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As the heat of the summer begins to set in, and the sun shines brightly in the clear blue skies, Baton Rouge is bustling with a variety of local events lined up for the week. From music festivals to art walks, there is something for everyone to indulge in, and what better time than now to get out of the house and explore what Baton Rouge has to offer?
Starting things off, Jazz in the Park is back with a bang this Thursday. The event, which takes place at the beautiful scenic North Boulevard Town Square, brings together the best jazz performers from Baton Rouge and beyond. With an eclectic mix of jazz genres, ranging from traditional jazz to contemporary jazz, be sure to come early to grab the best seats in the house. The majestic oak trees, the striking fountains, and the various food options available will make Jazz in the Park a night to remember.
If that doesn’t satiate your taste for live music, then head over to the Blues Room on Friday night. The venue will be hosting a local blues festival featuring some of the best blues artists in Baton Rouge. The event is perfect for those who love the blues, from the rich sounds of the guitar to the soulful rhythms of the harmonica. The full-service bar and the intimate setting provide an experience unrivaled by any other venue in town. Just make sure to come in your dancing shoes, as the music will surely get your toes tapping.
If you’re more of an art enthusiast, then the monthly Art Walk is a must-attend event. This Saturday, the downtown art district will be hosting the popular event, where you can wander the streets, taking in the sights and sounds of some of the most talented local artists. You’ll find art in all shapes and sizes, from colorful sculptures to stunning hand-painted canvases. Art Walk not only showcases the work of the local artists, but it also unifies the community by allowing people to take a stroll, enjoy the night air, and revel in the beauty of art.
For those that are into fitness, the Cajun Cup 10K is the perfect event to participate in! The race, held on Saturday, will start and end at the beautiful LSU campus, and runners will get a chance to experience the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and parks. The race is perfect for runners of all levels and physical fitness, with the added benefit of participating for a good cause. The event’s proceeds will go towards community organizations that support wellness and fitness programs for Baton Rouge residents.
If all of that sounds like too much activity, then why not take a relaxing stroll down the Mississippi River Levee Trail? The trail provides picturesque views of the mighty Mississippi river, and the peacefulness of the surroundings is perfect for clearing your mind and reflecting. The trail is easily accessible, and you can walk it as leisurely or as rigorously as you want. There are ample benches along the way to rest, take in the view, and appreciate the serene beauty of the river.
Finally, the Red Stick Farmers Market is always a great option for those that appreciate fresh produce, artisanal foods and locally sourced products. The market boasts an impressive selection of vendors selling a variety of high-quality fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, and many more. The market is also great for those who enjoy artisanal treats, from heavenly baked goods to the most exquisite cheeses. The market’s community atmosphere is perfect for those looking to meet like-minded people with a taste for locally grown, and sustainably sourced items.
In conclusion, Baton Rouge has plenty of events lined up for this week, and everyone can find something that interests them. From the iconic Jazz in the Park, to the fitness-oriented Cajun Cup 10K, the beautiful Mississippi River Levee Trail, and the Art Walk, there is always something to see and do in the beautiful city of Baton Rouge. Remember to engage with the community, embrace local talent and be part of the beautiful city that we call home.