The Franklin Merchants Association’s 15th annual Harvest Moon Festival is from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday along Main Street.

The free festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest and the return of fall with arts and crafts and live music.

The event also features a 5K run/walk, a classic car show, a Mutt Strut costume contest, golf cart parade and children’s playland.

For information, visit

Shroud of Turin presentation

“Shroud Encounter,” a presentation on the Shroud of Turin, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Catholic Student Center at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church, 501 E. St. Mary Blvd.

The production involves a fast-moving, big-screen presentation using more than 200 images of research.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit

Library’s author dinner

The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library’s annual author dinner is at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette, 111 Heymann Blvd., and features author Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

Johnson has written for several regional newspapers and is a member of the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame.

The 2014-15 award for Friend of the Year will be announced.

Tickets are $25. Call (337) 984-8661 to make a reservation before Oct. 28.

Terror on the Teche

Terror on the Teche, an evening of spooky stories, is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia and features storyteller Sherry Broussard.

Children are encouraged to arrive in Halloween costumes.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Iberia Parish Main Library, 445 E. Main St., or at the Shadows, 317 E. Main St.

Boo Bayou on Saturday

Boo Bayou, a fall carnival, at Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event features plenty of activities for the entire family: old-time games, a picture station, face painting, a tarot card reader, live music and trick-or-treating throughout the historic village.

Admission is $5. For information, visit or call (337) 233-4077.

SMART fest Saturday

SMART Festival — a celebration of science and art — begins at 6 p.m. Friday and continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the LITE Center.

The free festival is organized by the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and focuses on the intersection of art and science in daily life.

For information, visit

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