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Voting this Saturday
We would like to remind voters in the Downtown area to vote on October 2nd at:

Fire Station #12- 555 Government Street
The polls will be open this Saturday, October 2nd from 6AM - 8PM.

When you vote you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature.

Click here for sample ballot for downtown residents

Weekend Events!
What's happening Downtown this weekend?
Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tab on what's hot downtown each week! For more info, visit our site at the link below!

Download a copy of our updated Merchant Listing

Live After Five this Friday!
The fall season of Live After Five continues this Friday October 1, 5PM - 8PM with the Brandon Foret Band (soul/rock). Come out to Galvez Plaza at North Boulevard Town Square for the State's premiere free outdoor concert series. Start spending your Friday evenings Downtown!

Sunday in the Park
On Sunday, October 3, 2010, Herman Jackson's Big Band will kick off the fall season of Sunday in the Park and will once again make Sundays downtown alive with music. Continuing for 6 consecutive Sundays from noon until 3:00 p.m. at Lafayette Park at the Shaw Center for the Arts, this season of concerts will offer a diverse musical selection including Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B and a special Italian Festa on November 14th. Come and enjoy amazing live music, wonderful food, face painting and balloon creations. A free bike valet will be provided by B.R.A.S.S. Face painting and balloon creations will be provided by The Party Artist.

Arts Market this Saturday
Welcome cooler temperatures and several new artists this Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Baton Rouge Arts Market. The Arts Market showcases original, hand-made works every first Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at 5th and Main Streets in Downtown Baton Rouge. Discover unique creations on Saturday with over 70 artists from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida who will present original works of art in a variety of mediums including, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings, sculpture, hand-made soaps and so much more.

First Saturday Fun at the Farmer's Market
This First Saturday will include a great lineup of events for the whole family. The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners return to the Market with great tips for preparing fall gardens. Musical entertainment will include the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society inside Main Street Market from 8:30 until 10 AM and zydeco musician Mel Chavis performing outside throughout the morning. Liz Lopes will add to the festivities with her signature face painting designs for children. Don't miss the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration at 10 AM inside the North Street seating area of Main Street Market. Chef Hernandez of The Bluffs Country Club Restaurant will be preparing delicious seasonal recipes with complimentary tastings.

Ben Bell and The Stardust Boys Having been compared to Chris Isaak, Glenn Campbell, Frank Sinatra, and even Elvis, his originals stand out as much as his choice of covers. Live in concert, it is rockabilly smooth and fun, classic country-sounding, swinging, cool singer-songwriting and Americana. Ben's musical performance is charismatic and of professional quality and that is what makes him and The Stardust Boys stand out from the Baton Rouge crowd.

Friday, October 1, 7PM-10PM
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's Balcony

13th Gate Haunted House
The 13th Gate is the ultimate haunted house! Journey through 13 very frightening themed indoor and outdoor areas where your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen. The 13th Gate has consistently been recognized as one of the top Haunted Attractions in the country. The 13th gate will open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting September 23 - October 16th and nightly from October 21 - October 31 starting at 6:30 pm.

Baton Rouge Zombie Bash 2010- A 5k Run for Fun
The Baton Rouge Zombie Bash/5k will take place downtown on Friday, October 1 at 6:30PM. Proceeds benefit Of Moving Colors, a contemporary dance company. Registration ends Wednesday night. Sign-in and number pickup begins at 5:00pm at the 13th Gate Haunted House. Don't miss a thrilling performance following the race - and maybe even a lesson under the moonlight!

Fisheries Fun Run
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor invites you to join their fundraising efforts for the Fisheries Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, October 3, 2010. This event will be a great opportunity to show support for our state's fisherman, safe seafood, and the health of our local communities. Let us join together to rally for this important cause.

Register early at or drop in at Fleet Feet Sports. You can also register the day of the run.

For more info visit

For a full listing of upcoming events, visit our website.

227 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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