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Downtown Baton Rouge Arts & Entertainment District was formed in 2008 to provide a means for growth and development through arts and entertainment activities. We wanted to create a district that has a balance of arts and entertainment and a positive reflection of Baton Rouge.

Found in the heart of Downtown and highlighted by Third Street, the Arts and Entertainment District has galleries, shops, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and free concert series, all within walking distance, contributing to an enjoyable downtown experience! Come and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed!!


The Arts & Entertainment District holds host to Live After Five and Sunday in the Park, two free concert series in the fall and spring, featuring live music by the areas finest musicians. Both events, among others, are a great way to experience downtown culture and the people that make Baton Rouge a truly special place.


In the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District you will find the Shaw Center for the Arts where you can watch a ballet, attend an art exhibit, or have sushi on the top floor overlooking the Mississippi River. In addition to the Shaw Center, Downtown is home to many local art galleries, and a handful of annual arts festivals such as The Art Melt and Fest for All.


For all you night owls, Downtown's many bars, pubs, and nightclubs offer dancing, drinks, and a diverse social scene that makes for a great time. People watch from a mezzanine on Third Street, catch a live band, or take a salsa lesson, you name it, we got it! Don't forget to end the night with a slice of pizza and get a safe cab ride home. Laisser les bons temps rouler!


While visiting The Arts & Entertainment District, don't forget to check out the many restaurants and cafe's that serve up some of the best cuisine in town. Whether you're in the mood for a po-boy or a romantic dinner for two, Downtown has you covered.

List of Downtown Merchants

Downtown Events/Festivals

New Years Eve
2013 Downtown New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31st

Celebrate New Year's Eve Downtown! Many downtown venues are hosting parties and our downtown restaurants are offering specials to help ring in the New Year!

River Center Arena – Skating on the River , 275 S. River Rd., 389-3030, Download Skating on the River Flyer {PDF} , or visit »


Blend's – New Year's Eve Bash, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., live music, hor d'oeuvres & beverages, 304 Laurel St., 663-2891, »

Boogie Nights – Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright, 10 p.m. – 12 p.m., party favors & champagne, Hollywood Casino, 1717 River Rd. N., 709-7777, »

Boudreaux & Thibodeaux – The Anteeks, 214 Third St., 636-2442, »

Hilton Capitol Center – Murder Mystery Death at the Doo-Wop, {PDF}, deluxe accommodations, dinner on New Year's Eve, beer, wine & hors d'oeuvres, breakfast New Year's Day, dress in your best 1950s attire, 344-5866, »

River Center Theatre – Rose Hill Church New Year's Celebration, 10 p.m. – 12 p.m., Free Admission, 275 S. River Rd., 389-3030, »

Roux House – The Heater's, 10 p.m. – 12 p.m., Free Admission, 143 Third St., 344-2583, »

Shaw Center for the Arts – Scene Magazine presents New Year's Eve at the Shaw Center, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., live music, open bars, and the best food, 100 Lafayette St., for tickets visit: »

The Camelot Club – Midnight Soiree, 8:30 p.m., Chase Tower, 451 Florida St., 387-0931, »

Restaurant Specials

Azteca's Mexican Cuisine – 453 Lafayette St., 223-6164, »

Capital City Grill – 100 Lafayette St., 223-6164, »

Pastime Lounge – 252 South Blvd., 343-5490, »

Restaurant IPO – 421 Third St., 302-5541, »

Schilttz and Giggles – 301 Third St., 218-4271, »

Stroubes Chophouse – 107 Third St., 448-2830, »

The Little Village – 447 Third St., 218-6685, »

Tsunami – 100 Lafayette St., 346-5100, »

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Weekend Special
Stay Weekend and get a 5% discount each night, with a 2 night minimum stay. Higher rates on weekends.