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Walking with Dinosaurs Ticket Presale!
After years of planning, the award-winning BBC TV series, Walking with Dinosaurs comes to life in a stunning theatrical event. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 15 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus-rex! Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes.

Don't miss out on this early chance to secure your spot at one of the greatest productions to ever visit the River Center!

Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4
Baton Rouge River Center Arena

Presale Begins: 7/21/09 @ 10:00 am
Presale Offer ends 7/23/09 11:59 pm

Presale tickets click here
Enter password: TREX

Click below for a video on the production


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!


Goin' To Jackson @ Manship Theatre

Jamie Wax performs a comedic act that portrays five separate mental patients at the East Louisiana State Mental Hospital in Jackson, La. These characters are all in competition to be the spokesmodel for a mental health campaign. It's guaranteed to be a great show.

When: Thursday, July 23, 8PM - 10PM
Also running July 24, 25, & 26. (Check web for times)


Karaoke Every Wednesday @
Red Star!
Spill everything you've got on the mic for the enjoyment of your friends, fans, and fellow karaoke'ers. The point isn't to sound good, it is to sound pathetic. So come on down to the Red Star and sing like the rest of us sappy, drunken, lonely karaoke'ers. You'll fit right in!


Happy's Run Club
Happy's Run Club runs every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. (run begins at 6:15 sharp) - Starting at the Roux House Patio on 3rd Street downtown. The runs rotate between 3 routes in order to keep things fresh. Don't worry, maps are provided before the weekly run. The club was started in 2008 by Scott Higgins and Michael Lang with the support of Jack Warner and Happy's Irish Pub. The sole philosophy of the club is also our motto: "Run... drink... and be HAPPY!"


Art of Fashion @ 600 Main!
The Art of Fashion will take place on Saturday July 25 . There will be an Art Show at 8pm, Live Painting by Alex Harvie, Fashion Show at 11pm- Men's clothing by Aristocracy (Apparel for the People), Women's clothing by Brook Lynn's Unique Boutique and Music by DJ Kemistry.


The 2009 Louisiana Book Festival Call for Volunteers
The Louisiana Book Festival is back for its seventh installment! Louisiana's world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books will return to Baton Rouge from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 17, 2009. They want you to be part of it. Volunteers are essential to the festival's success. If you or your organization is interested in volunteering and would like more information about the festival as well as volunteer opportunities, visit their website at Or, if you've already made up your mind to volunteer, go directly to and select the "I Want To Volunteer" link.


Another NO COVER Week at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's!

Wednesday, July 22nd
Nightclub: SINGLE BABY BOOMERS NIGHT 8pm - 12am. For Singles in their 40's, 50's and 60's
No Cover!
Thursday, July 23rd
Balcony: SWEET ROOT Acoustic 10pm - 1am
No Cover!
Friday, July 24th
Balcony: 6L6 BAND 6pm - 9pm
Nightclub: THE LONG NECK SOCIETY 9pm - 1am
Saturday, July 25th
Balcony: CHASE TYLER 6pm - 9pm
Nightclub: GABBY HAYZ 9:45pm - 1:45pm (from Lafayette)


Wine Walk Wednesday!
This Experience what is quickly becoming the best night in downtown Baton Rouge! This week at 5:30 pm we begin our walk at Avoyelle's on the River (333 Third St.) for 3 wines to taste and half off glasses of wine. Please try some appetizers or a nice dinner while you are more


Red Stick Farmer's Market
Summer's Fresh Fest continues at Red Stick Farmers Market and Main Street Market on Saturday as the cucumber takes center stage with "Cool as a Cucumber." Fresh from the Market host chef Celeste Gill welcomes Judy Myhand of the LSU Dietetics Department to the morning cooking show at 10 am in the North Street seating area inside Main Street Market. Together Myhand and Gill will showcase the cucumber in a variety of summer recipes. Outside at Red Stick Farmers Market guest chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute will sample recipes that use the cucumber and will be on hand to suggest menu ideas for summertime entertaining. Children will enjoy face painter and artist Liz Lopes who will join the Fresh Fest activities this weekend and create "cool" artwork for children's faces. Fifth & Main Street.

Event Procedures & Guidelines
An Event Procedures and Guidelines manual is now available for anyone looking to facilitate an event or open a business Downtown! The manual is a compilation of existing City/Parish policies for special events, parades, etc. created to act as a guide through the permitting processes and procedures. The manual is available at the DDD office and at where it can be browsed by sections.

For questions regarding Downtown Event Procedures and Guidelines please contact:
Gabriel Vicknair- Special Events and Marketing Coordinator-

Click here to view and download the manual

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!


Ready for your close-up, BR?
Tune in to the hot new show Hollywood Presents Downtown, a 30-minute program, which is shot in Hollywood's Studio 7 on the banks of the Mississippi River, where you'll find out the latest from Downtown Baton Rouge. With special guest interviews and details on blockbuster events happening on the riverfront, you'll be ready for all the action.

The show airs each Wednesday at 8:30PM and Saturday at 10:00PM on Cox Channel 4.

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

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