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Baton Rouge is a vibrant city where fun can be found around any corner. Explore our blog to learn more about exciting holiday events, historical and educational opportunities, and the best tips on finding great Louisiana restaurants and shopping. Whether you’re looking for a family day at the zoo or live music in the evening hours, let our blog be your guide to living like a local.


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    Outdoor Art in Baton Rouge

    July 06

    Baton Rouge has its fair share of museums, but there’s no need to go inside to enjoy stunning art installations. Just check out these cool and colorful spots around the city.

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    March Celebrates the Irish, Brides, and the Zippity Zoo Fest

    March 02

    Baton Rouge in March offers an array of events and activities and listed here a few of our favorites.

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    If Music be the Food of Love, Sing On

    February 03

    Looking for something unique to make Valentine’s Day extra special? Opera Louisiane has just what you need — a singing telegram performed in-person by one of their gifted professionals.

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    Sing, Dance, and Go to the Dogs

    January 06

    Looking for some fun-tastic activities to start off your new year? We’ve got you covered—check out the two fabulous events below.

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    Making Spirits Bright

    December 02

    Make this holiday season merry and bright with the best of Baton Rouge’s seasonal events and activities—check the list below for a few of our favorites.

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    Very Merry Holiday Happenings

    November 04

    Join us this month for delightful bygone-era adventures, a celebration of the arts, and an exciting gridiron showdown, all shown in the list below.

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    Mazes, Musicians, and the Midway

    October 01

    Want to indulge in some family-friendly fall fun? We’ve got you covered with the following October activities and events. First, head over to the Corn Maze at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens every Saturday of this month.

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    Galas Gone Wild

    September 03

    It’s that time of year again—time for the 34th Annual Gala: CHROMA: Color Your Senses event! Happening at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on September 20, this year’s CHROMA Gala will be a fabulously fun evening of food, drink, music, and fun, with a Grand Raffle Prize of an 18k white gold, sapphire, and diamond necklace and earrings ensemble with a retail value of $7,000.

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    Three Reasons to Visit Baton Rouge this August

    August 05

    August brings a plethora of fabulously fun activities and events for our guests, and listed here are three of our favorites. First, head over to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on August 10-11 for the Baton Rouge Gem & Mineral Show. You’ll find gemstones, fossils, Indian artifacts, minerals, and fine jewelry demos, along with hourly door prizes, silent auctions, and more.

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    Scavenge Up a Little Fun

    July 01

    July is a terrific month for finding fun in Baton Rouge, with many events and activities available for our guest’s entertainment. One of the city’s most popular events is the ongoing Baton Rouge Scavenger Hunt.

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    Tour the Town, and More

    June 03

    While Baton Rouge is chock-full of fun and interesting events and activities, many visitors report that some of the best times are often enjoyed during one of the area’s many tours. The offerings from such tour companies as Red Stick Adventures are varied to appeal to all interests and tastes, and a few of our favorites are listed here.

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    Flowers You Will See Everywhere in Baton Rouge This Spring — By: Rose Weber

    May 14

    Baton Rouge’s central location makes it a popular stop for tourists. You’ll find plenty of things to do including visiting a castle-like capital as well as viewing the Mighty Mississippi. Spring is a favorite time of year to stay in Baton Rouge thanks to the many blossoms that dramatically change the landscape. Check out these flowers you will see everywhere in Baton Rouge this Spring.

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    Art Makes an Impression

    May 06

    The stellar work of such masters as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, Childe Hassam, Frank W. Benson, and many additional artists are currently being featured in “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens” at the Shaw Center for the Arts.

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    Opéra Louisiane: The Capitol City’s Opera Company

    April 01

    When most people think of fine opera, La Scala, The Met, and other famous venues are usually at the top of the list. However, although it may come as a surprise to some, it’s a fact that our own Opéra Louisiane consistently presents professional operatic performances right here in Baton Rouge.

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    March Features St. Pat’s Events, Art, and the Total Bridal Experience

    March 04

    This month, Baton Rouge is offering up an abundant array of events and activities, and listed here are a few of our favorites. First, stop in at the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts for “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens.” Showing from March 8 – June 9, this exhibit will feature more than 75 paintings and works on paper by such luminaries as Degas, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, and many more.

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    Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

    February 01

    Baton Rouge has always been a city with unique attractions and events, but for Valentine’s Day, sometimes traditional is best. Baton Rouge has always been a city with unique attractions and events, but for Valentine’s Day, sometimes traditional is best. Don’t underestimate the timeless appeal of dinner and a movie or a live show, Baton Rouge style, at the locations listed here. 

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    Four Fun and Fabulous Events

    January 07

    This month, the city of Baton Rouge is offering our visitors an abundant variety of fun and fabulous activities, and four of our favorites are listed here. First, come Sing and Swing with us right here at Crowne Plaza on January 11, as we host the Celebrity Karaoke Competition Featuring Ned Fasullo and His Fabulous Big Band. Vote for your favorite celebrity singer – the celeb with the most money will become the new Sing and Swing Champion. Or, bid for yourself or others at your table if you want to sing. You’ll also enjoy drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts throughout this event.

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    Baton Rouge Lights Up

    December 03

    December is a magical time of year when we trim the tree, shop for holiday gifts, and look forward to gathering with family and friends, along with a visit from Santa. While everyone celebrates the holidays in their own way, most folks have made a holiday tradition out of light-seeing – that is, touring the stunning light exhibits and shows throughout Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. With that in mind, we have put together a list of some of the best of these for your consideration. First, gather up the kids and hit the zoo for the annual BREC ZooLights.

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    The Holliest and Jolliest Holiday Events

    November 05

    Baton Rouge has so many holiday events that it’s often difficult for our guests to choose from all that’s available. To that end, we are offering these suggestions: First, bring your holiday shopping list to the White Light Night Art Festival on November 16 at the MidCity Art and Design District to browse an array of unique and gift-worthy local art. You’ll also enjoy live music as you shop and visit with trendsetting, avant-garde artists in the District. Next, don’t miss the city’s annual Festival of Lights on November 30 at North Boulevard Town Square.

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