November 2023’s calendar of can’t-miss events around Baton Rouge

Where to play around Baton Rouge this month

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Ice, ice baby!

Don’t miss a chance to see the puck drop at the Raising Cane’s River Center this month. Baton Rouge Zydeco Hockey glides into its inaugural season with icy battles against opposing teams like the Port Huron Prowlers and the Columbus River Dragons. Layer up for all the cool action. brprohockey.com

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One more fright

Halloween may be over, but the 13th Gate Haunted House isn’t quite finished scaring. During the attraction’s Flashlight Fright Nights,  it turns off all the lights. Attendees are given dim, finger flashlights to help them navigate through the darkness while ghoulish characters roam in the shadows. Scaredy cats beware! 13thgate.com

Courtesy LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens


Garden party

Though we all think of flowers blooming in the spring, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens also has a rose bloom in the fall. Hosted by the Friends of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, the Wine and Roses Rambler allows attendees to stroll through the rose blooms and try food and wine pairings from local restaurants and caterers like MJ’s Cafe, Rocca Pizzeria, Stroubes Seafood and Steaks, and Ashley Manor Catering. lsu.edu/botanic-gardens


Pups and pints

Raise a glass to help out animals in need at this year’s Cap City Beer Fest benefiting Companion Animal Alliance. This downtown afternoon event invites attendees (and their furry friends) to enjoy unlimited tastings of beers from Louisiana breweries and beyond. There will also be local food trucks onsite and DJs spinning tracks. capcitybeerfest.org


Follow the lights

Meet Baton Rouge artists and see the Government Street corridor light up for Mid-City Merchants’ annual White Light Night. Follow the twinkling lights through the bustling neighborhood to find makers and vendors. There will be live music, and area restaurants will stay open late for the event. midcitymerchantsbr.org

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Walk through a luxury-designed home in Goodwood Estates for the Flower Magazine Baton Rouge Showhouse event. National publication Flower Magazine will welcome 15 interior designers into the 6,000-square-foot home to decorate. There will also be fabulous floral displays set around the home. flowermag.com

Nov. 16

Presented by the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum, the Red Rooster Bash is a relaxed event focusing on good food and good music. The event centers around barbecue fare, and this year, the museum has worked with Unleaded BBQ to come up with a selection of savory samples and cocktail pairings. Guests are encouraged to eat and dance the night away as ‘60s tribute band The Remnants performs. lsu.edu/rurallife

Nov. 23

Lace up your shoes and start Thanksgiving Day with some outdoor exercise at this year’s Turkey Trot. This active morning offers a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk, so anyone can participate before gobbling up delicious treats the rest of the day. turkeytrotbr.com


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Arts Best Bets


Nov. 5

Search your closet for all the pink outfits and get ready for a fetch performance of Mean Girls at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The Broadway in Baton Rouge musical follows the story of the 2004 cult film of the same name written by Tina Fey. Follow Cady Heron, Damien Hubbard and Janis Sarkisian as they devise a plan to get back at the school’s mean girl clique, The Plastics. raisingcanesrivercenter.com

Nov. 10-12 + 16-19

Celebrate the seasons of love with a performance of the Tony Award-winning Rent by the Theatre Baton Rouge cast. This moving musical centers around friends living in New York City as they try to navigate life during the AIDS epidemic. theatrebr.org

Nov. 11

Witness the work of local artists and get up close with wild animals at the Baton Rouge Zoo’s first-ever Art for Animals Festival and Exhibition. This inaugural event features an art exhibit, live demonstrations, wildlife info sessions and much more. There will also be a silent auction where visitors can bid on art on display. All proceeds will go toward conservation initiatives and research. brzoo.org

NOV. 15

The Arts Council and River City Jazz Coalition’s River City Jazz Masters series continues this month with a magical display of Disney classics. When You Wish Upon a Star celebrates 100 years of Disney through lively jazz performances. artsbr.org

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Music Best Bets

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Find your dancing shoes and get ready to travel back to past decades at 13 Social’s weekly listening parties. These parties allow patrons to mingle with others in the community who share the same musical tastes. The listening parties also feature drink specials. The Third Street bar will be taking it back from the 2000s to the 1970s every Sunday in November. 13social.com


Nov. 10

Better Than Ezra will rock the lawn at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel with a lively show. Formed in 1988 while the band members attended LSU, Better Than Ezra is no stranger to performing in Baton Rouge. Get ready to hear the band’s most popular songs like “Good” and “King of New Orleans.” lbatonrouge.com

Nov. 10

Country singer Ernest brings his Nashville flair to Baton Rouge when he takes the stage at The Texas Club. Known for writing songs for country artists like Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line, Ernest will perform his own solo music with songs like “Flower Shops” and “Miss That Girl.” thetexasclub.com

Nov. 15

Breaux Bridge native Hunter Hayes returns home to Louisiana for a show at Chelsea’s Live. Watch as the country singer belts out all his hits like “Wanted” and “Storm Warning.” chelseaslive.com

This article was originally published in the November 2023 issue of 225 magazine.