May 2018 calendar of events

May 5

• Lace up those running shoes! Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge hosts its Ninth Annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk and Fun Fest at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. 8-11:30 a.m. fhfgbr.org

• Pack some sunscreen and bag chairs. The inaugural HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Rugby Classic at Southern University is a celebration of rugby tradition and HBCU culture. The one-day competition features teams from Florida A&M University, Morehouse College and Prairie View A&M University. 3-7 p.m. hbcurugbyclassic.com

• Spend the day at the races! (Well, watching the races, anyway.) BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center hosts its annual Derby Day event with a live stream of the Kentucky Derby, as well as crawfish, drinks, music and more. 4-7 p.m. brec.org

May 10

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association brings its informative Library Series to the Central Regional Branch Library with talks on “Simple Yet Sophisticated Daisies and Complementing Perennials” and “Gardens: Made in the Shade.” Free. 6-8 p.m. ebrmg.com

Courtesy Feld Entertainment

May 10-13

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a chilling adventure through your favorite princess tales in Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Fans young and old can expect to see Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, Eugene, Belle and the Beast along with all of their friends (and some foes). disneyonice.com

May 11-13

LouisiANIME Convention returns to Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza for its 10th year with the cast of My Hero Academia and other special guests. Celebrate anime and Japanese culture with panels, workshops, cosplay guests and vendors. louisianime.com

May 12

Can you combine running with wine-ing? Local radio stations Eagle 98.1, 100.7 the Tiger, Talk 107.3 FM and 104.5 ESPN are sure going to try with the Corked 5K & Wine Down. With wine stops at each mile of the race, there’s definitely a benefit to going slow and steady. 5-11 p.m. corked5k.itsyourrace.com


Take your child’s tea party to the next level. The Petite Princess Company hosts the Mad Hatter’s High Tea Mother’s Day Party at the Old Governor’s Mansion. Princess attire and fancy hats are highly encouraged. 1:30-4:30 p.m. petiteprincesscompany.com

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May 19-20

Diet, schmiet. The inaugural Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival hits the Riverfront Plaza downtown with family fun, arts and crafts and, of course, mouthwatering soul food. Find a new favorite gumbo, fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese while you listen to live music from Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, Uncle Chess, Lee Tyme and more. Free. Find them on Facebook

May 24

Head to L’Auberge Casino & Hotel for a comedy show that will have you barking with laughter. Spay Baton Rouge’s Fifth Annual Raise the Woof—Comedy for a Cause event features three local stand-up comedians, a silent auction, raffle, music, food and more. 7-10 p.m. spaybatonrouge.org

May 26

Start Memorial Day Weekend at the 5th Annual Memorial Day Flag Planting and Memorial Day Ceremony. The Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 and volunteers plant 11,000 American Flags in the Louisiana State Capitol Garden to represent the Louisiana sons and daughters who gave their lives in service. bluestarmoms.net

On the road

Now – May 2

NOLA Crawfish Festival, nolacrawfishfest.com

Now – May 6

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, nojazzfest.com

May 18-20

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, thebayouboogaloo.com

May 23-27

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, nowfe.com

May 25-27

New Orleans Greek Festival, greekfestnola.com

MAY 26-28

Bayou Country Superfest, bayoucountrysuperfest.com


May 4-6

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, bbcrawfest.com

May 10-12

46th annual Rayne Frog Festival, raynefrogfestival.com

May 11-13

El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia, newiberiaspanishfestival.com

May 22-27

South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop, warehouse535.com

May 24 – June 3

Cajun Heartland State Fair, cajundome.com


All month

LSU Museum of Art’s exhibition “Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects” continues through Oct. 14. lsumoa.org

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May 11 

Mid City Merchants presents Hot Art Cool Nights 2018. The annual spring art hop runs all along the Mid City corridor and features dozens of local artists and vendors. 6-10 p.m. midcitymerchantsbr.org

May 11-12

Cangelosi Dance Project does its annual Recital Show at Manship Theatre. Students will perform classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance pieces. cangelosidanceproject.com

May 11-20

Theatre Baton Rouge presents Gideon’s Knot, a play that follows a grieving mother whose son committed suicide and a distraught primary school teacher as the pair seeks answers. theatrebr.org

May 18

Baton Rouge Gallery kicks off the Movies & Music on the Lawn series with Neon Mountain playing an original soundtrack for The Phantom of the Opera. batonrougegallery.org

May 19 

LSU’s Hill Memorial Library hosts Audubon Day 2018, a free, public viewing of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” folio. lib.lsu.edu/special/audubon

All month

See Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s exhibition “Dreamcatchers” by Courtney Egan in the Soupçon Gallery now through June 10. lasm.org


All month

• The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Sunday in the Park spring series ends with Funkin’ with Friends (May 6) and Bonerama (May 13) at the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza. 2-5 p.m. artsbr.org

• Perkins Rowe’s Rock N Rowe concert series concludes this month with performances from V Tones (May 3) and Todd O’Neill (May 10). 6-9 p.m. perkinsrowe.com

May 4

The final Live After Five concert of the 20th anniversary spring season features music from After 8 at North Boulevard Town Square. 5-8 p.m. downtownbr.org

May 5

Celebrate Cinceaux de Mayeaux at Lava Cantina Perkins Rowe with Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys. 7-11 p.m. lavacantina.com

Courtesy Chris Barber

May 10 

The Varsity Theater hosts Houston alt-rock band Blue October with Flagship. 7 p.m. varsitytheatre.com

May 12

Neon Mountain and Tipitina’s Foundation present the Capital City Songwriters Collective, featuring 20 local musicians and bands, at Spanish Moon. 10 p.m. thespanishmoon.com

May 12

Pop, funk and soul group Morris Day & The Time performs at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. 9 p.m. lbatonrouge.com

May 16 

Manship Theatre presents Grammy-winning American folk rock singer-songwriter Marc Cohn with The Blind Boys of Alabama. 7:30 p.m. manshiptheatre.org