The Capital Region is one of Louisiana’s best kept secrets when it comes to the fine arts. Arts, music and live entertainment, drawing acts and exhibits, are featured through a blend of big city shows combined with the region's unique sense of culture.
Downtown Baton Rouge is a great place to find a combination of live shows and inspiring art exhibits. The heart of the capital is home to some of the largest entertainment facilities, including the Baton Rouge River Center, the Shaw Center for the Arts, the Manship Theatre and the Capitol Park Museum. Additionally, Baton Rouge is the official “home of the Swamp Blues,” where regular sightings of blues legends – such as Kenny Neal and Chris LeBlanc – are commonplace. The city’s love for blues becomes evident through the annual Blues Festival, one of the premiere music festivals in the nation.
Many artistic and cultural venues also seek to educate and inform in addition to entertain. The Baton Rouge Symphony educates youth on the importance of music in their lives; the education reaches between 7,000 and 12,000 children, from children in kindergarten to teenagers in their senior year of high school.
Baton Rouge has something for everyone from Broadway musicals and southern culture to the history of the city.