Ogden Park residents sometimes call their Mid City neighborhood “the best eight blocks in Baton Rouge.” While “best” is subjective, there’s a good chance Ogden Park has the most artists per square block in the city.
Five years ago, those artists — and their musician neighbors — began hosting an annual block party to show and sell their work. The event grew as residents invited their friends to participate. Organizers then began reaching out beyond the neighborhood and even beyond Mid City, said Lauren Lambert-Tompkins, the Ogden Park Neighborhood Association’s president.
The 2017 Ogden Park Prowl, to be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, will include more than 100 artists and craftspeople from throughout Baton Rouge, six stages with live music, and an eclectic variety of food from local businesses. Admission is free.
Ogden Park is bordered by Government Street, Ogden Drive, North Boulevard and Acadian Thruway. Some music stages will be in the middle of a closed-off street, while others will be in residents’ front yards, creating a more intimate, singer-songwriter-oriented experience, Lambert-Tompkins said.
While the festival no longer is limited to neighborhood artists, each participating artist has a neighborhood host.
“We kind of make them temporary Ogden Parkers for the day,” she said.
There will be some parking available nearby. But organizers are urging attendees to get to the festival without driving their cars if possible. A bike corral will also be available.
“It’s a free event, with live music, food and entertainment, and you can get all of your holiday shopping knocked out,” Lambert-Tompkins said.
For more information, visit ogdenparkprowl.org.
Ogden Park Prowl
WHEN: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ogden Park Neighborhood in Mid City Baton Rouge
Ogden Park Prowl will feature food from Barbosa's Barbeque, City Gelato, Gov't Taco, Leroy's Lipsmackin' Lemonade, Mestizo, Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts, Ninja Snowballs, Pit-N-Peel, Pops and Rockets, Pullin' Pork, Smother Down South and Taco de Paco.
Mid City Bike stage, at 360 Heartstone Drive
- 1 p.m.: The Rakers
- 2:30 p.m.: Tammy May Hromadka
- 3:30 p.m.: Ameal Cameron
- 4:30 p.m.: Antler Chandelier
Gov't Taco stage, at 314 Bedford Drive
- 1:30 p.m.: Denton Hatcher
- 2:45 p.m.: Rebecca Hill
- 4 p.m.: Clay Parker & Jodi James
- 5:15 p.m.: Lauren Stefanski
Bee Nice stage, at 3111 Wilshire Drive
- 1:45 p.m.: Billy Callaway
- 2:45 p.m.: Cameron Mauer
- 3:45 p.m.: Steve Judice
- 4:45 p.m.: Acoustic House
Mid City Ballroom stage, at 120 Beverly Drive
- 1:30 p.m.: Riverside
- 2:30 p.m.: Ship of Fools
- 3:45 p.m.: Brother's Bear
- 5 p.m.: Minos the Saint
Atomic Pop Shop stage, at 2963 Government St.
- 2 p.m.: Wumbo
- 3 p.m.: Material Feeling
- 4 p.m.: The 501st
- 5 p.m.: Fibbra
Mid City Makers stage, at 408 S. Beverly Drive
- 1:30 p.m.: Margaret Fowler
- 3 p.m.: Baton Rouge Music Studios
- 4:30 p.m.: Brandon Taylor