This weekend has a variety of fun, new, and entertaining experiences to discover. There’s a celebrity softball game, a concert, ice-skating and much more. The biggest challenge will be picking which events to attend. Baton Rouge is definitely the place to be this weekend.

The Red, Rock, and Blue Weekend

Starting off the weekend will be the “Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity Softball Game,” which takes place on Friday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join all the “sorta-celebrities” at the Cypress Mounds Complex in Baton Rouge. The lineup of players this year will be a mix of athletes, local news anchors, politicians, and sportscasters. Local band, Winbourne, will provide live entertainment, and there will be raffles and a live auction included in the night’s events.

There is a $10 donation for admission.

The Red, Rock, and Blue weekend continues at the Varsity Theatre on Saturday, July 9 with the Red, Rock, and Blue concert starring The Atomic Punks, Appetite for Destruction, Motley Inc, The V-tones, and David St. Romain. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 for general admission at

Proceeds for both events will go to Support Our War Heroes and Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana. Both are charities for gulf coast military men and women.

Skating on the River

Tired of going to the clubs? Try ice-skating at the Baton Rouge River Center this Friday night. July 8 kicks off the start of the Summer Skating on the River event. The evening skating session starts at 9 p.m. A $12 ticket buys you a 90-minute skating session, a small drink and a small candy.

For tickets and more information visit

Black Jet Radio

Come out to Chelsea’s Cafe on Friday, July 8 to experience Black Jet Radio, an up-and-coming glam-rock band. With soft vocals and a rock accompaniment, they’re sound is reminiscent of that of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Formed in December 2010 in Fort Wayne, Ind., the band consists of Danisha Jenkins, Danielle Teagarden, Brian Jenkins, and Shelby Siefring.

The show starts at 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call (225)387-3679.

Down The Hatch

Relax and enjoy a few cocktails while watching the story of New Orleans by the Big Easy Theatre Person of the Year, Bob Edes Jr., and New Orleans chef/author Elizabeth Pearce. Sing along and have a great time as this entertaining story unfolds. This production will be held at the Manship Theatre from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.

Tickets are $25 at

Open Mic Night

Don’t let your weekend fun stop on Sunday. Open Mic Night is Monday, July 11 at the M Bar, and it’s definitely worth staying up late on a weeknight. Join some of Baton Rouge’s best slam poets for a night of opinions, poetry, and humor. A special appearance by Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore will alone be worth the trip. Check out one of his poems at M Bar at

Open Mic Night starts at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 cover. For more information, contact the M Bar at (225)372-2402.