Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Event Guide 2017

Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2017

Disclosure :: this guide is brought to you courtesy of our sponsors The Baton Rouge Clinic and Associates in Pediatric Dentistry.

Scarves, pumpkin spice aromas and all things fall are about to make their appearances, and we have the events to go with them! We’ve compiled an amazing list of fun (many free!), family-friendly activities in and around Baton Rouge for you and your family to enjoy this Fall season.

***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.***

We maintain a full calendar of events here. If you have a great family-friendly event to add to the Red Stick Moms Blog calendar, please do that here.

Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2017

Live After Five :: September 8-October 27, 5:00-8:00pm

Produced by the Downtown Business Association, Live After Five is the longest running, most successful outdoor concert series in the history of Baton Rouge, seeing an estimated 100,000 attendees per year. The concert is FREE, just bring your dancing shoes, and be ready to start your weekend the Louisiana way!

13th Gate :: September 22-November 4

From crawling through a crematory oven and an old hearse to being lost in dark underground tunnels or even finding yourself standing on a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes, this 40,000 square foot haunted house is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart! General admission tickets are $30. Not recommended for young children; children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch (Hammond Area) :: September 23-November 8 

Fall is here and the pumpkins are growing bountifully! Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin patch offers endless amount of fun activities for your kids and family! Admission is $7 per child, adults are free.

LSU Homecoming :: September 24-October 1

Tigers, join us for LSU Homecoming 2017, when we’ll have action-packed events throughout the week, and family-friendly activities all weekend. And don’t miss this year’s 2017 Homecoming Court at halftime of the LSU vs. Troy football game. Check back at the link above for updates on events!

Barn Hill Preserve Pumpkin Patch :: September 30-November 5, 9:00am-5:00pm

Take a short drive to Ethel for this pumpkin patch PLUS activity stations like sloth photos, face painting, the corn maze, a hayride and more! Admission is $10 per child, $12 per adult and includes one pumpkin per guest and a kangaroo encounter.

Southern University Homecoming :: October 6-7

Celebrate the Jaguars’ Homecoming with a Greek Show, Parade and more as they gear up to play the AAMU Bulldogs! Full schedule in link above.

Harvest Days at LSU Rural Life :: October 7-8, 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 include; open-hearth cooking, soap-making, wood working, and many hands-on activities in which the general public can participate.  Wagon rides and other activities are included. 

New Song Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch :: October 9-31, 1:00-6:00pm

Sunday, October 8th marks the arrival of pumpkins and our ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH! We have tours, crafts, and hayrides available for schools and daycares also. Tours are available 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Corn Maze Saturdays at Burden :: October 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Saturdays) 10:00am-5:00pm (open until 9:00pm on October 28 for the Night Maze)

Find your way out of the Corn Maze, paint a pumpkin, visit the Red Barn Petting Zoo, enjoy a hayride, climb the straw mountain, play in the corn box and more! Featuring our most popular attraction, a children’s zipline! During the Night Maze, bring the family and enjoy an evening bonfire, corn dogs, s’mores and live music. Costumes are welcomed. Admission is $10, free for children 3 and younger. 

Angola Rodeo :: October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Sundays)

The Angola Prison Rodeo is a professionally produced rodeo.  Angola contracts with professional rodeo stock contractors to provide the rodeo stock used in events; professional judges are contracted with to objectively judge each event.  In addition, to ensure inmate participant safety, professional rodeo clowns are always present in the arena during events. Tickets are $20, children 2 years old or under are admitted free if they are held by an adult.

BREC-A-Boo :: October 12, 13, 27, 28

Come dressed in your Halloween attire and have loads of family fun at BREC parks during these events. The haunting excitement consists of carnival games, ghostly visitors, costume contests, haunted hikes ($3 per person) and much more. Food vendors will be on site for these events.

Greenwood Community Park :: Thursday, October 12, 9:00-11:00am (ages 6 and under) and 5:30-8:30pm (all ages); Friday, October 13, 5:30-8:30pm (all ages)

Forest Community Park :: Friday, October 27, 9:00-11:00am (ages 6 and under) and 5:30-8:30pm (all ages); Saturday, October 28, 5:30-8:30pm (all ages) 

Make it a Movie Night: Paranorman :: October 13, 7:00-10:00pm

Free, family-friendly indoor film series with concessions available for purchase at Independence Park Theatre. For more information visit theparktheatre.com. From the makers of “Coraline” comes the magically thrilling story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse. 

Swamp Haunted Hikes :: October 13, 20 &27, 6:00pm

Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes are designed specifically for younger children. This program is an alternative to the commercial haunted houses, which are geared more for teenagers and adults. Participants learn about snakes, insects, rats and other “creepy critters” as they stop at educational stations along the trail. No scare tactics are used during this program, and participants are welcome to come in costume. All participants should bring a flashlight, and because this program runs at night, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Back again from last year: Track down costumed characters to receive “treasures” then trek through the Swamp Graveyard to our Education Building for carnival games and spooky storytime. Join us at Haunted Hikes this year for tons of fun! Admission is $6.

