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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!


LSU Tiger Trails kicks off!
LSU Tiger Trails Transit began full-scale operations August 24. The service is FREE to LSU riders and to the general public. With a total of 6 Downtown stops, the Tiger Trails system is fully equipped with GPS and can be tracked on iPhones, iPods or laptop computers. Bus arrival times are every 20-30 minutes and will run Monday-Friday 7AM - 5:30 PM. Below is a link to the transit visualization software page.


32nd Annual Labor Day Concert
Every Labor Day The Baton Rouge Concert Band Performs on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol. The concert is free and everyone is welcome! Bring a lawn chair and refreshments and come enjoy some wonderful family entertainment!

September 7, 2009 7:00 PM
Louisiana State Capitol Steps

Sheily Bell- Conductor, Wesley McCoy- Assistant Conductor, Lew Carter- Moderator


Freedom Walk 2009
Originally created in 2005 to commemorate the attack on the Pentagon and honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001, the Freedom Walk has grown into a nationwide event. The starting point for the walk will be at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial. The route will start at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and will proceed northward along the Riverwalk for ½ mile before returning to the KIDD for a total distance of one (1) mile. Saturday, September 5, 8AM.


International Dance Party at 600 Main
Every Friday at 600 Main is La Noche Dulce, the HOTTEST LATIN INTERNATIONAL DANCE PARTY IN TOWN! Free Salsa Lessons every Friday with Eri from 9 to 10! Join them as DJ Q and DJ Calde spin the latest in International Dance. Move to the sounds of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Punta, Samba, Arabic, Bhangra, Reggae, and Dance. Ladies in FREE before 11pm! Premium 10 Cane Rum and Don Julio Drink Specials all night!

Arts Market this Sunday!
Over 50 artists from four states will be on hand this Saturday, September 5th from 8 a.m. - 12 noon at 5th at Main Street. Begin your weekend by shopping at the Arts Market! Items available include jewelry, pottery, metal sculpture, stained glass, hand made soaps, birdhouses, wind chimes, hand knit garments, photography, and lots more. The Arts Market regularly features free children's art activities from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Arts Market's Kids Booth. For more information, call Katherine Scherer at the Arts Council at 225-344-8558 or visit the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's website.

Free First Sunday!
The attractions below are free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. Take advantage of this opportunity to spend a relaxing afternoon strolling through Louisiana art, culture and history.

LASM, The Artist's Perspective: Pam Rabelais Vinci, 2pm, 100 S. River Rd., 344-5272, LSU Museum of Art, Drawing Together: Textures, 100 Lafayette St., 389-7200,
Louisiana State Museum - 660 Fourth Street - 219-0726,
Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., 342-0500,
USS Kidd, 305 S. River Rd., 342-1942,


The Purse and the Person: A Century of Women's Purses @ LASM
This Sunday is Free First Sunday at LASM and they are having The Artist's Perspective with Pam Rabelais Vinci. It will take place at 2:00 pm on September 6. Pam Rabelais Vinci will guide visitors through The Purse and the Person: A Century of Women's Purses while discussing the evolution of women's fashion, handbag fabrication methods, and the historic and sociocultural significance of apparel. Vinci is curator of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum and an LSU professor of textile science, apparel design, and merchandising. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Comfort at its Finest
Formerly the Thirsty Tiger, one of Baton Rouge's most famous watering holes Willie's On The River is named after the ghost that reportedly haunts the building. Located downstairs beneath Little Village, Willies's is an upscale wine and martini bar where guests can relax while waiting on their table upstairs or stop by Willie's before a night out on the town. Appetizers from the Little Village are available, as well as a dining room for private parties.

This Week @ Boudeaux & Thibodeauxs
Thurs, Sept. 3rd
Balcony: TWO IF BY LAND (Rock) 10pm - 1am
Fri, Sept. 4th
Balcony: WADE REEVES 6pm - 9pm
Nightclub: WES JEANS ( 9pm - 1am
Sat, Sept. 5th
Balcony LIVE!: MAYHAM BROWN 10pm - 1:30am
Thurs, Sept. 10th
Balcony: TRIBAL BUTTERFLY (Rock) 10pm - 1am



Piano Bar at Roux House
Check out the Piano Bar with Rusty Yates for sing-a-longs & requests every Thursday @ 9PM , $5 Mojitos, Hurricanes & Roux Drivers. No cover!


Wine Walk Wednesday Purple and Gold Edition!
This week is our purple and gold edition. Support LSU with wearing your purple and or gold this week. Lets show downtown how big of fans we are!!! We will be featuring wines from Washington at most of our venues so come out and make this the biggest walk yet! This week at 5:30 pm we begin our walk at Dalton's (across from the Hilton)...... read more

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Red Stick Farmer's Market
On Saturday at the Red Stick Farmers Market Doyle Hanson will be on hand to sharpen garden tools and kitchen cutlery. Local chocolatier Steve Lawrence returns to the Market with fresh ideas from his summer travels and local artisan bakers Forte Grove, SaySaye Village Bakery and Le Potager will offer quick ideas for Labor Day appetizers. The markets welcome the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners who will provide soil sample kits for garden enthusiasts. First Saturday events also include the Baton Rouge Arts Market which features local artisans and regional crafts and is located next to the Farmers Market in the Cathedral parking lot.


Main Street Market
Friday morning Main Street Market will host the Tune In morning show with Whitney Vann to celebrate fifty years of community service in the Baton Rouge area by Cancer Services. Chefs and local physicians will provide healthy eating and wellness tips for patients with cancer. Main Street Market will offer complimentary breakfast for guests between 5AM and 7AM throughout the morning television talk show. Saturday's Fresh from the Market weekly cooking show will feature guest chef Daniel Thompson of Heirloom Cuisine. Thompson and Chef Celeste Gill will demonstrate local menu ideas for fresh and seasonal Labor Day entertaining. The two chefs are also participating in the 2009 Capital Chefs' Showcase, benefitting Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. The cooking show begins at 10AM inside Main Street Market at the North Street seating area and offers a sampling of the recipes to the Market audience.


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.

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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