July 7 Local artist Adele Devalcourt from Hand Star Clay Studio will guide children through a process of creating a ceramic piece. Registration begins Monday, June 26. Open to ages 9 – 12. 11:00 am – noon Main Library
July 8 Holy Escape Room, Batman! Can you escape Joker’s lair in 30 minutes or less? Find hidden clues and solve puzzles to help Batman save the day! Registration begins on June 5. Please call your local branch to schedule a time slot. Open to ages 12 and up. noon – 4:00 pm North Regional Library (896-6323)
July 8All Day Anime UL Lafayette’s Anime Club is back to host an amazing day of cosplay, anime workshops, snacks, and a drawing contest. Bring a bag lunch. Open to teens. 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM Main Library
July 10 Drum Roll Please with Lady Chops Lady Chops, also known as Elizabeth Vidos, is a Louisiana native and talented percussionist whose past work includes performing in the hit Off-Broadway show STOMP. Her one woman drumming show titled “Drum Roll Please” is energetic, interactive, and educational for all ages as she incorporates over 15 different instruments including buckets, body percussion, and the Cajun rubboard. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 10:30 – 11:30 am Main Library
July 10 Drum Roll Please with Lady Chops Lady Chops, also known as Elizabeth Vidos, is a Louisiana native and talented percussionist whose past work includes performing in the hit Off-Broadway show STOMP. Her one woman drumming show titled “Drum Roll Please” is energetic, interactive, and educational for all ages as she incorporates over 15 different instruments including buckets, body percussion, and the Cajun rubboard. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 2:30 – 3:30 pm Carencro Community Center (next to North Regional Library)
July 13 Kiddie Coding Ages 5–8. Enjoy wacky and fun “offline” games to introduce commands and sequencing to budding computer coders. Registration begins Monday, June 26.2:00 – 3:00 pm Main Library
July 15 | Guided Village Tour for Walk-In Guests | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Vermilionville is now offering our walk-in visitors a chance to experience a guided walking tour of our historic village. On the first and third Saturday of each month, walk-ins may pay an additional $2 on top of their normal admission to enjoy a guided tour of the village at 1:00 p.m. from one of Vermilionville’s finest interpreters. The reservations are first come, first served when the admissions desk opens at 10:00 a.m.
July 18 | $5 Yoga en fran çais | 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Wind down after work with 75 minutes of hatha yoga en français with RYT-200 Erin Segura in Vermilionville's Performance Center. You don't need to speak French to attend, but you'll surely learn a little while here! Cost is $5 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.
July 18 The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory presents his shadow puppet show. The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard” follows a crew of pirates on their search for buried treasure. After much tragedy and travail on the high seas, the pirates finally find their fabled treasure, only to discover that the chest holds no gold, no silver, and no jewels! The treasure chest is filled, it turns out, with musty old books! Mutiny and mayhem erupt on board the ship, and Captain Weirdbeard must think quickly to save his own life. He keeps his crew at bay by reading aloud the books from the treasure chest, leading his pirates into the world of the imagination and revealing to them, one story after the next, how valuable a treasure books can be. Ages 5–12 10:00 – 11:00 am Carencro Community Center (next to North Regional Library)
July 19 Holy Escape Room, Batman! Can you escape Joker’s lair in 30 minutes or less? Find hidden clues and solve puzzles to help Batman save the day! Registration begins on June 5. Please call your local branch to schedule a time slot. Open to ages 12 and up 2:00 – 8:00 pm Main Library (261-5779)
July 20 Holy Escape Room, Batman! Can you escape Joker’s lair in 30 minutes or less? Find hidden clues and solve puzzles to help Batman save the day! Registration begins on June 5. Please call your local branch to schedule a time slot. Open to ages 12 and up 2:00 – 8:00 pm Main Library (261-5779)
July 21Harvey Rabbit and Friends Show Featuring Harvey Rabbit, Cecil the Orangutan, and T-Boy the Alligator with Mr. Tim and Miss Laura in a fun-filled, energetic show of puppetry, music, comedy, magic, ventriloquism, and audience participation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library. Ages 3-12. 10:00 – 11:00 am Main Library
July 24 | Les Vues Free Film Series | 6:00 p.m. Join us for the free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the themes of the movie and how they apply to that culture as well as our own.
