June 2021 calendar of events

Where to play around Baton Rouge this month

all month


At BREC’s “Pottery and Ceramics,” you’ll learn about the art of pottery. Bring your friends, and make things for each other as you throw, mold and fire clay creations. This event takes place on different days at various BREC parks throughout the month. Check brec.org for schedules and locations.



Baton Rouge’s Splash Nightclub on Highland Road hosts Pride Drag Brunch. The event is catered by The Camp Seafood and Patio and features performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Louisiana queens London Manchester, Nakita London and Santana A. Savage. Find the event on eventbrite.com

Courtesy Justin Lemoine



Kick off your weekend with the MidCity Makers Market at its new home, Circa 1857. Local and regional artists will show off their crafts while musicians play underneath the property’s live music shed. Food vendors will be on-hand serving up light bites, as well. midcitymakersmarket.com

24, 26 + 27


The 4th annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival is back, with three days of delicious Southern cuisine and live music. On Thursday night, indulge yourself at the Greens, Beans and Chicken Wings pre-party at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room. That weekend, head over to the Riverfront Plaza for the family-friendly, free event complete with food, drinks and entertainment from local and regional vendors. You’ll also get to hear your favorite blues, soul, R&B and gospel tunes from artists like Wyanda Paul, Xavier Shorts, Simon Oguinye and so much more. brsoulfoodfest.com


Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday

The Blue Zoo at the Mall of Louisiana is showing off its afternoon mermaid experience. Bring your kids to the Blue Zoo to listen to stories from a mermaid, free with admission into the aquarium. batonrouge.bluezoo.us

June 3-24

Channel your inner Serena Williams, and head to BREC’s Independence Park Tennis Center for a four-week program to sharpen your tennis game. The program is available at beginner and intermediate levels. Registration is required. brec.org

June 5 + 6

The Baton Rouge Zoo is celebrating its zoo-goers during Guest Appreciation Weekend, where all guests can buy one admission and get one free. brzoo.org

June 17

Louisiana strawberries are a staple, but have you tried to turn them into beautiful pastries? Chef Jeanne Mancuso will teach you how to turn the red gems into a strawberry shortcake, strawberry tart and strawberry lemonade cake in this hands-on class. lci.edu


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New Orleans

Every Wednesday and Thursday: Virtual concert: Jazz Foundation of America and New Orleans Jazz Museum present all-star jazz ensemble, facebook.com/nolajazzmuseum/livek

Every Friday and Saturday: Jazz @ the Blue Dog, Rodrigo Gallery, deals.marriott.com


Now-June 6: 33rd annual Cajun Heartland State Fair, Cajundome Convention Center, cajundome.com

June 19: Comedian Sean Patton at Club 337 inside the Doubletree Hotel, eventbrite.com



Head to La Divina Italian Cafe to enjoy drinks and gelato while listening to local live music by Steve Levine. Find La Divina on Facebook


Listen to some jazz while taking in the views of downtown from the Shaw Center for the Arts River Terrace, as the River City Jazz Masters Series presents critically acclaimed soul and jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan. manshiptheatre.org


Grammy Award-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers take the stage at the Shaw Center for the Arts River Terrace with their Cajun sounds mixing Creole, punk and “psychedelic fuzz.” manshiptheatre.org


Spend an evening with “The Jazz Nurse,” as Betsy Braud takes her Louisiana jazz sound to the Chorum Hall patio for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Jazz Listening Room series. artsbr.org


Yes We Cannibal is hosting Texas-based folk musician Renée Reed for the release of her debut album. yeswecannibal.org


Conrad Albrizio’s “Jordan”. Courtesy LASM

All Month

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is showcasing artwork that embodies the landscape, culture and people of Louisiana in its “Our Louisiana” exhibit, which was made by Louisiana-born and Louisiana-based artists. lasm.org

All Month

The Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana is presenting its show, “Louisiana Stories,” with art pieces paying homage to the state. See how fiber art can tell the stories of Louisiana at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library. contemporaryfiberartistsofla.com


The Elizabethan Gallery is wrapping up its annual spring art show, “Mid City in Bloom.” This free event is open to the public and features many local artists showcasing new works. elizabethangallery.com

JUNE 3-5

The Christian Youth Theater is presenting performances of the musical Tuck Everlasting, based on the children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt. cytbatonrouge.org 


The Baton Rouge Arts Market, presented by the Arts Council, is showcasing local artists at its monthly downtown open-air market. The event will be set up alongside the Red Stick Farmers Market. artsbr.org

JUNE 18-20

Theatre Baton Rouge’s Young Actors Program performs a production of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy classic Twelfth Night. theatrebr.org

Send us event recommendations at [email protected].

This article was originally published in the June 2021 issue of 225 magazine.