As the temperatures cool, Baton Rouge seems to come alive. Fall brings all things good to the city – football, festivals and of course, food. There’s really nothing better than warming up with a bowl of gumbo or catching a football game in the crisp fall air. Keep reading for more reasons you’ll want to visit Baton Rouge this fall!
Here in Baton Rouge, it’s no secret that football is king of the fall season. The city comes alive as LSU and Southern University fans (as well as fans of rival schools) flock to the city ready to cheer their teams to victory. The breezy fall weather provides the perfect setting for a Saturday night in Death Valley or a day spent tailgating before heading into A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Arguably, any weather could be considered gumbo weather, but it just hits different on a crisp fall day. While you can certainly find it on menus year-round, the demand increases as the weather gets cooler, and with National Gumbo Day being Oct. 12, it just makes sense to add it to a list of reasons why you should visit Baton Rouge in the fall. Some favorite spots for gumbo include Dempsey’s, The Chimes, Eliza Restaurant and Parrain’s.
Al fresco dining is done right in Baton Rouge, especially when the weather is as pleasant as it is in the fall! With rooftops overlooking the city and sprawling lush patios providing an oasis, there is no better way to enjoy dinner and drinks than out in the breezy fall weather.
Fall is filled with fairs and festivals in Baton Rouge, and you can find everything from pumpkins to pups and soul food to shopping. Whatever your interest, there are can’t-miss fairs and festivals almost every weekend during the fall in Baton Rouge!
Saturday, Oct. 7
Baton Rouge’s newest music festival, Federales Festival, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7! Located at the Live Oak Arabian Horse Farm at Cedar Lodge, this one-day event will feature music from the North Mississippi All Stars, Duane Betts and the Texas Gentlemen, among others.
A Taste of the Deep South Festival
Saturday, Oct. 7 – Sunday, Oct. 8
A Taste of the Deep South Festival will take place at the Riverfront Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. This family-friendly event is free to the public and will feature various genres of music, as well as a vendors village with crafts, clothing and jewelry and a food court filled with Southern festival food favorites.
Louisiana Book Festival
Saturday, Oct. 28
The Louisiana Book Festival is back to celebrate readers, writers and books. This day-long event features more than 200 writers for book talks, signings and exhibits, as well as face painting, arts and crafts and meet and greets with story book characters.
Fall Festival at Pointe Marie
Sunday, Oct. 29
Engage Louisiana’s Fall Fest at Pointe Marie will be back on Sunday, Oct. 29, and will feature live music, a pumpkin patch and carving, carnival games and an artisan market!
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
Thursday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 5
The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair will be back on Thursday, Oct. 26, and will run until Sunday, Nov. 5! Enjoy the carnival rides and games you know and love, while chowing down on all the fair food on your dreams.
Friday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 5
BRtistic Festival gathers artists throughout the city to showcase Baton Rouge’s art scene, and it’s back Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5. Each day is kicked off with a yoga session, with live music and live painting to follow. Art will be available for purchase from vendors, as well as food, face painting and more.
Cap City Beer Fest
Sunday, Nov. 5
Held in downtown Baton Rouge, Cap City Beer Fest is an afternoon filled with unlimited tastings of local favorite and international beers, all for a good cause. Benefitting Companion Animal Alliance, Cap City Beer Fest will feature a commemorative glass included in ticket fees, rides on Pedal Pub, music from local DJs and food from local food trucks.
White Light Night
Friday, Nov. 17
White Light Night is Baton Rouge’s Mid City neighborhood’s largest fall festival featuring live music, art, food and more. White lights span the businesses lining Government Street, and attendees will have the opportunity to shop from local vendors and enjoy food and drinks from local restaurants.
Outdoor activities are great year-round, but fall is really when the hiking trails really seem to shine! Wind your way through the unique, indigenous foliage of hiking trails located both inside and outside the city limits. Encounter wildlife unique to the Louisiana landscape at Frenchtown Conservation Area or walk, run or bike alongside the LSU Lakes right on the edge of campus. Whatever you choose, we can’t think of a more pleasant time to get outdoors.
Autumn ushers in pumpkin spice season, and Baton Rouge is no stranger to all things pumpkin flavored. Make the most of pumpkin spice season by signing up for the Baton Rouge Coffee Trail Pass and checking in to local coffee shops for a chance to earn points towards a prize. Not a big pumpkin spice fan? There are more ways to get a taste of fall, such as Brew-Ha-Ha!’s seasonal cake ball flavors or Lighthouse Coffee’s Cinnamon Roll Latte.
For those unfamiliar with the many food seasons of Louisiana, oyster season arrives in September and carries on through winter and early spring – traditionally, months containing the letter “R.” Whether you prefer them raw, fried or chargrilled, Baton Rouge restaurants serve up some of the freshest and best oysters around. Locals recommend Beausoleil, Phil’s Oyster Bar or Jolie Pearl for some great happy hour oyster deals.
CORN MAZE & SUNFLOWER FIELDS
The Corn Maze at Burden is one of Baton Rouge’s biggest events in the fall! Held adjacent to the sunflower fields (which provide the perfect photo backdrop), the Corn Maze is complete with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hayride and gargantuan games. You can also experience the corn maze at night at the Night Maze, where you can stroll through the maze, roast marshmallows by the bonfire and dance to live music.
Live music really picks up in the fall, with live music series like Live After Five, Sundays in the Park and Rock n Rowe. Dance along to some favorite local bands – don’t forget your lawn chairs!
Halloween celebrations in Baton Rouge span the whole month of October and even a little bit of September! Whether you’re into tricks or treats, we have it all right here in Baton Rouge.
The 13th Gate Haunted House
The 13th Gate is one of the top haunted houses in the country and is known for its 13 nightmarish realms where your worst fears come true and anything can happen. With its extreme and detailed realism, this 40,000 square-foot haunted house isn’t for the faint of heart, running everything weekend from Sept. 27 until Halloween night.
Boo at the Zoo
With kiddos in costumes and animal friends, there is no cuter Halloween event in Baton Rouge than Boo at the Zoo! Held Oct. 21 – 22 and Oct. 28 – 29, this event features photo ops throughout the Baton Rouge Zoo of fall and Halloween structures, as well as festive enrichments so the animals can join the fun.
Fifolet Festival is Baton Rouge’s premiere Halloween event and spans a whole weekend filled with fun! Kicking off the events on the Thursday before Halloween is the Fifolet Pub Crawl, with a Costume Ball to follow on Friday. The real magic happens on the Saturday before Halloween, when those who dare compete in the Fifolet 5K, followed by a market filled with spooky goodies and a Halloween parade, as no holiday in Louisiana is truly celebrated without a parade!
Boo with the Krewe
Held in Scotlandville, Boo with the Krewe is a family-friendly Halloween festival held on Halloween, offering an exciting way to enjoy the holiday! With vendors, carnival-themed activities and entertainment, and of course, trick or treating, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family!