The Lafayette Farmers and Artisans market at the Horse Farm hosts its free Fais Do Do Harvest Party at the final Mid-Week Market of the year from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Handcrafted gifts, baked goods and homegrown food will be on sale, and Balfa Toujours will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site, and fresh food donations will be gathered to benefit St. Joseph’s Diner.
The Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys will perform Wednesday at a special Thanksgiving Eve Downtown Alive! for the official lighting of Lafayette’s Christmas tree.
City-Parish President Joey Durel will light the tree at Parc Sans Souci while gumbo and s’mores are served beside a bonfire. Donations will be taken for the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.
Music starts at 6 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. No ice chests or pets are allowed.
Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear glowing, blinking and flashing attire Wednesday for the 12th annual Camellia Crossing — Acadiana’s Gleaux Run, which benefits Miles Perret Cancer Services.
Runners and walkers can sign up as teams or individuals starting at 4:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. with the 1-mile family run/walk to begin 15 minutes later. The 5K run/walk begins at 6:30 p.m.
Adult registration is $40. Youth registration is $35.
Complimentary bus services
Free city bus rides and paratransit services will be available Friday and Saturday to mitigate traffic during the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping events.
The effort is a promotion for Lafayette’s public transportation system, which is a focus of the city-parish’s comprehensive plan for development.
Friday services will run on a Saturday schedule in recognition of Acadian Day, an optional state holiday observed the day after Thanksgiving each year.
Day and night bus services along with paratransit services will not be available Thanksgiving Day.
No holiday trash service
Republic Services and the Recycling Foundation will not collect residential garbage or recycling in Lafayette Parish on Thanksgiving Day. Customers who normally have their garbage or recycling collected on Thursday or Friday will have it collected the following day, including excess collection. Monday through Wednesday customers will have excess collection on their regularly scheduled collection day the week after Thanksgiving.
Festival to benefit musicians
The inaugural Al Berard Music Festival is Saturday at Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson and will feature music, food, auctions and camping, the proceeds of which benefit Acadiana musicians of all ages.
Basin Brothers, The Nik L Beer Band, Sweet Cecilia and Bonsoir, Catin, among others, will perform live sets, and both live and silent auctions will be held during the day with food, drinks and face painting.
Camper reservations are available for $75 and include the price of two admissions. Day-of reservations are available until 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Gates open at 10 a.m., and the last performance ends at 11:20 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, which provides instruments, master teachers and scholarships to Acadiana’s music students.
A half-million Christmas lights
Carnival rides, local cuisine and a half-million Christmas lights are among the attractions Nov. 29 through Dec. 23 at the 34th annual Noel Acadien au Village fundraiser at Acadian Village.
It’s themed “A Blue Christmas” in recognition of the late George Rodrigue, whose foundation partnered with LARC for the fundraiser.
The festival is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. beginning Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for $8 at any Acadiana-area Shop Rite. Kids 4 and younger get in free.
Proceeds directly benefit LARC, which provides residential, vocational and community support and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (337) 269-0410.