Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2017
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.***
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
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.
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!
Happy Fall, Y’all!
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