FRIDAY

  • 6TH ANNUAL BBQ FUNDRAISER: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E. Dinner includes chicken or pork chop, potato salad, baked beans, roll, dessert and a soda. Donation $8 per plate. Free delivery for seven or more orders. For information, call (225) 300-4528.
  • CATHEAD DISTILLERY TASTING: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bin Q, 3911 Perkins Road. Sample the entire line of Cathead vodkas.
  • ST. PRACTICE DAY: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Happy’s Downtown, Drink specials will be available. Music by The Strangers.
  • LECTURE SERIES: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. With a variety of presenters, this series gives overviews of the planets and stars, skygazing techniques, physics, NASA missions, space technology and other divisions of the science.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • EVENING SKY VIEWING: 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays. Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. A professional-grade telescope at HRPO is unlocked to showcase the Baton Rouge sky in all its glory (weather permitting). Visitors should expect to see Jupiter, the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, THURSDAY

  • “THE LITTLE MERMAID”: Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Thursday; 2 p.m. on Sunday. Theatre Baton Rouge, 7166 Florida Blvd. Enjoy the regional premiere of the hit Broadway musical, featuring music by Alan Menken. Directed by Jenny Ballard. $29, $20 for students. The show is rated G. theatrebr.org

SATURDAY

  • DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. The park drops its no pets policy and opens its doors and trails to pets. All pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash and have their vaccinations current.
  • GARDEN FEST 2016: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Enjoy omelets, new Louisiana food products, and an “outstanding tomato” contest. $10 admission. Free for children ages 3 and under. For information, call (225) 763-3990.
  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Fifth and Main streets, downtown. Fresh Fest continues with a cooking demonstration from chef Don Bergeron. This week’s theme is blueberries.
  • FATHER’S DAY CAR SHOW: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Goodwood Hardware & Outdoors, 7539 Jefferson Highway. The annual event features music, food, and cooking demonstrations.
  • SCIENCE ACADEMY: 10 a.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Every Saturday, children engage in visuals presentations and hands-on demonstrations related to astronomy, physics and space science. Registration is required. East Baton Rouge Parish residents, $5. Out-of-parish residents, $6. For more information, (225) 768-9948. Ages 8-12.
  • CREATE A CUPCAKE FOR DAD: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Java Mama, 8645 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cupcake Allie hosts a cupcake decorating event for children ages 4 and up. $10.
  • MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Join Miss Trudy to explore the art and science of the seasons through stories, songs and games sprinkled with humor and fun. Free.
  • “SEAT YOURSELF” — BOOK SIGNING: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2590 Citiplace Court. Get a copy of Alex V. Cook’s latest book on diners and food in the South.
  • BOURBON, BREWS & BBQ: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., City Pork Kitchen and Pie, 6721 Exchequer Drive. This event will feature Cochon de Lait, local libations and music by Voodoo Bayou. Tickets $40. VIP tickets are available. Proceeds benefit Special Ops Survivors.
  • FATHER & DAUGHTER DANCE: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., BREC’s Independence Community Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. $12 per couple, $5 per additional person. For more information, call (225) 272-9200, ext. 545.
  • THE ROUGE ROULETTE REGIONAL POETRY SLAM: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. The Rouge Roulette is an individual poetry slam competition featuring 15 of the best spoken word poets in the southern region competing for $1000 in cash prizes. The show will consist of 3 rounds of slam with an elimination happening each round.

SUNDAY

  • “EVEN A GOOD MAN IS TEMPTED”: 3 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road. A modern day version of the Adam and Even tale. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.

YOGA AT THE GURU: 5 P.M. TO 6 P.M., THE GURU, 1857 GOVERNMENT ST. VARIOUS INSTRUCTORS WILL LEAD YOU THROUGH AN ALL LEVEL PRACTICE ENDING WITH THERAPEUTICS. CLASS WILL BE EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL OCTOBER. SUGGESTED DONATION IS $10.

MONDAY

  • TANGO CLASSES: 6:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. For beginner and intermediate level dancers.

TUESDAY

  • HAPPY’S RUNNING CLUB WEEKLY RUN: 6 p.m., Happy’s Irish Pub, 136 Third St.

THURSDAY

  • NEW VENTURE THEATRE PRESENTS HANDS UP! — AUDITION: 6:30 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 2nd Floor, 427 Laurel St. Prepare a 45-second dramatic monologue. New Venture Theatre will accept an online audition video if you are not able to attend the scheduled audition. All videos must be submitted by June 20. Email all video submissions to gwilliams@newventuretheatre.org. Register online at nvtarts.org.
  • LEFT HAND BREWING BEER DINNER: 7 p.m., City Pork Deli & Charcuterie, 2363 Hollydale Ave. Featuring dishes paired with the brewery’s latest beers.

THIRD ANNUAL LOUISIANA BEER DINNER: 7 P.M., GALATOIRE’S BISTRO, 3535 PERKINS ROAD, #400. GUESTS WILL ENJOY FIVE COURSES PAIRED WITH LOCAL BEERS. $65 PER GUEST (INCLUSIVE OF TAX AND GRATUITY).

ONGOING

  • “ART IN LOUISIANA – VIEWS INTO THE COLLECTION”: LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.
  • “ANTEBELLUM POP!”: LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. The show features Hunt Slonem’s bird, bunny and butterfly paintings, through Aug. 5.
  • BATON ROUGE GALLERY: Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. See the latest works from Judi Betts, April Hammock, Malaika Favorite and Michael W. Howes. batonrougegallery.org
  • CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St.
  • “EARTH AS ART”: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Through July 1.
  • “HUEY LONG AND THE NOBLE EXPERIMENT — PROHIBITION IN LOUISIANA”: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Through Sept. 4.
  • “INTERPRET THE OLD MASTERS”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Independence Park Theatre Gallery, 7800 Independence Park Blvd. Through July 13.
  • JENNIFER POE & TRACY LEMIEUX EXHIBIT: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Frameworks Gallery, 8501 Highland Road. Through July 23.
  • “LOUISIANA — CLOUDY AND BRIGHT”: Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway. Artists participating in the show include Carol Hallock, Heather Ricard, Betty Efferson, Don Ayres, Nancy Harris, Katie McGarry, Lynn Washauer, Sharon Richard, Nancy Ward, Kay Lusk, Janice Evans, Krista Roche, Ed Eure, Barbara Fornias, Felicia Hunt and Keith Douglas. Through July 16.
  • “THE ART OF WARNER BROS. CARTOONS”: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Explores the elaborate process that went into the making of the classics. Through July 24.
  • “THE ORIGINS OF ANIMATION”: Colonnade Gallery, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. The display explores various historical and current devices used in animation. Through Aug. 7.
  • 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 wine card for list of venues and the number of tastings. Must be 21 or older. restaurantipo.com.
  • Compiled by Whitney Christy