Always Something Going On

Whether it’s Crawfish season, Hurricane season, Hunting season, or Football season there is always something going on Downtown! Visitors and citizens can experience a wide variety of celebrations in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District including concerts, parades, races, and festivals... all reflecting the vibrant culture and energy of Downtown Baton Rouge!

Festival of Lights

December 6, 2019


Baton Rouge’s oldest holiday tradition is transforming the winter sky into a wonderland. The Mayor will light North Boulevard with half a million sparkling lights. Experience the magic beneath the 25-foot Christmas tree in North Boulevard Town Square. Enjoy free ice skating and play in six tons of real snow at the Snow Village. Learn More

Red Stick Revelry

December 31, 2019


Baton Rouge’s New Year’s celebration-Ring in the New Year Downtown by dropping a custom designed, LED-lighted Red Stick on top of the Town Square Beacon at the stroke of midnight. Before the countdown, rock out to LIVE music at The Crest, Baton Rouge’s newest stage in Galvez Plaza. Website

Louisiana Marathon

January 17 - 19, 2020


The Louisiana Marathon® celebrates the unique culture and lifestyle of the state with a passion for running. The event brings a nationally recognized running festival to the state capital, Baton Rouge. And with a multi-race format, there’s something for every runner: the kids, the couch-to-5Kers and the serious long distance competitors. Website

Mardi Gras Parades

Krewe of Mutts - February 9, 2020
Krewe of Artemis - February 14, 2020
Krewe Mystique - February 15, 2020
Krewe of Orion - February 15, 2020
Spanish Town Parade - February 22, 2020

Live After 5

12 Concerts (6 Spring, 6 Fall)


Live After Five in Downtown Baton Rouge is the Capital City’s premier FREE live, outdoor, music entertainment. Hosted by the Downtown Business Association, it takes place every spring and fall with a various genres of music. The concert series is held every year to entice people to visit and journey through downtown Baton Rouge. Website

Sunday in the Park

12 Concerts (6 in Spring, 6 in Fall)


The Sunday in the Park series provides the public with an opportunity to celebrate community and enjoy the music in a pleasant and family friendly environment. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy brunch in North Boulevard Town Square. Website

Baton Rouge Blues Festival

April 18 & 19, 2020


The free to the public, family-friendly festival will be held in April in downtown Baton Rouge. An impressive lineup of blues legends and newcomers will be featured. Website

Ebb & Flow Festival



April 4 & 5, 2020


Celebrating the capital region’s cultural economic, & ecological connection to the Mississippi River and all things that…Ebb & Flow. Presented by the Arts Council of Baton Rouge.

Oyster Festival

May 30, 2020


Spend a few days in historic downtown Baton Rouge celebrating the mother of mollusks - the oyster. Oysters take center stage and we'll be shucking, cooking, and eating dozens of the briny, meaty little mothershuckers.

Bandito Festival

June 27, 2020


Bandito Festival is a little bit country and little bit rock-n-roll, a little bit south of the border and a little bit Americana - and attendance is FREE!

Fourth of July Spectacular

July 4, 2020


The USS KIDD’s 4th of July Spectacular is the Annual Independence Day Celebration for friends and families gather to commemorate our nation’s independence while enjoying ice cold drinks, delicious food and a variety of musical performances, VIP viewing of the “Fireworks on the Mississippi” presented by WBRZ!

USS Kidd Website

Louisiana Book Festival

November 2, 2019


The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to present the 13th edition of this free, world-class literary celebration. The Louisiana Book Festival is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations. Website