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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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Krewe of Artemis Parade
The Krewe of Artemis 12th Annual Mardi Gras Parade will roll through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge on Friday, February 21st at 7 p.m. with the theme, "Come Rock 'N' Roll With Artemis." Parade begins and ends at the corner of Government Street and St. Philip Street. See the icon below for the complete parade route.

Friday, February 21st, 7PM

Krewe of Mystique Parade
Mystique rolls onto Baton Rouge streets at 2 p.m. Parade begins and ends at the corner of Government and St. Philip Streets. Krewe Mystique de la Capitale held its first parade in 1977 and has continued with its annual Mardi Gras Parades to this date. With the addition of several bands and many other marching groups, this parade is a wonderful experience for all that attend. See the icon below for the complete parade route.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2PM

Krewe of Orion Parade
The Krewe of Orion's 15th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll through downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 6:30PM. This family-oriented parade begins and ends at the corner of Government Street and St. Philip Street. Parade goers will be treated to a lineup of exciting, colorful traditional lighted and tractor-pulled floats. Following the parade theme, "Legends and Landmarks," each float will be decorated to depict well known area people and places. See the icon below for the complete parade route.

Saturday, February 22nd, 6:30PM

Billy Joe Shaver at the Manship
One of the most lauded songwriters in all of country music, Billy Joe Shaver is still at the top of his game well in to his fifth decade in the business. Artists who have recorded Billy Joe's tunes include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, The Allman Brothers, Elvis Presley and Tom T. Hall. Shaver will perform with his band. Louisiana songwriter Steve Judice will open the show.

Saturday, February 22nd, 7:30PM
100 Lafayette Street

Lang Lang at the River Center
Having been heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, Lang Lang has played sold out concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic orchestras. Time Magazine has recently included Lang Lang in the "Time 100", the magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, naming him as a symbol of the youth of China, and its future.

Saturday, February 22nd, 8PM
275 S. River Road

Kidd Keynotes: African American History
Join the USS Kidd on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 1:00PM for KIDD Keynotes. This month's topic is African-American History. Special guest speakers will include Joe Jenkins (USA-Vietnam), Olena R. Verdun (USAF), CPT Lance T. Cagnolotti (LANG), Kenny Lynch (USAF), Tracy Lewis, Jr. (USA), and Leroy Jenkins (USN).

Friday, February 21st, 1PM
103 France Street

Gala of Royal Horses at the River Center
Gala of The Royal Horses is created, produced and led by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, who with the experiences of seven generations has recreated an event only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Come out this Sunday to watch these majestic animals in action!

Sunday, February 23rd, 3PM
275 South River Road

The Creative Bloc
The Creative Bloc, an 11,500 square feet, collaborative workspace located on the corner of N. Eighth & Main Streets in downtown Baton Rouge, commences construction Tuesday, February 17th. Visual media and creative professionals are able to lease space in The Creative Bloc for various durations ranging from hourly to monthly to annually. The space is now available for pre-leasing to established creative businesses and entrepreneurs specializing in the areas of video, film, photography, graphic arts, and app development. On-site resources will include a fully equipped video and sound production studio, post-production suites, media server and work and office spaces. For more information about becoming a member at The Creative Bloc, contact John E. Jackson at (225)266-0100 or

Corner of 8th & Main Street

Zolia Sunday Jazz Brunch
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!

Every Sunday, 10AM - 2PM
400 Convention St.

BR Wall Opening Reception
Join the BR Walls crew for an unveiling of the new Walls office and Gallery space. All ages are welcome!

Friday, February 21st, 5PM
Chase South Tower, 451 Florida St. Ste. 102

Building Blocks at the State Museum
An interactive experience where children ages 7-10 and their parents, aided by architects and university students get to build a small scale version of their ideal city.

Saturday, February 22nd, 10AM
660 N. Fourth Street

Jazz at the Market
Enjoy festive music by the John Gray Jazz Trio at the Red Stick Farmers Market this Saturday morning from 9AM to 11AM. Inside Main Street Market, the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Stab's Steak & Seafood Restaurant. Stop inside the North Street entrance at 10AM to watch the cooking demo and sample the food.

Every Saturday from 8AM - Noon
Corner of 5th and Main Streets

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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