Special Events | Rural Life Museum


*All special events listed below are subject to change in regards to COVID-19 recovery. 


David Floyd Distinguished Speaker Series

Perspectives on Louisiana's Unique Architectural History: Comfort, Colleagues, and Community

Saturday, September 24

Registration at 8 a.m.; Presentation at 8:30 a.m.


  • Eddie Cazayoux, retired Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
  • Jay Edwards, Professor emeritus of Anthropology at Louisiana State University
  • Gene Cizek, retired Professor of Architecture and Preservation Studies at Tulane University


  • A light lunch Light lunch will follow at noon
  • Tickets : $40 public: $25 Friends of LSU Rural Life Museum and Docents

Purchase advance tickets to the speaker series here.


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Harvest Days

Saturday, October 1 &
 Sunday, October 2, 2022

8:00am until 5:00pm


Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms during harvest time in the 1800’s.  Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and other 19th century duties.  Activities will include open-hearth cooking, soap making, and wagon rides and much more!  

This year will be the first time that Harvest Days and Corn Maze will be held together on Kickoff weekend. Dual tickets to both events are $25 or you can choose to attend one event only. 

Purchase tickets to Harvest Days here.

At the door ticket prices:

ages 0-3       Free

ages 4-11     $10

ages 12+      $12



Fortune telling demonstration

Haints Haunts and Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2022
2:00pm until 4:30pm


Remember the sights, sounds, and activities of an old-fashioned country fair.  Join the staff and volunteers of the Rural Life Museum as they provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families.  Storytelling, cake walks, games, and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum grounds.  

Ticket prices:

Ages 0-3       Free

Ages 4+        $6      

Ages 12+      $12 


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Red Rooster Bash

Thursday, November 17, 2022
cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm


An annual fund raising event for the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum.  Come join the fun and take your chance at winning fantastic door prizes, while listening to lively music and enjoying delicious barbecue fare. Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor.

Advanced registration is required.  Registration and ticket information will be available soon.


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A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 4, 2022
10:00am until 5:00pm


Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration.  Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will be present to set the holiday mood.  The event will conclude with a bonfire and a very special guest.

Ticket prices:

Age 0 - 3   Free

Age 4-11  $10

Age 12+   $12