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

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Krewe of Artemis Parade
The Krewe of Artemis 11th Annual Mardi Gras Parade will roll through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with the theme, "Artemis Loves Louisiana". Join the excited revelers as they line the parade route while joining in the festivities and experiencing Baton Rouge Mardi Gras....Artemis style!! Revelers will be treated with themed throws, including the Krewe of Artemis'
signature High Heeled Shoe, along with footballs, tambourines, stuffed animals, float beads and lighted throws.

North Boulevard Town Square
Friday, February 1, 7PM

Krewe of Mystique Parade
Baton Rouge's oldest parading Mardi Gras krewe, The Krewe of Mystique de la Capitale is celebrating thirty-five years of carnival fun. A long time favorite of downtown Baton Rouge, the parade provides fun for the whole family.

Saturday, February 2, 2PM

Krewe of Orion Parade
The Krewe of Orion's 14th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. The parade theme for 2013 is "Les Festivales Internationale". Parade goers will be treated to a line of exciting, colorful traditional lighted and tractor-pulled floats. On the floats, masked and costumed riders will throw plenty of themed parade medallions, Krewe of Orion signature footballs, cups, plush animals, Orion swords, doubloons, lighted throws, and beads. Marching bands and marching units will be among the great sights and sounds at this wonderful family-oriented parade.

Saturday, February 2, 6:30PM

Superbowl Bowl Fan Fest
Locals and tourists are invited to come downtown for Mardi Gras parades and live music with Louisiana flare! Bands will start Friday on the Town Lawn Stage with The Mulligan Brothers from 12pm-2pm. Orphan Annie, Pop/Rock mix of old and new variety, will perform from 4pm-6:30pm on Friday. Come out on Saturday and listen to the Young Band Nation Blues Project at 2PM; Impressive local talent from Baton Rouge Music Studios. Finally at 4pm-6:30pm Rockin Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters will perform Cajun, Zydeco and varied genre to create a dynamic show.

North Boulevard Town Square
February 1-3, Starts at 12PM

Free First Sunday
First Sunday is a cooperative endeavor offered by downtown museums for free admission to events on the first Sunday of each month. Visit the LASM, LSU MOA, and USS KIDD and explore all the wonderful things they have to offer for FREE!

Sunday, February 3

The Best of Opera and Broadway
Enjoy selections from opera and musical theater including West Side Story, La Boheme, and Phantom of the Opera at Opéra Louisiane's cabaret style production, "The Best of Opera and Broadway." Featuring five talented singers and our Opéra Louisiane Musical Director Michael Borowitz at the piano. Hosted by Lieutenant Governor and avid arts supporter Jay Dardenne, this production explores an exciting range of well-known songs and operatic favorites. Audiences will leave the performance humming! Available tickets range in price from $25 - $35.

100 North Boulevard
Thursday, January 31, 7:30PM

Philadanco at the Manship
The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) presents the highest quality of professional dance performance and improves the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment, while increasing the appreciation of dance across the nation and around the world.

100 Lafayette Street
Thursday, January 31, 8PM

Brandon Routh at Capital City Grill
Capital City Grill they will be offering live music performed by Brandon Routh every Tuesday. Come and enjoy a delicious meal and great atmosphere while Brandon jams out some acoustic cover music. Requests are welcome and often fulfilled!

100 Lafayette Street
Tuesday, January 29, 7PM

Sweet Honey at the Manship
Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey's collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

100 Lafayette Street
Monday, February 4, 7:30PM

Films Manship
Film fans and the community at large can share a unique film experience complete with pre-screening parties, specialty cocktails, contests and more! This week Films at Manship presents:
January 29 - Bicycle Dreams
February 4 - The Big Picture

100 Lafayette Street

CATS Unveils Bus Tracker System
Today at a press conference in North Boulevard Town Square CATS personnel announced the new AVL bus tracking system. CEO Brian Marshall also discussed the policy and financial progress made by CATS over the last year. The new AVL system allows riders to track buses in route. Tracking can be done through a smart phone, text message, CATS webpage, and digital display screens. Below are a list of lines passing through downtown; Capitol Park Shuttle, Downtown Express, Downtown/Thomas Delpit, Gardere, Highland

Downtown King Cakes
It is Mardi Gras season and that means King Cakes! Here are the downtown merchants offering this holiday treat:

PJ's Coffee
Strand's Cafe
CC's Coffee
Red Stick Farmers Market - Forte Grove

Zolia Bistro Jazz Brunch
Zolia Bistro Enotenca is now hosting a Jazz Brunch on Sundays. This is a great addition to downtown events, and is a great way to end your weekend!

400 Convention Street at II City Plaza
Every Sunday, 10AM - 2PM

Bald Eagle Pub
Come out to the Bald Eagle Pub downtown this Thursday for Trivia Night! Bald Eagle pub offers a cozy drinking hole with nightly specials.

140 Main Street
Thursday, January 31, 9PM

Craving Crawfish?
Get them while they are hot! Crawfish season only lasts a few months so fill up on some mudbugs while they are available. Here are downtown restaurants offering crawfish:

Lucy's retired Surfer Bar
Restaurant IPO/The Office Bar

Winter Market
Meet friends for a hot breakfast inside Main Street Market this Saturday and shop for locally made artisan and culinary gifts. Also, shop with over 80 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 at the Arts Market, which is held on the first Saturday of the month.

Corner of 5th and Main
Every Saturday, 8AM

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

247 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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