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Wayne Toups, no relation to Cajun famous musician Andrew Toups, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday during Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette at Cajun Field. Other performers at the festival include Julie Williams, Chris Ardoin, Travis Matte, and the Chee Weez.


A PARADE WITHOUT BARRICADES — KREWE DE CANAILLES: 6:30 p.m., Downtown Lafayette. Enjoy a walking parade followed by an after-party concert at Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St., with performances from Lost Bayou Ramblers and New Natives Brass Band. $10 for the after-party.


LE FESTIVAL DE MARDI GRAS A LAFAYETTE: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Monday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Cajun Field, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. Enjoy carnival rides, games, a wide variety of live music and great Cajun food.


LASOAR YOUTH FISHING: 8 a.m., Girard Park, 500 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette. On-shore fishing class teaching basic angling techniques and environmental stewardship. $35 for LASOAR members, $55 for nonmembers.

HEALING TRADITIONS OF ACADIANA — "TRADITIONS OF THE TRAITEUR": 11 a.m., Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. This month's lecture is "Traditions of the Traiteur" with guest lecturer Rebecca Begnaud. Free and open to the public.

LUNAR NEW YEAR & STYLE SHOW: Noon, Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St., Lafayette. Share Asian culture and traditions with all diversities of Acadiana through dance, fashion, cuisine, music, and a variety of family-friendly games. $10 at, $15 at the door. 

WALK-IN SALSA CLASS: 12:15 p.m., Segovia Dance Company, 1501 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite I, Lafayette. Students will learn proper timing, body movement and partner work technique. $10.


FEBRUARY CARS & COFFEE: 8 a.m., Dianna Rae Jewelry, 500 Settlers Trace Blvd., Suite 1, Lafayette. Stop in for coffee, conversation and some of Acadiana's best exotic, classic and supercars. 


ABACUS ZYDECO BRUNCH: 10:30 a.m., Abacus Banquets and Receptions, 530 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. Featuring music from Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys and a brunch buffet.

MARDI GRAS BRUNCH: 10:30 a.m., Social Southern Table & Bar, 3901 Johnston St., Lafayette. Featuring DJ Andre Broussard spinning all Mardi Gras music. 

DIMANCHE GRAS: 11 a.m., The Saint Street Inn, 407 Brook Ave., Lafayette. Featuring a performance from T'Monde. Restaurant opens at 10 a.m. 

UNVEILING OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY PARADE POSTER: 2 p.m., Benoit Gallery Indigenous Art, 535½ Jefferson St., Lafayette. The African-American Heritage Foundation will reveal its inaugural poster.


2018 LUNDI GRAS BAR-A-THON: 5 p.m., TRAIL Events, 413 Coolidge St., Lafayette. Starting at 1500 General Mouton Ave., in Lafayette then making stops at "adult hydration stations" throughout Freetown with beverages included at each stop. Food will be served. Also includes costume contest.

COMEDY FOR LIZARD PEOPLE HOUSE PARTY: 9 p.m., 130 Ransome St., Lafayette. A comedy open mic featuring headliner Jeffrey Buck.


PASS A GOOD TIME ON VINE: 9 a.m., Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Join for food, drinks, arts and crafts.


VALENTINE'S DAY ROMANCE PADDLE: 5 p.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. John and Becky Williams lead this romantic paddle trip. $159 per couple.

"MUNDANE": 6 p.m., Basin Arts, 113 Clinton St., Lafayette. A movie screening and art installation party, hosted by Letters from Women of the World. On the second floor. 

VALENTINE'S MURDER MYSTERY: 6:30 p.m., Esprit de Coeur, 402 Garfield St., Lafayette. Patrons will be participating in solving a murder over the course of an inspired dinner.

VALENTINE'S DAY NIGHT: 6:30 p.m., Mouton Plantation Bed and Breakfast, 338 N. Sterling St., Lafayette. Wine and dine on Bon Temps Grill's gourmet Cajun food and revel in music from Cameron Parsons.

LAFAYETTE COMEDY'S THE WURST OPEN MIC: 7 p.m., The Wurst Biergarten, 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Headlined by Mishka Shubaly. Featuring Kyle Pogue. Hosted by Maggie Shipley and Vaughan Veillon. Free for comedians. $3 for general public.

AN EVENING WITH SHOVELS & ROPE: 7:30 p.m., Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St., Lafayette. The husband-and-wife folk-rock duo performs. Ticket prices start at $28 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

DUELING PIANOS WITH LAUGHS AND LIBATIONS: 8 p.m., The Grouse Room, 1919 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 303. Featuring comedy, music and drink specials.


POKE PARTY WITH GOOD EATS KITCHEN: 6:30 p.m., Top's Appliances & Cabinetry, 5826 Johnston St., Lafayette. Join Boyer Derise for a live fish prep demonstration. $35 at

NOT YOUR FATHER'S LOVE SONGS: 9:30 p.m., The Wurst Biergarten, 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Featuring an intimate acoustic performance from Lindsey D'Anna and Shea Bearden. 


ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. Featuring the exhibits "Art I-10," "Fresh Pickins 5" and "Black Patriots."

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette. $7 for children and adults. Free for children 12 months and younger.

HILLIARD UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM: 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. Featuring "Tina Freeman: Artist Spaces" and "Spotlight on Francis Pavy." "Bill Viola: The Raft" opens Saturday. Yoga in the Galleries at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month; free guided tour at 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

HUB CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oil Center, 427 Heymann St., Lafayette. First and third Saturdays include an arts weekend.

LAFAYETTE FARMERS AND ARTISAN MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Horse Farm, 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette. Includes a Cajun jam at 9 a.m.

OPELOUSAS FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays, Farmers Market Pavilion, 925 E. Landry St., Opelousas.

TECHE AREA FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays, Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia.

LAFAYETTE SCIENCE MUSEUM: 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

JAM SESSION: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, Cajun Campground, 5552 U.S. 190, Eunice. A Cajun tradition in which both amateur and seasoned musicians take turns.

JEANERETTE MUSEUM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette. Learn about the past 200 years of the sugar cane and cypress lumber industries and the days of the steamboat. (337) 276-4408 or

JEANERETTE WEEKLY MARKET: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce grounds, 1440 Main St., Jeanerette. Locally grown vegetables, canned items, jewelry and other homemade items. (337) 339-3383.

LE VIEUX VILLAGE: 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

NUNU COLLECTIVE: 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville. Featuring a marketplace at 11 a.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Compiled by Marchaund Jones.