Which local festivals are still scheduled this fall?

For nearly two years, musicians and music lovers had to check their passions at the door and wait out COVID-19 restrictions. Hopefully, the sound of music will eventually fill the air again. Here’s the latest on which events are still on and which have been canceled—and when we might expect them to finally return. All info is as of press time; check with the organizations for the latest.

Changing plans


Live After Five

Downtown’s signature Friday night live music series, originally slated to feature 12 consecutive shows, has been postponed until further notice. downtownbr.org

Photo by Collin Richie

Bandito Food & Music Festival

Organizers said the downtown alt-country music festival mixed with tacos and barbecue would be postponed from August to an unspecified later date. Find it on Facebook


Baton Rouge Blues Festival

This year’s festival has been canceled once again, with plans to return in 2022. This year’s event was slated to showcase Baton Rouge’s distinct brand of swamp blues in September, with a long list of performers that included Robert Finley, Kenny Neal, Nikki Hill, Jonathon “Boogie” Long and Sam Hogan & The Rhythm Ramblers. batonrougebluesfestival.org

Fifolet Halloween Festival

The Halloween Parade and Ghostly Gala Costume Ball have been canceled, but there will still be chances to get spooky. 10/31 Consortium will host the Flip Flop reverse parade, just as it did in 2020. 1031consortium.com.

Still scheduled

Sunday in the Park

Sundays from Sept. 19 to Nov. 7

Lafayette Park and the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Sunday afternoon live concert series kicks off with bluesman Will Wesley and continues through Nov. 7. artsbr.org

Jambalaya Jam

Thursday, Oct. 21

Rhorer Plaza

The benefit for the Capital Area United Way features a jambalaya cook-off and live music. cauw.org

Henry Turner Jr. Day Music Festival

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 6-7

Riverfront Plaza

Nationally renowned local musician Henry Turner and a variety of blues and jazz musicians play over two days downtown. hitcitydigital.wixsite.com/henryturnerjrday

Cap City Beer Festival

Sunday, Nov. 7

Lafayette Park and the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza

Sample worldwide craft brews while the band plays at this dog-friendly benefit for Companion Animal Alliance. capcitybeerfest.org

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