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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.

  • Holiday Lights

    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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  • Jack O Lantern

    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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  • Georgian Opera Singer Ketevan Kemoklidze Onstage

    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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  • Bright Orange Cartoon Clip Art Shrimp

    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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  • Dueling Scene from 1920 Movie The Mark of Zorro

    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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  • Ripe Peaches on the Tree

    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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    Four Fabulous Things to do in Baton Rouge in May

    May 07

    This month, Baton Rouge offers four terrific events for our guests. Check out our list – there’s something fun for everyone!  First, art and music lovers will want to save the date of May 11 for the 14th annual Baton Rouge Mid-City Merchants spring art festival. “Hot Art, Cool Nights” will feature local artists, artisan/crafters, musicians, and more. For details, email Next, Bonerama will be the featured attraction at the Sunday in the Park outdoor concert on May 13 at the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza.

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  • Bride with Pink  White Bouquet

    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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  • Saint Patricks Day Bagpipe Band with Leprecaun Costumed Marcher

    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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  • Mardi Gras Indians By J Nash Porter

    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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  • Black & White Photo of Trumpeteer Arturo Sandoval

    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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  • Gingerbread Star Cookies

    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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  • Canvas Bunk from Marking Time Exhibit

    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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  • Several large pumpkins sitting on hay in bright daylight

    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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  • Colorful mural of robots

    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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  • Man swinging on monkey bars

    Battle Race: Louisiana's Ultimate Obstacle Course Challenge

    August 06

    In the past decade or so, there’s been an explosion of extreme sports events across North America. And while some cities have their marathons and others have their Tough Mudders, here in Baton Rouge, we have the Battle Race.

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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

    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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  • locks

    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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  • ArtsFestival

    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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  • instruments

    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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  • Mardi Gras Beads

    Catch Beads Between Outstretched Hands

    February 03

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

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  • Red Stick Farmers Market

    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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  • Louisiana State Capitol

    Christmas in Louisiana's Capital City

    November 28

    A flurry of Christmas decoration descends upon Baton Rouge for the month of December.

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  • Thanksgiving spread

    A Little Waddle Before Dinner

    November 07

    Before filling up on green beans, tender slabs of turkey, and pumpkin pie, consider giving your support to the March of Dimes.

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  • Halloween Zoo

    Boo at the Zoo, David Sedaris and more!

    October 03

    Crowne Plaza Executive Center guides you to a blend of Halloween screams and comedy laughs with David Sedaris and others, this October.

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  • Street Art

    The Public Art of Baton Rouge

    September 12

    Baton Rouge is a bastion for sprawling, colorful murals funded by the Museum of Public Art.

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  • Glow Sticks

    Get Up, Stand Up

    How to Kick Off the End of Summer

    August 14

    Even in a southern state like Louisiana, September is generally thought to be the last month of summer.

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  • hands in the air at concert

    Getting Loud

    July 05

    During these late summer months the city of Baton Rouge puts all that extra daylight to good use with invitations to major touring bands and singers.

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  • fourth of july hot dogs

    The Colors of July

    Celebrate July Fourth with the Crowne Plaza Executive Center

    June 29

    Fireworks by the truckload will be launched over the Mississippi River, with family after family settled down along its banks in great anticipation.

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  • people hands

    Work Together to Solve the 13th Gate Escape!

    May 11

    Escape games are all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why. Immersing you and your friends in a crazy and suspenseful situation to test your Sherlock Holmes skills and your ability to work together as a team, and of course, there’s the thrill of victory when you beat the puzzle and escape in time!

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  • baton rouge bridge

    Follow the Big Muddy

    May 01

    Located on the eastern bank of the fabled Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is the second-largest city in Louisiana. Affectionately known as the "Capital City," Baton Rouge is undoubtedly the state’s cultural, not to mention gastronomic, center.

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  • rural life museum

    History Lives Here

    March 21

    Touring Baton Rouge means experiencing a city full of natural history and scenic sites. From its swamps to its plantations, you’re constantly getting a feel of how life used to be. 

