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Weekend Events!
What's happening Downtown this weekend?
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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Sunday in the Park is Back!
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is ushering in the Spring with their highly anticipated concert series, Sunday in the Park, a series of FREE outdoor concerts held in the Town Lawn of North Boulevard Town Square. Six concerts are held from 12PM - 3PM on Sunday afternoons in April and May, but excluding Easter Sunday. Special Earth Day and FestForAll performances are from 12PM - 2PM at the Galvez Plaza Stage. Come and enjoy amazing live music, wonderful food, face painting and balloon creations. This Sunday's concert features Mountain Heart, playing contemporary folk with exceptional energetic acoustics!

North Boulevard Town Square, Town Lawn
Sunday, April 1, 12PM - 3PM

Rock The Roof at the YMCA
Rock the Roof is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament being held on the 7th floor roof of the Third Street Lasalle parking garage. Literally take your game to new heights as players will experience a great view of the downtown and the river. There will be 3 divisions; middle school, high school and adult. Entrance cost is normally $50 per team, but the Downtown Development District is teaming up with the YMCA to offer a discount coupon. Download the coupon and your registration is only $10! The tournament will be double elimination. Cash prizes will be given to the adult winning team. Registration begins at 8AM. Sign up now!

Third Street Lasalle Garage, 7th Floor Roof
Saturday, March 31, 9AM

Providence Corporate Cup Run
The Providence Corporate Cup Run/Walk includes thousands of athletes participating each year as individuals or teams on a 5k (3.1 mile) race course. Hundreds of companies throughout our community participate, and many companies have on-site tent locations for their employees, business associates, and friends. FREE food, drink, musical entertainment, and other amenities are provided to all participants at the post-race party.

North Boulevard and Fourth Street
Saturday, March 31, 9AM

The Color Purple
The Color Purple, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love and a Broadway phenomenon. The Color Purple is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a community of joy.

Baton Rouge River Center
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30PM

Nano Day at LASM
Visit LASM on NanoDay and be part of a nationwide festival celebrating the science of ultra-small matter! Scientists, engineers, educators, and students will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss nanoscience and its amazing applications. The day's activities will demonstrate the surprising properties of nanoscale matter. Enjoy the breathtaking fulldome planetarium show NANOCAM: A Trip into Biodiversity, which examines living things through an electron microscope. Hands-on activities include an exploration of the properties of liquid gold and the surface of a butterfly's wing. You can even help build a giant nanotube out of balloons! Free with general admission.

Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum
Saturday, March 31, 10AM - 3PM

Smart Growth, Smart Business
CPEX is pleased to host a free, public lecture featuring renowned Smart Growth leader Geoffrey Anderson. As president and CEO of Smart Growth America, Geoff has recently been named by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities "One of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Sustainable Community Planning and Development" and co-authored the original smart growth principles. CPEX is pleased to bring this national expert to the Baton Rouge community and looks forwards to hearing Geoff speak on the benefits economic development, fiscal conservatism, and Smart Growth bring to business owners, community leaders and residents.

St. James Episcopal Church, Bishop's Hall
Monday, April 2, 6PM - 7PM

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Join the actors of the Dunham School as they bring Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's enduringly popular musical favorite "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to the Manship Theatre stage. Beginning its life in 1967 as a 20-minute "pop cantata" for a school Easter concert, "Joseph" was revived and expanded in the mid-'70s and eventually made its way to Broadway in 1982. This lively interpretation of the biblical story of Joseph of Canaan is sure to charm you with its excitement, energy, and eclectic musical variety.

Manship Theatre
March 27 - 30, 7PM

Artist Reception at The Kress Gallery
The Kress Gallery presents new work by Steve Schneider & Warren Simmons. The public is invited to a reception to welcome this stunning work into the Kress Gallery.

