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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.


  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • jambalaya

    Four Fabulous Things to do in Baton Rouge in May

    May 07

    This month, Baton Rouge offers four terrific events for our guests.

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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.

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  • Saint Patricks Day Bagpipe Band with Leprecaun Costumed Marcher

    March for Holiday Events

    March 05

    This month, the Capitol City shines a spotlight on two of its traditional holiday events.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • elegant living room area

    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
  • koozie

    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
  • rural life museum image of a house

    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