October — all the pumpkin spice, football and fall things we could want. Here’s your full list of what’s happening around town this month — 30+ Things To Do in Baton Rouge This October. Keep sharing what you do with #30ThingsBR on Instagram + Facebook!
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30+ Things To Do In Baton Rouge This October
Sunday, October 1
Court & Layne Boutique is celebrating their 3rd anniversary today from 12-4PM. Shop sales and win giveaways — including Kendra Scott! They’re located at 1210 N Airline Hwy, Gonzales.
Monday, October 2
It’s National Consignment Day! This holiday celebrates consignment as the smart, sustainable way to shop, earn money and extend the lifecycle of your items. Clean out your closet today or head to a few local shops to see what you can find to add to your fall wardrobe. Time Warp, Swap Boutique and Plato’s Closet are all good local options!
Tuesday, October 3
“On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.” HAPPY MEAN GIRLS DAY, y’all!! Skip all your plans for today — grab a bottle of wine, your favorite friends and watch this movie TONIGHT!
Wednesday, October 4
Another major holiday today — it’s National Taco Day! Velvet Cactus is celebrating with 2 for 1 margaritas and $1 of all tacos. Plus, if you take a photo and tag them on Instagram/Facebook, you could win $50!
Thursday, October 5
Tin Roof Brewing Co is releasing their Double Dry Hopped Voodoo today. Join ’em at the brewery starting at 4PM for BBQ with Barbosa and try it out! More info here.
It’s also a Thursday night in October, so that means Rock N Rowe at Perkins Rowe! Phat Hat is playing in Town Square from 6-9PM. They’re a funk/soul band from right here in Baton Rouge.
Friday, October 6
Wanna drink some craft beer and hang out with zoo animals? The annual Brew At The Zoo is tonight from 6-9PM. Grab your tickets here.
Bag of Donuts is also playing at Live After Five in downtown Repentance Park from 5-8PM. See the full October lineup here.
Saturday, October 7
It’s an away game weekend, so head over the bridge to Port Allen today for the Fall Fest at The Village at Huns Grove. It kicks off at 10AM with a free fitness class at by CORElogix, plus all day specials and discounts from Sosis, CC’s Coffee House & Rotolos Pizzeria. There’s also a pumpkin painting contest, live music by Justin McCoy and face painting. Then, a Sosis fashion show starts at noon. Get more info here.
Flambeau Fest is also happening this weekend (Sat & Sun) in Gonzales. Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr, Lynard Skynard, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Blackberry Smoke, Jacob Davis and more! Grab your tickets here.
(p.s. my girl Katie with Kat Noel Designs will also be at Flambeau Fest selling her most prettiest jewelry!)
Sunday, October 8
It’s Harvest Days at the Rural Life Museum. Holiday entertainments, coupled with heritage skills such as field plowing, wagon rides, candle-making, blacksmithing, and Victorian entertainment. Get more info here.
Monday, October 9
Happy Columbus Day!
Tuesday, October 10
It’s National Handbag Day! Support our favorite local handbag designer SavvyRoot and grab you a new crossbody bag — or even a clear game day bag. Check out her website here. She’s also available in local boutiques like Hey, Penelope, Southern Sophisticate, and The Purple Rack.
Wednesday, October 11
It’s National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day! And it just so happens that The Pelican House recently launched their NEW lunch menu — open to ALL ages (not just 21+ anymore!). Check out their menu here.
Thursday, October 12
SFT is hosting their second Girls Night Out tonight in the showroom from 5-8PM. Crescent City Swoon will be joining them and will have bath bombs and bath salts available. They’ll also have treats and champagne to celebrate! Plus, you’ll get 15% off your in-store purchase that night only. More info & directions here.
Also, Storywood is playing at Rock N Rowe tonight at Perkins Rowe from 6-9PM.
AND it’s National Gumbo Day! We’ve got some good local places (obviously) like The Chimes, Parrains, Juban’s and Tony’s Seafood to get a cup, bowl, barrel, etc.
Friday, October 13
Whoa! Friday the 13th! If you haven’t been to the 13th Gate yet, I feel like tonight would be a creepy night to go! I’m such a scaredy cat, so I will probably not be doing this, but I really like the idea of it — you know, for other people who enjoy paying to be terrified. lol. I’m just not that brave.
And, of course, Live After Five is happening downtown from 5-8PM with Parish County Line!
Saturday, October 14
LSU is hosting Auburn at home today for the Gold Game! Fingers crossed for cooler weather (…..and a win… maybe? please?)!
