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Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Corey Causin holds his two-year-old son Gavin as they slide down an inflatable during Baton Rouge Zoo's Zippity Zoo fest. The event returns Saturday and Sunday.

FRIDAY

  • GARDEN TOUR FRIDAYS: 10 a.m., Rosedown Plantation, 12501 LA-10, St. Francisville. See a detailed look at selected portions of one of the finest early 19th century gardens.
  • FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., EFCU Financial, 1747 O’Neal Lane. Enjoy dinner and desserts from local food trucks.
  • BRASS DINES OUT: 6:30 p.m., The Velvet Cactus, 7655 Old Hammond. Meet for food and friendship. “Steamgear” is recommended but not required.
  • MERLOT AND MASTERPIECES: 6:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville. Group will paint Spring tulips. May bring a bottle of wine. Register online. paintingandpinot.com
  • FAR-OUT FIRST FRIDAY: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 River Road. A night of special planetarium shows. Ages 3+.
  • LAST FRIDAYS: 8 p.m., The Office, 421 Third St. Live performance by Soul FX. Young professionals and entrepreneurs come together for social networking and fun. Admission is $11.50.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • COOKING IN CENTRAL: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, The Amazing Place, 10305 Black Water Road. Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor will headline. Special guest performance by John Fred and the Playboy Revue featuring Andrew Bernard. There will be crawfish, hamburgers and dance contests.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. The festival includes screenings of some of the best European films of the past year. Admission is $8.50 per film. $45 for a festival pass. manshiptheatre.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • ZIPPITY ZOO FEST: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Baton Rouge Zoo. The Zoo will be filled with various activity booths, photo contest gallery, and inflatables. brzoo.org

SATURDAY

  • XTREME AIR 5K: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Airline Highway Parish Park, 17200 Airline Highway. An obstacle course featuring 12 inflatable obstacles. xtremeair5k.com
  • 12TH ANNUAL SIEZE THE DAY: 8 a.m., LSU Old Front Nine. This 5K and fun-run aims to bring awareness to epilepsy. To register visit, kintera.org.
  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Fifth and Main streets, downtown.
  • FUNDRAISER FOR LOUISIANA SMALL FARM SURVIVAL FUND: 8 a.m., Fifth and Main streets, downtown. Shoppers can purchase a $10 jambalaya lunch with all proceeds directly benefitting small farmers who experienced loss due to recent heavy rains. Dinners can be pre-ordered by contacting BREADA at market@breada.org or (225) 324-0176.
  • BIOBLITZ: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BREC’s Conservation Department, 6201 Florida Blvd. Teams of experts and citizen scientists will search on land and water to find and identify as many species as humanly possible. Contact conservation@brec.org to participate.
  • MDA MUSCLE WALK OF BATON ROUGE: 9 a.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039. S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. This year’s walk includes a route designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course. musclewalkmda.org/batonrouge2016
  • CRAWFISH BOIL CONTEST AND CAR SHOW: 9 a.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. An indoor event including a jambalaya cook off, craft show, and more than 150 vendor booths. Free admission.
  • CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM SPANISH TOWN WALKING TOUR: 9:30 a.m., Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. louisianastatemuseum.org
  • ENGINEERING DAY: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Will feature more than 30 interactive stations to showcase the range of engineering and design. lasm.org
  • CANARY ISLANDERS HERITAGE SOCIETY MEETING: 11 a.m., East Baton Rouge Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Society member Chad LeBlanc will discuss and demonstrate the society’s redesigned website.
  • MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Explore art and science of the seasons through stories, songs, and games sprinkled with humor and fun. lasm.org
  • OPERA LOUISIANE DOWNTOWN DERBY: 11 a.m., 400 N. Blvd. An adventure challenge competition for adults 21 and older who enjoy brain teasers, local history, and creative activities. The challenge competition provides teams with clues that lead them to various locations. Winning team shares a $500 cash prize. For information or to register, visit operalouisiane.com/downtownderby
  • EVERYTHING PHILLY RIBBON CUTTING: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3260 Highland Road, Suite 6. Celebrate the grand opening with Mayor Kip Holden. There will be free samples and prize giveaways.
  • ZAPP’S INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST XII: 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., LSU Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane. More than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and home brews will be made available for tasting. Tickets available at lsu.edu/wp/rurallife
  • LSU NOMA ART GALA “PERCEIVABLE ATMOSPHERE”: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Glassell Gallery, 100 Lafayette St. Admission is $10-$40.
  • LSU BYX ISLAND PARTY: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road. Blake Satterlee is the guest speaker. Free concert. No alcohol.
  • MATHERNE’S MARKET WINE DINNER: 7 p.m., Matherne’s Market, Bistro Room, 440 Third St. The menu features a range of wines served with dishes such as boneless beef short ribs with smoked Gouda polenta, and a savory wild mushroom bread pudding. After the dinner, patrons can purchase the wines at special price. Tickets are $75. To make a reservation and get more information, contact (225) 343-0600.
  • FEST FOR ALL AFTER HOURS VIP PARTY: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Happy’s Irish Pub, 136 Third St. Enjoy free drinks, music, and dance performances by Dragon House Dance Crew of Atlanta. Admission is $5.

