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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, visit our site at the link below!

Smart Growth Summit
Center for Planning Excellence will hold its 5th annual Smart Growth Summit at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. The keynote reception will be held August 18, 6PM, at the Old State Capitol with featured speakers Mayor Kip Holden and Senator Mary Landrieu. The Smart Growth Summit has become the premier event for promoting quality planning and design in Louisiana, advancing our mission to make healthy, safe, sustainable communities that preserve our culture.

LeRoux at Manship Theatre
Louisiana's LeRoux (a.k.a. LeRoux) formed in 1978 in Baton Rouge and immediately carved out a place in Lousiana history as one of the state's greatest rock bands. Their biggest hits were "Take a Ride On a Riverboat" with its 4-part a capella intro, the smash hit "New Orleans Ladies", "Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin' For the Lights)", "Addicted", and "Carrie's Gone". Their music, though pop-oriented, combined many elements such as funk, R&B, Dixieland jazz, rock, and some Cajun-flavoring, thus defying a pigeonhole into one definable category like many other diverse Louisiana artists, common to an area known for its many musical influences and tastes.

Sunday, August 22 @ 7PM

Huey Long Symposium
Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and the Foundation for Historical Louisiana will host the Huey Long Symposium on Aug. 28-29 at Louisiana's Old State Capitol and the Old Governor's Mansion. A series of panels, a presentation by Dr. Carl Weiss Jr. and the play Who Killed the Kingfish are on the agenda. Tickets are now available for purchase by calling the Old State Capitol at 225.342.0500. Visit the site below for more information.

This week at the Market
Louisiana Culinary Institute will be on hand to demonstrate summertime recipes at the Fresh from the Market cooking show at 10 AM inside Main Street Market in the North Street seating area. The innovative young chefs will feature summer squash, okra, cucumbers, eggplant and a variety of peppers in their menu suggestions. Fruits available will include melons, cantaloupes, peaches and Asian pears. Doyle Hanson, professional knife sharpener, will return to sharpen culinary and garden tools. Musical entertainment this Saturday will feature the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society who will perform inside Main Street Market in the Main Street seating area from 8:30 to 10 AM.

Sing-to-Cruise Karaoke Competition Starts Tonight
Here's your chance to win a Carnival Cruise for Two to the Western Caribbean (Progresso, Yucatan Mexico and Cozumel, Mexico). Boudreaux and Thibodeau's is holding a Karaoke Competition with 4 weeks of qualifying rounds: August 18 - Sept. 8th 9PM - 2AM, Semi-Final: Sept. 15th 9PM- 12AM and Final: Sept. 22nd 9PM - 12AM. No Entry Fees and No Cover Charge! Visit the site below for more info!

Caroline Durieux: A Radioactive Wit Exhibition
From the smoky bistros of Mexico to the street of New Orleans, no one escaped the satirical eye of artist Caroline Durieux. This retrospective, drawn primarily from the collection of the LSU Museum of Art, will celebrate Durieux's prolific career. Included in this exhibition is a wide range of topics, from her astute observations of South American society to her satirical representations of upper crust New Orleans. The exhibit will run from this Sunday, August 22 - November 2.

Baton Rouge Uncorked next week
Baton Rouge Uncorked will host a seasonal wine tasting competition benefiting LASM and Teach for America. Attendees may form teams of up to three members for the competition, which features California wines. Admission is $25. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Thursday, August 26, 7:00-10:00 pm


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

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