Amanda knows where you can go to celebrate the famous 1969 music festival this weekend .
Music and history collide when you talk about Woodstock. The iconic three-day music festival held on a New York dairy farm performed in August 1969. Fifty years later, the Baton Rouge area has a few family-friendly anniversary parties where you can celebrate the ideas of peace, music and love.
Vibes in the Ville – St. Francisville
Replacing the town’s usual Polos and Pearls event, downtown St. Francisville welcomes a new annual event called Vibes in the Ville. Each year will have a different theme, but the event premiers on Saturday, August 17 to celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary.
The evening kicks off at 4:00 pm and wraps up at 7:00 pm.
Musicians will play Woodstock-themed music on two stages: the Town Hall Front Porch and the Old Library Front Porch.
According to the St. Francisville Festivals website , there will be “fun and cool transportation that will take you back 50 years”. I’m not quite sure what that means, but I know there will be a bus starting at Parker Park at 4:00 pm and will travel to each participating shop until 7:00 pm. You can thank West Feliciana Hospital for the ride.
On foot, you can stroll down Parker Park where there be vendors, food and drink. Here, you can catch a show of Woodstock the movie, plus more music and door prizes. And, of course, what’s a ’60s-themed party without Tye Dye? You can buy festive t-shirts while supplies last.
Dress comfortably for the weather, but I definitely recommend dressing to fit the vibes. Far out, man.
Woodstock 50th Anniversary – Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Psychedelic laser light shows dancing to Pink Floyd music was a staple of the 1970s. While Woodstock happened in the final year of the ’60s, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum is hosting an anniversary party in the same groovy spirit.
On Saturday, August 17, the museum is getting groovy with after-hours music-themed planetarium shows. Guests can view America’s Musical Journey at 5:15 pm, Laser Beatles at 6:15 pm and The Pink Floyd eXperience at 7:15 pm.
For one ticket price, guests get in to see all three shows and receive two glasses of wine. Admission is $20 for non-members and $10 for members. Seating is a bit limited, so if you plan to go, head here to buy your tickets.
Knock Stock – Knock Knock Children’s Museum
This two-day festival will be held Saturday, August 17th, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 18th, noon – 4:00 pm.
Families will experience live musical performances, groovy pop-up activities and Big Backyard of games.
Musical performances by:
- Peter Simon
- Polly Pry
- Ziggy & The Junkyard Band
- Baton Rouge Music Studios
- Dorothy LeBlanc
- School of Performing Rock
- School of Rock Baton Rouge
And, hands-on family crafts like:
- Face Painting
- Mid-City Makers Market
- Collaborative Murals
- Tie Dye
- Tree Hugger Charms
- Far-Out Flag Station
- Air Guitar Stage
- Tooled Leather Crafts
It’s a rain or shine event, so if the weather looks a bit yucky on Saturday and Sunday, all of the festivities will move to inside the museum. There are a few rules of the event to keep it safe and fun for everyone, like not outside food or drink are allowed into the festival. Food trucks will be on site. See all of the festival’s rules here.
Tickets range in prices deepening on family size, but the 1-Day pass starts at $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Buy your tickets here, as well.