Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2018

Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2018

Disclosure :: this guide is brought to you courtesy of our sponsors The Baton Rouge Clinic and BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.

Hello Fall! What better way to spend the holiday season than with your family making great memories? 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 2018

Fall Fest and Food Drive :: September 22

Celebrate the first day of Fall with the Little Gym in Zachary! Join us for some Fall Crafting, Fall-themed gym activities, and a food drive to support the Zachary Food Pantry! 11:30-12:30 Ages 0-3, 12:30-1:30 Ages 4-12. Bring a canned or dry good with you to donate to the Zachary Food Pantry! This is a free event for the community! Everyone is welcome!

Luckett Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch At Rosedown (St. Francisville) :: September 22-October 6, 9:00am-5:00pm

Bring your family and friends and join us for “Fall” Family Fun! We’ll have farm tours, corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, family games, and AG educational events! Our 10 acre maze is filled with twist and turns. Everyone will have loads of Fun playing our AG games thru out the maze! We also have a mini maze for our little ones.

Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch (Hammond Area) :: September 22-November 4 

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.

Southern University Homecoming :: September 28-29

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

Live After Five :: September 28-November 2, 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 28-November 3

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.

Blackwater UMC Annual Pumpkin Patch :: October 1-31

Mondays-Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-6:30pm; Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm; Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

Denham Springs Antique Village Fall Festival :: October 6, 10:00am-5:00pm

Don’t miss the Denham Fall Festival! Join in the Family Atmosphere In Downtown Denham Springs, LA. All for you are Vendors, Games, Kiddie Rides, great Food Booths, Antique Stores to shop, Art Exhibits, tour the Old City Hall. The Antique Village hosts two festivals a year. Over 150 vendor booths line up in the middle of Range Ave. to sell antiques, art, greenery, crafts and many more items. There is plenty of food such as jambalaya, hamburgers, funnel cakes, and much, much more. Come stroll down Mattie Street a.k.a. “Art Avenue” and hear live music at Train Station Park. All of the stores are open in the village with plenty of sales, so come and enjoy the day with us in the Antique Village.

Harvest Days at LSU Rural Life :: October 6-7, 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. 

Barn Hill Preserve Pumpkin Patch :: October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28, 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! Open to the public every weekend in October. Admission is $10 per child, $12 per adult and includes one pumpkin per guest and a kangaroo encounter.

Corn Maze Saturdays at Burden :: October 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Saturdays) 10:00am-5:00pm (open until 9:00pm on October 27 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. 

Steele’s Fall Festival (Angie) :: October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 27 & 28; Saturdays, 10:00am-6:00pm; Sundays, 1:00-6:00pm

Our family is proud to offer Washington Parishes first and only Pumpkin Patch.  We also offer many games and attraction as well as a Petting Zoo with all types of farm animals that the kids can feed and interact with.  Enjoy a tractor drawn hay ride thru the Christmas Trees to the Pumpkin Patch and the Petting Zoo. The Pumpkins are pre-harvested and displayed in one of our fields Come ride on the Moo Moo Choo Choo, featuring eight decorated carts that look like holstein cows pulled by a tractor. We also have many attractions providing children of all ages a whole day of family fun and entertainment!

NewSong on Old Perkins Pumpkin Patch :: October 7-31

Come pick a pumpkin and enjoy the outdoors!

Angola Rodeo :: October 7, 14, 21 & 28 (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

Fly over on a broom or float like a ghost, just don’t be tardy to the party! All ages, come dressed in your costume of choice, and be prepared to load up on ghouls of fun and recreational experiences. There will be a children’s village for ages 8 and under to experience Halloween themed carnival games, character visits, arts and crafts, as well as karaoke in the amphitheater. For those who dare, the guided Haunted Hike will begin at dusk for $3 per person. The guided hike is recommended for ages 8 and older and if under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. At 7:00pm, we will gather all for a costume contest, so make sure your costume will impress the judges. If you leave your snacks at home, do not fear – food vendors will be near, for purchase.

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

Forest Community Park :: Friday, October 26, 9:30-11:30am (ages 6 and under) and 5:30-8:30pm (all ages); Saturday, October 27, 5:30-8:30pm (all ages) 

Swamp Haunted Hikes :: October 12, 19 & 26, 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.

LSU Homecoming :: October 14-21

Tigers, join us for LSU Homecoming against Mississippi State! We’ll host action-packed events for students throughout the week and family-friendly activities all weekend. Past events have included can drives, Homecoming concerts, and of course the Homecoming parade, football game, and court on-field ceremonies.

Washington Parish Free Fair :: October 17-20

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.

Trick & Treat Howl-o-ween Costume Pawty :: October 19, 6:00-9:00pm 

Bring the dog and the entire family to this dog-friendly Trick or Treat event at the Dog Park at Forest Community Park. Local pet organizations will be in attendance distributing valuable information, candy for the kiddos and treats for the dogs. Dress up your dog for the Best Costume Contest as well!

Spooky Spectrum :: October 20, 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 20, 21, 27 & 28, 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!

