Acadiana 365’s Weekend Picks

This weekend, treat yourself to some fine local theatre with 18 Victoria, grab some new gear at Pack & Paddle's garage sale, or spread the love with The Riveters at Hippie Fest.

With UL's 2013 Spring Commencement this weekend, here are a few events happening around Lafayette that might help you entertain those many friends and family members in town for the big event.


This weekend, Theatre 810 hosts the premiere of 18 Victoria, the latest work from local playwright Cody Daigle. Through a series of interwoven monologues, 18 Victoria follows the journey of Ben, Catherine and Stephen, three siblings struggling to mend their broken family after the untimely passing of their father. However, the trio soon find themselves facing a much larger problem as an asteroid the size of Texas hurtles toward Earth threatening to wipe out all life on the planet.

18 Victoria runs from Friday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Theatre 810, located at 810 Jefferson St., in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at 18victoria.eventbrite.com.


This Saturday morning, Pack & Paddle is holding its Outdoor Gear Garage Sale where Acadiana's outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to come out and buy or sell new and used outdoor gear, like kayaks, backpacks, sleeping bags and more. Pack & Paddle will also be selling several lightly used demo kayaks Hobie, Wilderness Systems, Hurricane, Perception, Diablo and others. Pack & Paddle will also be offering huge deals on its regularly-priced clothing, shoes, camping gear, skiwear and kayaks.

The Outdoor Gear Garage Sale starts 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Pack & Paddle, located at 601 E. Pinhook Road. For more information call 337-232-5854 or visit packpaddle.com.


The Riveters Theatre Troupe is rolling out the tye-dye and flower power this Sunday for its Hippie Fest fundraiser at The Blue Moon Saloon. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Riveters' upcoming production of HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical. There will be a raffle for door prizes, face painting, henna, a bake sale and free love for all. Live entertainment will be provided from local artists Blue Eyed Doll and Zig Zag Wanderers. In lieu of an admission, Hippie Fest asks for a minimum $10 donation.

Hippe Fest will be held on Sunday, May 19, from 5-10 p.m. at the Blue Moon Saloon, located at 215 East Convent St. For more information visit the Riveters website here.