SWAMP FLASHLIGHT NIGHT: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Featuring live animal encounters, special nature films and a night hike. General admission applies.

FOOD TRUCK ROUND-UP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10000 Perkins Rowe. Local food trucks serve their dishes.

YAPPY HOUR: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., BREC Forest Community Dog Park, 13900 S. Harrells Ferry Road. Featuring giveaways, games and fun.

MAKE IT A MOVIE NIGHT — "THE INCREDIBLES": 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., BREC's Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. Free screening of the popular Pixar film.

THE FAB FOUR — THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE: 7 p.m., L'Auberge Casino, 777 L'Auberge Ave. See a tribute to The Beatles at this concert. Ages 21 and up. $15. Reserved seating. (225) 215-7777,

MOVIES & MUSIC ON THE LAWN WITH "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" AND NEON MOUNTAIN: 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Arts, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Indie pop band Neon Mountain provides the soundtrack to the 1920 silent film "Phantom of the Opera." $7; free for members.

ANNUAL ’80s NIGHT BEACH PARTY: 9 p.m., Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road. Break out that killer beachwear or ’80s attire and dance the night away. $7.


"GIDION'S KNOT": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. A thought-provoking production about child suicide and bullying. $19 students, $25 general admission.

BLUES HIGHWAY 61 MUSIC FESTIVAL: West Feliciana Sports Park, 10226 West Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville. Blues and swamp pop festival featuring music from Kenny Neal, guitar giveaways, car show and food. $25 per car.


SOUTH BATON ROUGE BREAST CANCER WALK AND HEALTH FAIR: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St. Featuring on-site health screenings, giveaways, community-wide breast cancer walk and health fair. Free. (225) 389-4860.

FAMILY FIT DAY 4K: 8 a.m., BREC's City-Brooks Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Healthy BR and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome host a 4K run/walk, and attendees can participate in events and programs throughout the morning. $20 registration. 

CHILDREN'S GARDEN ACTIVITIES — THE WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Learn how to attract butterflies to gardens. $15 per child. For ages 6-12.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLUEBONNET SWAMP: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Celebrating 21 years of connecting people to nature with crafts, animals and food. Free.

AUDUBON DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., LSU Hill Memorial Library. One-hour viewings of John James Audubon's "The Birds of America" folio volumes scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

CLASH OF THE COOKS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., LSU Nicholson Extension parking lot 403. Local teams compete to see who makes the best jambalaya in this fundraiser to help families battling cancer. $15-$30.

ENGINEER IT: DREAM BIG: 10 a.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Hands-on activities featuring a hurricane simulator and stream table.

"RURAL ENGINEUITY": 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Highlighting innovations and people who transformed sugarcane farming and processing in the rural South. On display through Aug. 5.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION — WALK THE ROWE FOR HEART: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10000 Perkins Rowe. One-mile walk, fitness instruction, warm-ups, grocery store tours, prizes, and CPR instructions for American Stroke Month.

CELEBRATE YOUTH COMMUNITY FAMILY FUN FEST: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family and Youth Service Center, 1120 Government St. Featuring a jambalaya cook-off, games, dance-offs, cake walks and silent auctions.

COMMUNITY COOKOUT: Noon to 5 p.m., Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Ave. Free food and fun to celebrate the birthday of Malcolm X. Family-friendly.

"LIPSTICK, HEELS & HUSTLE" BOOK SIGNING: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine St. Meet Dr. Carey Yazeed, who will discuss and sign copies of her new book.

45 MINI MUSIC FEST: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Beauvoir Park, 2834 Greenwood Drive. All-day festival with performances across two stages. $10 in advance, $15 at the gates.

CANE LAND ANNIVERSARY PARTY: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cane Land Distilling Company, 760 St. Philip St. The downtown Baton Rouge business hosts tours, live music, food and giveaways to celebrate its anniversary. 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT: 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Knock Knock Children's Museum, 1900 Dalrymple Drive. Children explore aspects of dance performance during this class. Free. Registration required at

MAY DISTILLERY TOUR: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Baton Rouge Distilling, 11616 Industriplex Blvd., Suite 21. Take a guided tour, meet the owners, learn about the craft and sample strawberry brandy. Ages 21 and up. $5 at

RSRD SEASON 10, BOUT 2: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Red Stick Roller Derby at Mount Pilgrim Family Life Center, 9700 Scenic Highway. Cheer on the Red Stick Roller Derby girls. $15 general admission, $8 for kids ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. 

"BONFIRE": 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium, 103 France St. Screening and premiere of short film from Joe Vuic and Nathan P. Efferson. Also featuring other screenings. Ages 21 and up.

BULLS, BANDS AND BARRELS: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Rodeo and concert featuring music from Clay Walker. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, and $12 for ages 12 and under.

