Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2016
Ah, the start of Fall in Baton Rouge is upon us! It may still be hot as blue blazes, but don’t let that get you down. We’ve compiled an amazing list of fun (many are free!), family-friendly activities that is sure to keep your Fall season cool, crisp and filled with pumpkin pie sweetness. We hope you enjoy all of the Baton Rouge fall family events that you and your family can attend!
***We make every effort to ensure that our guides are accurate; however unforeseen changes can take place. We suggest you always call the organization or event venue ahead of time to confirm event information.***
Live After Five :: every Friday starting September 9 going through October 28, 5:00-8:00pm
In its 18th season, Live After Five was awarded the Best Community Event in the Greater Baton Rouge Area by 225 Magazine in 2014 and 2015. It’s recognized as the longest running, most successful outdoor concert series in the history of Baton Rouge, seeing an estimated 100,000 attendees per year. The Fall 2016 season will be located at Repentance Park, downtown behind the Old State Capitol off of River Road. Admission is free.
Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch (Hammond area) :: September 23 – November 6
Pick your very own pumpkin from Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch! Mrs. Heather’s also offers a wide variety of kids’ activities including zip-lining, face painting, a petting zoo, a hay maze and the giant jumping pillow! Admission is $7 per child, any age. Adults get in free.
13th Gate :: September 23 – November 5
13th Gate has been nationally recognized as one of the top Haunted Attractions in the country. Whether you are a fan of horror movies or Halloween, love to be terrified out of your wits, or just enjoy the detail of a highly interactive one-of-a-kind haunted house, the 13th Gate has something for everyone. Tickets are $25. Not recommended for young children; children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
LSU Homecoming :: September 25- October 2
You don’t have to attend the game to have some serious FREE fun with the fam during LSU’s Homecoming week. The kids will love checking out the larger-than-life decorations down Sorority Row, as well as going to the parade. Specific details for this year’s Homecoming were not yet available at time of publish, but keep checking back at the link above for the specifics on this fun weekend in Tiger Country.
Barnhill Preserve Pumpkin Patch (Ethel) :: October 1 – November 6 (Monday-Friday reserved for school field trips; Saturday and Sunday open to public 10:00am-5:00pm)
Tucked away less than an hour from Baton Rouge is not only a 2-acre pumpkin patch, but home to many exotic animals such as kangaroos, llamas, a Eurasian lynx, a bearded dragon and so many more. Corn maze, hayrides, and photo opportunities! Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12, children under 2 are free. Your chosen pumpkin is included in the cost.
Harvest Days at LSU Rural Life :: Friday and Saturday October 1 and 2, 8:00am-5:00pm
Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800s. Activities will include open-hearth cooking, soap making, boat building, hands on activities for kids and wagon rides. Regular admission applies.
Corn Maze Festival at Burden :: Saturday October 1, 10:00am-6:00pm
Find your way out of the maze and enjoy a family event including farm animals petting zoo, pumpkin painting, hay mountain, hayride and giant sling shots. Concessions available. Admission is $10.50 per person (includes sales tax). Free for children 3 and younger.
Corn Maze Saturdays at Burden :: October 8, 15, 22 (Saturdays) 10:00am-5:00pm (open until 9:00pm on October 29 for the Night Maze)
Come to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens for the annual Corn Maze festivities. Bring the whole family for a day of Fall fun during one of Louisiana’s most beautiful months. During the Night Maze enjoy an evening bonfire, s’mores and music. Wear your costume!Admission is $10.50 per person (includes sales tax). Free for children 3 and younger.
Angola Rodeo :: every Sunday in October
Since 1964, Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has been the site of the “Wildest Show in the South.” This unique event was started by inmates and employees of the state’s only maximum-security prison, once known as “The Bloodiest Prison in the World.” Today, rain or shine, the event draws thousands annually to enjoy a rodeo that is sure to delight and entertain. Inmate hobbycraft items including jewelry, leather craft, paintings, woodworking and souvenirs are available for purchase with various concession stands spread all along the grounds. Several inmate bands perform throughout the event. Tickets are $15, children 2 and under are free.
Jefferson United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch :: October 7 – 31, Weekdays 11:00am to 6:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Jefferson UMC’s patch is its largest fundraiser with the proceeds going to serve local missions and youth mission trips. Kick Off Party will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, 11:30am-2:30pm. Picnic in the Patch with Children Games will be held Sun Oct. 23 after 10:30 service.
New Song Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch (Prairieville) :: October 8 – October 31 (Monday to Friday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm)
Enjoy pumpkins and hay rides at this church pumpkin patch on Old Perkins Road. Admission is free.
Fall Art Crawl (Zachary) :: Friday October 14, 6:00-9:00pm
Local businesses along Main Street will open their doors to display beautiful artwork created by local artisans. Enjoy live music and family fun. Free admission.
Southern University Homecoming :: October 16-22
The Jaguars pull out all the stops for their homecoming with a jam-packed week of events, including a parade, Greek show and bonfire. All details have not been finalized at time of publish, but keep checking back at the link above for more information as the date gets closer.
