While Lafayette's second Saturday ArtWalk is known for traditional art exhibitions, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Lafayette Science Museum will spotlight less traditional works during Artcade.

A free event that coincides with this weekend's ArtWalk, Artcade starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at the downtown museum, 433 Jefferson St. The festival's primary goal is promoting local talents in the video game and computer animation industry.

A chunk of this year's programming is dedicated to a student showcase, where young creators from AIE's Lafayette campus will show their latest works alongside bigger, but still local, game studios like Wisp Entertainment and King Crow Studios. 

However, AIE student service coordinator Joelle Boudreaux said the event isn’t just about video games. Patrons can expect to hear music and interact with local toymakers, filmmakers and comic book creators. 

For example, visitors can participate in Ragin Cajuns' eSports' “Super Smash Bros.” tournament then check out a booth featuring Lafayette-based comic book and toy company Spero Studios. 

“It's always an honor to participate in Artcade," Spero Studios co-founder Jason Bienvenu said. "We look forward to catching up with fans as well as introducing our action figures to new fans of all ages.” 

If attendees finish viewing everything Artcade has to offer, the museum's exhibits will be free and open for exploration as well. For information, including a complete schedule and list of exhibitors, visit artcade.us


WHEN: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette

COST: Free; register at eventbrite.com.

INFO: artcade.us