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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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    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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  • A Month of Fabulous Fifolet Fun

    October 01

    A tale from ancient Cajun folklore, the fifolet is a playful ball of blue flame that is only seen in the deeps of the swamps of Louisiana. The legend is that if you follow it, you will either find either treasure, or be lured to your death. Baton Rouge has adopted the fifolet as a mascot representing the treasures of their Halloween celebrations. The Fifolet Halloween Festival is a festive event, lasting from October 19-28 this year, and features loads of fabulous, fun, and family-friendly activities like the ones listed below.

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  • A New Opera Season, and Cats & Cocktails

    September 03

    September offers our guests many delightful activities from which to choose, and three of the best of them are listed here. First, raise a glass of champagne and toast the opening night of the Baton Rouge Opera on September 14 at Manship Theater. Artistic Director Michael Borowitz will accompany five of the world’s finest vocalists on piano. The performance will include musical theater favorites in addition to an entertaining opera lineup. Be sure to arrive early for hors d’oeuvre and champagne.

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  • Celebrate With Us at the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

    August 06

    For more than 80 years now, Louisianians and their guests have enjoyed a huge, home-town festival honoring two of their primary industries – shrimp and petroleum. Traditionally held on Labor Day Weekend, this year’s 83rd annual celebration begins in Morgan City on August 30, and continues through Monday, September 3. From the Blessing of the Fleet and the Water Parade to the Fireworks on the River and the Arts and Crafts show, you’ll find more fun and good food here than you can shake a red stick at.

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  • Stay Cool with Movies & Music on the Lawn

    July 03

    A cherished, two-decades-old tradition, the Baton Rouge Gallery's unique summer film series is back for another season. Movies & Music on the Lawn brilliantly combines classic silent movies with original music from local, talented, contemporary bands. The movies are projected onto a large, inflatable, outdoor screen while the band plays their own live score. The pairings are often whimsical but always manage to meld perfectly for a compelling and one-of-a-kind experience.

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  • Everything is Peachy at This Festival

    June 04

    Join us in downtown Ruston June 22-23 for the 67th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival and the Beta Sigma Arts & Crafts Show. Indulge Dad, along with the entire family, in a celebration of peach lusciousness, including pies, cakes, tarts, salads, and main dishes. Don’t miss the Cobbler Gobbler Eating Contest, where 10 contestants will vie for $1,000 and the Cobbler Eating Championship Belt. 2018 winners will be selected for the titles of Princess Peach and Miss Dixie Gem Peach, an antique car show, rides, fishing tournaments, a rodeo, and additional sporting events.

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  • April Features Cinderella, The Total Bridal Experience, and the Louisiana International Film Festival

    April 02

    Calling all brides-to-be! Mark your calendars now for The Total Bridal Experience right here at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on April 8. The show will offer brides guidance and fresh ideas in all areas of wedding planning. It will feature over 50 exhibits with a large selection of local professionals on hand to consult with you on products, services, and venues for your special day. Door prizes will be announced throughout the show and a Grand Prize will be awarded at the conclusion. For details, call (225) 925-2244.

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  • March for Holiday Events

    March 05

    This month the Capitol City holds a spotlight on two of its traditional holiday events. First, don’t miss the return of one of the region’s largest Saint Patty’s Day events, the 33rd annual Wearin’ of the Green Parade. Held on Saint Patrick’s Day, the parade will include the Kilts & Kisses Walking Parade just ahead of the dozens of floats, marching bands, and many other favorite attractions. For details, call (866) 920-4668 or click here. Also, be sure to treat the family to the Old Fashion Easter Celebration on March 25 at the LSU Rural Life Museum.

