While it is grounding to settling into the new school year, this week’s collection of events center around variety. From family friendly, high-altitude events to foraging wild food and trying a new instrument, this weekend provides you with options to try something new – sometimes, more than once.


8/30-9/1: Glo in the Cro: Carnecro’s inaugural celebration, complete with hot air balloons, commences this Friday from 4 p.m.-9 p.m.! Attendees can look forward to carnival rides, an arts and crafts market, various food vendors and live music from local musicians. There will be 20 hot air balloons on display – and for rides. For those looking to get some air, rides will be available on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. The balloon glow begins at dusk. The balloons will take off from 110 Softball Dr. in Carencro. Admission is $5 per person.

8/30-8/31: Magnolia Shed Fest: The DIY project that started in originator James Blanchard’s back yard comes to the Blue Moon Saloon for two nights this weekend. A variety of bands, poets, vendors, comedians and artists creating live arts will be on site for both Friday and Saturday, including the band Bleach, poet Traverse (Blanchard’s sobriquet), Mangata and more. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a presale weekend pass, $10 for a single night presale pass and $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit zydeco musician Major Handy, who recently lost his home and all of his instruments in a house fire.

8/31: Foraging for Wild Berries: The Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte, along with Chicot State Park, invite foragers of all skillsets to find wild food this Saturday at 10 a.m. Attendees will walk the trails of the arboretum and learn basic guidelines to ensure safe and sustainable foraging. The program begins at the Caroline Dormon Lodge. For more information, call (337) 363-6289.

8/21: The Music Box’s Open House and Mini Concert: Sip on free smoothies and sign up for back to school music lessons at the Music Box’s open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon! Attendees can try out a free mini lesson and see a mini concert of student performances. If you or your child doesn’t know what he or she would like to play yet, they’re welcome to trying different instruments to see what they’d like to learn. All ages welcome! Voice, guitar, ukulele, bass and piano lessons are all up for grabs. For more information, call (337) 534-0611.

9/1: Paint Your Pet: Painting with a Twist wants to know: how much do you love your pet? Also, How much can you drink without turning your impressionistic work into abstract art? Remind your pet of how much you love them by painting a portrait of them after polishing off a glass of wine or three at Painting with a Twist’s Lafayette location this Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Artists of all skill sets are invited. An instructor will be on hand. Tickets are $55 per person and available online. Ticket price includes to the price of canvas. Cheers!