March/April Calendar

Baton Rouge Bicentennial

From Indian tribes to Spanish battles, a civil war and the civil rights movement — Baton Rouge, the “Red Stick” city by the River, has been at the center of American history and Louisiana for over 200 years. After Louisiana’s acceptance into the Union in 1812, Baton Rouge was officially incorporated in 1817. Since becoming the state’s capital city in 1849, Baton Rouge has grown into the second largest city in Louisiana and transformed from a small river town to a Southern metropolis. Baton Rouge is home to both Louisiana State University, as well as Southern University. It has an amazing music and food scene with eclectic tastes and sounds representing the rich culture of the area. The city blends its rich history and architecture seamlessly with its growing arts scene. Tour a plantation, take in an art show at a local gallery or experience the countless events dedicated to the city’s bicentennial. 2017 is shaping up to be the best year yet for our Louisiana capital. Check out our roundup of Baton Rouge 200 events on the opposite page.


Greater New Orleans

March 5. Southern Soul Assembly. New Orleans.
March 7-12. Sun Belt Basketball Championship. New Orleans.
March 10-18. St. Patrick’s Day Parades. New Orleans.
March 11. Northshore Gumbo Cook-Off. Slidell.
March 16. Restoration Roadshow. Lacombe.
March 17-18. Northshore Garden and Plant Sale. Covington. 985-875-2635.
March 19. Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday. New Orleans.
March 19. Chef Soiree. Covington. 985-893-2570.
March 31 – April 1. Hogs for the Cause. New Orleans.
April 5-May 17. Wednesday at the Square Concert Series. New Orleans. 504-585-1500.
April 7-9. Abita Springs – En Plein Air Exhibition. Abita Springs.
April 15. Crescent City Classic. New Orleans.
April 22. Crawfish Cookoff. Slidell. 985-643-5470.
April 24-30. Zurich Classic. New Orleans. 504-342-3000.


Cajun Country

March 4. Bayou Gourmet Cookbook Cook-Off. Houma.
March 10. Monet: Method And Meaning. Lafayette. 337-482-2278.
March 11. ZZ Top concert. Lake Charles.
March 11-18. Shadows Plein Air Competition. New Iberia. 337-369-6446.
March 12. Zydeco Marathon. Lafayette.
March 15. International Film Night at the Museum. Lafayette. 337-482-2278.
March 17, 24, 31. Live at the Lakefront (Outdoor Concert Series). Lake Charles. 337-439-ARTS (2787).
March 24-25. Toughest Monster Truck tour. Lafayette.
March 25. Cajun Comic Relief. Lafayette. 337-298-9717.
March 26. Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off. Eunice.
April 3-9. Cajun Classique. Breaux Bridge. 337-366-0337.
April 4. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. Lafayette. 337-291-5555.
April 7-9. CyPhaCon 2017. Lake Charles.
April 8. ReALLIEty Challenge Mud Run. Lake Charles.
April 8-13. Dewey Balfa Cajun & Creole Heritage Week. Lafayette. 337-234-8360.
April 19-23. Cycle Zydeco. Lafayette. 337-781-9416.
April 20-23. Fashion Week Lake Charles. Lake Charles.
April 28. Spring Art Walk. Lake Charles. 337-439-2787.



March 11. Gumbo Gladiators Cook-Off. Shreveport. 318-425-4413.
March 11. Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Louisiana. Shreveport.
April 7-8. Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ Cook-Off. Shreveport. 318-865-5555.


Plantation Country

April 8-9. Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Baton Rouge.
April 15-16. Angola Prison Spring Rodeo. Saint Francisville. 225-655-2592.


Baton Rouge 200 – Events

March Thru Dec. 31. River Capital. A History of Baton Rouge. Old State’s Capitol.
March Thru Dec. 31. Old State Capitol to display Preserve Louisiana Collections from the Old Governor’s Mansion throughout 2017. 100 North Blvd.
March 7. LATCo Improv Night. Baton Rouge.
March 11. TEDxLSU. Baton Rouge. 225-578-7795
March 25. Dancin’ in the Streets. Baton Rouge. 225-766-8379
March 25-26. Mistletoe in March. Baton Rouge. 225-933-2617
March 30. Iris’ Chef Show Off. Baton Rouge.
April 8-9. Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April Thru Dec. 31. River Capital. A History of Baton Rouge. Old State’s Capitol.
April 1. Downtown Derby. Baton Rouge. 225-377-2029.
April 7. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre Presents “Rapunzel”. Baton Rouge. 225-766-8379.


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