Festival Season

The Ebb & Flow Festival Season is a synthesis of free festivals during the period of mid-March to mid-April, including the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Live After 5, Red Stick Digital FutureFest, Third Street Songwriters Festival, and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Trade Show. The season also includes the Arts Council’s Ebb & Flow Festival, a free, outdoor festival downtown on April 6th-7th. Community organizations will also host events throughout this festival season. Check back for a full 2019 schedule!

Third Street Songwriters Festival

A Weekend For Music Lovers
april 5-7, 2019

The Third Street Songwriter’s Festival is an annual event in downtown Baton Rouge. The event features local, regional, and national songwriters. The day begins with an industry panel of Nashville professionals representing publishing companies, PROs, and songwriter organizations such as NSAI and is followed by a listening panel. The participating songwriters will be able to perform and have their songs critiqued by the professional panel. This portion of the event is a great asset for our local aspiring songwriters. The rest of the evening and night is filled with music for the music lover in all of us! It will consist of songwriter rounds in traditional Nashville-style at participating venues along 3rd Street and a hit-writer showcase at the Manship Theatre. All events will feature live, original music and celebrate the songwriters.

Red stick digital futurefest

March 27-31, 2019

We want to inspire the next generation to look at Science, Technology & Art in new ways and come up with innovative ways to solve problems. Engineering is not only for building bridges, but it can be used to design new music, new approaches in digital media and new tech that you wear with flair. Art is not only for drawing pretty pictures, but rather Artists are discoverers as well as creators. They can use technology to create art and investigate new science – giving us a new perspective on our world. It’s a place to introduce and celebrate Louisiana’s achievements within Science, Technology & Art. A place for people to learn about new opportunities developing right here in Baton Rouge.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Baton Rouge

Unlocking the potential of Baton Rouge Area’s young, aspiring entrepreneurs
Trade show: april 6, 2019

Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge (YEA BR) transforms area high school students into confident entrepreneurs. Over the academic year and under the instruction of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, select students generate business ideas, write business plans, pitch to an investor panel for seed money, and actually launch their very own companies.  YEA BR combines a proven national curriculum with the experiences of Baton Rouge business leaders, educators, community members, and entrepreneurs.

Live after 5

april 5, 2019

The Downtown Business Association produces free concerts in the spring and fall every year. Join us in #DowntownBR for music, food, fun and drinks!

baton rouge blues festival

april 13-14, 2019

Free and open to the public, the 25th annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival will be held on April 13–14 in downtown Baton Rouge from 12 to 10 p.m. Performances will take place across five stages all weekend long with art, food and general markets and a kids activity area, making Blues Fest the perfect event for everyone to enjoy. Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the Foundation's board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival committee, local support and generous partners. All revenue generated from the festival goes toward the mission of the Blues Foundation to help continue the goal to promote, preserve and celebrate the Swamp Blues music native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.