There’s always so much to do around Acadiana that sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you want to do with your weekend. That’s where the Weekend Top 10 comes in handy.

Check out the top ten events happening around Lafayette for this weekend.

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    'jeep jaunt' JAM!! featuring Jaryd Lane, Lane Mack, Gabe Broussard

    The Annual 'jeep jaunt' JAM!!, the 'jeep jaunt' registration kick-off party, will be held at Sterling Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram in Opelousas on August 26. Live music, great food, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and lots of Jeeps!

    This year’s entertainment will feature Todd’s DJ Entertainment Services from 9-11. Starting at 11 am, performing for together for the first time ever: Lane Mack, Jaryd Lane, and Gabe Broussard! It's a free show!

    The first 300 to register for the 12th Annual 'jeep jaunt' at the JAM!! will receive the official ‘jeep jaunt’ t-shirt! Also, 50 registrants will receive this year’s specialty item (must be present to win).

    Registration is still $20 per person (kids 7 and under register for free!), and online registration will open at the end of the JAM!!

    The ‘jeep jaunt’ is an annual event that raises funds for the American Lung Association. Since our inaugural event in 2006, AJRF has raised over $575,000 in support of the American Lung Association, all in efforts to end lung disease. Until we eradicate lung disease, we will also be concentrating on giving help to those who suffer from a lung-related illness.

    If your family owns a Jeep, we encourage you to join us for the ride!
    Thanks to Sterling Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram in Opelousas, Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel, Celebrity Theatres, Smokey Hebert’s Snap-On Tools, Townsquare Media and KATC TV3 for sponsoring the event!

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    Gueydan Duck Festival

    The  Gueydan Duck Festival runs August 24 - 27 at the Duck Festival Grounds in Gueydan. Duck-calling contest, skeet shoot, dog trials, parade, cooking contest, arts, crafts, street fair and lots of great entertainment.

    Sideshow, Wayne Toups, Geno Delafose, Dustin Sonnier and Jamie Bergeron are just a few of the performers lined up.

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    Bayou Teche Paddling Series: Charenton to Franklin

    This is a big one! Participants will be paddling 17.03 miles. This is the longest segment of the series offering some of the biggest views of the Teche. There are plenty of scheduled breaks for relaxation along the way. There will be a party with a delicious meal right where the boats are to be taken out of the bayou.

    Each ticket you purchase on any Bayou Teche Paddle Series enters you to win a kayak giveaway.

    Get more information at Pack & Paddle.

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    Faith Art Gathering at Trinity Bible Church

    It's a morning of fellowship, fun, and creativity at the 3rd annual Faith Art Gathering at Trinity Bible Church (130 E Broussard Road). This event is open to ladies and girls in 6th grade and older. Art supplies will be provided, along with information on upcoming bible studies and women's events. Please RSVP so that enough supplies (and seats) for all participants are available. (337) 406-2801

    Also, please feel free to bring a snack to share (coffee and water will be provided).

     

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    Casino Night at River Oaks

    Join Acadiana Home Builders Association Friday at 7 pm for a night of games, drinks, food, and fun! Casino Night will feature live music by Louisiana Red, complimentary food and beverages, and a live and silent auction.

    Casino Night is a fundraiser for Acadian Home Builders Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and proceeds help the organization continue its mission of supporting the housing industry in Acadiana. Games include poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps, and the top players at the end of the night will win great prizes!

    Tickets: $50 each
    Includes $2,000 of “play money” plus unlimited food, beer, and wine.
    Available through August 23rd. Advanced payment required. Absolutely no tickets sold at the door. Must be 21 to attend.

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    Back-To-School Dog Wash to Benefit ARF LA

    The Dog Stop is hosting a benefit dog wash to get your To-Do list shortened!

    On Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm, get your dog washed or nails did for only $10, with proceeds going to Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana - ARFLA!

     

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    Geno Delafose and The French Rockin Boogie at Route 92

    Sunday from 4:30 - 7:30 enjoy the sounds of Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie in the smoke-free Route 92 on Milton Avenue in Youngsville.

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    Lafayette Science Museum & Planetarium

    The  Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium is an incredible source for educational, fun events in Acadiana! From their Virtual Reality Lab to their permanent, stand-alone interactive exhibits and, of course, the Night Sky show in the Planetarium.

    Admission for adults is only $5.35, kids $2.14. Planetarium shows on weekdays at 4 pm, and there are several shows on Saturdays and Sundays.

    For more information, call the Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium at (337) 291-5544

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    Opelousas Farmer's Market

    The  Opelousas Farmer's  Market will be open Saturday from 6:30 am to  10:30 am at the Farmer's Market Pavillion, 828 E Landry St, Opelousas.

    Fresh fruits and veggies, along with preserves and whatnots.   Admission is free.

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    Murder Mystery: Trouble at the Tropicabana

    Murder mystery dinner to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Acadiana.

    The characters should be familiar: Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel. Take part in Trouble at the Tropicabana and help try to figure out who committed the murder!

    With all the craziness of an “I Love Lucy” show, as a member of the audience you’ll  take part in the show by singing, dancing, and, of course, laughing!

    Friday and Saturday, August 25th and 26th at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion Street in Lafayette.

    Doors open at 6 pm, along with the cash bar and silent auction.  Dinner provided by Bon Temps Grill. Dinner and show begin at 7 pm