of music and food with local flavor from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Travis Matte and the Kingpins come to Jungle Gardens on Avery Island this Saturday! The zydeco musician will provide entertainment, and local food purveyors Taco Sisters, Gary Duggan BBQ and Nel’s Creole Connection will be on site as well. Tickets are available here for $14.21. Discounted factory tours are available with ticket purchase as well.

9/7: Ratatouille at Movies in the Park: The Fall 2019 season of Movies in the Parc opens with the 2007 Pixar classic “Ratatouille” this Saturday in Parc Lafayette. The film centers around a provincial rat, Remy, who dreams of becoming a notable chef in Paris. It earned 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes! This free event is open to the public, and food and beverages will be available on-site. In addition to metered spots, Parking is available at Parc-Auto du Centreville at Polk and Vermilion Streets. Gates to Parc Lafayette open at 6 p.m., and the event ends at 10 p.m.

9/8: Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Class: Not to be confused with a certain flavor from a certain coffee juggernaut, A Baker’s Choice Baking Supply store will host an all-inclusive baking session this Sunday from 2-5:30 p.m. Bakers age 12 and older are invited to learn the basics of lining and flooding cookies with icing, in addition to the dos and don’ts of preparing and handling different kinds of cookies. Each student will take home five pumpkin pie spiced-themed sugar cookies. Tickets are $40 and are available through the Facebook event.