April 2024’s calendar of can’t-miss events in Baton Rouge

April 6+7

In Bloom

Spring into a new season at Flower Fest, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This festival at Pointe Marie is full of vendors, live entertainment and, of course, flowers. Walk around the outdoor event and check out the towering floral sculptures created by competing florists. theflowerfest.com


Zippity Zoo Fest

Celebrate BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s 54th birthday at the Zippity Zoo Fest. Have a wild time with animal friends, learn at educational stations and take the kids to the Children’s Village for storytimes, princess visits and more. brzoo.org


April 12-14

Calling all book lovers! Come out to John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum for the Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar. Browse thousands of books ranging from new to vintage and find everything from military history books to cookbooks. There will also be a selection of CDs, DVDs and vinyl records to purchase. Tables will be refreshed each day offering tons of new finds. lib.lsu.edu



April 12, 19+26

End your work week right with a free concert at the Downtown Business Association’s beloved music series, Live After Five. Dance and sing along to performances by acts like Groovy 7, Kenny Neal and Todd O’Neill at Rhorer Plaza. downtownbr.org/live-after-five

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April 14

Bring your appetite to The Executive Center for Taste of Mid City, a food festival featuring samplings from neighborhood restaurants and businesses benefiting Youth City Lab. Along with tastings, there will be performances by BR Music Studios and games and activities for children. theexecutivecenterbr.com


April 17 + 24

Tap 65 and Queens of Louisiana are joining forces for another round of themed trivia nights. This month, attendees will be quizzed about pop legend Britney Spears. Compete against other Team Britney loyalists while chowing on dishes from the restaurant. queensoflouisiana.com


April 19-21

Grab your lawn chairs and dancing shoes as one of the oldest blues festivals in the country, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, returns downtown. Enjoy open-air concerts and sounds of swamp blues while trying out food vendors and other activities. brblues.org

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April 21

Witness some impressive basketball tricks when the Harlem Globetrotters come to Baton Rouge. The Raising Cane’s River Center will host the iconic team for a night of skills and slam dunks that are sure to wow the whole family. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Arts agenda

All month

Sunday in the Park returns for its 17th season of free, outdoor concerts. Sunday afternoons at the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza will be filled with the sounds of Louisiana musicians like Shawn Williams, David Hinson, TheBrosFresh, and Gerard Delafose & the Zydeco Gators. artsbr.org


April 5

Rock out with The Molly Ringwalds at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel. The cover band will take it back to the ’80s with hit songs, glam costumes and stage visuals. lbatonrouge.com

Find some waterproof eyeliner and comb your closet for black clothing—this is totally not a phase. Emo Nite is coming to The Varsity Theatre. Sing—or cry—along to all the genre’s hits. varsitytheatre.com

(Courtesy L’Auberge Casino and Hotel)

April 11

The Knockturnal Nights adults-only series returns to the Knock Knock Children’s Museum with Knocking Around the World – Latin Night. Jam to Latin music, try bites from local vendors and sample top-shelf tequilas. knockknockmuseum.org


April 19

Be one of the first fans to listen to Taylor Swift’s newest album, The Tortured Poets Department, at Chelsea’s Live’s popular Taylor Swift Night. DJ duo Interstellar will be bumping the brand-new tracks along with some other T-Swift hits. chelseaslive.com

(Photo by Gabrielle Feld / Courtesy Chelsea’s Live)

April 20 + 21

Immerse yourself in a storybook classic with Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s full-length performance of Cinderella. Watch as the fairytale is told through the fluid movements of BRBT’s talented dancers. batonrougeballet.org

(Courtesy BRBT)

April 26-28

Browse work from local artists at the Baton Rouge Fiber Arts Market, hosted by local yarn purveyor Fleur De Stitch’d.  The multi-day fest will host a social event and shopping opportunities at Mid-City Artisans and will also celebrate Local Yarn Store Day at The Knots Bayou. fleurdestitchd.com/br-fam-festival

On the road

New Orleans

April 5 + 6: Hogs For the Cause, hogsfest.org

April 11-14: French Quarter Festival, frenchquarterfest.org

April 22-28: Zurich Golf Classic, zurichgolfclassic.com



April 5-7: Scott Boudin Festival, scottboudinfestival.com

April 20: SpringFest, moncuspark.org/springfest

April 24-28: Festival International de Louisiane, festivalinternational.org