"REFLECTION OF THE GREEN LEAF PROJECT": 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Guru, 1857 Government St. Exhibit to cultivate arts and creativity of those who are mentally ill. $35 at

ST. ELIZABETH'S WHITE RIBBON FOUNDERS' BALL: 7 p.m., L'Auberge Casino & Hotel, 777 L'Auberge Ave. Featuring a live auction, comedian John Morgan and live music. Cocktail attire.

"WE ACTING FUNNY, TAKE XIII": 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel, Iberville Room, 103 France St. Comedy show featuring Blowfish "The Blind Sensation." $15-$40 at

AFTER DARK COMEDY SHOW: 8 p.m., The Station Sports Bar & Grill, 4608 Bennington Ave. Featuring Marcus Crespo, Brian Zeolla, James Chafin, Christina Schriver and Joey Nickel. $5 at


BATON ROUGE SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Riverfront Plaza, 300 River Road. Family-friendly festival with music and soul food. Free. VIP packages available.

"PORGY AND BESS": 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. The Southern University Music Program presents the American folk opera by George Gershwin. $20-$85 at, (866) 451-2787.


BOOZIE BRUNCH: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cane Land Distilling Company, 760 St. Philip St. Featuring a menu from Barbosa's Barbeque. 

SPRING GARDEN TOUR & COOKING CLASS: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. Tour the garden and learn how to make bananas Foster flambée. $20 at (225) 767-6916.

"THE DIVA SISTERS": 1:30 p.m. reception, play at 3 p.m., Cortana Mall, Entrance 1, 9401 Cortana Place. A dramatic comedy, written and directed by Ava-Brewster-Turner. $21.

AFTERNOON WITH MICHAEL BOROWITZ & FRIENDS: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., St. James Place Duplantier Auditorium, 333 Lee Drive. Join Artistic Director Michael Borowitz and guest singers for an intimate concert. $50 for members, $100 for nonmembers at

CRAFTY COMEDY: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Corporate Brew & Draft, 2531 Citiplace Court. Open comedy mic hosted by Raven Marie. Free. 


SPRING HAS SPRUNG EDIBLE PLANT TEA PARTY: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. Learn about what edible plants you can find locally with chef Katherine Gividen. $20 at


ARTISTS IN THE CLASSROOM: A CELEBRATION OF ARTS EDUCATION: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Local visual arts educators show their works at this reception. Food and drink available.

BATON ROUGE BEER PARTY: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tin Roof Brewing Company, 1624 Wyoming St. Featuring beer, books, and food truck specials based off the recipes in "Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail!" 

NEYERS WINE PAIRING DINNER: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 18 Steak at L'Auberge Casino, 777 L'Auberge Ave. Neyers Wine pairing with a four-course dinner. $89 per person. Email for reservations.


OPENING RECEPTION — "ROCK, PAPER, CRAYONS": 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring latest works from New Orleans artist Jennifer Poe. On display through July 14.

"MAMMA MIA!" HAPPY HOUR SING-A-LONG: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. Sing along to your favorite numbers and get a sneak peak of our production at this show. $12 at

HOPS NIGHT AT THE HERB SOCIETY: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ione Burden Conference Center, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Learn about hops and sample craft beers from Tin Roof Brewery. $5 for nonmembers.

RAISE THE WOOF —  COMEDY FOR A CAUSE 2018: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., L'Auberge Casino, 777 L'Auberge Ave. Featuring comedy, auctions, raffles, food and live music to benefit Spay Baton Rouge. $35 at


PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE GARDENS: 7 a.m. each day, Independence Park Botanic Gardens, 7950 Independence Blvd. Come see 35 artists who have been invited to paint in the gardens. Through May 26.

JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: 1 p.m. to midnight, Gonzales Civic Center, 120 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. Annual festival with cook-offs, car show, carnival rides, 5K and 1 mile run and live music.

ART TO MUSIC FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Parlor, 705 St. Joseph St. Featuring art, live music and collaborations. Free. Through May 26.

"WILLY WONKA, JR.": 7 p.m., Shaver Theater. Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. $15-$20 at


RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Main and Fifth streets. Featuring local produce and seasonal vegetables as well as a cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. inside the Main Street Market.

WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Featuring "Fait á la Main: The Acadian Handicraft Project" on display through Aug. 5.

LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring "Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects" on display through Oct. 14; "Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics" and "Collection Spotlight: William Hogarth" on display through June 17; and "Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection."

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 S. River Road. Featuring "Tradition in Transition: Inuit Art & Culture" through June 3, and "Dreamcatchers: Courtney Egan" through June 10.

CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring "For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War" on display through June 9; and selections from the permanent collection.

Compiled by Kristie Bihm.