Can someone say HOT? July is always festive with fireworks and pool parties, but boy can those hot summer days drag on without a regular schedule. While things are heating up this July, find some ways to cool down and keep busy with this need to know guide. You’re sure to find lots of indoor (and outdoor if you are so inclined) activities to keep you and your kids going. Check out all that Lafayette has to offer and start planning the last bits of summer now!
July 2018 :: Things to Do in Lafayette
July 3 :: Uncle Sam’s Jam 2018 from 5:00pm- 10:00pm at Parc International – presented by Lafayette Roofing, makes its return as the official Downtown Fourth of July celebration! Uncle Sam’s Jam features a massive firework display and live music by Keith Frank, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Brass Bed! Leave your ice chests at home as there will be food, beverages, and a cash bar on site.
July 3 & 5 :: Summer Fun Drop Off Days at the Music Garden from 9:00am – 3:00pm – Your kids will love drop off days for ages 4 and up at the Music Garden for all day fun. Learn the basics of music, sing karaoke, participate in a variety of arts & crafts projects, make a special snack, and play outdoors in the music garden. Let us know if you need a spot for your kiddos by emailing [email protected]
July 6 :: Trivia Night at the French Press 5:30pm – 10:00pm. Come spend your evening with us at The French Press while enjoying a tasty menu and trivia! The trivia winner takes home a CASH PRIZE! Limited seating is available so call ahead to reserve your table! Cost is $5 per player!
July 6 :: Backyard Concert at the Yoga Garden. Summer is here and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a backyard block party! Join us under the oaks at the Yoga Garden for a delightful evening celebrating community and the good times that abound. Live music, Artist and Makers Pop-up market, Conscious Kids Yoga classes inside, Yard games outside, Scratch Kitchen Farm to Table Food truck, Tribe Collective’s fresh juices, Magnolia Moon’s herbal elixirs + cocktails, and more!
July 11 :: Toddler Time at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum from 10:00 – 11:00am – Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-on art project, and may explore the museum after the program. This program is free to attend. Due to the overwhelming attendance the museum has experienced with this program, reservations are required to attend. We ask that you arrive and check in no later than 10 minutes prior to the program starting. If the class is full, the museum will provide you with child appropriate activities for you to partake in the galleries.
July 11 :: Business First – Women Who Mean Business monthly meeting is being held at Don’s Seafood Downtown from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The meeting is free and attendees are welcome to order and pay for their own lunch items. The objective is to provide a professional environment for businesswomen to exchange referrals to help increase each other’s business, and to provide an educational and personal support network for career oriented women.
July 10 :: Acadiana Infertility Support Group from 6:30pm – 8:00pm – July Special Guest: Debbie Dugas “Navigating Insurance Coverage and Affording Treatment.” The Acadiana Infertility Support Group meets the first Tuesday evening of the month at Fertility Answers and is for those in the Lafayette area who are experiencing infertility. We understand that infertility can bring on a variety of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual challenges. We offer support, information, sharing of resources, and tools for coping — all to help empower you on your fertility journey. Meetings are led by Freida Keller, RN, a former infertility patient herself, with expertise in the areas of reproductive health, infertility, and pregnancy loss.
July 11 :: Eat Fit Acadiana, the Unconventional Dietition, and Swerve Sweetner hosts a Demo: Sweets that Satisfy at Top’s Appliances & Cabinetry at 7:00pm – Who would have thought two dietitians would be collaborating to bring you a cooking class for sweet treats? For this cooking experience, Eat Fit Acadiana, The Unconventional Dietitian, and Swerve Sweetener will be teaming up to bring you some great treats that you will absolutely want to share. The menu includes Fig Protein Muffins, Peach Cobbler with Whipped Goat Cheese, Chocolate Blueberry Bites, and Peanut Butter Cookies! These treats will work for anyone in the family, even those working to manage blood sugar. You won’t want to miss this one!
July 13 :: Little Pretzel Yoga at The Dailey Method – Join us this summer for Little Pretzel Yoga! Fridays at 12:15pm while you enjoy a Dailey Cycle 45 class!! You get to workout while your children find their zen!! (Multiple dates: July 13th, 20th and 27th). $12 per class.
July 13 :: Mix it Up hosts a Cupcake Wars Bonus Workshop from 9:00 – 11:00am – If your child loves the show CUPCAKE WARS, register them for the “Cupcake Wars Bonus Workshop!” This workshop will give your child another opportunity to be creative with their decorating techniques. We will have piping bags will lots of colors and cupcakes to decorate cupcake wars style! Kids will mix and bake cupcakes, and each child will decorate 3 cupcakes to bring home. A secret judge will judge each child’s plate of cupcakes!
