Here are a sample of the many events taking place in and around Lafayette for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.
Patty in the Parc
Downtown Lafayette’s third annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration Patty in the Parc will feature music from Grammy-winner Wayne Toups, The Molly Ringwalds and The Steve Adams Network performing at Parc International. Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, with admission set at $15. For more information on this year’s Patty in the Parc event visit Facebook.com/PattyInTheParc.
Fresh & Local
Acadiana Food Circle’s second annual Fresh & Local Fundraiser will feature free foods from local eateries such as Carpe Diem!, Great Harvest Bread Company, Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro and Saint Street Inn along with performances from Holy Ghost People, Sassafras Jubilee, Makers Reel, The Pits and DJ André Broussard. The event will also have a farmer’s market on site and a special porch jam featuring Tommy MIchot.
The Fresh & Local Fundraiser will be held at the Blue Moon Saloon on Saturday, March 16, from 7-9 p.m. with a $10 admission. For more information visit AcadianaFoodCircle.org.
The Crouch Foundation’s yearly Crouchstock benefit concert will be held at The Station in Broussard to raise awareness for suicide prevention. This year’s headliners include Sevendust, Pop Evil, Candlelight Red and Trapt. There will also be performances from local bands including Sour Sedans, Midsummer Classic, Tandem, Bearfighter and Framing the Red.
This all-day outdoor event will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., at the Station Bar and Grill located at 236 Burgess Drive in Broussard. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at TheStationLive.com.
For more events happening around Acadiana this weekend visit Acadiana365.com.
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