Baton Rouge has three pillars: football, food and music. With football season and live music events in full swing, it’s the perfect time to schedule a visit. If you’re here for Southern's much-anticipated homecoming game, extend your stay and check out what else Baton Rouge has to offer. Whether you’re coming to town as an alumni or celebrating as a current student, there’s plenty to do while you’re in Baton Rouge. Here are a few events that will help you stay a while!


13th Gate


Open from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday – Sunday

Notoriously known as one of the top haunted houses in the country, the 13th Gate is the place to be to celebrate Halloween in appropriate Baton Rouge fashion. It's like a rite of passage - one must experience this haunted house at least once whenever they come to the city during Halloween! Journey through 13 nightmarish realms and expect the unexpected around every corner.

BONUS: Catch a ride from The 13th Gate to 13 Social for after-fright drinks on the Pedal Pub through their Halleauxween special!



6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12

Here in Baton Rouge, we love a chance to enjoy live music! That's why this week, there are plenty of opportunities to get to listen to entertainment from local artists...for free. Yep, you heard right! On Thursday, Oct. 12, Perkins Rowe will host The Remnants as they perform in the Town Square. So, grab your lawn chairs and dancing shoes for a night of fun at the Rowe!


Live After Five



5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13

Another free opportunity of live music that you don't want to miss! Join locals as emerging artist, D.K. Harrell, takes the stage downtown at Live After 5 Friday night. His catalog includes original songs, a soulful voice and powerful guitar rifts that are guaranteed to make the music move you!


Red Stick Farmer's Market



8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14

Grab fresh fruits and veggies at this weekend's farmer's market in downtown Baton Rouge. This is a great way to support our local farmers and to see what's in season this October. While you're there, be sure to stop inside Main Street Market for a tasty breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee!


Sunday in the Park 2020



2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15

End the weekend with more live music during Sunday in the Park. This series provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate community and enjoy music from across Louisiana in a fun, family-friendly environment. Bring your family and friends and listen to the sounds of The Michael Foster Project for free!


Trumpet player in the Southern University Band


Explore Baton Rouge’s Black History Trail

Learn about African Americans' achievements and culture that plays into Baton Rouge's Black History Trail. Walk the same places where some of the most monumental moments happened in history. Eat at restaurants where history was made. Discover our city's mix of culture and heritage on this itinerary, including food, music, museums, and more!


The homecoming game against Lincoln University – California kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at A.W. Mumford Stadium.  Get ready to rock your Columbia blue attire and bring the house down with the Human Jukebox all day long! Buy tickets here and view Southern's schedule of events!