Events & Festivals

Find your spot. Meet your people. Taste your way through every corner of culture and pocket of paradise. Whatever your thing is, we're probably celebrating it. You coming?

There's always something BTR to do.

We don't need a reason to celebrate, and neither do you. From funky festivals and local parades to world-class performances and competitive races, the good times are always rollin' in Baton Rouge.

A dragon performance with a white and green dragon costume among falling golden confetti at a the Lunar New Year festival.

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Food & Music

One of the things we do best is live music. The other thing we do best is authentic food. Combining both of these gives you the full Baton Rouge experience. Head to the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival for legendary performances and check out the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival for a delicious dose of local flavor. Looking for a casual hangout? Stop by Live After Five every Spring and Fall for free  live music weekly.

A crowd of people sitting in a park during an outdoor event with a clear sky and Downtown city buildings in the background.

Parades & Celebrations

Every year, Baton Rouge hosts dozens of local parades and cultural celebrations. We've got Baton Rouge Mardi Gras, including the highly-anticipated Spanish Town parade. Throughout the city, families, friends, and neighbors gather to watch colorful floats, catch beads, and celebrate carnival season together. There's also the epic "Wearin' of the Green" St. Patrick's Day Parade, which travels along a beautiful historic parade route down Perkins Road.

A woman in a pink outfit with a feather boa playfully throwing pink beads during the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade.

Sports & Athletics

Fans are like family, and we've got them in droves. Baton Rouge is home to some of the country's most entertaining and competitive sporting events. Tailgate on LSU's campus for football, baseball, and basketball games, cheer on the Southern University Jaguars and their Human Jukebox Marching Band or catch a Zydeco hockey game downtown. Baton Rouge also puts on the Louisiana Marathon, with thousands of runners coming in from almost every state to compete, eat, and celebrate.

Two LSU in yellow and purple striped overalls and sun hats posing with arms wide open, smiling in front of a the LSU clock tower on game day.