Pumpkin Paddle Parade :: October 25, 5:30-7:30pm

Get in the Halloween spirit by paddling in the dark along the shoreline of the University Lakes or watching the light show from the beach! For this fourth annual event, participants bring a voluntary contribution of nonperishable goods for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Dress in a costume and add some lighting to your watercraft! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats in various divisions. Bring your own vessel or rent one from the LSU URec or Outdoor Adventure (with advanced notice). Sponsored by: Paddle BR + The Backpacker Participants are asked to bring a voluntary canned good to paddle. Rent a boat in advance at webtrac.brec.org.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair :: October 25-November 4

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.

Fall Art Crawl :: October 26, 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!

Halloween Movie Night :: October 26, 6:30-9:30pm

Come relax on the lawn at Farr Park with your family while we screen a Halloween thriller! First, take a hayride through our haunted park. Popcorn will be provided. Snacks and other treats will be available for purchase. Hay rides will begin at 6:30pm and the movie will run from 7:30-9:30pm. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome, adult supervision required for all children.

Spook N Rowe :: October 26, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for our first Spook N Rowe – a family-friendly Halloween event the whole family can enjoy! There will be tons of tricks as well as sweet treats throughout the evening. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes to enjoy a safe environment of trick-or-treating down the Rowe! We will have music, children’s arts and crafts with Baton Rouge Moms, a children’s costume contest, face painting, and more! We will also be joined by Petite Princess Company for a princess meet and greet!

Blackwater UMC Pumpkin Patch Family Day :: October 27, 9:00am-4:00pm

Fun for all ages! Family Patch Fun: $10/Kid – $40 MAX per family; Parents FREE – Carnival games, panning for gold, obstacle course, barrel train ride, hay rides, and more! $3/person Touch a Truck – Come and check out the big trucks first hand! $5/person: The Haunted Mansion! This is not gory but it is scary! Jumps and screams galore! Parents, please be advised that this is not for small children. Great for teens and adults and all funds go to support the student ministry of our church! Food for Sale: Baked goods, cotton candy, hot dogs, burgers, jambalaya, drinks and funnel cakes!

Broadmoor United Methodist Church Fall Festival :: October 27, 4:00-6:00pm

Join us for a fun, free event where children can play games, collect candy, and spend time with their families! Broadmoor United Methodist is located at 10230 Mollylea Drive (the corner of Sharp Road and Mollylea Drive). The festival will feature carnival games, Trunk-or-Treat, laser tag, escape room, balloon animals, inflatables, activities for special needs children and the Geaux Cuban food truck!

Zombie 5k Fun Run :: October 27, 5:00-6:00pm

Run to stay alive! Runners not only have to make it to the end of the course, but will have to avoid the undead as they try to take your lives before you can get to safety at the finish line. Help us fill the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank bins by bringing canned goods to donate. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. For ages 16 and up.

A Halloween Day at the Museum :: October 27, 2:00-5:00pm

What happens when you combine Harry Potter with
astronomy and art in a historic train station turned museum? Join us to find out! Featuring special planetarium shows each hour, themed activities including Make Your Own Howler and Butterbeer tasting beginning at 2 PM, and a live presentation of The Astronomical World of Harry Potter at 5 PM, this is sure to be a WANDerful day for muggles from 3 to 103! All planetarium shows and activities are included with general admission and are free for members.

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade :: October 27, 4:00pm

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 28, 3:30-6:30pm

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 Boo Bash :: October 31, 6:00-8:00pm

Come dressed in your costumes for this entertaining Halloween experience at Gus Young Avenue Park. Enjoy the holiday themed recreational games and tour the Haunted House if you dare. Sponsored by Martin Luther King Center, Councilman LaMont Cole

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

Join Central for this 3rd annual event at BREC’s Hooper Road Sports park, featuring food, trick or treat, inflatables, games and more!

Flashlight Night at the Swamp :: November 16, 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

Oldies But Goodies Fest & BBQ Cook-Off :: September 8-9, Port Allen

Join us for BCA & SCA Championship Cook Off. The Cook-Off competition starts at 11:00am with Clifton Brown & The Rusty Bucket Band performing 12:00-5:00pm. Sunday Sept. 9th fun begins at 11:00am with an antique car show and poker run to benefit Blue Star Moms. Music begins at 11:00am with Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition on stage until 1:30pm, then Chee Weez takes the stage at 2:00-5:00pm. Admission is free and event features crafters and LA food & beverage vendors throughout.

Highland Jazz and Blues Festival :: September 15, 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!

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival :: September 21-22, 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 22-23, 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.
 
Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival :: September 27-30, 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.
 
Red River Revel Arts Festival :: September 29-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 6, 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.
 
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles :: October 11-14, 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!
 
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival :: October 12-14, 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 12-14, 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.
 
WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival :: October 12-14, New Orleans
 
The National WWII Museum, The Commemorative Air Force, and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation invite you to WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2018! Join us for three days of living history—with thrilling WWII warbirds overhead, PT-305 in the water, 1940s-era entertainment and WWII veteran interviews on the main stage, and engaging activities for the whole family throughout the grounds. Admission is free to kids 12 and under all weekend, so make your plans now to attend, October 12–14 at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
 
Mac N Cheese Fest :: October 20, New Orleans
 
The 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 20-21, 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 26-28, 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.
  
 
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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