July 25 | $5 Yoga en fran çais | 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Wind down after work with 75 minutes of hatha yoga en français with RYT-200 Erin Segura in Vermilionville's Performance Center. You don't need to speak French to attend, but you'll surely learn a little while here! Cost is $5 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.
July 27 Summer Reading Wrap-up Party Sad to see summer go? Give it a proper send-off at the Main Library! We will set out some craft supplies, have a dance party, and chow down on some refreshments! Open to children and teens.2:00 – 3:30 PM Main Library
July 29 | Intermediate Canoe/Kayak Lesson and Guided Paddle Trip | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. This paddle is geared toward those with some previous experience. If you are not quite comfortable yet with venturing into the water alone, or would like to add to your repertoire of paddle strokes, this is the class for you. This class will reinforce the importance of safety and stability while getting into and out of your vessel, as well as cover some more advanced paddle strokes so you can learn to better control your vessel while maneuvering in the current of the Bayou Vermilion. Cost is $12 per person. For more information, visit BayouVermilionDistrict.org.
July 30 The Carencro Volunteer Firefighters Association will have their annual jambalaya sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carencro Community Center at 5115 North University. The $6.00 plate will include jambalaya, green beans and a dinner roll. Tickets can be purchased at the Carencro Fire Station at 5201 N. University Ave. Carencro, LA. 70520. Monetary donation can be made to Carencro Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1089 Carencro, LA. 70520.
August 5 Carencro Cultural District Marketplace hosted by the Carencro Cultural District is held on the first Saturday of each month behind city hall from May through October. The event is designed to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the arts in Carencro and the surrounding areas. The Marketplace includes arts and crafts vendors, delicious cuisine and fine musical talent from the area, including many of our schools. You will be able to find original works of art, homemade jams, baked goods, soaps and other Louisiana made and grown items. We welcome anyone interested in joining our Cultural District or participating in the market. For more information, please call Carolyn at (337)781-6428 or Lisa at city hall at (337)896-8481.
August 5-SCOTT FARMER’S MARKET- Booth space for the Scott Farmer’s Market is FREE, and there is also NO APPLICATION FEE to become a vendor! Interested vendors can visit the website: www.cityofscott.org , scroll down to the farmer’s market section and download the application. We are accepting vendors with homemade/homegrown items! If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Scott City Hall (337) 233-1130 or Angela (337) 269-5155 at the City of Scott’s Tourist & Information Center. If you or anyone you know is interested in providing musical entertainment under the market pavilion, please contact Angela (337) 269-5155 and book a date!While celebrating Independence Day, make sure to mark your calendars for the Scott Farmer’s Market slated for July 8, 2017!
St. Landry Parish
July 1, 2017 27th Annual Lebeau Zydeco Festival –Celebrate this unique genre of music called zydeco with live performances, dancing, and creole cuisine—including their famous pork backbone dinners. Feel free to set up for the day with tents and lawn chairs. Please note that there are no refunds, BBQ pits, ATVs, glass containers or ice chests/coolers allowed. This festival is held the first Saturday every year in July.
2pm-4pm – Geno Delafose
4pm-6pm – Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express
6pm-8pm – Step Rideau
8pm-11pm – Lil Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Address: 103 Lebeau Church Rd., Lebeau
Admission: Adults $12 | Children 11 and under get in free
July 4, 2017 Fireworks on the River –Celebrate Independence Day with “Fireworks on the River”. Bring your lawn chairs and plan to spend the evening in a family atmosphere. Prior to the fireworks, we will enjoy live music by JC Melancon & The Bayou Rock Band. There will be fun jumps for the kids, and food and refreshments will be served. Ice chests are permitted, but no bottles please. We will cap off the evening with a great fireworks display complete with patriotic music at dusk.
Location: Nall Park
Address: 562 Front St., Krotz Springs
July 4, 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks Show –Hosted by the City of Eunice, this year's display will be bigger and better. For almost 30 years, the former Mayor and licensed pyrotechnic, Kenneth Peart, orchestrates a 30-minute spectacular display of fireworks. Bring the entire family out to enjoy the show. Parking is available at the Complex.
