Happy May! I’m so excited to kick the month off with a NEW list of 30+ Things To Do In Baton Rouge this month. One of my main missions here on Southern Flair is to help you live your best life right here in Baton Rouge, so I’m super pumped about this new monthly series!
And thanks for the awesome feedback on last month’s list and for the suggestions for this month’s calendar!
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Monday, May 1
It’s May Day! Stop by and pick up some fresh flowers on your way home from work! Trader Joe’s some of the best prices around on flowers!
Tuesday, May 2
It’s Jimmy John’s Customer Appreciation Day! Get a sub for $1 from 4-8PM! You can check to see if the location closest to you is participating here.
Wednesday, May 3
Galatoire’s Bistro (3535 Perkins Rd) is hosting its first ever Louisiana Spirits Dinner from 7-10PM! Enjoy a multi-course menu paired with hand-crafted cocktails from local distilleries. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.
Thursday, May 4
So word on the street is there is a NEW Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge! Mid City Gras is hosting its kick off party from 5-7PM. You can learn about the newest parade, which will run through mid-city (obvs). If you want to get involved, you should check it out here!
Friday, May 5
Oh, HEY! It’s my fourth favorite holiday of the year — Cinco De Mayo! (Right behind Christmas, Mardi Gras and Fourth of July… if you’re wondering!) Here’s the gist of Cinco De Mayo — any Mexican restaurant you go will be packed. I suggest hitting a restaurant that also has a band or a party-like atmosphere that you can enjoy while you wait on a table. El Paso (4808 S Sherwood Forest Blvd) always has a band, so that two hour wait is at least fun!
If you want to skip the Mexican restaurants, Tin Roof Brewing Co. is also hosting a Cinco De Mayo party from 5-10PM. There will be a live mariachi band, lots of local beer (duh) and Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Tacos!
Saturday, May 6
Another busy weekend here in Baton Rouge! Most importantly, it’s the Kentucky Derby day, so whatever you choose to do should include mint juleps!
If you want to add a little wine to that, there’s a Corked 5K happening! There’s a wine stop in each mile or you can just walk and sip the wine as you go. If you don’t want to be active at all, you can choose just the “Wine Down Only” option, so you still get the wine without the effort! See more info here.
Now, if you want to add tequila and keep the Cinco de Mayo celebration going, Marc Broussard is playing a FREE concert at Velvet Cactus!
There’s also a 90s Bar Crawl happening downtown starting at 2PM. Basically, you get to hop around to different bars jammin’ out to awesome 90s music. There’s also drink specials along the way and even a free welcome drink. See who’s participating here.
Sunday, May 7
It’s the first Sunday of the month, so you get in museums downtown for freeeee! And you can participate in the Warrior Yoga Run for free too! Get your workout in from 8AM -9:30AM. It starts with a 5 minute yoga stretch on the levee by the USS Kidd, followed by your choice of a 2 mile run or 1 mile walk. Then at 8:30 AM, you head inside the USS Kidd for a 45 minute basic yoga class. Then, you get to end at The Big Squeezy at North Blvd Square to enjoy fresh juices and smoothies!
The Girls on the Run 5K is also today at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The race starts at 2PM. Men, women and children are all invited to participate. More details here.
Monday, May 8
So you’re down to less than a week until Mother’s Day! If you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, head to a local shop to find something she’ll love — like The Royal Standard. (Plus, if you haven’t been since the August flooding, you need to check it out!) If you want to buy her pretty jewelry, Kat Noel Designs is offering 20% off with code ilovemom through Mother’s Day. SFT also has some cute mom-life tees including the Baseball Mama, Time To Wine Down, and Mama Tried tees!
Tuesday, May 9
Spend the evening in Alex Box Stadium! LSU baseball is playing South Alabama tonight. I can’t believe I haven’t been to a baseball game yet at all this season, so I will definitely be trying to make one before the season is over. p.s. Here’s you a new purple and gold tee too!
Wednesday, May 10
The Fashion Association at LSU is hosting its 11th Annual Fashion Show at the Royal Cotillion Ballroom! Watch original designs walk the runway starting at 6PM. Other members of the Fashion Association at LSU will display their talents through a styling competition (garments provided by Time Warp Boutique) and a recyled garment portion. Doors open at 5:30. You can grab your tickets here.
Thursday, May 11
Local handbag designer Celeste Austin with SavvyRoot will host a pop-up at Hey, Penelope (7317 Jefferson Hwy) from 12PM – 3PM. See the NEW collection of handbags up close and receive 10% off your storewide purchase that day only!
Kendra Scott (located at Perkins Rowe) is partnering with Friends of the Animals (FOTA) for a fundraiser for one night only. 20% of proceeds collected will go to FOTA from 5-8PM.
It’s also National Eat What You Want Day! I’m thinking cheesecake is making the top of my list! Also, @merryfloral suggested trying the boudin balls from Bergeron’s in Port Allen!
Friday, May 12
Wanna taste the BEST crawfish in Baton Rouge? Of course we do. The Crawfish King Cook-Off is happening downtown from 4 – 8PM. Your ticket gets you all-you-can-eat crawfish — and there will be 16,000 pounds, so I think you will have plenty! Get your tickets here.
