Wednesday Weekend: What To Do in Sweet Baton Rouge


The Sweet Baton Rouge Insiders are sharing with you our newest piece that’s all about Food, Festival, and the Capital City!

Wednesday Weekend: What To Do is all about things happening all around the Redstick. We are so excited and LOVE to showcase each one of these fine events happening each week so you have some time to add these events into your planner so you can enjoy the best of Baton Rouge has to offer for the weekend!

What to Do in June 2018

Friday, June 1st, 2018

L’Auberge welcomes Candlebox to the Event Center Friday, June 1. Candlebox is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. They first emerged nearly 25 years ago with their now 4-times platinum self-titled debut, which contains their biggest hit, “Far Behind,” as well as the singles “Change,” “You,” and “Cover Me.”

Let’s talk about local’s for #NationalDonutDay on Friday, June 1st. Click here to find a full list of their offerings in 225 Magazine!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Returning for a 4th year, Red Stick Moms Blog is thrilled to host Moms Night Out to provide Baton Rouge moms a chance to cut loose, eat good food and dance the night away. Join them for the 4th annual Red Stick Moms Blog Moms Night Out at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

Weekend events:

June 1-3

Come #ShowYourRowe and view Jordan Hefler’s “First Three, No Flash” concert photography exhibition at Perkins Rowe!

What to Do in May 2018

Thursday, May 24th through May 27th

Memorial Day Garden of Flags Planting: Join the DDD of Downtown Baton Rouge planting 11,000 American Flags at the State Capitol on Friday, May 26th  representing Louisiana sons and daughters who gave their lives for our freedom. The event is open to anyone who would like to volunteer. Our flags will be marched in by the LA National Guard and other veterans. Please bring a screwdriver and something to kneel on if needed, planting will begin at 9 AM!

Red Stick Farmers Market: Red Stick Farmers is an open-air, producer-only market, which ensures that all produce sold at the market is grown locally by each farmer. During peak seasons, we operate up to 7 weekly locations of the Red Stick Farmers Market in different areas of the city. Red Sick Farmers Market has over 50 member farmers with a variety of locally grown products including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, artisan breads, homemade pies, honey, milk and cheese, native plants, herbs, and specialty food items. The Markets provide vital economic opportunities for local farmers, keeping our local food system healthy, strong and vibrant. Market open Saturday, May 26th 8:00 AM–12:00 PM located in front of Main Street Market.

Jambalaya Festival: Join Gonzales for its 51st Jambalaya Festival. The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes four days to get it all in starting Thursday, May 24th and will run till Sunday, May 27th. Bands like:

GymFit Fest: This festival is a Cirque and Movement Festival that will leave guests in awe! From fire spinners, to high flying aerial performances and Ninja Warrior Competitions, this one-of-a-kind festival is a must-do-experience! Vendors like: Enjoy chair massages and fire cupping along with food vendors by Ninja Snoball, SpanishTown Market, and The Londoner. Click here for a full schedule of events.

USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum  Memorial Day Ceremony, Museum Only free to the public 9:30 AM-12:00 PM.


Thursday, May 17th, 2018

White Star Market is officially open for business! The transformation of Government Street into one of Baton Rouge’s most unique cultural hubs is open and here’s a look at what vendors inside the food hall!

Vendors include:

  1. Gov’t Taco: is the first foray into food service from Jay Ducote, one of Louisiana’s most recognizable names in food & culture. Jay’s signature tacos will feature creative takes on classics utilizing fresh, local ingredients.
  2. Jolie @ The Market by The Jolie Pearl team:  Expect a range of raw oysters, as well as their famous chargrilled selections with toppings like Bacon & Brie, Bleu Cheese and Asian.   If you’re in the mood for something different, you’ll be able to grab a fried shrimp or fried oyster Po-Boy as well.
  3. Mike Mangham’s Southern Plate: Chef Mangham will feature some of the classics his loyal customers remember him for, along with some new items.   Mangham & his team will also specialize in “take away” lunches and dinners for families on the go, who want dine at home. Expect to see a range of entrees on the lighter side, from bistro style sandwiches to fresh salads and homemade soups.
  4. Fete au Fete: will be serving up classic Creole dishes, with his own personal style. Expect to see his signature crawfish poutine, alongside shrimp & grits and red beans and rice.
  5. Reve Coffee Roasters: will be delivering White Star guests their delicious blends of brewed hot and iced coffee and leaf tea and impeccable kombucha as well.  You’ll also be able to purchase whole coffee beans by the bag as well.
  6. Chow Yum Phat: Chef Vu Le will be serving up his own inspired take on Pho and Ramen dishes, as well as steamed Bao buns, sushi and sashimi.
  7. Dat’z Italian: You can expect they’ll be serving up their classics like the Red Beans & Andouille and the Louisiana Shrimp Boil wood-fire pizzas!
  8. The Big Squeezy: They will have their full line up serving up some of the highest quality cold pressed juices you’ll find.  Their “Farm to Bottle” model is achieved by the fact they own their own organic farm in California. Moving into White Star Market will make their 7 location around Baton Rouge!
  9. Mouton: will be serving up expertly crafted cocktails, playing off the classics as well as new creations.  Expect Bloody Marys and refreshing mimosas on the weekends as well.
  •   Tin Roof Brewing: Join them for  Trivia Night every Thursday. Show off your smarts, or your drinking skills. The fun and beer starts at 7:00 PM.

