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Never a Dull Moment in Downtown Baton Rouge

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Entertainment opportunities abound in Downtown Baton Rouge, making it a hub for food, art, music and culture. Favorite activities include a night out to enjoy a meal at one of Baton Rouge’s premier restaurants or an afternoon listening to live music in North Boulevard Town Square.

Downtown's many bars, pubs, and nightclubs offer dancing and a diverse social scene that makes for a great time. People watch from a mezzanine on Third Street, catch a live band, or take a salsa lesson.

One of the most well-known of downtown Baton Rouge’s attractions is Live After Five. The free, outdoor, live concert series offers food, drinks and entertainment every Friday throughout the spring and fall. Musical performances range from classic rock and blues to R&B, oldies and jazz.

Another concert series held during the fall — Sundays in the Park — draws crowds to close the weekend with a relaxing afternoon complete with brunch and live music. Popular blues, jazz and R&B musicians regularly perform at the event.

Year-round daytime festivals that complement the weekly Arts Market and Red Stick Farmer’s Market.

Festivals and annual events initiated such as the Festival of Lights have also helped to bring all of Baton Rouge downtown. As North Boulevard is transformed into a snowy winter wonderland with millions of sparkling white lights, festival goers enjoy the sounds of a live orchestra, Christmas carolers, ballet dancing, outdoor ice skating, a live nativity scene, a historic village, classic Christmas movies, fireworks and Santa’s parade. Every year Baton Rougeans gather under Downtown’s historic live oaks to commemorate the capital city’s oldest holiday tradition.

Downtown Baton Rouge is also developing with new housing opportunities.  From mixed-use buildings on Third Street that have been restored to sleek, modern condominiums to refurbished homes in historic neighborhoods, it’s possible to live, work and play in Downtown Baton Rouge.

Photo Credit: Downtown Development District