- INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Huey Long Field House (by the Indian Mounds) No partner needed. For more information, call (225) 907-0785.
- BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENING NIGHT GALA: 5:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:15 p.m., The Hilton, Heidelberg Room, 201 Lafayette Street. Jonathan Biss will perform at 8 p.m. at the River Center Theatre. Concert tickets are $59. Gala tickets are $150. Tables are $1,500. For more information, visit brso.org.
- MOVIES & MUSIC ON THE LAWN: 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. The silent film “Blancanieves” is paired with music from Burris. The film is PG-13. Admission is $7, free for gallery members.
- SHERLOCK HOLMES DRAMA PRODUCTION: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Runnels School, 17255 S. Harrells Ferry Road. The Runnels Junior and Senior High Drama Department presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes classic, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” For a twist on the story, Dr. Watson is a female character in the Runnels production. Tickets are $12 at door. runnelstheatre.org
- SECOND ANNUAL DOC’S DASH: 7 a.m.-11 a.m., LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Features a 5k and one-mile fun run for all ages and fitness levels, along with games, health information and exhibitions focused on local fitness. Register online at www.pbrc.edu/docsDASH.
- OKTOBERFEST: 10 a.m. to midnight, Draft House Bar, 421 Third St., Baton Rouge. Enjoy free hot dogs & brats and more than 10 Oktoberfest beers. facebook.com/drafthousebar
- MINI MAKER FAIRE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Library Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. There will be all types of makers displaying what they make and encouraging hands-on participation. Booths will range from Arduino projects, Raspberry Pi and Arduino-controlled fire cannons to crafts, sewing, art and woodworking. For free tickets, a chance to win a 3D printer and more information visit MakerFaireBatonRouge.com or call (225) 231-3750.
- HOLY SMOKE FAMILY BBQ COMPETITION: 2 p.m.-6 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge. A community event created to promote fellowship. For more information, visit church.aloysius.org.
- BASF KIDS’ LAB: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep. Each child will also receive a backpack with surprises inside. For more information, visit lasm.org.
- BLACK HISTORY FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION — “SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME”: Noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. The Southern University Law Center will lead a panel discussion featuring clips from the documentary. The film challenges the assumption that slavery in the United States ended with the Emancipation Proclamation and tells how new systems of involuntary servitude took place after the Civil War.
- LOUISIANA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY — A CREATIVE JOURNEY WITH PARISH KOHANIM: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Discover the importance of unconventional lighting and proper composition techniques in creating dynamic photos. Kohanim will also take you behind the scenes on some of his commercial assignments, as well as discuss his book project with Cirque Du Soliel performers. For more information, visit lasm.org.
- BATON ROUGE CONTRA DANCE: 5 p.m.- 7 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland and Dalrymple. Live music by “Get Up Rounder” with Emolyn Liden on fiddle. No partner or experience necessary. Admission is $6.
- TIN ROOF RWANDA: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Tin Roof Brewing Company, 1624 Wyoming St. The event features live music by JM Music Co. and Brothers Bear as well as The Kolache Kitchen food truck.
- DRUNK SPELLING BEE FUNDRAISER AND COMEDY SHOW: 8 p.m., Brickyard South, 174 South Blvd. Spell the word given correctly, get a free shot and advance to the next round.
- LSU RURAL LIFE MUSEUM “HARVEST DAYS”: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Burden Center, intersection of I-10 and Essen Lane. Activities include hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze, pumpkin picking at the Pumpkin Patch, photo opportunities with the Scare Crow in the Pumpkin Patch, going through the Corn Maze and Sunflower Maze, and tethered hot air balloon rides. The balloon rides will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, only. $5 per person; ages 5 and under, free. Admission to the Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze is $5 for a family and $2 for individuals. Hot air balloon rides are $5 per person. For more information, contact (225) 763-3990.
- OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “THE NUTCRACKER”: Noon-5 p.m., Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will hold an open audition for “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou.” Auditions are open to adults and children, ages 8-12 years old. There will be opportunities to take photos of the participants throughout the duration of the day. For more information, call (225) 766-8379.
- SHAPE NOTE SINGING: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland and Dalrymple. Enjoy four-part a cappella singing from the Sacred Harp Tradition. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call (225) 202-6368.
- FALL CONCERT: 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 763 North Blvd. The concert includes pieces such as themes from: “Star Wars”, “Star Trek”, and “Frozen.” brcb.org
- WOMEN WRITERS ON TIME: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Six local women writers reflect on this elusive topic in prose and poetry. Writers include Renée Bacher, Claire Boudreaux Bateman, Dorothy Early Davis, Ronlyn Domingue, Laurie Lynn Drummond and Jacqueline Dee Parker. For more information, visit batonrougegallery.org.
- TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE OBSERVING: 8:30 p.m.- 11 p.m., Landolt Astronomical Observatory at LSU. Located on roof of Nicholson Hall on the LSU campus, with parking in the lot just south of the building and the main entryway in the center of the south side. Weather permitted for viewing. During totality, the Moon will likely turn a prominent blood red color. For more information, contact the department office at (225) 578-2261. www.phys.lsu.edu/newwebsite/news/observatory.html
- LOUIS KATZ: 9 p.m., Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road. Enjoy a stand-up comedy show presented by Baton Rouge Comedy and The New Movement. Admission is $10. For more information, visit facebook.com/batonrougecomedy.
- BALLETX: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 272 St. Louis St. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre presents this Philadelphia-based dance company as the opening performance of its 2015-16 season. $30. A special rate of $20 is available for groups of 10 or more. Call (225) 766-8379 or visit Ticketmaster.com. A mini-residency by BalletX will include two public master classes on Wednesday, 4:30 p.m-6 p.m., ages 11-14, and 6:15 p.m.-7:45, ages 15 and up, Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. Registration $20. Contact office at (225) 766-8379 to pre-register.
- BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. New works from gallery members Anne Boudreau, Haejung Lee and Matt Morris will be on display through Sept. 31. batonrougegallery.org
- NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROJECT: Serving four communities — Scotlandville, Gardere, Old South Baton Rouge, and Melrose East. Art activities are developed around themes that celebrate different artists across cultures as well as exhibitions on view at the LSU Museum of Art. The education department also integrates a science or math component. All activities are adapted to pre-school through high school ages and a range of abilities. (225) 389-7212
- CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. caaws.org
- CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. caaws.org
- CAT ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. (225) 636-2680.
- DULCIMER SOCIETY BEGINNER CLASSES: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mondays through Nov. 2, Community Bible Church, 8354 Jefferson Highway. Adults as well as children, over 10 years of age. A parent must stay with their child. Contact Helen Bankston at (225) 753-7917 to register. Free event and loaner dulcimers will be available.
- ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. elizabethangallery.com
- FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (225) 769-0582 or visit fwgallery.net.
- THE GALLERY AT MANSHIP THEATRE: 100 Lafayette St. manshiptheatre.org
- HILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY: LSU campus. Check out “Graphic Sensibility: Selected Comics & Illustrations from DC to Dürer,” through Sept. 26. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; hours are extended to 8 p.m. Tuesdays when classes are in session; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free. (225) 578-6544 or lib.lsu.edu/special.
- HOLDING OUT AND HANGING ON-SURVIVING HURRICANE KATRINA: Exhibit available through Sept. 30, LSU Student Union Art Gallery, 310 LSU Student Union. Photography and narratives by Thomas Neff.
- JONES WALKER FOYER: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Do You See What I See?,” featuring photography by Denise Roussel, runs through Oct. 11. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. (225) 346-5001.
- LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. The museum is showing “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” through Sept. 27. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (225) 344-5272 or lasm.org
- LOUISIANA’S OLD STATE CAPITOL: 100 N. Blvd. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500
- LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Check out the exhibitions “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910,” running through March 20, 2016 and “Shaking Up Prohibition: The Cocktail Drawings of Olive Leonhardt,” through Oct. 31. lsumoa.org
- LSU SCHOOL OF ART’S ALFRED C. GLASSELL JR. GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (225) 389-7180
- PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. (225) 774-7701
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Hwy. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
- PLANETARIUM SHOWS: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. (225) 344-527.
- SHAW CENTER FOR THE ARTS FRONT LOBBY: 100 Lafayette St. Check out paintings by Elan Vital Montessori School students created through pin art, bubble art and pendulum painting.
- SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY’S VISUAL ARTS GALLERY: Frank Hayden Hall. Charlie T. Johnson’s solo show, “Art Reclaimed and Reconstituted,” through Oct. 1.
- WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. “House & Home” will be on display through Oct. 18. westbatonrougemuseum.org
- WINE WALK: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Restaurant IPO, 421 Third St. Taste wines and enjoy foods in downtown Baton Rouge. $10 for a wine bracelet and a wine card for the list of venues and the number of tastings. Must be 21 years old. restaurantipo.com
- YELP! BR PET ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Sundays, and 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Petco Acadian Village, 3535 Perkins Road. Applications accepted for adoption approval. (225) 485-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled by Whitney Christy