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  • More About Mardi Gras: The West Baton Rouge Museum

    February 05

    Whether you’re sampling a sweet slice of multicolored King’s Cake, taking to the streets to cheer on your favorite Krewes, or catching brilliantly-hued ropes of beads – Baton Rouge is the perfect destination for family-friendly, Mardi Gras fun. But, once the parades are over, be sure check out three colorful and fascinating Mardi Gras-related exhibits. First up is “Mardi Gras Indians: By J. Nash Porter.” This show includes color photographs of New Orleans’ historic Mardi Gras Indians. Porter’s work was heavily influenced with the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, but his other photographic exhibits include an assortment of African-American jazz and blues musicians.

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  • A Night of Jazz with Arturo Sandoval

    January 08

    The vibrant and stirring sounds of jazz trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval will fill the air at the Shaw Center for the Arts on January 17th. Presented by the River City Jazz Masters, Sandoval’s performance promises to be a dynamic and delightfully entertaining experience. Born in Havana, the Cuban-American performer was originally inspired while studying classical trumpet by such famed fellow jazzmen as Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, and Charlie Parker. After defecting to the U.S., he developed a passion for jazz, began composing and performing, and has since become one of the most popular and beloved musical talents of our time.

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  • A Christmas Carol, ZooLights, and the Downtown Parade

    December 04

    This December, guests of the Crowne Plaza will have a myriad of holiday events and activities from which to choose, and here are four favorites. First, catch a performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Theater Baton Rouge. Daily show times are 2:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. through December 17th. As a special treat for the little ones, the supporting cast will present a Gingerbread Workshop on December 10th at 4:15 p.m. After the 2:00 p.m. show, gingerbread cookies for decorating will be served, along with eggnog and hot chocolate. Carols will be sung, and Santa will be in attendance. For details, click here.

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  • Marking Time and the Voyage to Vietnam

    November 07

    During the turbulent era of the late 1960s, many young soldiers and marines boarded the troopship General Nelson M. Walker for the long voyage to a country from which some would never return.

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  • A Frighteningly Fun Time at the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade

    October 07

    The leaves are turning, and there’s a ghoulish foreboding in the night air—all signs that the 7th annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is nearly upon us.

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  • Outdoor Art

    September 03

    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 spots around the city.

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  • The Myrtles Plantation: An Antebellum Ghost Adventure

    July 01

    One of the premier tour companies in Louisiana, Baton Rouge Red Stick Adventure Tours can arrange all sorts of outings, whether through the city, the swamp, or environs. The one we’re most fond of, however, is also the most unique: the haunted plantation tour through the historic Myrtles Plantation.

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  • Fireworks over the Mississippi

    June 03

    At Crowne Plaza Executive Center we’re excited to be getting ready for Independence Day celebrations in Baton Rouge, where fireworks by the truckload will illuminate the night sky over the Mississippi River.

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  • A Great Escape: The 13th Gate

    May 01

    You’ve probably heard of the “escape game” craze by now: a bunch of friends are locked in a room for an hour, and they have to work together to figure out how to get out. But even though you’ve encountered the basic premise, you’ve never encountered anything quite like 13th Gate Escape.

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  • Hot Art, Cool Nights

    April 01

    On Friday, May 12, from 6 to 10 P.M., join thousands of artists, musicians, and art-lovers for “Hot Art, Cool Nights,” an annual celebration of the local art scene in and around Baton Rouge.

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  • An Evening Under the Conductor's Baton

    March 04

    Throughout the year the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s calendar brims with legendary performers.

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  • Catch Beads Between Outstretched Hands

    February 03

    Look out for Baton Rouge’s most original, long-lasting parade troops.

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  • Ringing Long Into the Next Year

    January 09

    In Baton Rouge another New Year’s ball has touched down. But long after the stroke of midnight there’s still something for everyone in the Louisiana capital.

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  • Crowne Plaza Happy Hour Tastings

    June 20

    Celebrate the weekend early at the Crowne Plaza every Thursday evening. Each week we bring you a fabulous happy hour special complete with music, hors d'oeuvres and a tasting! We invite all our hotel guests and the public to enjoy and sample local liquors, brews and wines. Bring your family and friends as we get ready for the weekend! Read More

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