Fundraisers for Downtown events and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra make up the biggest events this week! One event is a month-long competition among downtown restaurants, and the other is a traditional spring luncheon. Both should be a welcome change of pace from zoom meetings. Also on tap is a paddle through the scenic swamps, a kids’ camp, and fresh produce!


6/5-7/4: Downtown Chicken Sandwich Snackdown: #Leauxcal is a way of life here, and the economic downturn has only emphasized the importance of local restaurants and events. Starting this Friday, you can help both! The Downtown Snackdown will raise funds for Downtown Lafayette for the next month. The non-profit organization produces events like Downtown Alive!, ArtWalk Lafayette, Movies in the Parc, The Merry & Bright Christmas in Downtown and the Downtown Sno-Ball Festival! Fourteen downtown restaurants will compete for bragging rights and the title King of the Chicken Sandwich. Try them out and vote for your favorites starting Friday.

6/6: Late Afternoon Paddle – Trees of Henderson: Experience the vast and almost prehistoric geography of Louisiana waters this Saturday with a group kayak excursion! Pack & Paddle will bring a group to Henderson Lake for a casual trip open to everyone ages 12 and up. This area is special for late afternoon paddles because the widely spaced trees allow for ideal wildlife viewing. Attendees will meet at Pack & Paddle at 4 p.m.; launch is in the late afternoon to watch evening fall with the late spring moon. Join us to celebrate this late spring moon on Henderson Lake. Admission is $50 per person, or $45 if you bring your own kayak. Two-person kayaks are available! Directions will be included in the confirmation email.

6/7: First Sunday Produce: Every first Sunday of the month, The Mccomb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie will host Veggies on the Go at the First Sunday Produce Market! Fresh, locally produced veggies will be available at the Community House located at 419 12th St. Veggies on the Go strives to bring produce to fight food insecurity in areas of North Lafayette that have limited access to markets.

6/8: Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Style Show: Myriad springtime hats, a live auction, and a silent auction will be available Monday morning at the DoubleTree hotel! The luncheon starts at 10:30 and goes until 2 p.m. with plenty of time to chat and shop for hats. This event is also a fundraiser for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. RSVP here.

6/9-6/11: Messy Kids Camp: Kids ages 7-12 can play hard, get messy and have fun at Next Level Athletics in Youngsville! From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Next Level, kids can tumble, jump, run and play in a safe environment. For more information or to register your kid.