Things to Do in Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see and do. We encourage you
to make the most of your time in the city during Family Weekend by exploring all that
Baton Rouge has to offer.
Please note that these events are not held in conjunction with Family Weekend, and additional costs may be associated with these events. Visit visitbatonrouge.com for a list of additional events and attractions.
Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival
Experience a two-day festival that consists of hair air balloon glows, live entertainment, barbecue competition, great food, nightly firework shows, carnival rides and plenty of fun activities for children of all ages.
Location: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales, LA 70737
Hours: Friday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $6 for adults, free for children 8 and under
Museums and Attractions
Baton Rouge Zoo
Discover the animal kingdom at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. The adventure awaits those of all ages, so bring the entire family and visit with all the marvelous animals through walking paths, train rides, and up-close experiences.
Location: 3601 Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Cost: $8.75 for adults and teens, $5.75 for ages 2 – 12, $7.75 for senior citizens, and free for ages 1 and under
Knock Knock Children’s Museum
Families and children of all backgrounds and experiences can interact and learn through play. The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is fill with hands-on, fun-filled interactive exhibits anchored in developing children through literacy skills while also expanding knowledge and raising interest in STEM subjects and careers.
Location: 1900 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free for ages 1 and younger, $14 for all other visitors
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Join those at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum to meet with lifelong explorers inspired by art and science. Enjoy exhibitions, planetarium shows, hands-on galleries, interactive performances, and more.
Location: 100 River Road South, Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $8 for first time visit for college students with ID, $7.50 for children and senior citizens, and $9 for adults
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure, stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment, and occasional fistfight. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship.
Location: 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free admission for self-guided tour
LSU Museum of Art
Get inspired through collections, exhibitions, conservation, and education at the LSU Museum of Art. The museum “supports ambitious art outreach initiatives ranging from collaborative projects with local artists and LSU faculty and students to thriving primary and secondary school art programs.” Join the Louisiana Museum of Art on September 22 for the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day for free admission!
Location: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for ages 13 and older. Free for children 12 and under and those with a University student ID.
Red Stick Farmers Market
Red Stick Farmers is an open-air, producer-only market, with over 50 member farmers and a variety of locally grown products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, artisan breads, homemade pies, honey, milk and cheese, native plants, herbs, and specialty food items. Cash, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Red Stick Farmers Market has a no pet policy.
Location: 5th and Main Streets (Downtown Baton Rouge)
Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
USS Kidd Veterans Museum
Join those aboard the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661), the “Pirate of the Pacific”. Located in the heart of scenic downtown Baton Rouge, she is the centerpiece of a memorial which serves to honor the men and women of our American armed forces. Through these pages, you will take a step back in time and learn about their sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Location: 205 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for veterans and senior citizens, and $6 for children
Theaters and Performances
Manship Theater: Mary Gauthier in Concert
Location: 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Showtime: Friday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets vary between $39.95 to $59.95, plus fees
Manship Theater: Lucia Micarelli in Concert
Location: 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Showtime: Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Tickets vary between $25 to $45, plus fees
Theater Baton Rouge
Join Theater Baton Rouge for their production of Little Shop of Horrors from September 21, 2018 to October 7, 2018. One of the longest running off-Broadway shows, Little Shop of Horrors is a charmingly tongue in cheek comedy that will delight audiences night after night!
Location: 7155 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Showtime: 2:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 for admission, $19 for students with ID
Beth Shalom Synagogue
Location: 9111 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Date & Time: Friday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church
Location: 3235 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
Christ the King Catholic Church
Location: 11 Fraternity Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Date & Time: Saturday, September 22nd 3 hours before kick-off
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. (in Spanish), 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m, & 10:00 p.m.
Congregation B'nai Israel
Location: 3354 Kleinert Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Date & Time: Friday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Islamic Center of Baton Rouge
Location: 820 W. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(Sunday services are held at Masjid Al-Rahman located at 285 E. Airport Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806)
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Istrouma Baptist Church
Location: 10500 Sam Rushing Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 7081
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 10:45 a.m.
St. Alban's Chapel (Episcopal/Anglican)
Location: 11 Dalrymple Dr. & Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 10:30 a.m.
The Refuge (Non-deonominational)
Location: 3355 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
Location: 3240 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
University United Methodist Church
Location: 3350 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & &Time: Sunday, September 23rd at 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Wesley Foundation at LSU (Methodist)
Location: 333 E. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m.