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  • rock climbing

    Rockin' Out

    February 16

    It doesn’t hurt to learn a little while on vacation, for an educational activity that’s still fun for the whole family, you’ve got to check out the "Rockin’ at the Swamp" event at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, located just ten minutes from our downtown Baton Rouge hotel.

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  • art market

    The Art of the Matter

    February 05

    There’s plenty that’s unique about Baton Rouge, and if you want to track down some souvenirs of your trip that are as unique as the city itself, we recommend checking out the Arts Market, held on the first Saturday of every month from 8am to 12pm.

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  • cheetah

    Talk with the Animals

    December 28

    If you’re looking for a fun family activity that gets you out and about, look no further than the Baton Rouge Zoo, located less than twenty minutes from our downtown Baton Rouge hotel. The zoo boasts nearly a thousand animals, as well as children’s area and tram and trains ride, which make it a great family spot. 

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  • santa

    Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Jog

    November 18

    Ready to exercise and feel the burn? Maybe not, but what if it's for a good cause? And what if Santa Claus is there? At the Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog on December 4th, not only is Santa there to run with you, there's also music, fireworks, outdoor ice skating and more! Read More
  • pumpkins

    Happy Hauntings!

    October 13

    If you're bored with most haunted houses and have impossible-to-scare nerves of steel, then that just means you haven't visited the 13th Gate Haunted House. Read More
  • hot air ballons

    Up in the Air

    September 09

    September marks the end of summer, but don't let that get you down, because it also brings an exciting event for the whole family to Baton Rouge: the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival! Read More
  • swamp

    Bluebonnet in Baton Rouge

    August 07

    If you want to spend some time out in nature without having to drive for hours, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center promises just that.

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  • uss kidd

    The Pirate of the Pacific

    July 07

    If you're a history or military buff, or just a big fan of boats, you can't miss the tour of the US Navy destroyer-class ship, the USS KIDD. Located in the heart of Baton Rouge, just ten minutes from our downtown Baton Rouge hotel, the USS KIDD was built in 1943 and these days is permanently moored for visitors to tour and wander through freely. Read More
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    Crowne Baton Going Places Koozie Contest

    July 02

    Particiapte in our #CrowneBatonGoingPlaces Koozie Contest now until September 3rd, 2015 to win a LSU vs. Eastern Michigan Football Game/Hotel Package or 60,000 IHG Rewards Points! Read More
  • seafood rice

    A Taste of Baton Rouge

    June 09

    If there's one thing Louisiana is definitely known for, it's food, so it's no surprise that the"C'est Si Bon" Food Tour is one of the highest rated TripAdvisor activities for Baton Rouge. Read More
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    Strike Up The Band

    May 01

    One of the more historical (and easy-on-the-ear) spots to visit in Baton Rouge is the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Many greats have graced the stage, including Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Bottie, Itzhak Perlman and Natalie Cole, each bringing sweet sounds and cultural sophistication to Baton Rouge and its neighboring communities. Read More
  • shrimp

    Make Mom Smile

    April 16

    This Mother's Day, add finger-licking Louisiana goodness to your traditional holiday brunch at our Patio Grille & Lounge, where the top-notch culinary crew at Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge is creating an over-the-top Mother's Day menu showcasing Louisiana's favorite fare. Read More
  • Live After Five

    March 12

    If you love a toe-tapping good time (and who doesn't?), take note: Baton Rouge's premier live music series, Live After Five, returns in just a few short weeks. Read More
  • The Louisiana Couture Bridal Show

    February 12

    The Louisiana Couture Bridal Show includes all of the top Baton Rouge area wedding planning professionals for a fun and convenient afternoon. We're your one stop shop for all your wedding planning needs. Enjoy a fabulous fashion show featuring the latest looks in bridal couture. Whether you're planning a simple, fun, lavish or extravagant wedding, we'll have the vendors to accommodate you. Read More
  • Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Undergoes Major Renovation

    July 10

    Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge hotel has completely revamped the majority of the hotel and turned convenience and chic into the new standard. The 294 room hotel now showcases a trendy lobby and stylish check-in counter as well as new furniture, art, and glass woodwork. Family and business travelers alike now have the opportunity to unwind in the comfortable lobby area or relax in their private updated hotel room. Read More
  • 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