Sunday, October 15
Take a FREE self-defense class — Fight Like a Girl — at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library today from 3-5PM. Grab your ticket here.
Monday, October 16
It’s Boss’s Day, so time to suck up! Bring them a cup of coffee and maybe some Tiger Deaux-Nuts this morning to show them you appreciate them — and that you’re not above sucking up!
Tuesday, October 17
Wednesday, October 18
Hard to believe we’re already Christmas shopping (this year has floooowwwn by), but it’s time for Hollydays at The River Center! Check out the schedule and get your tickets here.
Thursday, October 19
RedStick Spice is hosting a Holiday Cocktail Party! You’ll cook a full meal, including the perfect cheese board, hors d’oeuvres, party platter and more. Reserve your spot here.
The Chase Tyler Band is also playing at Rock N Rowe tonight at Perkins Rowe from 6-9PM.
Friday, October 20
Head downtown for a little blues tonight for Live After Five with Larry Garner. Larry was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 2002. Larry is a five-time Blues Music Award nominee, once for Most Promising Artist, and four times for Contemporary Male Blues Artist.
Saturday, October 21
Geaux Rouge is hosting Baton Rouge’s BrunchFest today. BRunchFest will showcase between 10-15 local restaurants as vendors, feature multiple live music acts, activities for children, drink specials and access to the art of the Baton Rouge Gallery. Participating vendors include Ruby Slipper, The Overpass Merchant, and The Pelican House. Grab your tickets here.
Sunday, October 22
Louisiana Fall Heat is today at Burden Botanic Gardens. Sponsored by Slow Food Baton Rouge, this farm-to-table event showcases local food, culinary arts, chefs, and raises awareness for a more sustainable local food system. More info here.
Monday, October 23
It’s DIG’s Beer & Burger Week in Baton Rouge! It started today and runs through Sunday, October 29 — and you can celebrate for just $5! See the full list of 50 participating restaurants here and share your burgers on Instagram with #eatBR and $1 is donated to charity.
The Fantasy Feast also kicks off today through 10/31. Participating restaurants are offering a prix fixe menu (app, entree & dessert) for one price or they’ll offer one special off-menu item that’s Halloween-themed. 10% of the proceeds go back to 10/31 Consortium, which helps give the kids of Baton Rouge a safe/fun Halloween experience. More info here.
Tuesday, October 24
We may have already celebrated National Taco Day this month, but we’ll probably need another Taco Tuesday in our life before the month’s over, right? So head to Lava Cantina for $3-$4 taco specials or The Rum House for $2 tacos — every Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 25
Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Head to The Bulldog for Happy Hour (Wednesdays are the best!). Plus, now that the weather is *a little* cooler, take your pup!
Thursday, October 26
225 Magazine is hosting their Hot Off The Press Party tonight downtown 151 3rd Street.
Spook N Rowe (aka Rock N Rowe/Halloween) is happening from 6-9PM at Perkins Rowe with DJ Bob.
Friday, October 27
FRIYAY! Head downtown for Live After Five with Mike Broussard & Night Train from 5-8PM.
There’s also a Zombie Pub Crawl happening at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium at 6PM. It’s $15/person. Each stop on the route has drink specials for you only if you’re dressed like a zombie though! Get more info here.
Saturday, October 28
It’s a BYE Week for LSU and A LOT happening for Halloween this weekend. First off, 10/31 Consortium is hosting their annual Pumpkin Pi Race. This 3.14 mile long race on the levee (by the USS Kidd) is exactly 200 feet longer than a standard 5K. And, it’s Baton Rouge’s only Halloween costume race! You can even take the “Tough Pumpkin Challenge” and run while holding a pumpkin! (editor’s note: I’ll be running… but Conrad is the only one carrying the pumpkin! lol) Get more info and sign up here.
The Baton Rouge Halloween Parade starts at 2PM in downtown. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank leads this parade and actively takes non-perishable food donations straight from the crowd. More info here.
The Louisiana Book Festival is from 10AM – 5PM — also downtown. Get more info here!
Sunday, October 29
Sunday Funday! Either keep the Halloween party going or have a low-key brunch. The Saints play at noon, so grab you a table with a tv nearby — maybe at The Chimes or Mason’s Grill.
Monday, October 30
You’re down to two more days to do something Halloween-ish. Visit a local pumpkin patch, carve pumpkins, visit a corn maze or haunted house. Here’s my full Fall Bucket List.
Tuesday, October 31
Happy Halloween! I personally think everyone should dress as a taco since it’s Tuesday. But I’ll leave that up to you! :)
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