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Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2019
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.***
Baton Rouge Area Fall Family Events Guide 2019
Festive Corn Story/Craft :: September 10, 4:30-5:30pm
Are you ready for Fall? We sure are at the Central Branch Library! Join us for a poppin’ good time as we read Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop if Counting By Felicia Chernesky. Afterwards, we will make our own colorful tissue paper corn! Ages 3-7. Registration is required
Falling for Fall :: September 14, 10:00-11:00am
Come join us at the Main Library as we get ready for the Fall season as we read the book Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. The children will then make cute paper fall leaves. Registration is required and limited to 10 children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no groups. Ages 3 to 6.
Fall Mobile Story Craft :: September 21, 2:30-3:30pm
Children will create their own Fall mobile, following the story, A Fall Ball For All by Jamie Swenson at the Greenwell Springs Regional Library. Ages 6-8.
It’s Fall Y’all! :: September 23, 4:00-4:30pm
It’s the First Day of Fall! After reading Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage based on the creation of Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, make a fall inspired craft at the River Center Branch Library. Groups must register.
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.
Fall Tree Story/Craft :: September 24, 4:00-5:00pm
Join at the Fairwood Branch Library us for a reading of Full of Fall by April Sayre. We will then discuss what happens in the fall to cause leaves to change color and fall. The children will then create a fall tree using a fall tree kit. For children ages 7-11. Limited to 12 children. Registration is required.
Harvest Fall Magnet Story/Craft :: September 26, 4:30-5:15pm
Join us in the Baker Children’s Room to listen to Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky and make your own special magnet to take home. Ages 4-8. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, please register early. You may call 225-778-5960 to register. Thank you.
13th Gate :: September 27-November 2
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.
Halloween Market :: September 28
Join us in kicking off the Halloween Season with our market at Create Studios. See some creepy and kookie, mysterious and spooky and a little bit ookie Halloween goodies. Music by The Googlers.
Harvest Days at LSU Rural Life :: September 28-29, 8:00am-5:00pm
Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 19th century. Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and 19th century duties. Activities will include cooking, soap making, boat building and wagon rides. Regular admission prices charged: $10.00 for adults(12yrs – 61yrs old), $9.00 for seniors (ages 62+), and $8.00 for children (6yrs – 11yrs old).
Coffee & Cookie Decorating- Sweater Weather! :: October 4, 10:00-11:30am
It’s Sweater Weather! Let’s welcome in the fall with this fun cookie decorating class instructed by Cookie Rouge owner, Amanda Rust, at The Royal Standard. You’ll get step by step instruction on how to use the “royal icing technique.” All supplies are provided. Three cookies will be decorated. Registration closes 24hr prior. 48hr cancellation policy.
LSU Family Weekend 2019 :: October 4-6
All family members of LSU students are invited to campus for a weekend of activities, programs, and the chance to see the LSU Tigers take on Utah State under the lights of Tiger Stadium. Family Weekend activities allow parents and families to reconnect with the university and enjoy the campus energy on game day. Learn more and register here.
Live After Five :: October 4-November 8, 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!
Barn Hill Preserve Pumpkin Patch :: October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 9:00am-5:00pm
Barn Hill Preserve’s pumpkin patch will be going on every weekend in October! Guests will participate in fun Fall related activities and get to experience the beauty of our preserve. We have activities ranging from sloth encounters to picking pumpkins out of our patch. Come visit for a wild time!
Corn Maze Saturdays at Burden :: October 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Saturdays) 10:00am-5:00pm (open until 9:00pm on October 26 for the Night Maze)
The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze is a family friendly day of fall fun with numerous farm related activities. Join the crazy mazy fun every Saturday in October with hayrides, zip lining, face painting, Bayou Goula’s Petting Zoo, pumpkin decorating and more! Corn Maze has thousands of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event! Enjoy hamburgers, food from local vendors, and corn inspired snacks like corndogs and popcorn for purchase. Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. Friends of the Gardens family memberships receive 4 free admissions.
