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Weekend Events!
What's happening Downtown?
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!

Live After Five
Ready for some Springtime fun?
Start planning your Friday afternoons and evenings with family, friends and office workers for the city's premier free downtown concert series.

Starting Friday April 17th with MoJeaux
Free! 5PM - 8PM, Galvez Plaza
North Boulevard Town Square (North Blvd. at Third St.)

Sunday in the park

Sunday in the Park Spring 2009!
Sunday in the Park, a FREE outdoor concert series in Lafayette Park featuring brunch and music under the oaks will continue Sunday, April 19th, Noon with Moreland & Arbuckle, a merger of Mississippi Hill Country blues, Delta blues, and rural blues.

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Mayor's Family Bike Day
Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden invites everyone to join him and members of the Baton Rouge Police Bicycle Division as they kick off the Mayor's Healthy City Initiative by biking the 2 mile stretch of the Mississippi River Levee from the U.S.S. Kidd to LSU's Skip Bertman Drive.

Gather on the Riverfront Levee Stage adjacent to the USS KIDD at 8AM and roll down the river levee to LSU's Skip Bertman Drive and back downtown. After the ride, enjoy free food and entertainment focused on making Baton Rouge a healthier community, as well as activities for the whole family.

Saturday. April 18th, 8AM-12 Noon

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Blues Week!
Join us for The Baton Rouge Blues Week 2009 April 15-26. Events will be held at Repentance Park between River Center and The Old State Capital on River Rd and numerous local establishments. Events will coincide with Live After Five, Sunday in the Park, and Earth Day 2009 which will kick off the official first night in Repentance Park on Sunday April 19th. The Baton Rouge Blues Festival will be held Saturday April 25 at 9:30PM in Repentance Park.

Check these sites for a complete schedule of events!

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Earthday 2009!
The 20th annual Earth Day celebration will take place on April 19th in downtown Baton Rouge. The theme for this year's festivities, and the one used 20 years ago, is "Think Globally, Act Locally" encouraging citizens to take the lead as environmental stewards of our state, nation, and earth.

Sunday, April 19th Noon - 8:30PM
River end of North Blvd Adjacent to Galvez Plaza, Old State Capitol Grounds, and Governmental Plaza

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Life After 50
Visit with experts from area companies on issues that concern you and your family. Attend helpful seminars on health, financial, legal and lifestyle information for the 50-plus market and their caregivers.

Saturday, April 18, 8PM- 3PM
Baton Rouge River Center
Admission is FREE!

Manship Theatre Anniversary Party Kick off Blues Week early with Manship Theatre's Anniversary Fundraiser, "Goin' Green for the Blues" featuring Deacon John & the Ivories! This fun filled evening will feature a pre-reception with wine & appetizers provided by The Grape, a film short provided by the Baton Rouge Recycling Foundation and more!

Thursday, April 16th, 7:30PM
Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St.,
Tickets: $75.00
344-0334 or visit

Farmers Market

Red Stick Farmer's Market
On the first Saturday of each month, the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners are at the Red Stick Farmers Market to offer expert advice on seasonal gardening and often provide free soil sample kits. The Fresh from the Market Cooking Show happens every Saturday inside Main Street Market. This cooking demonstration showcases local chefs and food lovers from around Louisiana. Also on the first Saturday of each month, except January and May, the Baton Rouge Arts Market sets up next to the Red Stick Farmers Market.

Third Thursday at LSU MOA
We're all mad here! So, step into a world of backwardness, curiosity, and the one place where you don't have to grow up! Enjoy live music by a local band, glass demonstrations, complimentary food, and meet artists all in Alice's Wonderland. Dress your favorite character, if you feel creative! But whatever you decide, make sure you are on time! Don't be late or off with your head!

Through the Looking Glass
Thursday, April 16 7PM - 10PM

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Providence Corporate Cup
Join thousand of athletes as an individual or part of a team on a 5k (3.1mile) race course. Hundred of companies participate. FREE food, drink, musical entertainment and other amenities are provided to ALL participants at the post race party. Proceeds from the race will benefit The Big Buddy Program and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance.

Saturday, April 18, 9:00AM

Downtown Food

Downtown Restaurants are Waiting for You!
Don't forget to check out Downtown's 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. Check out the Downtown Restaurants List for more info!

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

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