Spring in Louisiana is a beautiful season when crawfish boils are in full bloom and live music echos through the streets. We’re crazy about our seafood and festivals at this time of year, which is why we celebrate those things nearly every weekend March through May!
Here is your guide to festivals and events happening spring 2020 in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.
This list is updated daily. Be sure to bookmark this page to hang onto it or check back for scheduled changes.
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many events have been canceled or postponed. For now, the affected dates have been crossed out and marked “CANCELED” or “POSTPONED.” To learn more about coronavirus and updates, see this list or visit wafb.com/health/coronavirus/.
Night at the Museum: Fish
“Night at the Museum” gives you a glimpse into the specimen collections and cutting edge research happening at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. On March 5, scientists working with the fish collection will give short engaging talks about their research and then take guests on a behind the scenes tour of their focus collection. Registration is recommended. The event will be held in the exhibits area of the LSU Museum of Natural Science (Foster Hall) from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
South Louisiana Family Festival
South Louisiana Family Festival started as Extreme Ranch Rodeo which offered Louisiana its first free admission Professional Bull Riding several years ago. Now, it offers so much more. Over the last few years the festival has added an Extreme Color Run, Car Show, and other exciting events like the Ag Farm & Fair. The event brings in thousands of people to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center and supports local businesses and organizations.
The Amazing Half Marathon is an extension of the hospital’s vision to create a healthier Louisiana through teaching families healthy habits. The half marathon run kicks of at 7:00 a.m. in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 7. All are welcome to participate — other activities include a 5K, a kids mini marathon and a 1 mile fun run/walk. Register for the race here.
Award-winning and country music superstar Trisha Yearwood makes her first appearance with the Baton Rouge Symphony and musical director Timothy Muffitt. See the live performance at the Raising Cane’s River Center Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
If you know who Jeff Foxworthy is, then you might be a redneck. He’s hosted or starred in five TV series and was also a part of one of the most successful comedy tours of all time, The Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Tickets for the March 7 performance are still available.
BREC’s Rockin’ at the Swamp
Explore the exciting world of rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. Add to your rock collection, find some unique gift items or try your skill scaling our rock climbing wall. This is one rockin’ day of fun highlighting geology and earth science! Admission is $5 per adult and $4 per child (ages 2-17).
Enjoy the official kickoff to crawfish season at the premier crawfish festival in Baton Rouge. Crawfête returns to Perkins Rowe on Sunday, March 8. Over 30 regional restaurants and caterers will compete for your vote for either the best gourmet crawfish dish or the best boiled crawfish.
The nationwide LIT AF TOUR 2020 will visit Baton Rouge on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The star-studded line-up included Rickey Smiley, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, and Bruce Bruce. Get tickets here.
19th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete
A Cajun music-lover’s festival is the annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete, or the Jambalaya Jammin’’ music festival. Over the 3-day festival, visitors may expect workshops, concerts and jam sessions. The Port Allen event will also feature unique instrument vendors and dulcimer and fiddle doctors.
March 12-15 CANCELED
The 41st Annual Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival
This is Louisiana’s largest outdoor show and boat show! It’s happening at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Louisiana’s premier outdoor show will feature acres of boats, fishing and hunting equipment, ATVs, tractors and lawn equipment, and activities for the entire family.
BREC’s Flashlight Egg Hunt
Sure – Easter egg hunts are easy – but what about trying to find them at night? Bring your flashlight and basket! Some eggs will have candy, others have great prizes! Bring the family to this egg hunt at Highland Road Community Park on Friday, March 13 6-9 p.m. Or try it at the Zachary Community Park on Saturday, March 14 6-9 p.m.
March 14 POSTPONED
Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Mayor-President Broom postponed all permitted public events. The 35th annual Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade was scheduled to roll through the Garden District and the Perkins Road Overpass area on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Organizers consider future dates at this time.
See a parade route map here.
March 14 POSTPONED
Harlem Globetrotters at the Raising Cane’s River Center
Don’t miss the Pushing the Limits World Tour featuring new thrills, surprise moments and more player interaction than ever. This entertaining and family-friendly experience will return to the Raising Canes River Center on a rescheduled dates.
March 14 CANCELED
Bulls, Bands and Barrels in Gonzales
This is not your grandpappy’s rodeo! The traveling organization brings the rankest bulls, fastest barrel racers, and loudest bands to cities all across the Southeast. See this event featuring Frank Foster with Kendall Shaffer Band at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.
