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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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Orphan Annie at Live After Five
The Capital City's premier live music event continues this Friday. Each Spring and Fall, visitors and locals take in the sights and sounds of downtown as musicians come together to perform a FREE concert in downtown Baton Rouge. This season is being held in the newly opened Repentance Park. Orphan Annie will be the featured artist at this week's event.

Friday, April 19, 5PM
Repentance Park

Earth Day
There is something for everyone at Louisiana Earth Day 2012! The theme for this year's festival, "Be The Change" stresses the importance of individual and corporate stewardship. Creative exhibits and activities produced by over 400 volunteers educate and inspire festival-goers on how they can "Go Green" at home and at work. Regional music and food provides a chance for all ages to celebrate the unique beauty of our state. FREE admission.

Sunday, April 21, 12PM - 8:30PM
North Boulevard Town Square

Sunday in the Park
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge hosts Sunday in the Park concert series which takes place on Sundays from noon to 3PM in North Boulevard Town Square. The FREE concerts will run through April and May. This Sunday it will be held In conjunction with Earth Day and will feature folk rock artists The Mulligan Brothers.

Sunday, April 21, 12PM
North Boulevard Town Square

Louisiana International Film Festival
With over 50 films being shown at this year's festival, there is sure to be something for everyone. Please see the festival website for a complete list of locations and times. Here are the downtown venues where films will be shown:

Friday, April 19th

Manship Theatre

Saturday, April 20th
Manship Theatre
Old State Capitol

April 18 - 21

Bike to Work Week
Baton Rouge's Bike to Work week kicked off on Monday, April 15th and is running through Friday the 19th. Group rides are taking place every morning at 7am and riders will receive FREE Bike to Work week items, participate in a Bike Raffle, and be eligible for food specials throughout the week at participating restaurants. Every day this week, FREE coffee and t-shirts will be available in Town Square to bike commuters in the morning. The week will culminate with a bike ride on Friday at 5PM to Live After Five in Repentance Park. Visit the website below for more information and a calendar of events.

April 15 - 19
North Boulevard Town Square

Color Run
The Color Run 5k event is a one of a kind experience
that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. The Color Run is about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the same start line. Come be a part of this "The Happiest Race on the Planet!" as it makes its' Baton Rouge debut.

Saturday, April 20, 10AM
Starting line in at 201 Lafayette St.
(In front of Hilton Hotel)

Connect With at the Roux House
Come to the Roux House and get to know thriving professionals from the Baton Rouge area. Connect With provides a great environment for young professionals to meet other like-minded individuals and network. The office that brings in the most guests will also win a $100 script towards a private event at the Roux House. Complimentary drinks and Hors d'ouevres will be served.

Wednesday, April 17, 5PM
143 Third St.

Melange at the Kress Gallery
A group exhibition featuring artists Amy Rickoff, Cassidy Breaux, and Kelly Guidry will take place at the Kress Gallery. Doors will open with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, 6PM
447 Third St.

Opening Reception at LASM
Be the first to view LASM's newest exhibition,
and meet the artists whose work is included. The
"Visual Jazz" created by John T. Scott, one of
America's most innovative artists and longtime
Xavier University professor, is accompanied by
the work of a dozen artists to whom he "passed
on" his ideas and encouragement.

Friday, April 19, 5PM
100 S. River Road

Paige Brown Macro Photography Exhibit
Paige Brown is science communicator and macro photographer in Baton Rouge. This event delves into the world of extreme close-up photography, featuring native plants, insects and wildlife. Guests can come to the Haven Gallery to enjoy the world of extreme close-up photography, while sipping on complimentary Highland Coffee.

Friday, April 19, 6PM
651 Laurel St.

Strawberry Jam
Celebrate the Louisiana strawberry harvest this Saturday with the Market's annual Strawberry Jam. Farmers and food artisans will feature all things strawberry including strawberry jam and preserves, strawberry wine and flats of sweet Louisiana strawberries. Watch Nino's Restaurant Owner and Chef Elton Hyndman will showcase the Louisiana strawberry in tasty spring recipes during the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration at 10 am inside Main Street Market. The little ones will also enjoy a berry special art activity and face painting.

Every Saturday, 8AM-12PM
Corner of Main St. and Fifth St.

National Astronomy Day
Join LASM as they celebrate the intriguing science of astronomy! Pennington Planetarium will host a variety of special astronomy-related activities and events including a special planetarium shows, exhibits, a telescope display, and more. Visitors will learn about the importance of dark skies, light pollution, and careers in astronomy. Free with general admission.

Friday, April 19, 1PM
100 S. River Rd.

The Listening Room presents Ben Williams
Jazz bassist, Ben Williams will appear in this season's final performance of the Arts Council's Listening Room Series of jazz concerts on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30pm in the very intimate bistro-style setting of the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts. He will be accompanied by his quintet featuring piano, bass, drums, guitar and saxophone. The Listening Room series is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the River City Jazz Coalition.

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30PM
100 Lafayette Street

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

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