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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!

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Downtown Mardi Gras
Baton Rouge's Mardi Gras Parade season will close this Saturday with the Spanish Town Parade at 12 Noon and Krewe of Poseidon at 4PM. On Saturday only, the Downtown parking garages will offer special hours.

Pardon our progress!
North Boulevard Town Square construction alternative pedestrian routes

Galvez Garage- 5:30AM - 8PM
Welcome Center Garage- 9AM - 8PM
State Garage- 8AM - 3PM (pending construction)
LaSalle Garage- CLOSED
Visit our Interactive Map for more parking info

Visit or website for more information on all of the Downtown Mardi Gras Parades!

Mardi Gras at Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's
For the Saturday parades, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's will hold their Spanish Town Mardi Gras Annual Bash with live music all day long! Dance band Luv Sexy will be playing the nightclub from 3PM to 7PM and The Chase Tyler Band from 9PM - 1AM. Both bars open early! NO COVER!

Doktor kaboom! @ Manship
Doktor Kaboom! takes his audience on an amazing educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences. Join Doktor Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain. Buy tickets

Thursday, March 3 @ 7pm

Art Collecting: A Discussion with Michael Robinson and Donald Boutté
Learn about the joys of collecting and living with art from Michael D. Robinson and Donald J. Boutté and hear the stories behind the art on view in Selections from the Michael D. Robinson and Donald J. Boutté Collection. This event is free. Every first Sunday of the month, visitors enjoy free admission to the LASM galleries and reduced admission prices on planetarium shows.

March 6 @ 2PM

Masterworks Series Entergy Masterworks VII - Season Finale
The season finalé opens with Mozart's Stormy Overture to Don Giovanni and is followed by Johannes Brahms' Nänie, a moving contemplation of the fleeting nature of life and beauty inspired by the poetry of Friedrich Schiller. The concert is crowned by a performance of one of the most cherished compositions in all of musical history - Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, also inspired by the writings of Schiller. For more information call 383-0500 or visit

Baton Rouge River Center
March 3 @ 7:30PM

Viva Carnaval from the Community School for the Arts!
The Arts Council's Holiday Arts Blasts are a perfect way to introduce children to a variety of arts and lead them to a lifetime of art appreciation. Sign up soon as sessions fill quickly! Drop off for all sessions will begin at 8:00 am and options include a 3:30 pick up or an extended day stay until 5:30. Each registration for each session will include an additional non-refundable $15 registration fee. For more info contact

Mardi Gras Arts Blast- March 7 & 8
$70/$90 extended day

Mardi Gras Party at The Lyceum
Join the Southern University Ag Center Communities of Color Network this Friday as they celebrate Mardi Gras At Lyceum Ballroom. Happy Hour from 5PM to 7PM with 2 for 1 drinks and heavy hor d' oeuvres. Entertainment by N-Tune from 7:30PM - 10:30PM and DJ Marquis from 10:30PM - 2AM.

Free First Sunday
First Sunday is a cooperative endeavor offered by Downtown Attractions & Museums for free admission to events on the first Sunday of each month. Visit the Old State Capitol, LASM, LSU MOA, and USS KIDD and explore all the wonderful things they have to offer for FREE!

LSU Museum of Art,
Louisiana State Museum,
Old State Capitol,
USS Kidd,

This week at the Market
Arrive early for the parade this Saturday and enjoy a hot breakfast from Main Street Market vendors! Main Street Market will be open with special hours from 8AM to 12PM. The Red Stick Farmers Market will be closed due to the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade. Main Street Market will also be closed Monday and Tuesday, March 7th and 8th in observance of the Mardi Gras holiday.

Music at Mid-Day
Free lunchtime concerts beginning at noon each Wednesday will feature local musicians, student ensembles, professional musicians and a wide variety of music from Classical to Standards, Blues, Jazz and Americana. Downtown patrons interested in attending can bring their own lunch or order takeout from any downtown area restaurant.

The concerts take place on the Fourth Floor Terrace of the Shaw Center for the Arts. Call 225-389-7170 for more info.

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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