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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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Mentorship Academy Enrolling Now for 2011/2012!
Stop by Mentorship Academy on Tuesday night from 5PM-6PM to learn more about the Mentorship Academy's project based charter high school! August 10th will be the first day of the 2011?2012 school year. Click to enroll

Feeling under the weather?
Lake Quick Care, 307 Third Street, is a quick and convenient option to treat common minor illnesses and skin conditions. Healthcare services are provided by nurse practitioners (NPs) specifically trained to treat such conditions, as well as vaccinations and laceration repairs. Their goal is to provide quick access to cost effective, quality healthcare services. No appointment is necessary, and visits are covered by most insurance plans.

Celebrate the Fourth Downtown
Journey downtown to the Baton Rouge Riverfront and celebrate with us, our day of freedom on Monday, July 4th. The Annual Star-Spangled Celebration activities will kick off at 12 noon at the Riverfront Stage between the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Red Stick Plaza including "Fireworks on the Mississippi" sponsored by WBRZ and the Advocate.

Many other great activities are planned including BASF Freedom Mile and events at the Hilton, LSU MOA, and Manship Theater.

Visit for more information and a complete schedule for the day!

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience at Manship
For more than 2 decades Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 5000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career. Buy tickets

Also, bring the kids early for a multicultural arts-in-education "informance" (informational performance) led by Terrance Simien. More info on the Manship's website.

2011 Baton Rouge Beerfest
Sample hundreds of different beers from around the world with live music by Toni O and Blue Haze. All proceeds benefit Dreams Come True of Louisiana. Buy tickets

Baton Rouge River Center
Saturday, July 2, 1PM - 4PM

Star Spangled Saturday
Come celebrate Star Spangled Saturday with fresh produce, live music and plenty of red, white and blue. Find delicious items for your BBQ including sweet corn, sausage, shrimp, watermelons, cantaloupes, honey dew melons and blueberries. Lori Melancon will demonstrate simple canning techniques for preserving RED tomatoes, WHITE squash and BLUEberries. The canning demonstration will begin at 10 AM in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market. Local musician John Gray will open the Market at 8AM with the Star Spangled Banner, so come kickoff your holiday weekend at the Red Stick Farmers Market! The Red Stick Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8AM-12PM at Fifth and Main Streets.

Arts Market this Saturday
Kick off your 4th of July weekend festivities by shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts! The Baton Rouge Arts Market showcases original, hand-made works every first Saturday of the month from 8AM until 12PM at 5th and Main Streets in Downtown Baton Rouge. Shop with over 50 artists from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida who will present original works of art in a variety of mediums including, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings, sculpture, hand-made soaps and so much more. The Arts Market regularly features free children's art activities from 9AMuntil 12PM at the Arts Market's Kids Booth. The Baton Rouge Arts Market is held in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmers Market and the Main Street Market.

Hollywood on the Bayou
Learn more about Louisiana's entertaining film history as told by Ed and Susan Poole, film accessory researchers. Authors of 12 reference books, including the first on film posters, and operators of two major websites on film accessories, the Pooles have documented more than 1,170 films that have been made in or about our state since 1898. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Sunday, July 3 @ 2PM

Free First Sunday
Enjoy FREE admission to several Downtown museums on the first Sunday of every month for special programs and activities. Follow the links below for more information.

LSU Museum of Art -
Louisiana State Museum -
USS Kidd -

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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