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Weekend Events!
What's happening Downtown this weekend?
Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tab on what's hot downtown each week! For more info,
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The Ghost of the Castle
Beyond the historical galleries, the Old State Capitol is now home to unforgettable magic via an immersive theater experience that engulfs guests in the history of the building. The Ghost of the Castle is a unique theatrical presentation featuring special effects that play out across every surface of this intimate gallery. The ghost is Sarah Morgan, an authentic Civil War-era figure who loved the castle from the day it was built and wrote passionately about it in her published Diary of a Confederate Girl. In the 12-minute show that makes every surface in the room come to life, Morgan conjures the building's remarkable trials and tribulations through history, and shows the determination of everyday Louisianians who have saved the castle time and time again.

Old State Capitol
Opening Friday 9:30AM - 3:30PM
Will run daily during normal business hours

20th Anniversary of Jamie Wax's Goin' To Jackson
Don't miss your last chance to catch Jamie Wax in his critically acclaimed one man show before it is retired this summer! 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.

July 23-25, 29, 8PM
Manship Theatre

Sound of Summer Concert Series
The Sounds of Summer concert series is part of a parish-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of East Baton Rouge Parish. Only 2 free concerts remaining in the Sounds of Summer concert series. This Friday night, July 23, experience the one and only Marcia Ball (The queen of the bayou herself!)

Visit the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge online for additional info and a full schedule of artist.

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LSU Museum of Art Annual meeting
A Year in Review- Milestones and Memories. Recognition of outgoing Members of the Advisory Board, induction of the new Advisory Board Members and Officers, and a slide show of events and programs. View new acquisitions purchased by the Endowment Society. Reception to follow honoring new LSU Treasures. Special guest Kathryn Hunter, Libby Johnson, and Jonathan Pellitteri.

Wednesday, July 21, 4:30PM
Shaw Center, Fifth Floor

Josh Garrett & The Bottom Line
Born in New Roads, LA in July 1979, and raised in the bayou town of Houma, LA, Josh Garrett has been entertaining audience all over the country for the last five years with his own style of Louisiana Blues. Garrett's style is a mixture of Louisiana Blues, New Orleans Funk, Zydeco, and Rock 'n' Roll. "I'm drawn to all things Louisiana, it's my culture and I try to embrace it," says Garrett.

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's
Friday, July 23, 9PM - 1AM

Chris Leblanc at Roux House
Chris LeBlanc is moving into the ranks of the southern-rock elite with a solid following at Universities and venues across the Southern U.S. Chris' lyrics reflect his genuine "southern-boy" personality and passion for "real" rock-n-roll. The music is driven by powerful tones and a soulful guitar approach that showcases his bluesy roots. Catch him at the Roux House on Saturday night, July 24.

Cool as a Cucumber
Chill out at the Markets this weekend with Cool as a Cucumber! The Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Chef Kevin Tien from Tsunami Restaurant downtown. Chef Tien and Chef Celeste will feature a refreshing cucumber wrap recipe. The show starts at 10 AM in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market. Live music will include local guitarist Kevin Johnson. All local musicians are invited to join the Bluegrass Jam which meets inside the Market at 11 AM following the cooking show.

Walk this way!
How walkable is your neighborhood? Downtown's neighborhoods are VERY walkable according to Walk Score. Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to the environment, our health, our finances, and our communities. What makes a neighborhood walkable?
  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Click to find out your Walkable Score!

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

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