Denham Springs Antique Village Fallfest :: October 6, 10:00am-5:00pm
Are you ready for fun, food and tons of shopping. Come join us at Fallfest October 5, 2019 from 9:00am-4:30pm. Great sales in the shops, over 160 vendor booths, free kids activities and free music. You can’t get much better than that!
LSU Homecoming :: October 6-13
Tigers, join us for LSU Homecoming against the University of Florida! We’ll host action-packed events for students throughout the week and family-friendly activities all weekend.
Angola Rodeo :: October 6, 13, 20 & 27 (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.
Halloween Magnets Story/Craft :: October 10, 4:00-4:30pm
Join us at the Zachary Branch Library as we read the book Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween, by Mike Petrik, then create Halloween-themed magnets from kits. Please register. Ages 6-11.
Swamp Haunted Hikes :: October 11, 18 & 25, 6:00pm
Bluebonnet Swamp’s Haunted Hikes are designed especially for children, but all ages enjoy the spooktacular excitement of these Halloween-themed evenings. Event admission is through the education building where crafts and storytelling are just around the corner. Venture outside to find a way through
the Haunted Maze to get to the carnival games for more fun and prizes. Be on the lookout for our silly-swampy costumed characters as they have some great treasures to share! Inside the nature center the kooky-spooky adventures continue with the Animal Morgue, Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary in the Bat Cave, the Creepy Cavern, and face-painting. Don’t be afraid of the dark! At night, head into the woods to get some treats and learn about snakes, insects, rats, and other “creepy critters” at educational stations along the Haunted Hike trail. No scare tactics are used during this program as we strive to create cheerful-not-fearful experiences for our younger participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are welcome and flashlights are recommended. Food vendors will be on site during the event. Join us for a howling good time! Admission is $6.
BREC-A-Boo: Greenwood Community Park :: October 12, 6:00-10:00pm
Come out dressed in your favorite costumes for a children’s village of fall-themed activities including family/team pumpkin carving, as well as a BOOgie Dance off and movie, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG), to end the night. Activities start at 6:00pm.
Spooky Spectrum :: October 12, 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+
Snake City at Bluebonnet Swamp :: October 13, 12:30-3:00pm
Simon & Siouxsie are coming to visit Baton Rouge during their US Tour in October. For a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite snake-wrangling duo from the UK, join us at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. There will be photo opportunities & a Q & A session with our Snake City friends, plus animal presentations hosted by our Swamp staff. General Admission does apply and BSNC Pass Holders are free.
Paint-a-Pumpkin Door Hanger Class :: October 13
Welcome in Fall with this fun paint class led by local artist, Faith Chauvin. In this class, you will be painting a 15in wooden door hanger. Faith will led you in white-washing, shading, outlining, and personalizing! Paint and ribbon colors can vary and each participant will determine wording for their sign…. It’s Fall Y’all!! The bistro bar will be open with Sweets & Sips. Come early for a little shopping at The Royal Standard! Registration closes 24hr Prior. 48hr Cancellation Policy.
The Great Pumpkin Night :: October 18, 6:00-8:00pm
6:00-7:00pm Games, Craft Making, and Trick or Treating (bring your own bags)
Concerts from the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society and The Oasis Jazz Band!
7:00-8:00pm The West Baton Rouge Library presents a special performance of spooky tales and pumpkin lore at the Juke Joint. Bring Blankets and Chairs to watch the show. Costumes are encouraged.
2019 Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race & Tough Pumpkin Challenge :: October 19
The Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race and Tough Pumpkin Challenge is no ordinary 5k. This Halloween costumed race is exactly 200 feet longer than a traditional 5k, and if you’re really a tough pumpkin, you can take the Tough Pumpkin Challenge by running the race while holding a pumpkin! The Pumpkin Pi Race is an official event of the Fifolet Halloween Festival.
Baton Rouge Halloween Parade :: October 19, 4:00pm
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank leads this “parade with a purpose” and actively takes non-perishable food donations straight from the crowd. Parading krewes, dancers and bands entertain the crowd with incredible costumes and candy throws. The Baton Rouge Halloween Parade is a major fundraiser for 10/31 Consortium. Proceeds from the parade help further our initiatives of creating a safe and happy Halloween for the children in our community.
