Known as one of the most affordable destinations in the South, Baton Rouge is a great spot to get a taste of culture on a budget. For you travelers who are looking to save your money but still have a great time, we’ve curated a list of free things to do in Louisiana’s Capital City.
In Baton Rouge, we also have a little thing called “First Free Sunday.” Select museums and stores around the city offer free goodies or admission on the first Sunday of every month!
Free Things to Do:
In Louisiana, we believe culture and cordial atmosphere should never be sacrificed for cost! That’s why Baton Rouge hosts free festivals and fun facilities for anyone to enjoy all year round.
First Free Sunday
There’s family fun and art for everyone to see from 1-5 p.m. at the The LSU Museum of Art, one of the largest university-affiliated art exhibitions in the South.
Experience art and science firsthand with interactive exhibits at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Admission is free and Planetarium shows are reduced to $8 on First Free Sunday.
Live music, exceptional art and free admission, oh my! At 4 p.m. every Sunday, the Baton Rouge Gallery does free exhibits for those who really appreciate the arts. Grab some friends, put on some dancing shoes and have a fun night you’ll enjoy completely for free.
Did someone say “free food?” You heard us correctly. On the first Sunday of every month, Radio Bar opens their doors for all for Free Food Sunday. Anyone is allowed to come, sit, and enjoy a meal with other fellow bar patrons.
For all of you history buffs, you can explore the Veterans’ Museum aboard the USS Kidd, an original World War II Fletcher-class Destroyer ship for free!
Live After Five: Each fall and spring, locals and visitors alike all gather on Friday nights at 5 o’clock (get it?) for the largest, free outdoor festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Grab a group and bring your dancing shoes for a fantastic start to your weekend.
Hot Art Cool Nights: in the Springtime, Mid City Merchants puts on a neighborhood-wide art festival all throughout Mid City Baton Rouge. You can peruse, pass by and even purchase art from local and wider-known artists as well as listen to live music at select venues!
White Light Night: in the Fall, Mid City Merchants also puts on White Light Night, the annual winter art festival in the Design Cultural District. Walk or take a free bus from one end of Government Street to the other as you eat, shop, listen to local live music and meet some local artists, designers and musicians.
Parks are a great, free activity that any member of the family can enjoy! BREC has over 180 parks to choose from including playgrounds, trails and swimming pools! You can use their Find a Park tool to find the best way to spend your day. The Splash Pads are a kid favorite water playground that are open from March to October. For your furry friends, BREC has many dog parks in the Baton Rouge area. Since they’re spread over multiple community parks, you’re bound to find the perfect park for your pup!
Every gorgeous Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm, the local farmers market is open for perusing, shopping and tasting. The Red Stick Farmers Market prides itself on its fresh, local and seasonal produce that is only grown on the sellers’ farms. Next to the farmers’ market Main Street Market is an open, public marketplace with restaurants and shops. Feel free to simply walk around, get to know the locals and enjoy a beautiful morning activity in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Capitol Viewing Deck
Did you know that the Louisiana hosts the tallest capitol building in the nation with 34 floors? So tall, in fact, you get an incredible view of the city on the 27th floor Observation Deck for FREE! At 350 feet high, you can see the building’s courtyard gardens, parks and all of Downtown Baton Rouge. It’s truly a sight you’ll want to see.
With so many free and fun events to experience, your trip to the Red Stick doesn’t have to break the bank. Visit visitbatonrouge.com to plan your trip today!