Established March 2008

The Downtown Baton Rouge Arts & Entertainment District was formed in 2008 to provide a means for growth and development through arts and entertainment related activities. The goal is to create a district that has a balance of arts and entertainment and a positive reflection of Baton Rouge.

Found in the heart of Downtown and highlighted by Third Street, the Arts and Entertainment District has galleries, shops, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and free concert series, all within walking distance, contributing to an enjoyable downtown experience!


While visiting The Arts & Entertainment District, don’t forget to check out the many restaurants and cafe’s that serve up some of the best cuisine in town. Whether you’re in the mood for a po-boy or a romantic dinner for two, Downtown has you covered.

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In the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District you will find the Shaw Center for the Arts where you can watch a ballet, attend an art exhibit, or have sushi on the top floor overlooking the Mississippi River. In addition to the Shaw Center, Downtown is home to many local art galleries, and a handful of annual arts festivals such as The Art Melt and Fest for All.

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For all you night owls, Downtown’s many bars, pubs, and nightclubs offer dancing, drinks, and a diverse social scene that makes for a great time. People watch from a mezzanine on Third Street, catch a live band, or take a salsa lesson, you name it, we got it! Don’t forget to end the night with a slice of pizza and get a safe cab ride home. Laisser les bons temps rouler!

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The Arts & Entertainment District holds host to Live After Five and Sunday in the Park, two free concert series in the fall and spring, featuring live music by the areas finest musicians. Both events, among others, are a great way to experience downtown culture and the people that make Baton Rouge a truly special place.

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