Feliciana Fright Night :: October 19
Join us Saturday October 19th for Feliciana Fright Nights! This will be a fun evening benefiting the West Feliciana Council on Aging. This event will include specialty cocktails at a parade of homes down Royal Street, a DJ, best dressed prizes, a block party, and so much more!
Cabela’s Halloween Event :: October 19 & 20, 25-31
Spiders, bats, black cats and more….let’s see what Halloween has in store! Come join us at Cabela’s for a GHOULISHLY good time at our SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Event! Photos, crafts, games, giveaways and more!
Boo at the Zoo :: October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 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!
Trunk or Treat at Jump-N-Jive :: October 20, 5:00pm
Kids of all ages can enjoy trick or treating for free in the parking lot of Jump-N-Jive. Local businesses and community members will be on site handing out candy. Costumes are highly encouraged.
Pumpkin Paddle Parade :: October 24, 5:30-7:30pm
Milford Wampold Memorial Park. Get into the Halloween spirit with our Pumpkin Paddle Parade, a exciting competion of “float” decorating! You design and decorate a canoe, kayak or paddleboard in Halloween décor, and then parade in front of our judges for the chance to win fabulous prizes! Ages:12+ Cost: $10/kayak or SUP, For More Information: [email protected]
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair :: October 24-November 3
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.
Hocus Pocus: an interactive movie :: October 25, 7:00-8:30pm
Come little children (and teens and adult) we’ll take you away into a world filled with Hocus Pocus! Join us at the Main library for an afterhours interactive movie experience for the whole family watching the spooky classic Hocus Pocus. We laugh, yell, throw things, & generally have a great time. Everyone will receive an interactive script & a goody bag, while supplies last.
Trick & Treat :: October 25, 6:00-9:00pm
Forest Community Dog Park. Bring the dog and the entire family to this dog-friendly Trick or Treat event. 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!
BREC-A-Boo Children’s Village: Forest Community Park :: October 26, 10:00am-2:00pm
Something’s brewing at BREC! Fall Festival is almost here. Get your children’s costumes ready and yours if you dare. There will be a children’s village for ages 10 and under to experience fall themed carnival games, character visits, arts and crafts, as well as music in the park. Ages:10 & under.
Eek-A-Boo :: October 26, 10:30am-12:00pm
Milton J. Womack Park. In this holiday workshop we will create a BOOTIFUL 3-dimensional house! Participants will learn the basics of collage and simple construction and will leave with a piece of art that will celebrate family Halloweens for years to come! $15 / $10 each for two+ registered at the same time. Ages:8-12.
BREC-A-Boo Haunted Hike :: October 26, 6:00-11:00pm
Forest Community Park. For those who dare, come travel with BREC through the history of Forest Community Park through a guided hike, which will begin at dusk. Together we will unveil what this park is really made of and what creatures have lived and do live all around. If under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to visit the haunted hike (Recommended for ages 10 and older). Be sure to disguise yourself in your best costume and at 7 p.m. we will gather to see you can impress the judges the best. Starts at Dusk (last ticket is given out at 10:00pm). Ages:11+ Cost: $5 per person.
Night Maze and Bonfire :: October 26, 6:00-9:00pm
Wear your costume and kick off your Halloween celebrations at Night Maze! You won’t find anything spooky or ooky, just more mazy fun with a bonfire, smore’s, live music, and glow in the dark games. Concessions available for purchase. Admission is $10 per person and free for children 3 and under.
A Halloween Day at the Museum :: October 26, 10:00am-5:00pm
Muggles and magical folk alike will enjoy a day of WANDerful hands-on activities from 12 PM – 5 PM and planetarium shows all day, including the Halloween-themed shows The Worlds Within Star Wars, The Astronomical World of Harry Potter, and Fright Light, among others! Wear your best Halloween costume to be entered for a chance to win a gift basket full of spooktacular surprises.