March 19 – May 7 SOME DATES POSTPONED
Rock N Rowe
Performances on March 19 and March 26 are postponed and will be rescheduled to future dates.
The free concert series features eight live music acts between mid-March and early May. Concerts are scheduled each Thursday starting March 19 and lasting through May 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. See the musical lineup here.
March 20-21 POSTPONED
BUKU Art + Music Project
BUKU Music + Art Project will postpone the music festival. Organizers plan to reschedule the event for Labor Day weekend. The eclectic, two-day festival takes over Mardi Gras World bringing along a slew of electronic, hip-hop, R&B and indie acts. Tyler the Creator, Flume, Illenium, Glass Animals, Run the Jewels and $uicideboy$ are just a few of the artists making a presence this year. Learn more about the festival’s postponement here.
Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival
Comedy heavyweight Mike Epps brings “The Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival” to Raising Cane’s River Center Arena in Baton Rouge, LA. on March 21 at 8 p.m. Epps will lead the show with an all-star lineup including Earthquake, DC Young Fly, Kountry Wayne and Jess Hilarious. Get your tickets here.
March 21 POSTPONED
Holi Festival of Baton Rouge
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Repentance Park. Event organizers consider future dates at this time.
This is also known as the Festival of Colors in India. Holi celebrates the triumph of light over darkness with lots and lots of vibrant color! This free event will have food, drinks, and color powder for purchase, as well as henna artists, dance performances, and a kids tent!
The master of all things fluffy brings his laugh-out-loud world tour to Baton Rouge. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will perform at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 22, 2020.
March 27 – May 8 POSTPONED
Live After Five, Spring 2020
The Downtown Business Association hosts Live After Five twice a year to bring nearly 100,000 attendees together for free live music. Now, the Spring 2020 lineup is here! The concerts are held every Friday in downtown Baton Rouge. The fun gets started at 5 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. It all happens at City Hall Plaza.
March 27 & 28 CANCELED
Hogs for the Cause
Hogs for the Cause, the popular barbecue and music festival, has canceled its 2020 event at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds. The 12th annual festival and charity event was scheduled for March 27 and March 28. Organizers plan to bring the event back in 2021.
March 28 CANCELED
Fashion to the Rescue
Perkins Rowe teams up with Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) again for the cutest fashion show of the season, Fashion to the Rescue. The family-friendly fundraiser will showcase looks from various retailers at the Rowe and dogs available for adoption from CAA. See the event on March 28 at 4:00 p.m
Zapp’s International Beer Fest
The annual Zapp’s International Beer Festival brings tastings of more than two hundred domestic and international beers and ales to the Baton Rouge museum, plus more than a few home brews, which always end up being a festival highlight. You and your designated driver can buy tickets here and see the event at the LSU Rural Life Museum on March 28 at 3:30 p.m.
March 28 & 29 POSTPONED
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo celebrates fifty wild years of connecting the community with animals. The Zoo invites you to its annual spring and birthday celebration, Zippity Zoo Fest. Expect face painting, live entertainment, games, and lots of animals. Bring out the party animal in you on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.
April 1-4 POSTPONED
Mid City West Fest
At this brand new festival, one $20 ticket gets you free entry into all four days of events, after parties and free drinks. Start your weekend in the middle of the week with the Mid City West Fest happening April 1-4. Learn more about the 4-day festival here.
Michelangelo: A Different View
Every year, four million people visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome to admire the beautiful ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo. In partnership with Visit Baton Rouge, the Raising Cane’s River Center brings these masterpieces to Baton Rouge. Michelangelo: A Different View offers the unique opportunity to look at his timeless work in a different way. Buy tickets here.
“Night at the Museum” gives you a glimpse into the specimen collections and cutting edge research happening at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. On March 5, scientists working with the amphibians and reptiles collection will give short engaging talks about their research and then take guests on a behind the scenes tour of their focus collection. Registration is recommended. The event will be held in the exhibits area of the LSU Museum of Natural Science (Foster Hall) from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
April 3-5 POSTPONED
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
It’s nearly 50 years of celebrating da Boot’s favorite red fruit! The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival kicks off its 49th year April 3-5, 2020. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is a free family-friendly outdoor festival centered around Louisiana’s strawberry season.
