Baton Rouge is known for having festivals year-round, but festival season really ramps up when spring rolls around. There’s a festival nearly every weekend for every interest you can think of – from food festivals to cultural celebrations. It can be hard to keep up with all that’s going on in the Capital City from April to June, so we’ve rounded up some can’t-miss festivals this season.
Every Friday from March 25 until May 6 (excluding Friday, April 15)
Live After Five Concert Series kicked off the spring series on March 25 but no worries – there are more concerts to come! Running each Friday evening until May 6 (with the exception of Friday, April 15), you can catch all the action in downtown Baton Rouge at Rhorer Plaza.
Ebb & Flow
Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10
Held on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, Ebb & Flow is a celebration of Baton Rouge’s identity as the capital of Louisiana and its unique location on the Mississippi River. Inspired by the ecological connection to water and all things that “ebb and flow,” this two-day outdoor festival features hundreds of visual artists, musicians, dancers, poets and more.
Froggy Mo Art Hop
Saturday, April 9
On Saturday, April 9, multiple businesses along the span of Nicholson will be bringing the fun and funk to Baton Rouge, in celebration of a little area of town called Froggy Mo. From Tin Roof Brewing Co. to Brickyard South, Three Roll Estate and George’s Place, each location will have its own art vendors, food and various entertainment throughout the day.
Easter Parade & Festival
Saturday, April 16
It’s a very special Scotland Saturday on Saturday, April 16! The 12th Annual Easter Parade and Festival will be held in Scotlandville, and you can bring the entire family for a day of fun activities, games, egg hunts and more!
Baton Rouge Improv Festival
Wednesday, April 20 – Sunday, April 24
The Baton Rouge Improv Festival is a five-day festival filled with shows, workshops and fun, bringing people together to celebrate improv comedy. All tickets sales support teaching artists, and its mission is bring joy and build community.
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Saturday, April 23
Being that Baton Rouge is home to the swamp blues, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one you don’t want to miss! Featuring an always impressive lineup with both locally known blues performances and internationally recognized musicians, this free festival is a favorite among locals and visitors and is full of activities and entertainment for everyone.
Friday, May 6
Have your crawfish…? And eat it, too! The 8th Annual Crawfish King Cook-Off will be returning to downtown Baton Rouge in partnership with the Live After Five concert series on Friday, May 6. Benefitting the Junior Achievement and Big Buddy Program, bring an appetite, because tickets will get you all-you-can-eat crawfish and tons of vendors to sample from!
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15
The Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival is back and full of good eats for the entire family! This family-friendly event is free to the public and features blues, soul, R&B, gospel and Christian music, as well as a Vendor’s Village and soul food cooking contest.