The Kress Gallery
Wednesday, March 28, 6PM - 8PM

Viking Cooking School
The Hilton's pool deck overlooking the Mississippi River is the perfect location for the new Viking outdoor grilling experience. In an outdoor pavilion, through engaging demonstrations and intimate hands-on classes ranging from 16-36 people, the Viking Cooking School Outdoors provides a first class atmosphere for those who love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food. Private events can also be held on the pool deck with the Viking Chef Experience. Convention and meeting groups have the opportunity to upgrade their food and beverage into a Viking Outdoor experience. Classes are themed such as Girl's Night Out, Romantic Date Night, and Tailgate Cooking competitions. View their calendar to sign up before its too late!

Live Music at Zolia
Join Zolia this Thursday and Friday for back to back nights of music! Thursday, they have Anthony Kumse (Jazz Duo), starting at 5PM. Friday, make sure to check out the Ben Harrington Duo! You can view their complete wine dinner menu here. Come in early from 4PM - 6PM to enjoy their daily happy hour specials, including $2 off wines by the glass, $5 wines by the bottle, and $5 select cocktails.

Zolia Bistro I Enoteca
March 29 & 30

Stuff the Van
Help Yelp stuff the new Petz Plaza van full of supplies for their dogs! Supplies needed include paper towels, fabuloso, newspapers, wire crates, box fans and more. Papa Murphy's will be selling pizza for $3 slice from 11AM - 1PM, all proceeds go to Yelp.

Fifth & Laurel St.
Thursday, March 29, 8AM - 5:30PM

Welcome Home Vietnam Vets
Join the USS KIDD for a picnic on the levee on Saturday, March 31, for this National Day of Recognition as they "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans". This event sponsored by the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum includes a full day of activities, 9AM - 5PM, with ceremonies at 11AM.

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

Sunday, April 1

Music at the Market
Red Stick Farmers Market is your one stop shop for fresh produce, artisan food items and unique gifts. Spring's arrival brings English peas, fava beans, artichokes, asparagus and carrots to the Market along with fresh LA strawberries. Saturday's Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature a trio of chefs from "The Cabin" cookbook cooking dishes with fresh products from the Market. Join Chef Gerard Hemery of Bernadette's Restaurant, Chef Lynn Anselmo of The Cabin Restaurant, and cookbook contributor Thomas Robert at 10AM inside the North entrance to Main Street Market to watch them in action and sample the food. The Red Stick Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8AM-12PM on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets.

Lunchtime Lagniappe
Lunchtime Lagniappe, a weekly series of lively presentations on local history will run at the Capitol Park Museum on Wednesdays through March 28. Designed for downtown workers on a break, the free hour long programs are held at noon each Wednesday. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and may come and go as their schedules require. The Capitol Park Museum friends make refreshments available for a small donation.

Wednesday, March 28, 12PM
Louisiana State Museum director of collections Greg Lambousy presents the history of a Civil War submarine on display in the Museum's first-floor gallery.

Yoga in the Square
Karmady Yoga, a new downtown business, would like to introduce themselves to the downtown community by offering free yoga classes in the new North Boulevard Town Square! Whether you are interested in flexibility, strength, stress reduction or balance, this class will help you learn in a non-threatening way. You will experience a gentle, slow approach to postures, allowing you to experience each pose. The session will close with an emphasis placed on relaxation and allowing a restoration of the body and mind. The classes are held on Tuesdays before the Happy's Running Club gets going, so come drop in any time from 4:45PM - 6PM and join in. Props are provided if you don't have your own.

Town Lawn in North Boulevard Town Square
Tuesday, March 27, 4:45PM

St. James Gumbo
St. James is serving shrimp or chicken & sausage gumbo over rice with salad, homemade bread, dessert and coffee or tea (dine-in only). Call 225-387-5141 between 8:00AM and 10:00AM to place your order for drive-thru or inside pickup. Dine in is open from 11:00AM - 1:00PM. Price is $10 - Bishops Hall at St. James Episcopal Church - Fourth at Florida Streets.

St. James Episcopal Church
Friday, March 30

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

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