Location: Eunice Recreation Complex
Address: 461 Sittig St., Eunice
July 8, 2017 Louisiana Orphan Train Society Annual Gathering –The Louisiana Orphan Train Society Annual Gathering reunites orphan train riders and their descendants. Since the passing of Mrs. Alice Bernard in 2015, then the only known surviving orphan train rider from New York, members still gather in her memory at the annual reunion. There, participants exchange their New York orphan stories in an open mike. While you're there, view some of the artifacts on display and take a tour with Miss Flo.
Location: Louisiana Orphan Train Museum at Le Vieux Village
Address: 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas
July 8, 2017 12th Annual Quilt Show and Sale –The Krotz Springs Quilters Guild (KSQG) is presenting this one-day event. View a beautiful display of quilts and needlework demonstrations, shop the silent auction and boutique. This annual event is held the second Saturday of July.
KSQG participates in many charitable acts donating quilts to Brave Heart - Children in Need, Inc. out of Baton Rouge, walker covers local nursing home residents and to wounded warriors upon return from service.
Location: Krotz Springs Community Center
Address: 216 Park St., Krotz Springs
July 12, 2017 7th Annual Horses, Harmony, & Agriculture Awards Banquet –Horses and Harmony is a festive evening dedicated to celebrating three of St. Landry Parish's most important industries, our music, equine, and agriculture industries. Guest are encouraged to dawn their best western wear while enjoying traditional southern dishes and honor the people and organizations who promote a way of life in St. Landry Parish. Partial net proceeds from the evening will be used to fund two scholarships--the Hadley J. Castille Music Scholarship and the Equine Studies Scholarship, which are administered by the chamber.
Honorees for this year’s Horses, Harmony, and Agriculture Awards will be announced soon.
Location: Equine Sales of Louisiana
Address: 372 Harry Guilbeau Rd., Opelousas
July 29, 2017 4th Annual Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival –Experience Opelousas' colorful Native American heritage with traditional dancing, drumming, arts & crafts, storytelling, food, and special guest speakers. Learn something new with lessons demonstrating traditional dance, jewelry making, and basket weaving. Bring the entire family for fun and educational kids' activities including face painting, storytelling, and a talking stick contest. This is a family friendly event, and therefore alcohol-free.
All day – Dancing by the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe
10am – Opening Ceremony (Blessing) Deputy Chief Merniva Broussard Francois
11am – Grand Entry + Presentation of Flags
11:30am – Education speaker, Harvey Whitford
12pm – Lunch
3pm – Silent Auction
3:30pm – Opelousas Blacklegged Drummers
4pm – Closing Ceremony
Location: Farmers' Market Pavilion
Address: 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas
Opelousas Farmers Market – July 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
The Opelousas Farmers Market is open throughout the year every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can discover bounties of homegrown fruits, vegetables, preserves and jellies and more.
Location: Farmers’ Market Pavilion
Address: 828 E Landry Street, Opelousas
Eunice Farmers Market – July 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
The Eunice Farmers Market is open year-round every Wednesday and Saturday. Customers can choose from seasonal garden vegetables, fruits, jellies, sweet dough pies, honey, breads and other locally made products. Arts and crafts may appear from time to time as vendors are available.
Address: Corner of S 2nd Street and Park Ave, Eunice
Contact: Eunice Mayor’s Office 337-457-6503 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: Wednesday at 1pm and Saturday at 8am
Washington Farmers' Market – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
The Washington Farmers Market is open every Saturday from March through December. Choose from seasonal fruits and vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, natural soaps, baked goods, holiday items when applicable, hand painted cards, fresh eggs, chemical free laundry detergent and much more. On select Saturdays, artists are available with local art for sale. All who garden are welcome, whether a backyard gardener or a truck farmer.
Location: Town Pavilion
Address: 405 N. Washington St., Washington
Contact: 337-945-7244 | email@example.com
Sunrise Saturdays in Sunset Farmers' Market – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Find fresh local produce and artisan food producers every Saturday.
Location: The grounds at Water Oak Farms
Address: 832 Napoleon Ave., Sunset
OTHER RECURRING EVENTS
Le Café Cajun – July 7, 14, 21, 28
Help to preserve our heritage in our corner of Southwest Louisiana. Learn, practice and improve your Cajun French skills. Du Café et du discutation, tout en français! (Coffee and casual conversational Cajun French - use of French encouraged, of course!) Hosted by the Cajun Prairie Chapter of OLLI at LSU Eunice, these conversations will take place EVERY FRIDAY, unless otherwise announced.
