HRPO 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND PREVIEW PARTY: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Join us in a celebration of the past and a look to the future. Free. All ages. Binoculars recommended.
"LADY BIRD": 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A coming-of-age drama from writer-director Greta Gerwig. $9.50 plus fees. Discounts available. manshiptheatre.org, (866) 451-2787.
RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Main and Fifth streets. Featuring local produce and seasonal vegetables. breada.org.
PLANETARIUM FAMILY HOUR AND STARGAZING: 10 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Learn about stars and constellations in the local night sky; planetarium show to follow. (225) 344-5272, lasm.org.
"STAR WARS: THE WORLDS WITHIN": 2 p.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. A 40-minute planetarium show that takes audience members on a journey through the "Star Wars" galaxy. lasm.org, (225) 344-5272.
END OF THE YEAR BASH: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., BREC's Burbank Dog Park, 12400 Burbank Drive. The Burbank Corgi Club finishes the year with one last meet-up. facebook.com/burbankcorgiclub.
KWANZAA CELEBRATION: 5 p.m., Southern University, T.T. Allain Hall Room 313, 801 Harding Blvd. The 28th annual event features guest speaker Dr. James L. Conyers. (225) 924-2625.
ECLECTIC TRUTH POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. A special New Year's edition of the poetry event, with a writing workshop and slam. $5 or pay what you can. facebook.com/theeclectictruth.
LEATHER APRON IMPROV: 8 p.m., Phil Brady's Bar, 4848 Government St. The local improv group presents its January show. facebook.com/leatherapronimprov.
WICKED FUNNY WEDNESDAYS OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., The Station Sports Bar & Grill, 4608 Bennington Ave. Hosted by comedian Bruno Millalaf.
BREC ART: THE STRIPED ALLIGATOR: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Stop by the swamp to create a fabric collage of native animals. $20. Ages 7 and up. Drop-offs allowed. To register, call (225) 383-1470 or email email@example.com.
ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. This mile-long trail through the zoo features more than 50 illuminated displays of animals. $5 for adults and teens; $4 for seniors; $3 for ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members. brzoo.org.
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HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BATON ROUGE GENERAL: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Baton Rouge General Medical Center, corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Picardy Avenue. The hospital's lawn transforms into a twinkling, singing and musically synchronized light display for the family. Free. facebook.com/brglights.
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CHRISTMAS AT BLUE BAYOU: 6 p.m. Blue Bayou Dixie Landin', 18142 Perkins Road E., Baton Rouge. Drive through more than a mile of custom lights synchronized to music. $28 at the gates, per car, up to eight passengers. facebook.com/christmasatbluebayou.
SHADRACK'S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Dusk to 10 p.m. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Featuring more than 2 miles of custom-made displays that dance to music played over the car radio. $25 for cars and family vans. $40 for activity vans, limos and mini/half buses. $80 for tours and school buses. lamardixonexpocenter.com.
ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: Raising Cane's River Center Arena, 220 S. River Road. The Baton Rouge tradition where the River Center turns into a winter wonderland for ice skaters. Various times. 75-minute sessions. $12, group rates available. raisingcanesrivercenter.com.
AT THE USS KIDD VETERANS MUSEUM: 305 S. River Road. Featuring "Voices from the Lost Generation" on display through December 2018.
AT WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Highway, Port Allen. Featuring "Over Here & Over There: Americans at Home and Abroad in WWI" on display through Jan. 8; "Raw Sugar: Harvest in Black and White" on display through Sunday.
AT LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring "Bonjour: Au Revoir Surréalisme" on display through March 25; "Broken Time: Sculpture by Martin Payton" through Feb. 11; and "Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection." lsumoa.org.
AT LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 S. River Road. Featuring "The Art of Chaos & Order: Sam Losavio" on display through Jan. 7; "The Red That Colored the World" on display through Jan. 14; and Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show 11 a.m. Saturdays. lasm.org.
AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring selections from the permanent collection. louisianastatemuseum.org/museums/capitol-park-museum.
Compiled by Kristie Bihm.