Mid City Merchants is also hosting Hot Art, Cool Nights from 6 – 10PM. This festival is FREE and you can walk around enjoying local artists, music and refreshments! See more detail here.
Live After 5 is happening downtown! Country Music singer/songwriter Todd O’Neill will be performing on the stage in Repentance Park.
Saturday, May 13
Head to L’Auberge for the Red Stick Food Fest! This is the annual food and music festival benefiting the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Eat food from some of the best regional restaurants, enjoy live music, and check out arts and crafts! See more info here.
Sunday, May 14
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! Take your mom to brunch or make your husband/kids treat you to brunch!
Monday, May 15
Mondays aren’t any fun, so head to see Detroit at the Theatre Baton Rouge. Showtime starts at 7:30PM and you can get tickets here. The show runs from May 12 – 21. Thanks @catybelle329 for the suggestion!
Tuesday, May 16
If the work week is already too crazy for you, sneak away to shop at The Red Onion, located on an expansive wooded peice of property on Perkins Road near Peace Lane. It’s a serene and peaceful escape and offers an assortment of plants and unique home goods. With artwork, jewelry, decor, houseplants, candles and pottery, you can find a nice little gift for yourself — perfect to update your home for spring and summer! (Thanks, @merryfloral for the suggestion!)
Wednesday, May 17
The first ever Southern Flair HAPPY HOUR CLUB (!!) will meet at Bin 77 from 4-7PM! I’ll have more about this in a post next week, but go ahead and mark your calendar! Come enjoy happy hour with other local gals — it’s a great way to meet new friends, network and just enjoy some wine after work! No RSVP necessary! Get $7 select wins and cocktails and $3 select beers. We’ll be out on the patio! Yay for new friends! :)
Thursday, May 18
The Purple Rack Boutique in Prairieville is hosting their Ladies Night Out! Enjoy special in store sales, giveaways and more from 6-9PM.
Friday, May 19
It’s my chihuahua’s 10th birthday! I’ll be heading to NYC this day, but she would want you to celebrate her big day at Live After 5! Then, maybe hit up Lava Cantina for some chips and salsa after!?
Saturday, May 20
Cane Land Distilling Company is hosting its GRAND OPENING Party all day starting at 11AM! The day will be filled with spirits & concoctions, local live music and food trucks! You can tour the facility and learn about the world of distilling (which I know nothing about!) and enjoy rum cocktails! More details here.
Sunday, May 21
TreadBR is hosting their next Wellness Series event from 4-6PM at their studio (4207 Perkins Rd) — and it’s all about finding your inner warrior! The class starts with an hour of strength & stretch, followed by a discussion led by Katie Sternberg about freeing yourself from your own judgement and beginning your path to self-acceptance. More details here.
Monday, May 22
Hallelujah! It’s the Bachelorette premiere! Grab your girlfriends and a few bottles of wine and watch as Rachel instantly gets 25 more boyfriends than you. This season, I’m thinking of doing a fantasy draft… Anyone else interested??
Tuesday, May 23
Tune into Instagram around 7PM to enter the Baton Rouge Fashion Council’s summer GIVEAWAY! Not only will you discover new favorite local boutiques and creators, but you’ll have the chance to win an awesome summer prize! You can follow along at @brfashioncouncil
Wednesday, May 24
Ready for some mid-week yoga? Tin Roof Brewing Co. has yoga every Wednesday night in their big field. Plus, you can enjoy beer after. How can you pass that up?
Thursday, May 25
It’s the LAST Rock n’ Rowe of the season! Hang out at Perkins Rowe and enjoy Rewind from 6-9PM. Pack a lawn chair or grab food at Kona, California Pizza Kitchen or Lava Cantina!
Friday, May 26
It’s the LAST Live After 5 of the season! :( Spend your Friday evening sitting on the side of the hill at Repentance Park and jam out to Flow Tribe + Shaun Ward Xperience. Then, head down Third Street for a fun night out. Have you tried Driftwood’s cocktails yet??! Get. on. that.
Saturday, May 27
The Jambalaya Festival is happening in Gonzales all weekend long! The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, and lots of other food!
Sunday, May 28
Sundays call for brunch time! The Overpass Merchant is my 100% absolute favorite brunch spot in Baton Rouge (that chicken biscuit, ya’ll!). And for THIS Sunday, Jay Ducote will be taking over the kitchen.
Monday, May 29
It’s Memorial Day! Whether you’re heading to the beach, the lake or the nearest pool, make sure your day is spent remembering the people who died while serving our country!
Tuesday, May 30
We can’t make it through a FULL month without celebrating Taco Tuesday! It’s only my favorite day of the week. Check out Somos Bandidos downtown (303 North Blvd) for some “whipass tacos” — there’s really no turning that down.
Wednesday, May 31
Let’s end the month by trying out a NEW restaurant in Baton Rouge! Bao Vietnamese Kitchen just opened in April off Perkins Road. Pho and egg rolls? Yes, please!
Wow! What a month! Want to add something to the list? Or have an idea/event for a future month? Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org