Laissez-Faire Wine Festival
This is Baton Rouge’s first Natural Wine Festival. Join 3Tails Wine & Cheese and other local businesses on Saturday, April 4th for the Laissez-Faire Wine Festival – a day packed with winemakers, importers, and advocates of great wine. Buy your tickets here and taste your way through hand-made wines at 14200 River Road.
April 4-5 POSTPONED
Celebrate John Schneider’s 60th birthday at the 3rd annual Bo’s Extravaganza! Guest stars, musical entertainment and so much more flood to Holden for the 2-day event. See the carnival, fans, family and crazy car stunts on April 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. until the party ends. Get your tickets here.
Crescent City Classic (virtual race)
Runners and walkers can look forward to one of the region’s premier 10k road races. This year, racing tradition will continue as a virtual race! Learn more about the virtual race option here.
April 16-19 POSTPONED
French Quarter Festival
One of the country’s largest free festivals brings local music, food and drink to the epicenter of the French Quarter. Festival-goers can enjoy regional cuisine from more than 60 vendors and music from more than 1,700 musicians. Bring the whole family to Woldenberg Park and the French Quarter April 16-19.
April 18 & 19 POSTPONED
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Kenny Neal, Eric Gales, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and Sonny Landreth will perform for the festival set to happen in downtown on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. Learn more about the Baton Rouge Blues Festival and its performers on the event’s Facebook page.
April 18-19 POSTPONED
Angola Prison Rodeo
Event organizers will be issuing refunds at this time.
The Angola Prison Rodeo is the longest-running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, handmade works from inmates. Tickets are $20. It all happens at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
April 23-26 & April 30 – May 3 POSTPONED
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Thousands of music lovers head to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for this two-weekend festival, considered one of the city’s most world-renowned events. More than 650 bands are set to perform across 14 stages, performing virtually every kind of American music in a diverse lineup. See the day-by-day lineup here for the 51st year of the festival.
We cannot get enough of crawfish and festivals this time of year! At the South Louisiana Crawfish Boil Craft and Car show, there is so much more. See or participate in the crawfish boiling, jambalaya cooking, crackling frying, and crawfish eating contests. Plus, enjoy live music, a classic car show, a petting zoo and hot air balloons. It’s all happening at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Denham Springs Antique Village hosts its annual Spring Festival in downtown Denham Springs. Explore hundred of vendors, games, rides, food booths, antique stores and more. View art exhibits and tour the old City Hall exhibits. Plus, enjoy live music at the old train station. Shop till you drop on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Thousands flock to the “Crawfish Capital of the World” for the weekend-long Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Enjoy crawfish prepared in every imaginable way, and experience Cajun and Zydeco culture at this gathering. Some of the features include a celebrity crawfish eating contest, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish races, cooking demonstrations, performances and a crawfish etouffee cook-off. It’s Cajun fun for the whole family! Admission starts at $5.
May 7-10 CANCELED
Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
Disney on Ice skates back to the Raising Cane’s River Center on Saturday, May 9. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and you embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Follow these characters as they run into Moana, Simba, Aladdin, Woody and more on their ice adventures. Tickets are available now for all six showings May 7-10.
Crawfish King Cookoff
Thirty competing teams enter the great boil, only one leaves as reigning Crawfish King. Propane burners fire up for the Crawfish King Cookoff on Friday, May 8, during Live After Five. Gates open on the event at 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square. Taste mudbugs from each batch and vote for your favorite.
Wine On The River
Wine On The River is a ticketed wine-tasting event where attendees can sample local, national and international wines all in one place! The event also features live music and delicious food from area restaurants. Experience the event on the Lawn at L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge. Buy your tickets here.
The 3rd Annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival offers two days of fabulous southern cuisine and non-stop live music. The event is free to the public. All are welcome to listen to incredible music, shop in the Vendors Village, with an array of arts and crafts, and eat lots and lots of good food. Ticket packages will also be available for purchase here. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair!
May 22 – 24
Head to Gonzales for a celebration of the iconic Louisiana dish. Aside from some good jambalaya, other events include a cooking contest, a pageant, carnival rides and live entertainment. Admission is free.
The Third Annual Baton Rouge Oyster Festival will return to downtown Baton Rouge on May 30, 2020, located at Galvez Plaza. This free and open-to-the-public event will feature live music and a plethora of seafood. There will be eating, cooking, & shucking competitions as well as food from your favorite spots around Baton Rouge. Tickets are also available for purchase.
*All dates and information are subject to change.
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