July 14 & 15 :: Open Play at the Learning Train 9:30 – 11:30am (Saturday) and 2:00 – 4:00pm (Sunday) – Open play time schedules will allow for parents and children to simply play in a safe and caring environment. The equipment and activities are appropriate for children 6months-5 years old. Call or message to reserve a space.
July 14 :: La Fête Nationale: A Bastille Day Celebration from 5:00pm – 8:30pm – DTA! Street Party has been rescheduled to Saturday July 14th! Join Downtown Alive!, Downtown Lafayette, CODOFIL, and Festival International de Louisiane to celebrate our Francophone heritage with La Fête Nationale: A Bastille Day Celebration in conjunction with ArtWalk! Bring your family and friends to the 200 and 300 block of Jefferson Street and enjoy arts, crafts, and musical performances by Dylan Leblanc & The Pollies, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, and Jace Goulas & The Aucoin Family Band. Galleries, museums, and shops downtown will be open welcoming guests to view and purchase work by local and regional artists.
July 14 :: Salutations and Libations at the Wurst Biergarten Downtown 10:30am – Noon – Like Beer? Like Yoga? Come give our yoga class at the Biergarten a try! The Biergarten is located in the heart of Downtown Lafayette and is family and dog friendly. Each class will offer a slow flow class in the great outdoors at The Wurst Biergarten, with Local Certified Yoga instructor Stacy Barton. You can expect a great workout and of course a delicious cold beer to follow (or during if that’s your thing). The Biergarten is open until 2 a.m. and has a great menu. So feel free to stick around after class to mingle with your fellow yoga + beer lovers. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. Tickets are $16.
July 16 – 19 :: Teen Painting Jam at Basin Arts from 1:00pm – 4:00pm – An acrylic painting workshop recommended just for teenagers!
July 16 – 19 :: Schools of the Sacred Heart Volleyball Skills Clinic 8:30am – Noon. Learn volleyball skills and game play for kids entering 4th – 8th grades.
July 18 :: Women’s Summer Social at The Bayou Church 6:30pm- Escape from the heat and hustle of summer with the women of The Bayou. Build your own ice cream sundae with a variety of toppings—where no one will ask you to share. (We know what it’s like to be moms and grandmothers!) This is an evening just for you to connect with other women and hear a story of encouragement from Beronica Jourden, volunteer ministry leader with Celebrate Recovery. All women of Acadiana are invited, so bring a friend!
July 19 :: Pure Barre – Dat Dog Pop Up – Join Pure Barre for a FREE, 30 minute Pure Barre class at Dat Dog Lafayette from 6:30pm – 8:00pm! Enjoy an extended happy hour after class including specials on draft beers, 1/2 off wells, and a select menu of $5 ‘dogs. Come wearing workout clothes, and don’t forget to bring a yoga mat (or towel). See you there!
July 21 :: Movies in the Parc showing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Kiwanis of Lafayette Movies in the Parc offers family-friendly, movie events featuring crowd favorites under the stars! Gates open at 200 Garfield Street in Downtown Lafayette at 6:00pm and the movies start right at sundown.
July 21 :: Play Day: Beat the Heat at the Hilliard University Art Museum 10:00am – 2:00pm – Come to the museum and beat the summer heat with a free family admission day! You can enjoy games in the galleries, hands-on activities, a percussion workshop, and more. The Lafayette Public Library will also be here to check out books through their summer reading program, and Carpe Diem will be on hand to serve up some sweet treats!
July 21 :: Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally at Rouses 10:ooam – 11:30am- Rouses Markets will be hosting a kids cooking class at our Lafayette location (6136 Johnston St.). Pulled Pork Tacos with a Hawaiian BBQ sauce and tropical fruit salsa along with S’mores made with homemade marshmallows. They’ll also be sent home with a recipe to make homemade marshmallows. Each child will have the option to enjoy their delicious creations or take them home to enjoy later. Space is limited. Sign up today! Best suited for ages 5-14.