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

  • Walk the Rowe for Heart: Perkins Rowe and the Capital Area American Heart Association will host the 2nd annual Walk the Rowe for Heart event in celebration of the mixed-use development’s commitment to promoting health and wellness. The official 1-mile walk will start at 11:00 AM.
  • Baton Rouge Soul Food Fest: This is a 2-Day event and is a family-oriented event that provides entertainment, a kid-friendly environment and good soul food cooking.
  • Cane Land Distilling Company: Join Caneland at the distillery on Saturday, May 19th to help them celebrate their one year of business in Downtown Baton Rouge. Hang out on the patio with a tiki cocktail, hop on a free tour and let your worries drift away. They will have FREE tours all day, awesome drink specials, Caribbean-inspired food, tastings, merch giveaways and more!

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

  • Rock The Rowe: Todd O’Neill Band will be on stage for the last Rock the Rowe of the spring concert series. Country Music singer/songwriter Todd O’Neill has been perfecting his self-described “pure Louisiana soul” sound in countless honky-tonks and dance halls for more than a decade. Hailing from Hammond, Louisiana, Todd applied the homegrown creative philosophy he was raised on when crafting his unique musical recipe: blending Cajun zydeco and New Orleans R&B with Nashville’s reflective lyricism.
  • The Varsity: Blue October with special guest Flagship – Tickets are $28 in Advance and $30 After Doors Open. Show starts are 8 PM. Tickets Available at their Box Office inside The Chimes Restaurant on Highland Road

Friday, May 11th, 2018

  • Hot Art Cool Nights: The 14th annual Baton Rouge Mid-City Merchants spring art festival, “Hot Art, Cool Nights”, will be held on Friday from 6 PM until 10 PM.  This spring art festival is a premier event for the city. Participating businesses with being filled with thousands of shoppers, artists, musicians and art and music lovers. Participating businesses at time of printing include:  A-1 Air Conditioning, Aladdin’s Lamp Antiques, Atomic Pop Shop, Bistro Byronz, Brew Ha Ha, Brewbachers Grill, Caffery Gallery, Calandro’s Supermarket, Create Studios, Curbside Burgers, Cutrone’s Barber Shop, Elizabethan Gallery, ELS Landscape Architecture Studio, Everything Philly, Giraphic Prints, Happy Cajun Gallery, LES Federal Credit Union, Mo’s Art Supply, Monjunis Italian Café & Grocery, Mosaic Garden, Painting With a Twist, Radio Bar, Red Stick Spice Co, Reginelli’s Pizzeria – Goodwood, Sabai Jewelry Gallery, Serop’s Express, Shopper’s Value Foods, Soiree, Studio C, Superior Grill & Bar, Sweet Leather, The Guru, The Market at Circa 1857, The Pink Elephant Antiques, Time Warp Boutique, Twine, Whitney Bank, Williamsburg Senior Living Community, Yoga Path, Yvette Marie’s Café, and Victoria’s Toy Station.
  • Mid City Makers Market: They will have a full house, along with 50-60 other hosts along the Government Street Corridor! To find a full list or stay connected visit their Facebook / Instagram page!

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

  • Capital City Songwriter Collective: Spanish Moon on Highland Road is hosting 10+ songwriter with an admission of $10 benefiting Tipitina’s Foundation
  • Corked 5K in Baton Rouge: Guaranty Foundation is thrilled to announce their inaugural Corked 5K, in support of The Guaranty Foundation! It’s safe to say it’s more about the wine than it is the running. Runners of all ages are encouraged to run, but you must be 21 years of age or older to sip our fabulous wines. Oh, and take your time out there.There’s a wine stop in each mile of our race course and if you want to walk and taste the wine, that’s just fine by us. Don’t want to do the 5K, but want the wine, that’s OK too. Just select “Wine Down Only” when registering and you can join us at the Wine.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

  • Rock the Rowe: V Tones  The V-Tones are a full range cover band of six Baton Rouge musicians who feature music from the 80’s and 90’s, as well as classic and alternative rock.

