May 2022 calendar of events

Where to play around Baton Rouge this month

Photo by Jeremy Daniel / Courtesy Raising Cane’s River Center


One musical, please!

Follow pie baker Jenna as she tries to break free from the mundane routine of working in a small-town diner in the musical Waitress. With an original score from Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, you’ll be singing along with Jenna as she finds her way. Don’t miss out on this sweet musical at the Raising Cane’s River Center. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Photo Courtesy Raising Cane’s River Center
One cool show

Bring the whole family to see iconic Disney princesses, princes and other characters sing and dance during Disney On Ice at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Watch all your old and new Disney friends skate their way through classic songs. Sing along with them and watch as they perform dazzling tricks on the glossy ice. disneyonice.com

Cookoff for a cause

The Crawfish King Cookoff is returning to downtown Baton Rouge. Eat delicious crawfish or sign up to boil in the eighth annual competition. This cookoff raises money to increase youth mentoring activities in local school and after-school programs.  crawfishkingcookoff.com

Photo by Lily LaGrange
Music and Art COMBO

Enjoy local art, music and food at the annual Hot Art, Cool Nights Art Hop. This special festival is hosted by Mid City Artisans and Mid City Merchants. Eat at some of the best restaurants in town and browse the work of local artists as you listen to live music at the indoor-outdoor event along Government Street. mid-cityartisans.com

A soul food showdown

Don’t miss out on the fifth annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival with live music, a cooking competition and local vendors. Feast on the finest soul food as you dance and sing to soul, gospel and R&B music. hitcitydigital.wixsite.com/brsoulfoodfest


All month

Join the West Baton Rouge Library for Spring Storytimes every Tuesday. All ages are welcome at these events. Listen along to books about the springtime while meeting new friends and checking out the library. wbrpl.com

May 1

Join the Baton Rouge Garden Club for a Spring Tea at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. Sip tea and snack on light bites as you enjoy the scenes that come with the season. Take in all the beautiful sights and flowers as you chat with friends over a freshly steeped cup. facebook.com/batonrougegardenclub/

May 13

Laugh out loud when comedian Heather McMahan comes to the Raising Cane’s River Center. A self-described “high-functioning hot mess,” McMahan shares jokes and stories that will make you smile. Although this is her first tour, McMahan jokes it could be her last, so come see her while you can. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

May 21

Did you know there were over 300 species of birds spotted at Burden? Grab your binoculars and bird books, and get ready to go Birding at Burden. Spot local bird species and search for rare migrating ones while learning all about our winged friends.

May 29

Head out to Red Stick Social this Memorial Day weekend for a festival full of local bands during Groovin’ on the Grass Fest. Jam out with Bag of Donuts, Peyton Falgoust Band and The Michael Foster Project. While the live music plays, enjoy a buffet and unlimited beverages as you celebrate the holiday. redsticksocial.com


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New Orleans

Now to May 3:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, nojazzfest.com

May 1:

Gavin DeGraw at the House of Blues, houseofblues.com/neworleans

May 20-22:

Bayou Boogaloo, thebayouboogaloo.com

May 27-29:

Greek Festival, gfno.com


May 11-15:

Frog Festival in Rayne, raynefrogfestival.com

May 14:

Wing Wars of Acadiana, wingwarsofacadiana.com

May 14:

LVVRS at the Grouse Room, thegrouseroom.com

This article was originally published in the May 2022 issue of 225 magazine.