July 22 :: Adoption & Fostering Info Workshop at The Bayou Church 11:00am – If you’ve ever been interested in adopting or fostering and would like to talk with families who have walked down that road, this workshop is for you. Join us on Sunday, July 22 at 11:00am. Learn about private and international adopting as well as fostering to adopt through DCFS. The discussion will include costs, requirements, greatest needs, and much more to help you better understand the general process. We’ll allow time for questions as well. Our desire is to clarify and dispel common misconceptions in order to give you a full picture of what adopting or fostering entails, so you can make an informed decision. No cost to attend.
July 25 :: Taste of Acadiana 1st floor of Cajundome & Convention Center from 6:00pm – 8:00pm – the 14th ANNUAL TASTE OF ACADIANA FUNDRAISER!! Benefits Lafayette Council on Agings Meals on Wheels Program & the Acadiana Apartment Association Enjoy great music and dancing courtesy of Lisa Trahan et L Esprit Cadien Stick around for the cash drawing or a chance to win other great raffle prizes.
July 25 :: Board and Brush – Youngsville hosts Christmas in July from 6:15 pm – 9:15pm. A DIY wood sign workshop where you can create your own woodworking masterpiece. BYOB and food welcome! Sign up online at least 24-48 hours before the workshop.
July 28 :: Gulf Brew 2018 at Blackham Coliseum – Experience the Acadiana region’s largest craft beer festival this July at Blackham Coliseum. Grab your brew book and make your rounds to taste over 200 beers from Schilling Distributing, Crescent Crown, and local home brewers alike. Described in the recent years as “Oktoberfest in the Summer,” Gulf Brew brings a southern festival feel to tasting the finest craft brews. While you’re sipping, enjoy live music, good food, and great company and know that your ticket purchase is making an impact. All proceeds from Gulf Brew support Acadiana Center for the Arts. The festival directly impacts artist outreach projects, educational programs and summer camps, visual art exhibits, community development projects, and grant making abilities.
July 28 :: Summer Saturdays: Francais et Danse Day at Basin Arts from 10:00am – Noon – Basin Arts is excited to announce SUMMER SATURDAYS! Join us on select Saturdays throughout the summer for FREE workshops for all ages! Come out with your littles (and bigs) to have some family fun creating, dancing, and more!
Recurring in July 2018 ::
Wednesdays in July :: Storytime at Acadian Religious (July 11, 18, and 25) at 10:00am – It’s Summer again and time for Storytime at Acadian Religious! Bring Your littles for a faith-filled story and a simple craft in our children’s section. Any age is welcome but the stories and crafts will be best suited for our little friends from ages 2-6.
All Summer :: Free bowling at Acadiana Lanes all summer long! Kids bowl free all summer, two games a day 8:00 – 11:00am Monday through Friday, sign up today!
Multiple Dates Throughout Summer :: Safe Sitter and Body Talk (for boys and girls) are being offered by Woman’s Foundation on multiple dates throughout the summer. Safe Sitter is a medically-accurate course to help young teens aged 11 and up feel more confident in their ability to care for younger children. Topics covered include infant and child CPR, caring for a choking infant or child, injury prevention and management, behavior management, safety for the sitter, child care essentials and more. This class can even help young teens feel more comfortable staying home alone. The Body Talk class covers the basics of puberty for young adolescences. Perfect for children currently going through puberty or children who are showing the first signs of puberty or have friends who are showing signs of puberty. The instructor will discuss topics such as the five stages of development, good hygiene habits, feelings and emotions. An in-depth explanation and discussion of the menstrual cycle is included in the class for girls.
Every Tuesday :: Vermilionville Living Museum & Folklife Park Every Tuesday $5 YOGA EN FRANÇAIS – Vermilionville’s Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA – Wind down after work with 75 minutes of Hatha Yoga en Français with RYT-200 Erin Segura. You don’t need to speak French to attend, but you’ll surely learn a little while here!
Every Saturday :: Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at Moncus Park 8:00am – 12:00pm – rain or shine!
Second Saturday of every month :: Art Walk Downtown Lafayette – During 2nd Saturday Art Walk Downtown comes alive as each independent gallery, studio and art house opens their doors for this free event. Art aficionados and casual patrons alike will leave inspired as they explore the Downtown Lafayette Cultural District.
Wednesdays :: South Regional Library – Baby Time, Toddler Time, and Bibliobop – Check out the calendar here including other child friendly events!
Wednesday :: Main Library Downtown Lafayette – Baby Time, Toddler Time, and Story Castle. Check out the calendar, including other child friendly events.
Saturdays :: Barnes and Noble – Story Time Saturdays at 11:00am. See the Barnes and Noble Calendar for more details.