SUNDAY

  • YELP! BR’S 4TH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., BREC City Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. There will be adoptable dogs, food, blessing of the dogs, face painting, and live music.
  • INTERNATIONAL FUSION 2016: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., LSU Union Theater. A festival of all things international for everyone to view international student performers and exhibitors.
  • FREE FOOD SUNDAY: 4 p.m., Radio Bar, 3079 Government St., Suite B. Barbosa’s Texas Style BBQ will serve up his famous smoked brisket and pork shoulder with pinto beans, potato salad and coleslaw.

MONDAY

  • TANGO LESSONS: 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Intermediate Lesson at 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Admission is $8-$13.

MLB OPENING DAY CELEBRATION: 11 A.M., BARCADIA, 3347 HIGHLAND ROAD. “FOOD NETWORK STAR” FINALIST JAY DUCOTE, TOMMY TALLEY OF TOMMYSTV AND THE BARCADIA TEAM WILL BE CELEBRATING MLB OPENING DAY WITH FOOD AND DRINK.

TUESDAY

  • DISABILITY RIGHTS DAY: 8 a.m., Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N. Third St. Join advocates as they rally together for legislators to push for change.

SIP & SAUTÉ — SEAFOOD AND STRAWBERRIES: 5:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M., ACADIAN HOUSE KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN, 6971 EXCHEQUER DRIVE. PARTICIPANTS WILL PREPARE CRAWFISH SPRING ROLLS, SHRIMP AND MANGO TILAPIA, AND STRAWBERRY SHORTBREAD NAPOLEON WITH FRESH CREAM. TICKETS ARE $37.92. EVENTBRITE.COM

  • HOBSON RECITAL: 7:30 p.m., Southern University, Debose Fine Arts Building. The program will feature songs from Germany, France, and America, and Negro spirituals, some of which are arranged by Charles Lloyd, professor of music at Southern.

WEDNESDAY

  • NATIONAL TARTAN DAY: 10 a.m., Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site., La. 10 and Airline Highway. Celebrate Scottish culture during this event.
  • BARBERS AND BLUES: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mercer Supply Co., 1010 Nicholson Drive. There will be food trucks and barbers providing shaves, beard trims, and hairline clean ups. Barber services range from $15-$30.
  • SPRING FLING — GIRLS NIGHT OUT: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Melting Pot, 5294 Corporate Blvd. Enjoy three courses and fun for $19 per person. Select martinis $6. Tickets available at opentable.com

PATRICIA GREEN CELLARS WINE DINNER: 7 P.M., BEAUSOLEIL, 7731 JEFFERSON HIGHWAY. ENJOY HORS D’OEUVRES AND A FOUR-COURSE MEAL. $100. CALL (225) 926-1172 TO MAKE A RESERVATION.

ONGOING

  • ART IN LOUISIANA VIEWS INTO THE COLLECTION: LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor, 100 Lafayette St.

ANGELA GREGORY — FROM PARIS TO PORT ALLEN: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Features the art and sculptures of Angela Gregory, including her work on the Bienville Monument, the Henry Watkins Allen Monument, and the Negro Project. Through June 12.

  • BATON ROUGE GALLERY: Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. “The Real-Life Experience,” a juried high school art exhibit, will be on display, starting Wednesday through April 28. batonrougegallery.org
  • CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. View “Keeping Time: Extraordinary Images from Louisiana’s Musical Past,” on display through May 31.
  • FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit “Thoughts Made Visible” is on display through April 9. For information, call (225) 769-0582 or visit fwgallery.net.

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  • “GO LOVE AFRICA” — PORTRAITS FROM UGANDA AND MADAGASCAR: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave, Port Allen. Featuring the photography of Aaron Williams and Nathan Dewberry who travelled to Uganda in 2014 and Madagascar in 2015. Through April 30.

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  • JONES WALKER FOYER: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. (225) 346-5001.
  • LSU SCHOOL OF ART’S ALFRED C. GLASSELL JR. GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. (225) 389-7180.
  • “OVERFLO/THE POOFS”: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Healthcare Gallery, 3488 Brentwood Drive, Suite 103. View underwater photography from Aaron Hogan and new paintings from John Michael Byrd. Through Friday.
  • “RAPHAEL SOYER INTIMATE PORTRAITS”: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road, Soupcon Gallery. See intimate portraits of women painted by Soyer at different intervals throughout his lengthy career, on display through Sunday.
  • “SOLARIUM”: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road, Upper Main Gallery. An innovative art video created by NASA’s media team at the Goddard Space Flight Center, on display through Sunday.

Spring Show: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 N. Blvd.,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. An exhibit of original paintings by the exhibiting members of the Associated Women in the Arts. Through May 31.

“Varied Treasure” — Works by Brent Houzenga: The Gallery at Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. For the last decade, Houzenga’s work has focused on painting on found objects. On display through April 10.

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 or older. restaurantipo.com.

Compiled by Whitney Christy