Ready for some “Hot Art, Cool Nights” fun? Then come out for the 12th annual Baton Rouge Mid City Merchants-sponsored spring art festival set for 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Thousands are expected to attend the annual romp, which provides a great opportunity to buy Mother’s Day gifts and meet some of the wonderful artisans from the area.

Mid City businesses will sponsor local artists on site and their original work in various mediums and styles.

This year’s participating businesses include 7 Elements, 4213 Government St.; Abat-Jour, 545 S. Foster Drive; Aladdin’s Lamp Antiques, 2648 Government St.; Anthony’s Italian Deli, 5575 Government St.; Arnold & Associates Interiors, 3707 Government St.; Atomic Pop shop, 2963 Government St.; Bistro Byronz, 5412 Government St.; Brew-Ha-Ha, 711 Jefferson Highway; Brewbachers Grill, 5580 Government St.; Calandro’s, 4142 Government St.; Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway; The Garage, 375 N. Foster Drive; Giraphic, 4556 Government St., Unit 3; Insurance Associates of Baton Rouge, 4041 Government St.; LaCarreta Mexican Cuisine, 4065 Government St.; Laurin Maier State Farm, 672 Jefferson Highway; MJ’s Café, 672 Jefferson Highway; Modern Meals, 2921 Government St.; Monjunis Italian Café & Grocery, 711 Jefferson Highway; Mosaic Garden, 1857 Government St.; Nature’s Gallery, 672 Jefferson Highway; Painting With a Twist, 711 Jefferson Highway; Radio Bar, 3079 Government St., Suite B; Reginelli’s Pizzeria, 684 Jefferson Highway; Rue Cou Cou, 1857 Government St.; Sabai Jewelry Gallery, 711 Jefferson Highway; Sally’s Circa 1857, 1857 Government St.; Shavarsh K Jewelry Design, 711 Jefferson Highway; Shopper’s Value Grocery, 5355 Government St.; Studio C, 3786 Government St.; Superior Grill & Bar, 5435 Government St.; Time Warp Boutique, 3001 Government St.; Victoria’s Toy Station, 5466 Government St.; Yvette Marie’s Café, 1857 Government St.; and Woodhaven Furniture, 4173 Government St. Shuttle buses will be available.

Mid City is an art and design district, that spans from I-10 to Lobdell Boulevard and from Claycut/Broussard to Main Street. This year’s proceeds will help purchase public art for this area of Baton Rouge.

For information, call (225) 954-7991, email Sharonfur@yahoo.com or visit midcitymerchants.org.