Ebb and Flow Festival

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Saturday, April 6, 2019 11AM-7PM
Sunday, April 7, 2019 12PM-6PM

Free & Open to the Public!

Ebb and Flow is a two-day outdoor festival in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. The Arts Council has collaborated with hundreds of visual artists, musicians, dancers, teaching artists, poets, arts organizations, and more to celebrate the very best Baton Rouge has to offer in the arts and culture!

School of Rock / Flamenco Rouge / 3rd St. Songwriters / heritage choir / amanda shaw / rougaroux / cj solar band / theatre baton rouge / baton rouge music club / civic orchestra / southern university choir / of moving colors / xero skidmore / for the love of dance / ernest gaines award winners/ corporate art battle/ young entrepreneurs academy / louisiana films / heart trail / love across the usa mural / art flow

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The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge has partnered with the Third Street Songwriter’s Festival to provide quality musical performances along Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge. Musicians will be positioned in businesses from Florida to North Boulevard. Many of these businesses are also Art Flow venues, so be sure to check out their art installations while you’re there!


Crest Stage

Our Crest Stage at Galvez Plaza will host performances by world-class artists and community groups, including Amanda Shaw, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, CJ Solar, the Baton Rouge Concert Band, Baton Rouge Music Studios, Flamenco Rouge, GymFitBR leading a Kids’ Jam, Heritage Choir, the LSU Golden Girls Alumni, Opera Louisiane, Rougaroux, School of Rock, and a Third Street Songwriter’s writers’ round.

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kid’s coast

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Kid’s Coast spans all of Repentance Park, and there are so many opportunities to have fun! Check out GymFitBR’s Kid’s Ninja Warrior Course and play with the Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s Imagination Playground, Rigamajig, giant chess set, and other arts activities. There will even be two bookmobiles! East Baton Rouge Parish Library is bringing their Oculus Rift Virtual Reality experience and the Livingston Parish Library will have fun STEAM activities for all ages. Make corn husk dolls with the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, learn to dance with Flamenco Rouge, Of Moving Colors, and For the Love of Dance, and hear live story-telling throughout both days of the festival!

The Ebb and Flow Festival is also the official launch of Mahli’s House—an area specially designed for attendees with sensory sensitivities. This tented space is named for musician Michael Foster’s daughter, and it offers soothing lighting, books, textures, and toys that promote a calming, playful environment for individuals on the Autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities.  Take-away packs with sound-reducing headphones and mobile sensory toys will be available for check out for festival goers, serving all ages.

Loud music and sounds, large crowds, and lots of high energy activity make festival attendance for persons with sensory sensitivities a challenge. Mahli’s House will offer items to make such experiences more accessible and enjoyable. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will make Mahli’s House available to other festivals in Baton Rouge after the Ebb & Flow Festival free of charge to further increase accessibility and enjoyment of the city’s many local public events for families and individuals. 


IDEA Stage

Innovation. Design. Entrepreneurship. Art.

Town Square will ignite your inner creator with innovative offerings from Baton Rouge entrepreneurs, including demonstrations, presentations, and performances. Saturday, the IDEA stage will showcase the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Baton Rouge trade show. Come meet young entrepreneurs, ages 13-18, and witness the launch of Louisiana's 15 newest businesses. These students mean business! You can also get a haircut with LINE4LINE, learn how to make the perfect Pinterest Pie with the Batch Baking Company, and see how Front Yard Bikes is changing our city. For the Love of Dance will lead sessions, and you definitely won’t want to miss the Krewe of Yazoo’s Precision Lawn Mower Drill Team! Be sure to stop off at the Coastal and Environmental Graduate Organization of LSU and the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act booths for fun ways to learn about our the work they do to conserve our coasts!


Youth Art Battle

Flex your creative muscles in the Les Jeunes Artistes de Louisiane Youth Art Battle! They will have all the supplies young artists need to create a masterpiece. Les Jeunes Artistes de Louisiane is a non-profit organization designed to create a collective and lasting impact for arts awareness and growth throughout Louisiana.


Artist’s Isle

An art-lover’s paradise! Artists from across Louisiana converge on the greatest juried arts market in the capital region. Wander through offerings of all media and bring a slice of inspiration, creativity, and joy home with you!


Poet’s Pier

April is National Poetry Month, and the Arts Council wants to celebrate! Come to Poet’s Pier to experience poetry, literature, and performing arts. Two typewriter poets will be available to create works on the go, and don’t miss Red Magnolia Theatre Company’s production of 12 Angry Men performed by 12 Impassioned Women, part of the national festival 12,000 Voices. You can join in our Head to Head Haiku Battle and When Levees are Margins poetry workshop to create your own masterpiece. You can hear essays from the student winners of the Ernest J. Gaines Award and O'Brien House Essay Contest and listen to poetry recitation from this year's Louisiana Poetry Out Loud finalists. There will also be performances by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Louisiana Voices of Women, Of Moving Colors, Southern University Concert Choir, and some French, English, and Creole story-telling by Télé-Louisiane.


heART Trail

The heART Trail is a 5K walking/running trail throughout downtown Baton Rouge, developed by designer Taylor Jacobsen. The goal is simple: to develop a trail to encourage people to embrace the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle, get out in their city, and experience art in unexpected ways.

As part of the 2019 Ebb and Flow Festival, there will be a walking tour of the heART trail one hour before the festival on April 6th @ 10:00 am and on April 7th @ 11:00 am. Attendees will enjoy art popups and performances with the beauty of our city as the backdrop. There will be art and surprises literally around every corner!

If you need inspiration to walk the trail, the final stop will be the TRAILBLAZER mural of Marian Anderson, located at 233 St. Ferdinand Street.


LSU Museum of Art

The LSU Museum of Art will be free and open to the public on both April 6th and 7th. Come explore impressionism with the exhibition Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens. You can take a free curator tour of the exhibition while enjoying live music from members of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Third Street Songwriters, stretch your body with For the Love of Dance, and then come down to the levee to try your own hand at the Museum’s plein air workshop. And don’t miss the Neighborhood Arts Project tent in Artist’s Isle with arts activities for the whole family!

Louisiana Art and Science Museum

The Louisiana Art and Science Museum will be free and open to the public on both April 6th and 7th, and you won’t want to miss their current exhibitions. The Atrium will house a variety of performances by community organizations, as well as art and science activities for the whole family. This will also be the location for material related to the heART Trail. Make sure to hear performances by the Baton Rouge Music Club Chorus, Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge, the BRCVPA Orchestra, and Theatre Baton Rouge performing selections from Newsies!