Washington Parish Free Fair :: October 18-21

Each year in Franklinton, the Washington Parish Free Fair provides quality family entertainment to visitors from all over the globe. They come to enjoy the excellent exhibits of cut flowers, homemaking, livestock and agricultural products. Then there is Old McDonald’s Farm, and the activities that never seem to cease on the stage. They come to experience the magic of the Midway and the excitement of the PRO Rodeo, and even to just sit a spell under one of the tall pine trees and enjoy the good food. In addition to all these attractions, there is the Authentic Historical Pioneer Village, the Mile Branch Settlement. Here the visitor will be heartily welcomed by the many costumed hosts and experience a trip into our past as he visits the various log cabins and buildings filled with antiques and hospitality. One will feel free to sit a while on one of the broad porches or tap ones feet to the music.

Spooky Spectrum :: October 21, 6:00-10:00pm

Come visit–if you dare–as HRPO’s ninth annual family-friendly tribute to the bizarre and freakish takes place. 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, extraterrestrials. Be warned–we want to make you think! Ages 6 and up.

Boo at the Zoo :: October 21, 22, 28 & 29, 9:30am-4:00pm

Boo at the Zoo is our biggest event of the year! Boo at the Zoo is a trick-or-treating extravaganza within the Zoo. We have a wide variety of other activities for the entire family to enjoy! Come be a part of a Merry-Not-Scary Halloween tradition!

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair :: October 26-November 6, 5:00-10:00pm Monday-Friday, 12:00-10:00pm Saturday & Sunday

We hope you will join us this fall for a great fair experience! We offer one of the most enjoyable fair experiences for exhibitors and concessionaires. Gate admission is $5 for anyone 48 inches tall and over. Anyone who rides the rides must have either individual coupons or a ride wristband. Wristbands may be purchased on the midway for $25.00. Ride coupons are $1.00 each. The number of coupons needed varies from ride to ride. Purchase of a wristband allows you unlimited rides.

Make it a Movie Night: The Witches :: October 27, 7:00-10:00pm

Free, family-friendly indoor film series with concessions available for purchase at Independence Park Theatre. For more information visit theparktheatre.com. A recently orphaned young boy is taken to England by his grandmother. At their hotel, he stumbles across a witches’ convention plotting to rid the world of children.

A Halloween Day at the Museum :: October 28, 2:00-5:00pm

What happens when you combine Harry Potter with astronomy and art, three days before Halloween, in an historic train station turned museum? Join us to find out! Featuring themed activities beginning at 2 PM and culminating with a live presentation of The Astronomical World of Harry Potter at 5 PM, this is sure to be a WANDerful day out for muggles from 3 to 103. 

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade :: October 28, 2:00pm

This year’s theme is Rhythm and Boos! Join us as we celebrate music of all types throughout history! Leading the way will be Grand Marshal, Patrick Mulhearn, King Mark Bounds and Queen Judy Gonzales!

Haints, Haunts and Halloween at LSU Rural Life :: October 29, 3:00-6:00pm

Remembering the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair, this fun filled day will include; storytelling, cake walks and of course trick-or-treat!  We encourage all to wear their best costumes and bring your sacks for all the goodies!  Recommended for ages 2-9. Admission: $5 per person with children under 2 years old admitted at no charge.

Halloween Hullabaloo :: October 31, 6:00-8:00pm

The City of Central is happy to bring back its Halloween Hullabaloo for the second year. Founded in October 2016 as a Trick or Treat alternative following the devastating August floods, the event was a big success in its first year, including a chance for kids to connect with the Central Fire Department and Police Department. BREC will be providing Halloween themed activities as well, so grab your costume and join us!

Fall Art Crawl :: November 3, 6:00-9:00pm

Join 1,000 of your neighbors for the 6th annual Fall Art Crawl in downtown Zachary! Local shops will be open late with visual artists selling their work along the art crawl route. Catch live music by local musicians!

Flashlight Night at the Swamp :: November 17, 5:00-9:00pm

We welcome you to enjoy the swamp at night by visiting us during our Swamp Flashlight Nights! Staff will be facilitating live animal encounters and running special nature films. Enjoy a leisurely night hike with your family and friends. The swamp trails can be really dark at night so don’t forget to bring a flashlight. If you don’t have one, check out our gift shop for some options. Close-toed shoes and insect repellent are recommended. General admission applies; free for pass holders.

