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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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2012 Santa Run
From Liverpool to Vegas, and now Baton Rouge to New Bedford...the Santa Races are spanning the globe. The Santa Race provides a comfortable atmosphere for all levels of runners, walkers, and people who love the holiday season. Click the road sign icon to view the race route.

Saturday, December 8, 5PM

62nd Annual Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade
The Annual Baton Rouge Christmas Parade has rolled through Downtown every year since 1950. It's a holiday tradition in Baton Rouge and serves as the official welcome parade for Santa Claus. Every year tens of thousands of people line the parade route and thousands more watch the parade on television. The Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade is the largest and longest running parade in the Greater Baton Rouge Metro Region. Click the road sign icon to view the parade route.

Saturday, December 8, 5:30PM

Holiday Movies on the Beacon
Tis the Season! Bring the kids downtown and watch classic holiday movies on the beacon. This week the movie will be "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", Jim Carrey version! Grab some food from one of our many restaurants or pack a picnic to enjoy dinner and a movie in the square. The movie will start immediately after the Christmas parade, approximately at 7PM. Also, keep on the look out for more movies playing on the beacon this holiday season.

North Boulevard Town Square
Saturday, December 8, 7PM

Classic Homes and Cocktails
Take a tour of classic homes and condos in downtown Baton Rouge, and enjoy a signature cocktail with each stop. Also, wear your tackiest Christmas sweater for a chance to win an overnight stay at Hotel indigo. Register early for special rate tickets.

275 South River Road
Friday, December 7, 6:30PM

Pearl Harbor Day
A memorial service will be held aboard the USS KIDD (DD-661) to honor the memory of those servicemen killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this date in 1941. Approximately 2,400 Americans were killed on that fateful morning. Among their number were forty-five sons of Louisiana and RADM Isaac C. Kidd, Sr., after whom the USS KIDD is named. The service is open to the public. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, contact the USS KIDD at 225-342-1942

305 South River Road
Friday, December 7, 11:55AM

Sushi Workshop with Viking Cooking School
Enjoy an authentic Japanese edible art form that is both healthful and delicious. Learn just how fun, fast and easy rolling sushi can be as we teach you four fabulous techniques with variations. Click the icon to register.

201 Lafayette Street
Sunday, December 9, 12PM

Doktor Kaboom: The Science of Santa at the Manship
Doktor Kaboom is an interactive one-man science variety show suitable for all audiences. The creation of Actor/Comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Join him for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter.

100 Lafayette Street
December 7 & 8

Clarence Carter at the Belle
The FREE Belle of Baton Rouge Concert Series continues this week with Clarence Carter. Free Concert Fridays at the Belle has some of Louisiana's hottest Friday night music in the Atrium.Come out and see Mr. Carter play his hit song "Strokin'."

103 France Street
Friday, November 7, 8PM

Woman's Half Marathon
Woman's Hospital and Gulf Coast Event Group proudly announce the Gulf South's first major running event exclusively for women. Come to Town Square Friday, December 7 for the pre-race event and race packet pick-up. There will be a host of vendors offering wellness and race related items. On Saturday the race course will take runners from downtown Baton Rouge south towards LSU, with the 10K returning north on Nicholson and the half marathon taking runners around the lakes and then returning to loop around the capital area before the finish near the USS Kidd.

North Boulevard Town Square
December 7 & 8

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Zolia
Zolia Bistro Enotenca is now hosting a Jazz Brunch on Sundays. This is a great addition to downtown events, and is a great way to end your weekend!

200 Convention Street
Every Sunday, 10AM - 2PM

Sushi Classes at Tsunami
Make your reservations for a personal hands-on instruction of building, rolling, and cutting sushi rolls. The class includes 2 sushi rolls, edamame, miso soup, and a soft drink. There will also be Tsunami "Take Away's"!

100 Lafayette Street - 6th Floor
Saturday, December 8, 11AM

Hotel Indigo presents Nick Abraham
Hotel Indigo presents Nick Abraham who will be helping you wind down with music on Thursday evenings. Hotel Indigo will be offering a happy hour menu of vintage drinks and some classic standards. Music begins at 6PM!

400 Convention Street
Every Thursday, 6PM - 9PM

Red Stick Farmers Market
Saturday, the Fresh from the Market cooking show will feature Chef and Partner Eusebio Gongora of Fleming's Steakhouse. Chef Gongora will prepare a dish featuring pasture-raised pork from Iverstine Farm. The demo will be held in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market at 10AM.

Corner of 5th Street and Main Street
Every Saturday, 8AM - 12PM

Baton Rouge Arts Market
Usually open the first Saturday of each month, the Baton Rouge Arts Market will be open two additional Saturdays in December (Dec. 1st, 8th, & 15th)! Join us for three opportunities to shop for holiday gifts in December on Saturdays from 8AM - 12 noon. The Arts Market is a place where quality craftsmanship is not a lost art!

Corner of 5th Street and Main Street
Saturday, December 1, 8, & 15, 8AM - 12PM

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

247 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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