Washington Parish Free Fair (Franklinton) :: October 19-22 (Wednesday – Sunday)
Make it a day trip to Franklinton for the largest parish/county free fair in the country, and the second oldest fair in Louisiana. You’ll find no shortage of family fun activities such as McDonald’s Farm, stage shows and a variety of agricultural and livestock exhibits. Experience the Midway and the rodeo and visit the past through the authentic historical pioneer village, where you’ll be guided by costumed hosts. Admission is free.
Harb’s Oasis :: October 22
Join Harb’s Oasis for their Fall Family Festival from 10 am – 2 pm. The event itself is free. Pony rides are $5. There will also be face-painting, farm petting zoo, baby wild animals, popcorn, lemonade, photo opps with pumpkins and more!
Boo at the Zoo :: October 22, 23, 29, 30 (Saturdays and Sundays)
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo invites you wear your best costumes for a merry-not-scary trick-or-treating extravaganza! Children can visit treat stations throughout the zoo, make a memory at the Safari Snapshot photo booth and wander through the merry-not-scary Hay Maze. Regular zoo admission applies.
BREC-a-Boo :: October 13, 14, 28
Come dressed in your Halloween attire and have loads of family fun at BREC’s Greenwood Park. The haunting excitement consists of carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contest, haunted hikes ($3 per person) and much more.
Greenwood Community Park :: Thursday, October 13 (9:00-11:00am for kids 6 and under) and 5:30-8:30pm and Friday Oct. 14 5:30-8:30pm
Forest Community Park :: Friday, October 28 (9:00-11:00am for kids 6 and under) and 5:30-8:30pm (all ages)
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair :: October 27 – November 6
Nothing says Fall like a fair, so be sure to check out the Baton Rouge area’s biggest and best carnival of the year! There will be tons of rides, great food & nightly musical entertainment. General admission is $5 for anyone measuring 48′ tall and over, plus the cost of ride tickets ($1 each) or wristbands ($25).
Trick or Treating on Sorority Row :: Sunday, October 30, 3:00-5:00pm
A fun way to get some extra wear out of those Halloween costumes, bring your costumed kids to LSU’s Sorority Row & have them master their Trick-or-Treating skills before the big day! LSU’s sororities and fraternities will be passing out candy along a blocked off E. Lakeshore Drive. There’s also a photo booth, inflatables and lots of fun for the whole family! Admission is free and open to the public.
Party at The Grove (Prairieville) :: Friday, October 28, 6:00-9:00pm
Join The Grove Church for a night of family fun! Live music by Phat Hat, free food, inflatables, games, face painting and balloon animals. Admission is free.
Swamp Haunted Hikes :: October 14, 21, 28 (Fridays), 6:00-9:00pm
Held at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, this event is specifically designed for younger children as an alternative to scarier Halloween events — no scare tactics are used. Participants learn about snakes, insects, rats and other “creepy critters” as they stop at educational stations along the trail. Participants are welcome to come in costume. Because this program runs at night, all participants should bring a flashlight and children must be accompanied by an adult. Kiddos can track down costumed characters to receive “treasures” then trek through the Swamp Graveyard to our Education Building for carnival games and spooky story time. $6/person, children 2 and under get in free.
Baton Rouge Halloween Parade :: Saturday, October 29, 2:00pm
The 5th Annual Halloween Parade takes place in downtown Baton Rouge which also collects donations for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. There is a No Alcohol Zone on Convention between 5th and 7th Streets, as well as a No Scare Zone on 7th Street between Convention and Laurel Streets. Click here for full parade route. Donations to the GBR Food Bank will be collected throughout the parade.
Spooky Spectrum :: Saturday October 29, 6:00-10:00pm
Highland Road Park’s 9th annual family-friendly tribute to the “bizarre and freakish.” We’ll delve into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics with creepy science demonstrations, some of which we’ve never used. And don’t forget the campfire stories. Strange sky phenomena, extra dimensions and extraterrestrials. Admission is free. Recommended for ages 6 and older.
Haints, Haunts and Halloween at the LSU Rural Life Museum ::Sunday October 30, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair. Storytelling, cake walks, pumpkin decorating, games and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum grounds. Admission is $5 per person, children under 2 are free. Recommended for children ages 2 to 9 years old. Costumes are optional.
Movie in the Park :: Friday, November 4, 6:00-9:00pm
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and come to BREC’s Mayfair Park to enjoy a family movie under the stars. Admission is free. The Jungle Book will be shown.
Make it a Movie Night :: Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-9:00pm
Come out to BREC’s Independence Park Theatre for a free showing of Follow That Bird on the big screen. Big Bird is evicted from Sesame Street and begins a long adventure wandering across the country, as his friends head out to bring him back. Admission is free.
Flashlight Night at the Swamp :: Friday, November 18, 9:00am-9:00pm
Experience Bluebonnet Swamp after the sun goes down and the night life comes out to play. Park gates remain open on these special nights until 9 pm to allow visitors to explore the trails, enjoy live animal encounters and view a nature film. General admission applies; free for pass holders.
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Happy Baton Rouge Fall, Y’all!
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