Location: LSUE Community Education Building
Address: 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice
Contact: 337-550-1390 | www.lsue.edu
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center – The Cajun Way – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Local artisans, musicians, and more show off their skills with demonstrations of music, dancing, quilting, and the French language. Practice your Cajun two-step with the assistance of an expert volunteer and music provided by local musicians. Watch scrap fabrics become a beautiful quilt, and come hungry for a foodways presentation by locals and professional chefs. It doesn't end there! Work off that rich cuisine with more dancing at the Liberty Theater's Rendez-vous des Cajuns.
10am-12pm – Explore & Restore Crafts for Kids
1pm – Cajun cooking begins
1pm-2:30pm – Cajun Conversation w/ Mat Fruge
2pm-2:20pm – Quilting Lesson
3pm – Music & Dance Lesson
4pm – Allons Manger! (Let's go eat)
Location: Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve Prairie Acadiana Cultural Center
Address: 250 West Park Avenue, Eunice
Contact: 337-457-8499 | www.nps.gov
Les Courdre Points Quilting Circle – July 6, 13, 20, 27
Taking place every Thursday, join the group of French speakers keen on quilting en francais to keep these two aspects of local culture alive and well. All skill levels welcome!
Location: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective
Address: 1510 Courtableau Highway 93, Arnaudville
Contact: 337-754-7115 | www.nunucollective.org
La Table Francaise at Vieux Village – July 26, 2017
Grab a cup of coffee with us and share conversation and fun with other French speakers. All are welcome as multiple dialects are spoken. Free conversation and focused topics are both encouraged. These conversations are held the last Wednesday of every month unless otherwise announced. Come and experience the culture with locals and musicians of the area. If you're lucky, you just might catch an impromptu performance.
Location: Acadian House in Le Vieux Village
Address: 828 E Landry Street, Opelousas
La Table Francaise d'Arnaudville – July 29, 2017
Grab a cup of coffee with us and share conversation and fun with other French speakers. Most locals are. These conversations are held the last Saturday of every month unless otherwise announced.
Location: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective
Address: 1510 Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville
Contact: 337-754-7724 | www.nunucollective.org
La Table Francaise at Java Square Café – July 7, 14, 21, 28
Grab a cup of coffee with us, and share conversation and fun with other French speakers. These conversations are held every Friday.
Location: Java Square Café
Address: 103 W. Landry St., Opelousas
La Table Jeunesse – July 29, 2017
Students of French wishing to socialize with other area French language students and just have fun are invited to attend La Table Jeunesse. Whether immersion or second-language, it makes no difference. Here, all are practitioners of French, and all French is good French. As meetings progress, participants - you - will have input on games to be played and activities to devise - and of course - en français.
Ages 7-17 invited. La Table Jeunesse will be conducted in age appropriate groupings. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: NUNU Arts & Culture Collective
Address: 1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy., Arnaudville
JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam – July 2, 2017
First Sunday of every month. Doors open at 12:30pm. Bring your instrument, enthusiasm and ideas to play alongside other musicians. Our sessions are what they are and lots of fun!
Location: Tom's Fiddle and Bow
Address: 204 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville
Contact: 337-754-5528 | 337-303-8665 | 337-322-5402 | www.tomsfiddleandbow.com
Old Fashioned Fais-do-do Barn Dance – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Come out and support our local musicians, and listen to live music at Lakeview Park & Beach. Also, camp with us and receive 4 FREE armbands for the beach and 2 FREE tickets into the Barn dance! Call now and book your RV site or cabin. Non-campers can purchase a day pass armband for $10 on weekends, $7 on weekdays, and $5 on Tuesdays that allows you access to the beach, beach playground, fishing lake, and any beach live entertainment. Enjoy live music every Saturday in the Barn or on the Beach (seasonal).
July 1 – Dustin Sonnier & the Wanted
Location: Lakeview Park & Beach
Address: 1717 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Eunice
Contact: 337-457-2881 | www.lvpark.com
Admission: Barn dance prices vary for campers and non-campers
Time: Refer to schedule for beach and barn entertainment
Rendez-vous des Cajuns – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Bring your dancing shoes to "Rendez-vous avec des Cajuns," a live radio show in the Grand Old Opry/Louisiana Hayride/Prairie Home companion format. The emcee hosts the program in Cajun French with enough English spoken so that everyone can enjoy this unique and one-of-a-kind experience. The entire family is welcome so make this event your Saturday night plan.
