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Now Open! - Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
Serving the best California - Mexican food, presented in an atmosphere which captures the flavor of the Southern California coast----a place where good surfing and great Mexican food have been the tradition. Visit Lucy's at 151 Third Street for a truly unique family friendly dining experience!

2009 Downtown Festival of Lights!
Join us on Friday, December 4th, 2009 from 4PM - 9PM under downtown's historic oaks to commemorate Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition. Transforming the winter sky into a wonderland, the Mayor will light North Boulevard with half a million sparkling lights. Experience the magic beneath the snow at the 35-foot Christmas tree, where Third Street meets North Boulevard. Enjoy free ice skating and play in six (6) tons of real snow at the Snow Village. Visit Santa's Gift Shoppe or listen to holiday music during an evening of visual, culinary, and performing arts. Don't miss an illuminated Miracle on Third Street and visit the many holiday open houses. Follow the link below to view a schedule of events for the Festival of Lights and the rest of the holiday season!

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!

2009 Reindeer Run
The Reindeer Run is a family friendly event held in conjunction with the Downtown Festival of Lights. Please bring a NEW unwrapped toy to early packet pickup or on race day to be entered in a raffle for a $75 gift certificate to Varsity Sports. Please no Weapon toys. All toys benefit the Children of the Baton Rouge Area. Registration begins 6:00 p.m. at City Plaza (corner of Fourth & North Blvd.) Jog 7:00 p.m. & 5K 7:30 p.m. For information visit link below.

Michael Foster Project @ 600 Main
If you've never heard The Michael Foster Project and you love New Orleans brass jazz, you're in for a real treat. Michael Foster, the leader of this multi-genre group, started playing music at a young age. He attended Southern University where he was a member of the "Human Jukebox" (S.U. Marching Band). His band-mates, many of them also music teachers and band directors, originally came together at Southern. Catch them at 600 Main this Saturday, December 5.

Poppy Tooker Returns for a Special Holiday Market
Kick off the Holiday season this Saturday with a very special first Saturday Market including face painting for the kids, special holiday music and the Arts Market! A Market tote bag filled with your favorite Louisiana products makes the perfect holiday gift! Market volunteers will be gift wrapping at the hospitality booth for a nominal fee that benefits the Markets. The Zachary High School Choir will get shoppers in the holiday spirit with caroling along the Farmers Market. Doyle Hanson is back to sharpen your cutlery and garden tools. Don't miss this week's Fresh from the Market show as New Orleans cookbook author and foodways expert Poppy Tooker demonstrates her favorite holiday recipes using Louisiana 's finest local ingredients found at the Market. Get there early for breakfast then stick around for the cooking show at 10 AM in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market. See you this Saturday!

Baton Rouge Arts Market
Avoid the hectic pace, enjoy the outdoor markets and find unique handmade gifts for the holidays at three Arts Markets in December. On Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19 at 5th and Main Streets from 8:00 a.m. to noon, over 80 artists will gather to display their work and celebrate the season. Goodies from the Red Stick Farmers Market and free activities for the kids at the Community School for the Arts table. Create a wonderful shopping experience while artists provide one-of-a-kind gifts for your family members and friends.

Special Holiday Gift Shops
Don't miss the many Special Holiday Gift Shops downtown! For all of your Holiday Shopping needs please visit one of the many shops in the downtown area! Specialty items and gift certificates available at local coffee shops, spas, and other area merchants. For contact information please check out our merchant listing!

Downtown Merchant Listing

Manship Theatre presents
Holiday Films
The Manship Theatre presents an afternoon of holiday entertainment for the whole family on December 5 beginning at 3 p.m. The Manship will show two beloved holiday films: "The Polar Express" (3PM) and "A Christmas Story" (7:30PM). The bar will be open, selling hot cocoa and other holiday treats in addition to its usual selection.

Free First Sunday
Visit the downtown museums below offering free admission on the First Sundays of each month!

LASM, Painting the Heavens: A Talk with Eileen Reeves, 2pm, & Holiday Ornament Workshop & Special Visit by Santa, 1- 3 p.m.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,

EBR Parish Schools Talented Music Program
Join the Louisiana State Museum for a special performance from students of the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Talented Music Program, who will present a free concert of the works of Brahms, Bach and contemporary composers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The strings students from McKinley High School and Baton Rouge High School are under the direction of Dr. Yong Pan and David Hinson. LSU violin professor Lin He will be guest soloist for Vivaldi's "Winter." This program is presented in connection with the special exhibit, "Pride of Place: Stories from Old South Baton Rouge." Free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 6, 3PM

A Book About Death Remake
A Book about Death - REMAKE is a local re-interpretation of the collaborative, globally produced exhibition A Book about Death that was first presented this September at the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York. LSU Digital Art students set out to join this project and remake the exhibition in downtown Baton Rouge. The result, A Book about Death - REMAKE, is a 'pop-up' exhibition, taking place in a non-traditional venue in the unfinished retail space and lobby of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant at 200 Government Street.

Opening Celebration: Dec. 4, 7PM - 9PM
Exhibition Dates: Dec. 4 - Dec. 16, 2009
Location: 200 Government Street

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

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