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Gleaux Your Own Way

  There are quite a few ways you can get out and about in safe way this week in Lafayette! For starters, the ever-popular gleaux ride returns to Lafayette with a short ride around downtown – plus a giveaway. Saturday…

Get Farm-Fresh at Acadiana Outdoor Markets

  If you’re like me, you’ve avoided larger grocery stores and markets for some time now. This week, there are three pop-up markets that provide a safe, open-air setting where you can get pick locally grown produce. Farm-fresh options and…

On and Off: Online and In-Person Activities in Acadiana

  Some of our favorite activities around town are going down in new ways! This week, Acadiana has moved some events online – like a trivia night that benefits future events, and even an online exhibition at the Hilliard. Some…

Fireworks for the Fourth in Acadiana

  Sweltering heat, you know what that means: we’ve reached midsummer in Acadiana. The highlight of midsummer celebrations, Independence Day, will reach us on Saturday, but the celebrations will begin on Friday in various places in and around Lafayette. Many…

Saturday Night (and Day) Social: Pandemic Edition

  Though Saturday nights used to look a little different a few months ago, Acadiana is taking precaution to adjust its entertainment industry for the coronavirus era. This week, Saturday is brimming with activity all around Lafayette! Live, local music…

New Fête, New Traditions This Weekend

  Acadiana looks vibrant this weekend with Juneteenth celebrations at local restaurants, a parish-wide music festival, and a virtual Creole Culture Day! You can celebrate various facets of our culture this weekend no matter where you go – and for…

Acadiana Phase II: Artwalk, Protests, Scavenger Hunt

  As of last Friday, Lafayette is in Phase II of reopening. Although some of us are still in self-imposed quarantine or limiting our interactions to those within our family, others are ready to venture out into the world again.…

Snackdowns and Style Shows in Acadiana

  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…

Live Shows, Live Streams and Live Action

  Ready to venture out into the world? Still have reservations about – making reservations? Both points are understandable. For one, it’s hard to identify when, exactly, the weekend begins. We’re here to help. Whether you’re masked up and ready…

Little By Little: What Phase I means for Acadiana

  While perusing grocery stores, greenhouses and shops, you may have noticed the increase in foot traffic – and an entirely too soon decrease in masking. It’s often misunderstood that the reopening will happen in increments, and not all at…

Quarantine Corner: Soft Re-Openings Across Acadiana

  As stores turn on their long-dormant lights, quarantine restrictions are lifting in Acadiana. Which restaurants have open patios ready for patrons? Which stores are allowing shoppers to return? And what are those who are maintaining quarantine status up to?…

What Are Little Free Libraries?

  While you’re making dinner this evening, an hour or so before sunset, look out your kitchen window. You’ll see more walkers, joggers and cyclists than usual taking in springtime air and breaking the monotony of life indoors. I’m one…

Mask-Making at Melodi’s Belles & Beaus

  Many years, a change of location, and a pandemic made Melanie Cunningham, owner of Melodi’s Belles & Beaus, add locally made masks to her store’s list of products. Cunningham’s daughter, social media manager and part-time shop employee, Erica Thibodeaux,…

Gone Native: Urban Naturalist

  Should you make your way down Madison Street, you’ll find the home of the Urban Naturalist Marcus Descant and the third of an acre he cultivates. The garden center offers environmentally friendly products and solutions for Acadiana gardens that…

Best Plants For At-Home Spring Gardening

  Home and gardening stores are seeing a boom! We all have more time on our hands, and more incentive to accomplish whatever tasks we’ve been putting off around the house. There is one task, however, outside of the house:…

Quarantine Reads: Louisiana-Set Books

As your Zoom meetings and FaceTime and wine sessions indicate, communities are adapting how to go about interaction. What do you talk about when we’ve collectively hit pause? This is a great time to catch up on reading, or finally…

Filmed On Location: Louisiana Movies to Stream

Over the years, Louisiana has been showcased in films to encapsulate irreverence, magic, charm, Southern gothic and a subversively sweet nature only available in the state known for its parishes, not counties. Often combining magical realism and impassioned ways of…

Acadiana Restaurants Offering To-Go Orders

  What a time to be alive. On lockdown, there are no events or activities as we – hopefully -- eschew community for rituals in our homes. It doesn’t come naturally to us. The mandate has been met with indignance,…

Beers, Beats, but no Battlestar Galactica

  In recent years, the annual celebration of the Irish saint St. Patrick has permeated Acadiana. And if you think about it, the similarities between Cajun and Irish cultures are abundant: predominantly family-oriented but down for a good time, hardworking…

Community-Driven Gatherings This Weekend

  Mardi Gras season has concluded, and events around Acadiana are returning to their usual blend of uniquely creative and innovative. This weekend kicks off with the annual Women’s Leadership Conference, which is sure to motivate and equip Acadiana women…

Mardi Gras Week Hits Acadiana

This weekend, celebrations start early, end late and go well into the week for Mardi Gras! Everything from parades to their afterparties are featured here, so you’ll know where to go before you start your night. This week is all…

Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras Season Kicks Off

This weekend marks the return of floats, costumes and public intoxication with Mardi Gras! Whether you celebrate with your friends, children or just looking to stumble upon something exciting, this weekend won’t disappoint. And this year Mardi Gras coincides with…

Free Art Showings, New Workshops and More in Acadiana

  This weekend brings free artistic experiences in various capacities. We are a musically inclined community, and that will be on full display this Saturday with the annual unveiling of the Festival International de Louisiane poster and pin! This coincides…

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The official blog of Acadiana Profile, offering up a heaping helping of fun from around the region.

about

Ashley Hinson is a writer with a concentration in music, arts and culture. She is most interested in understanding how artists think and create, and what inspires their work. Having written across several parishes in Acadiana, she is deeply familiar with its ins and outs, its highways and dancehalls.

Hinson graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in English. Her work has been published by regional newspapers and magazines as well as The Associated Press. She is also in school for nursing at Louisiana State University at Eunice.

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