Friday, May 4th, 2018

  • Live After Five: After 8 Band, playing music of the people at your favorite Friday night concert . . . get ready to dance! After 8’s high energy mix will get any crowd on the dance floor.
  • Crawfish King Contest: May the best pot win! The Crawfish King event is a team crawfish boil competition where 45 teams will compete for the title of CRAWFISH KING! This year the boil is this Friday, May 4th at North Blvd at Lafayette St!

Saturday, May 5th, 2018


  • Radio Bar:  They open 3 PM with Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Taco Pop Up! Come grab your Cinco de Mayo meal, they’ll have Margarita Specials to accompany the fabulous menu, as well as Cinco de Bayou- the new Mexican Lager from Bayou Teche Brewery. There’s NO COVER – Just the Best Latin Dance Beats in town and  DJ Guatecun. Location: 3079 Government St
  • Caliente Mexican Craving: Celebrate the biggest party of the year with Caliente! Let’s talk drink specials first: They will have 2×1 Margaritas all day,  $1 Jell-O Shots, and $3 Well tequila shots! Music starts at 2 PM with DJ 2EZ till 5 PM, Simon Says from 5 PM to 8 PM, and local favorite Parish County Line from starting at 8 PM till 11 PM! Location: 1072 W Lee Dr
  • Superior Grill Midcity & Highland: will have live music and of course the best Margaritas around town! Location: Midcity, 5435 Government St & Highland Road, 7333 Highland Road

To read our full list of where to eat: CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATIONS IN SWEET BATON ROUGE click here to read more!

Red Onion BR: It’s a Fiesta, join them this Saturday, May 5th for an art and jewelry show featuring Dee Dee Lantzy Art and Mimosa Handcrafted. Perfect opportunity to shop for Mother’s Day or treat yourself!

What to Do in April 2018

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

  • Rock The Rowe: After 8 is on stage this Thursday Night, A top call band from Louisiana for weddings, corporate events, festivals, casinos, and clubs. Their high energy mix will get any crowd on the dance floor.

Friday, April 27th, 2018:

  • Live After Five: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, will be live on stage this Friday Night.  A Louisiana native, Curley Taylor’s bluesy, soulful vocals and the band’s hard driving Zydeco beat blend to create high-energy dance music for all audiences.  Curley’s music is true to its roots in Zydeco and Blues, but contemporary enough to appeal to a broad range of music lovers.  Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble tour extensively throughout the US, playing festivals and clubs from New York to San Diego and from Florida to Seattle.
  • Kendra Gives Back with Cara’s House: Join Cara’s House for sips, sweets and jewelry at the Kendra Scott in Perkins Rowe on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 6-8pm. If you can’t make it to the store call (225) 384-5157 to place your order. During the event hours (6-7pm) your order ships free! Kendra Scott is giving 20% back to benefit CARA’s House.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018:

  • Reform Fitness: It’s their 3rd Birthday and they are kicking it off with a weekend of fun FREE classes and PRIZES April 28 & 29. Classes are a 90 minute mash up of 3 different methods guaranteed to make you sweat and burn serious calories. Find out more by clicking here: 
  • Wine On The River is a ticketed wine-tasting event where attendees can sample local, national and international wines all in one place!  With an ‘Around The World’ theme, each attendee receives a passport listing the varietals available at each tasting table and what region they are from.  The event also features live music and delicious food from area restaurants. You can purchase your tickets for this evening for Saturday, April 28th  3 – 7  PM by clicking here

Sunday, April 29th, 2018:

  • Yoga on the Lakes of Baton Rouge: Bring your own mat or towel and hydration and come stretch  for a FREE 30-minute beginner’s yoga class. All ages welcomed. Location: 901 Stanford Ave from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM.

Weekend events:

Thursday, April 19th, 2018:

  • Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation, “Gourmet in the Garden”: Stroll through the gardens and savor the best local flavors from Baton Rouge chefs and creative mixologists! This extraordinary evening challenges local restaurants to compete for the People’s Choice and Juried Awards. Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products. Gourmet in the Garden is held in the lush green setting of the Rose Garden and Orangerie Garden from 6 PM to 9 PM. All proceeds from this event go towards education programs at the Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation. Purchase your tickets here: 
  • Rock the Rowe: In conjunction with the Louisiana International Film Festival and in support of the Third Street Songwriters Festival, we are bringing back our second ever singer/songwriter night at the Rowe!! See you out there, starts at 6 PM!

