Eat for the Arts

Go for the food; stay for the fun.

WHAT: Perkins Road Historic Merchants District Summer Food Festival benefiting the Community Fund for the Arts.

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Merchants on Perkins Road from South Acadian Thruway to Kalurah Street.

TICKETS & INFO: $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Visit http://www.perkinshistoricmerchants.org.

DETAILS: Sample food from some of the city?s best restaurants and catch live performances from Baton Rouge?s arts organizations as you go from merchant to merchant. Each ticket is also a chance to win a fabulous night out in Baton Rouge. Select merchants will be accepting nonperishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Garden festival

Whether you want to just stroll the gardens, get tips on growing your own or produce for local markets, this one-stop festival is for you.

WHAT: The LSU AgCenter?s Burden Center annual garden festival.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

WHERE: LSU AgCenter Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane.

INFORMATION: Visit http://www.lsuagcenter.com/BurdenCenter.

DETAILS: AgCenter experts will conduct informational programs about vegetables, fruits and All-American selections of vegetables and ornamental annuals, perennials and roses. Participants can get the latest information and taste, smell and rate their favorites.

Night at the Museum

This fundraiser is a blend of local art and culture with a historical twist.

WHAT: Louisiana State Museum Friends? ?A Night at the Louisiana State Museum!? fundraiser.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Louisiana State Museum, 660 N. Fourth St.

TICKETS & INFO: Call (225) 219-0730 or visit http://lsmf.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $35.

DETAILS: Guests can enjoy wine, beer and delicacies by Heirloom Cuisine while they interact with some of Louisiana?s historical characters coming to life right out of the museum. There will be live music along with live and silent auctions.