Haints, Haunts and Halloween at LSU Rural Life :: October 27, 3:30-6:00pm
Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair. Join the staff of the Rural Life Museum as they provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families. Storytelling, cake walks, old-fashioned games and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum grounds. Cost: $5.00 per person.
Southern University Homecoming :: October 27-November 2
Celebrate the Jaguars’ Homecoming vs. Alabama A&M Bulldogs!
Halloween Cookie Decorating Class :: October 30
Join us for this 2nd session at 7:30-9:00 for a fun step-by-step Halloween themed cookie decorating class! Each participant will receive step by step instructions, 3 very large cookies to decorate as shown, 9 individual icing bags, sprinkles, napkins, and a bakery box to take the cookies home with them. Learn from Baton Rouge original cookie artist Jackie Wilson with Jackie’s Sweet Shapes the basics of royal icing, piping techniques, “flooding”, detailing and more during this class. We will be renting out the entire building at the beautiful Light House Coffee and drinks/desserts will be available for purchase during the event. Limited to the first 40 participants.
Ogden Park Prowl :: November 2, 1:00-5:00pm
The Ogden Park Prowl is a free neighborhood art festival in Mid City, Baton Rouge. Come prowl with us! We’re a collection of open houses and yards featuring arts, crafts, live music and unique entertainment made fresh and hyper-local. The Prowl is Saturday, November 2, from 1:00-5:00pm. Ogden Park is located between Government Street and North Boulevard and between Ogden Drive and Acadian Thruway. Radio Bar, Elsie’s Plate and Pie and Baton Rouge High are major landmarks in Ogden Park.
Movie Night in the Park: Coco :: November 2, 6:00-10:00pm
North Sherwood Forest Community Park. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and join BREC for a movie under the stars, while celebrating the Day of Dead, family style. Prior to the start of the movie active games with our First Responders such as soccer, 9 Square, and pin-the-tail on the donkey will take place, as well as themed arts and crafts.
White Light Night in Mid City :: November 22, 6:00-10:00pm
It’s here again, Mid City’s biggest night to shine. Come stroll under the white lights as we participate in Mid City Merchants’ annual winter art hop. It’s the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, and we’ll have over 50 makers with gifts for every member of the family!
Highland Jazz and Blues Festival :: September 14, 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 Columbia Park in Shreveport, Louisiana!
National Fried Chicken Festival :: September 20-22, New Orleans
We are so excited to announce that this year’s National Fried Chicken Festival presented by Raising Cane’s is expanding to THREE DAYS! The free outdoor festival will include a variety of experiences and fun activities for all ages, including live cooking demonstrations, chicken finger eating contest, Football Fan Zone, and more. Join us for food, music, and family fun at the fourth annual event taking place Sept. 20-22, 2019, in New Orleans’ Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival :: September 27-29, Gonzales
The Abita Springs Inaugural Fall Fest is a creative endeavor to celebrate and showcase all of the rich heritage and brilliance found in the quaint town of Abita Springs, Louisiana. This is a non-profit celebration, only meant to educate and attract visitors while simultaneously giving back to local residents.
Po-Boy Festival :: November 3, New Orleans
On Sunday, November 3rd, the Oak Street business corridor in the neighborhood of Carrollton will again be transformed into one of this city’s most unique festivals: The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival! This event features some of the finest restaurants, artists and musicians in the Crescent City, all coming together in appreciation of one of New Orleans most distinct and delicious creations… the Po-Boy Sandwich.
Fête des Fromages: NOLA Cheese Fest :: November 16, New Orleans
On Saturday, November 16, 2019 Fête des Fromages will be the only place in the entire country where you can taste more than 100 cheeses and meet two dozen cheesemakers from around the world. Enjoy unlimited cheese tastes alongside wine, beer, and cocktails. Hang out on the grass lawn and listen to New Orleans’ best bands, or watch local chefs battle it out on stage in a cheese cutting competition. VIP ticket holders will enjoy early (11AM) and exclusive festival access, a Cheese 101 class and a dedicated lounge with premium beverages, limited edition cheeses, swag and complimentary snacks.