As the Louisiana Marathon continues to grow, so does its annual Finish Festival.

The two-day festival, which had a crowd of more than 24,000 last year, is open to runners in this weekend’s series of races, as well as foodies, music fans, spectators and families.

The free festival is on the grounds of the Louisiana State Capitol at A.Z. Young Park in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday and Sunday.

Events start around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, when runners participating in the Louisiana 5K, Quarter Marathon and Kids Marathon cross the finish line near the State Capitol Park. The Finish Fest continues at 9 a.m. Sunday following the Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon.


Visitors can look for Louisiana specialties from local vendors including: ACME Oyster House, Beausoleil, Blend, Capital City Grill, Cajun Country Rice, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Doe’s Eat Place, Edible Events, Freshjunkie, Galatoire’s Bistro, Gonzales Jambalaya Festival, Hotel Indigo, Jimmy John’s, Kajun Kettle, L’Auberge, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Grill, Mestizo’s, Restaurant IPO, Ruffino’s, Schlitz-and-Giggles, Spotters Fast Fit Food, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar, Veron Sausage and Zoe’s Kitchen.

There will also be three showcase tents designed to highlight foods from other Louisiana festivals: the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival and Kajun Kettle ­— a frequent festival partner at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival and many others, including the Vegan Village from the Louisiana Veggie Fest.

All registered runners receive a wristband that allows for free food and beverages on the day of their run. Finish Festival participants who are not registered runners will need to purchase a “Taste Tour” wristband for access to food and drink. The cost is $18 and includes six food items or beverages. VIP experiences are also available at Finish Festival’s Levee Lounge presented by Abita and Beausoleil.

Music, kids

The Michael Foster Project with Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation headline the music line-up. Also performing are Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, Quiana Lynell & The Lush Life and performers from Baton Rouge Music Studios, The Dunham School and the Baton Rouge Kids’ Orchestra.

Activities for kids will be offered in the Kids Zone.


Festival Schedule


6:56 a.m.: National Anthem, Quiana Lynell

8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.: Dunham School Jazz Band

9:26 a.m.:National Anthem, Brianna with Ainsley’s Angels

9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters

11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters

Noon-1 p.m.: Baton Rouge Music Studios


6:56 a.m.: National Anthem, Brianna with Ainsley’s Angels

9 a.m.-11 a.m.: Quiana Lynell and the Lush Life

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Michael Foster Project with Big Sam Williams of Big Sam’s Funky Nation