May 2017 Calendar of Events

Here’s an overview of everything happening in the area throughout the month of May. Know of any other events we may have missed? Let us know in the comments section below!

Courtesy The Ehrhardt Group

May 6

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart
Watch some of your favorite Disney characters perform live at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Ticket prices vary. 5 p.m. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Enjoy catering by Ruffino’s, a silent auction and music by the JGray Jazz Trio while you watch the Kentucky Derby live at the GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Derby Day fundraiser in Saint Gabriel. 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. gaitway.org. On the same day, you can also check out Derby Day at Farr Park for food, drinks, music and family fun. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. brec.org

Experience the Lebanese-themed second annual Hope & Heritage Gala for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Renaissance Hotel. 7 p.m. Tickets are $100. renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-baton-rouge-hotel

Enjoy a morning of brunch, giveaways and socializing at the Bloom Brunch for new and expectant moms, hosted by Red Stick Moms Blog at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center. 10 a.m.-noon. Ticket prices vary. batonrouge.citymomsblog.com

May 7

Girls on the Run 5k
Lace up your sneakers for this race at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Girls on the Run aims to inspire, strengthen and motivate girls through their programs. The race starts at 2 p.m. Registration prices vary. girlsontherunsola.org/5K-Baton-Rouge

May 11

Listen to sailor tales, sip refreshments and learn about the USS KIDD at the Twilight Tour at the USS KIDD Veterans Museum. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Must be 21 or older to participate. usskidd.com

Photo by Miriam Buckner

May 12

Hot Art Cool Nights
The Mid City art festival returns, with dozens of local shops, businesses and restaurants hosting events and art openings for attendees. 6-10 p.m. midcitymerchants.org

I Love the 90s Tour
Listen to some of your favorite songs from the ’90s at the show, featuring Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Young MC, Tone Loc and more at the River Center at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Dig into crawfish at the Crawfish King Cookoff at Galvez Plaza downtown to support local organizations helping children, including Big Buddy Program and Junior Achievement. 3-9 p.m. Ticket prices vary. crawfishkingcookoff.com

May 13

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel brings back the Red Stick Food Fest with food from local vendors, live music and more on the lawn. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free to attend. redstickfoodfest.com

Courtesy Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana

May 20

Gather your family for The Pinwheel Challenge event at Highland Road Park hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $20. pcal.org

May 26-28

The Jambalaya Festival returns to Gonzales with plenty of food, competitions and music at the Gonzales Civic Center. Entry is free. jambalayafestival.org

May 27

Insane Inflatable 5k
Get ready to not only run, but jump at the event at Airline Highway Parish Park. Ticket prices vary. 8:30-11:30 a.m. insaneinflatable5k.com/event/baton-rouge-la

On the Road

May 1-3

Dive into three days of crawfish, live music and beer at the NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ. Ticket prices vary. nolacrawfishfest.com

May 4-7

See, hear and taste all that New Orleans has to offer at the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. Artists such as Stevie Wonder, Darius Rucker, Kings of Leon and Earth, Wind and Fire will be performing. Ticket prices vary. nojazzfest.com

May 6

Enjoy Big Freedia, “the Queen Diva,” as she takes the stage alongside Tank and the Bangas and The Soul Rebels at the sixth annual NolaFunk series at Republic NOLA. Show starts at 9 p.m. Ticket prices vary. republicnola.com

May 9

Canadian singer, songwriter and producer The Weeknd performs at the Smoothie King Center. 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. smoothiekingcenter.com


Courtesy Acadiana Animal Aid

May 11

Join Acadiana Animal Aid for food, drinks and a silent auction at the third annual Bark in the Dark event benefiting the organization at the River Oaks Catering and Event Center. 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $150. acadianaanimalaid.org

Watch New York-based singer Shemekia Copeland perform live at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. 7:30-10:30 p.m. acadianacenterforthearts.org