Location: Liberty Theatre
Address: 200 Park Ave, Eunice
Contact: 337-457-7389 | www.eunice-la.com
Time: 6pm-7:30pm (opens at 4pm)
Rocky's Live Music – July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Great tasting South Louisiana seafood and mouthwatering gourmet burgers isn't all that's on the menu at Rocky's. Rocky's Cajun Kitchen is busy serving up some great local talent in the Cajun music scene. We'll be foot stompin' and two steppin' every Friday and Saturday night.
Location: Rocky's Cajun Kitchen
Address: 1415 E. Laurel Avenue, Eunice
Contact: 337-457-6999 | Rocky's Cajun Kitchen
Cajun Jam Session – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
No permission, no cost – just pure enjoyment of Cajun music with the Savoy family. Participate with your own instrument, watch or supply some boudin and cracklins. Join in the fun! Marc and Ann Savoy started the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band in 1977 and now their children Joel and Wilson Savoy are making their own marks in Cajun music. These sessions are held every Saturday throughout the year. Come for a musical experience like no other.
Location: Savoy Music Center
Address: 4413 U.S. Highway 190, Eunice
Contact: 337-457-9563 | www.savoymusiccenter.com
Silver Slipper, Cajun Hibachi Grill: Live Music – July 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
The New Silver Slipper has reopened to the delight of many locals with a Cajun Asian fusion menu and juicy hamburgers. Local Bayou Teche Brewing Acadie beer flows on tap and a drive through daiquiri window is available. EVERY Friday, Saturday, and Sunday listen to live music belted from local musicians.
Location: The New Silver Slipper
Address: 2818 Hwy. 31, Arnaudville
Time: Fri and Sat, 6:30pm-10:30pm. Sun 10am-2pm
Live at Bayou Teche Brewing – July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Get the best of both worlds at Bayou Teche Brewing with crisp, refreshing craft beer, Louisiana food trucks, and live music. This local, family owned and operated brewery specializes in beer that accentuates the bold flavors in Cajun and Creole cuisine. Join the crew every Saturday and Sunday evening for good music and good times. While you're there quench your thirst with a beer flight in the Tap Room, and ask for a tour of the sustainable brewery in English or en français!
July 1 – Two Easy Pieces
July 8 – John Wilson and Zydeco House Rockers
July 15 – The Rayo Brothers
July 22 – Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours
July 29 – Tommy Shreve & Pat Breaux
Location: Bayou Teche Brewing
Address: 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville
Time: Saturday 3pm-6pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm | Tap room Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Jazz Night Opelousas – July 2, 16, 30
The zydeco music capital is now offering New Orleans style jazz with Jeremy Benoit "JB Saax" and his band. This young saxophonist from Lafayette has been playing since he was nine years old. He has performed at many venues and events throughout the state of Louisiana including its acclaimed Festival Internationale. Now he's bringing New Orleans style jazz to historic Opelousas every month.
Location: Cafe Breen
Address: 204 N. Main St., Opelousas
Cajun Music Jam at Rocky's – July 5, 12, 19, 26
Fresh Louisiana seafood and mouthwatering gourmet burgers aren't all that's on the menu at Rocky's. Every Wednesday night Rocky's Cajun Kitchen is serving up authentic Cajun French music from both amateurs and local artists. These laidback gatherings are referred to as jam sessions, in which anyone can bring their favorite instrument and participate.
Location: Rocky’s Cajun Kitchen
Address: 1415 E. Laurel Ave., Eunice
Sunset Jam – July 7, 2017 & August 12, 2017 Sunset, Louisiana is a jambalaya of arts and music! The Rubboard Capitol of the World is also known for its collection of vintage shops and antique dealers, most of which carry original artwork by area artists. The first Friday of every month, visit local galleries and shops for unique finds and participate in a traditional Cajun jam session where local musicians "fiddle around" in a casual setting. Anyone with an instrument is welcomed to hop in.
Location: Downtown Sunset on Napoleon Avenue