Friday, April 20th, 2018:

  • Live After Five:  Werewolf The Legendary 80s Cover Band. Werewolf is like a Rocksplosion in your mouth! Come out and get ready for 80’s night and dance and sing along to your favorite 80’s songs! Dress in costume is welcome, starts at 5 PM till 8 PM.
  • Humble Kind: Get yourself a burger and tots and head out to the pig pen to watch a live performance by Humble Kind starting at 5:30 PM.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018:

  • 2018 Fur Ball: It will be held at the Hilton Capital Center in Downtown Baton Rouge. The ball is sold out but you can still vote for your favorite court member! Vote as many times as you like! Click here to vote. You can also buy a $25 raffle ticket & support CAA! This year’s raffle is for 1.5ct tw diamond stud earrings. Donated by Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry! Retail Value: $3950. The drawing will take place the night of the Baton Rouge Fur Ball. (Do Not Need To Be Present To Win). About CAA:  The Companion Animal Alliance is a nonprofit organization that has been managing the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Shelter since August of 2011.In just six years, the number of animals saved at the shelter has increased from only 20% to more than 70%. Last year alone, 662 lost pets were returned with their families and almost 5000 animals found their forever homes through adoptions and our placement partners.
  • 12th Annual International Astronomy Day: Highland Road Park Observatory: Free admission and fun activities for all ages. Every year since 2007, HRPO has proudly taken part in this worldwide celebration of all things related to astronomy, physics, aeronautics and the American space program. This year promises to be the biggest successful IAD ever—we set an attendance record last year! Old favorites and new surprises will make this International Astronomy Day a day to remember.
  • LSU Spring Game 2018: Kickoff for the spring game is set for 5 p.m. in Tiger Stadium and admission to the contest is free. Fans are invited to campus early that day to take part in the pregame block party on North Stadium Drive, which starts at 1 p.m.
  • Rosé Soirée: Put on your pink attire and sample an array of our most refreshing rosés paired with cheese selected by our in-house experts and delicious light bites from our catering department at Martins Wine Cellar from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

Weekend events:

Louisiana Film Festival: They are taking over Perkins Rowe! Stand-Up Comedians, Aerial Silks Artists, Live Music, and some of the up and coming films you are sure to see at the Oscars and Golden Globes this year! Grab your passes, click here!

Third Street Songwriters Festival: This an annual event in downtown Baton Rouge. The event features local, regional, and national songwriters. The day begins with an industry panel of Nashville professionals representing publishing companies, PROs, and songwriter organizations such as NSAI and is followed by a listening panel. The participating songwriters will be able to perform and have their songs critiqued by the professional panel. This portion of the event is a great asset for our local aspiring songwriters. The rest of the evening and night is filled with music for the music lover in all of us! It will consist of songwriter rounds in traditional Nashville-style at participating venues along 3rd Street and a hit-writer showcase at the Manship Theatre. All events will feature live, original music and celebrate the songwriters.


Thursday, April 12th, 2018:

  • Rock the Rowe at Perkins Rowe: JC Melancon & The Bayou Rock Band take the stage for this week’s live entertainment!  They’re known for entertaining crowds at various venues across Louisiana, playing classic oldies from the 1950’s, 1960’s, & 1970’s. We guarantee you a great time!

Friday, April 13th, 2018:

  • Live After Five: Chris Leblanc Big Band with Special Guests. Chris Leblanc is living his dream by going out and touching people with his vibrant “Big Man” persona and larger-than-life kind spirit!

Saturday, April 14th, 2018:

  • Redstick Farmers Market: Farm fresh products by local farmers, fishers, and food artisans every week outside by Main Street Market downtown on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm.
  • Zapp’s International Beer Fest: The annual Zapp’s International Beerfest will have more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews will be made available for tasting during this popular annual event benefiting the LSU Rural Life Museum. The event is from 3:30 pm to 6:o0 pm at the LSU Rural Life Museum.


Weekend events:

  • Baton Rouge Blues Festival: Brought to you by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation,  with it’s 24th annual free and family-friendly festival in downtown Baton Rouge on April 14–15, 2018 with 6 stages of music, arts, and food! Click the link to see the full line up all weekend long! Enjoy the oldest blues festival in America!
  • Midcity Makers Market: You can listen to music and shop local makers in and around the #BatonRouge area! Sounds like a win-win to us!
  • LSU Baseball vs Tennessee: Catch the Tigers on the field at Alex Box Stadium this weekend as they take on Tennessee. They play all weekend long kicking off on Friday Night at 7:00 pm. They will also play Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 4:00 on. Geaux Tigers, they are currently ranked at 19 with an overall 21-13 wins!



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