 

 


Fall Festivals

Highland Jazz and Blues Festival :: September 16, Shreveport

Enjoy live music at the always unique and funky “party in the park” with the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival. This FREE annual event features local and national jazz and blues artists, great food, and local artwork in the Historic Highland neighborhood…join us as we celebrate fourteen incredible years!

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival :: September 20-24, New Iberia 
 
Celebrate the Louisiana sugar cane industry with parades, carnival, live Cajun and Zydeco music, car show, sugar cookery, photography, and artistry competitions, horticulture show, pageantry and more.
 
Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival :: September 22-23, Gonzales
 
The two day festival consists of hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, a classic car show, barbecue competition,  great food, nightly fireworks shows, carnival rides and plenty of fun activities for children of all ages.
 
Fried Chicken Festival :: September 23-24, New Orleans 
 
The Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) presented by Raising Cane’s is a free outdoor festival that brings food, music, family and festivities together in celebration of the classic Southern dish. The festival features events including the Fried Chicken Tenders Eating Contest and the Best Fried Chicken Contest,  judged by local and national food writers, bloggers and critics.
 
Red River Revel Arts Festival :: September 30-October 7,  Shreveport
 
The Red River Revel Arts Festival (the Revel, known by locals) is an eight-day annual festival of food, culture, art and music held at Festival Plaza in Shreveport, Louisiana every October. Located downtown on the banks of the Red River, Festival Plaza stretches a three-block corridor from Market Street to the river. The festival features over 100 visual artists, four performance stages, 24 food booths, a children’s arts education area, and three arts education programs.
 
Beignet Fest :: October 7, New Orleans
 
Beignet Fest celebrates New Orleans’ most iconic dessert: the beignet. From traditional sweet treats to savory delicacies that feature seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest serves up the best beignets in the South. In true New Orleans tradition, Beignet Fest features a myriad of restaurant vendors; local and regional musical entertainment; and family-friendly activities in the Kid’s Village presented by Ochsner Hospital for Children.
 
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival :: October 13-15, New Orleans 
 
It all kicks off with a big-band party of New Orleans icons: the incomparable Deacon John’s Jump Blues, plus the longtime King of Bourbon Street, Luther Kent & Trick Bag. It’s a barbecue festival, so of course we’ll have the best assemblage of regional meat smokers to be found anywhere – including some of the hot new barbecue restaurants that have lit up the New Orleans culinary scene. And, as always, we’ll have a great art market full of one-of-a-kind crafts.
 
Voice of the Wetlands Festival :: October 13-15, Houma
 
VOW was established in 2004 as a volunteer-based non-profit, focused on driving awareness about the loss of the wetlands in southern Louisiana. VOW was started by musician Tab Benoit who was born and raised in Houma, LA – one of the communities born of the wetlands. A coalition of local artists and business leaders recognized the urgency to save their homes and the culture of southern Louisiana. This is a free, 3-day, two stage, outdoor music festival packed with the best in Louisiana music.
 
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles :: October 13-15, Lafayette
 
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive. Since then it has grown into a three day event that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Whether you’re amongst the young or the young at heart, you can bet that Festivals Acadiens has something that will tickle your fancy. Come join us for good music, good food, and good times!
 
Mac N Cheese Fest :: October 21, New Orleans
 
The inaugural festival will feature Mac N Cheese dishes of many varieties from more than a dozen local restaurants along with a selection of other items from each of their menus. It will also feature some of your favorite live bands, beer and cocktails.
 
Rougarou Fest :: October 21-22, Houma
 
The Rougarou Fest is a family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. It showcases live music, cultural activities, carnival rides, children’s activities, Cajun food, the Krewe Ga Rou parade, and so much more.
 
French Food Festival :: October 26-29, Larose
 
The best in Cajun food, music & dancing. Carnival mid-way & live auction. Art show, Cajun market and petting zoo. Contests of all kinds: Fun Walk/Race, cake decorating contest, art contest, 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Over 40 booths of fun. Overnight camping available with advanced reservations.
 
Louisiana Seafood Festival :: October 27-29, New Orleans 
 
Our seafood heritage creates one of the most flavorful cultures in the world. For generations, family and friends have gathered to enjoy our most famous cuisine — oysters, crawfish, shrimp and more. 

Our vendors will bake, steam, simmer and grill all weekend long, creating remarkable flavors you’re sure to remember. The Louisiana Seafood Festival features remarkable restaurants and caterers from the greater New Orleans area and beyond. Tempt your palate with the cuisine that Louisiana loves best!
  
 
Southdown Marketplace is a one-day arts & crafts festival that features more than 300 local and national vendors with unique hand-made products including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, original art, garden items, seasonal products and more! Come enjoy a huge selection of Cajun Cuisine food favorites like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice, and corn soup.
 
 
Want your event featured in our monthly roundup? Please feel free to add it to our calendar HERE!

Happy Fall, Y’all! 

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