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Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tabs on what's hot downtown each week! For more info, visit our site at the link below!

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Dragon Cafe Now Open
The new Chinese restaurant, Dragon Cafe, is now open at 431 Third Street next to The Office, offering another great dining option for downtown patrons. The owner, Tony Hu, completed renovations including beautiful new bamboo flooring and other decorative treatments. The Downtown Development District welcomes Dragon Cafe, which is now the 61st restaurant within downtown.

Third Street Film Festival
Beginning the night before new year's eve, the Third Street Film Festival will be a spectacular two-night event at the Shaw Center. The festival will showcase the work of select talented independent filmmakers whose work has been produced and filmed in Louisiana. Expect an entertaining night of quality films, delectable local cuisine, and featured musical guests performances.

Manship Theatre
December 30 & 31

KEM New Year's Eve Concert & Party
Count down to the New Year at KEM's Concert & New Year's Party at the Baton Rouge River Center. Ticket prices include access to the concert and New Year's Eve party. Party will include cash bar, free champagne toast at midnight, entertainment and dance floor. Ticket prices: $72.00 mezzanine & balcony, $82.00 orchestra row C - Y, VIP $127.00 orchestra pit & rows A & B.

River Center
Saturday, December 31

Hilton New Year's Eve: Murder Mystery
Join the Hilton for an intriguing Murder Mystery New Year's Eve full of Louisiana history. Price is $300 per couple and includes deluxe accommodations, dinner on new year's eve, cocktails, breakfast on new year's day and murder mystery activities.

Hilton Capitol Center
December 31 - January 1

Skating on the River
Skating on the River is back! Single ticket includes skate rental, 90 minute skating session, small drink and small candy, $12. The Discover Downtown package includes skating session at the River Center, admission to the USS Kidd Veteran's Museum and LASM for only $18.

Baton Rouge River Center
Through - January 2

Eric J. Brown: Text & Context
An exhibition of the works of artist Eric J. Brown titled "Text & Context" is on display at the Shaw Center for the Arts and runs through January 23. Through brilliant abstract paintings, scrolls in vessels and two-dimensional sculptures, Brown explores a language by which all in existence relate.

Shaw Center for the Arts
Through January 23

BeauSoleil at the Manship Theatre
Grammy Award-winners and 11 time nominees, BeauSoleil, still knows how to put on a show after 30 plus years! Join the band as they take a break from touring to bring home a little Cajun flair, just in time to ring in the new year!

Manship Theatre
Thursday, December 29, 7:30PM

Ring in the New Year at the Atrium
Ring in the New Year at one of the best parties in town! Enjoy a Cochon de lait, Michael Jackson tribute show featuring laser choreography and tribute artist and dancers. After the show, dance to the sounds of Taboo followed by champagne at midnight.

The Atrium at the Belle of Baton Rouge
Saturday, December 31, 6:30PM

Pretty Poison's New Year's Eve Party at Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights is going to be rocking this Saturday with their Pretty Poison's Ultimate New Years Eve 70s and 80s dance party featuring Jade Starling! Doors open at 9PM. For tickets or reservations call

The Atrium at the Belle of Baton Rouge
Saturday, December 31, 9PM

USS KIDD Christmas Movie Classics
Visit the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial this holiday season. Classic Christmas movies will be shown in the Museum theater for free with paid admission to the museum.

Through January 5

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

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