A more concentrated Louisiana Earth Day, running until 6 p.m. this year, will be held in downtown Baton Rouge on April 17, but again will feature educational booths and live music.

Running from noon to 6 p.m., Louisiana Earth Day will include an art exhibit at the Manship Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts, a Baton Rouge Earth Day bike tour and an Earth Day arts market in addition to a number of educational and children’s booths.

“We’ve got some really good things coming up,” said Brenda Nixon, Louisiana Earth Day treasurer.

Some of the new events include a group bike ride at 10:30 a.m., starting at the Brooks-City Park Tennis Center through the Garden District and into downtown where there will be a free valet parking corral.

“We haven’t had a bike tour in a number of years,” she said.

It’s a way to get people out of their cars and taking an alternative form of transportation to the event, she said.

Two new art exhibits will be held at the Shaw Center. The Earth as Art Exhibit at the center will use geographic information systems to show how the Earth itself can be art. In addition, there will be a pop-up exhibit dealing with works of art on paper or using recycled paper.

These new exhibits join a long list of educational and children’s activities about recycling, reusing and in general limiting the waste people produce every day.

“We’re a throwaway society, and we really can’t do that anymore,” Nixon said. “We just need a different mindset.” Also new this year are shorter hours that have the educational booths and the musical entertainment ending at the same time.

In previous years, the education booths would close at 5 p.m. but the music would continue until 8 p.m.

“The primary purpose for Earth Day is not about the music,” Nixon said. “The focal part is education.”

That education will include learning about wetlands, clean fuels, tree care, gardening, wildlife and a new healing center being set up by the Red Stick Peacemakers to learn about meditation, yoga, massage and therapeutic movement.

A full listing and map will be available April 10 at laearthday.org.

The booths and activities will be joined by three stages of entertainment throughout the afternoon:

MUSIC AT EARTH STAGE AT GALVEZ PLAZA:

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Pine Leaf Boys
  • 2 P.M. TO 3:15 p.m. Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Todd O’Neill Band (courtesy Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge/Sunday in the Park)
  • 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bucktown All-Stars

EARTH ARTS STAGE AT TOWN LAWN:

  • Noon to 1 p.m. Baton Rouge Music Studios
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Fine Art Belly Dancers of Baton Rouge
  • 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tiger Tenors Acapella Singers
  • 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Les Bons Sons Cajun Band
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Aloha Leilani Polynesian Dancers
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fine Art Belly Dancers of Baton Rouge
  • 5 P.M. TO 5:30 p.m. Fire and Flow with Inferneaux

5:30 P.M. TO 6 P.M. BLOCO JACARÉ BRAZILIAN DRUMMERS

EARTH FOR CHILDREN STAGE AT THE OLD GOVERNOR’S MANSION:

  • NOON TO 12:30 p.m. Artemesia Sword Dancers
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Flamenco Rouge
  • 1 P.M. TO 1:30 p.m. Yoga Poses Representing the Rainforest
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EBR Talented Music Students
  • 3 P.M. TO 3:30 p.m. Chinese Dancers — Traditional Chinese Dance
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Groove Haus — Jazz Music
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bloco Jacaré Brazilian Drummers
  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. School of Performing Rock