Local bands and performing arts groups have been announced for the Arts Council’s upcoming FestForAll.

The arts organization’s annual event kicks off Saturday, April 2 in downtown Baton Rouge, and runs through Sunday, April 3.

FestForAll is free and open to the public and will take place along North Boulevard from Fifth Street and the Old Governor’s Mansion to North Boulevard Town Square.

This year’s event includes an opening ceremony featuring a children’s parade, led by the Kids’ Orchestra, as well as musical performances from George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners, The Gillis Silo, Minos the Saint, Corey Ledet, and Michael Foster. Other musical performers include acoustic singer-songwriter Jodi James, John Smart’s funky jazz organ trio The Phatican Three, and the jam band Gravy.

The event will also include local performances and contributions from Southern University’s Jazzy Jags, Of Moving Colors, Theatre Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Forward Arts and Poetry Alliance, Cangelosi Dance Project, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, and Opéra Louisiane.

FestForAll will also feature a children’s village with hands-on art activities and live performances from puppeteers, storytellers and stilt walkers.

Approximately 100 visual artists from more than a dozen states are juried into the event. Festivalgoers will be able to shop for an abundance of handmade jewelry, pottery, woodwork, and other handmade art.

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