If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, the Mommy-Go-Round has got you covered with many events around town.
Check out our list of events happening in and around Baton Rouge this weekend, and have fun!
THE MOLLY RINGWALDS Playful New Orleans cover band, The Molly Ringwalds, will bring their ’80s glam rock cover show to the Varsity tonight. The band, which claims inexplicable provenance in Sheffield, England, includes a quintet of musicians who’ve perfected the secondary ’80’s arts of hair-teasing and makeup-applying. Playing the Reagan years to the hilt, they each take on an ’80’s persona: frontman Adam Ant, keyboardist Pee-wee Herman, a guitarist who’s a member of Devo, bassist Lord Phillip Wang (in full Twisted Sister regalia), and Mr. Miyagi’s protégé himself, Karate Kid on the drums. 8 pm. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. varsitytheatre.com.
LSU CONCERT SPECTACULAR At the LSU Union Theater, a musical smorgasbord introduces music lovers and students to the musical variety and excellence offered at LSU. The annual Concert Spectacular presents LSU’s very best student soloists, chamber groups, and ensembles playing from unexpected stations all around the Union Theater, in a 1-hour “no-pause, no-applause” format. School of Music groups performing will be the LSU Wind Ensemble, A Cappella Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Piano and Chamber Group plus the newly formed LSU Jazz Guitar Ensemble, playing the music of Django Rheinhart. 7:30 pm. wp.cmda.lsu.edu/events.
BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET Typically held the first Saturday of each month, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge presents the first Baton Rouge Arts Market of 2016 on a special date, this Saturday, January 30, 2016. Shop with over 50 artists from Louisiana and beyond, who will present original works of art in a variety of mediums including, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings, sculpture, hand-made soaps and much more. The Baton Rouge Arts Market is held in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmers Market and the Main Street Market, typically on the first Saturday of each month. If you are an artist or craftsperson and would like to be considered for a place at an upcoming Baton Rouge Arts Market, please contact Malcolm Robinson at the Arts Council, 225-344-8558, ext. 222, to learn about the application and jury process. For more information call 344-8558 or visit www.artsbr.org
FARMERS MARKET Shop local this Saturday for farm-fresh produce, meats, seafood, honey, king cakes and more. Pick up cooking tips during the 10 AM Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration inside Main Street Market and sample the chef’s dish. Outside, the Baton Rouge Arts Market will join the farmers this weekend instead of their regularly scheduled first Saturday in February.. Open on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in conjunction with The Main Street Market which is a six day a week public marketplace located on the first floor of the Galvez Garage in downtown Baton Rouge.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY
PONCHATOULA ANTIQUE CLEARANCE SALE “Everything must go?” Well, not quite, but America’s Antique City, as Ponchatoula is known, is holding a clearance sale that extends to include offerings at all the antiques and collectibles stores in town, which makes this weekend as good a time as any to go in search of vintage things. 10 am–5 pm each day throughout downtown. (985) 386-2536. ponchatoulachamber.com.
KING CAKE FESTIVAL The only place big enough to hold a New Orleans King Cake Festival is apparently the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Gorge yourself for a good cause this Sunday at Ochsner’s third annual King Cake Festival, with specialty, sugary cakes and delicious goodies from the likes of Haydel’s Bakery, Mr. Ronnie’s, Maurice’s, Caluda’s, Thee Heavenly Donut, Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, Sweet Savors, Baker’s Dozen, and Whole Foods. The festival kicks off with a Fitness Challenge and a Family Fun Run (registration at 8 am, run at 10:30 am). Live music from FlowTribe, Bucktown Allstars, Amanda Ducorbier, and Sole throughout the day, followed by a 4:30 pm cake awards ceremony. Don’t miss out on this delicious, sugar-caked chance to help Ochsner’s for Children. 11 am–5 pm. kingcakefestival.org for more information.
COURIR de MARDI GRAS AT VERMILIONVILLE (Chicken Run) Vermilionville is the site for a traditional country Mardi Gras run hosted by the Basile Mardi Gras Association, where participants beg for and chase down ingredients for a communal gumbo. With music by The Pine Leaf Boys (1 pm–4pm), capuchon-making demos, and gumbo to eat. The run begins at 11:30 am, and you’re advised to arrive at 10 am to avoid long lines. 10 am–4 pm. $5 and children under 3 for free. students. 300 Fisher Road. (337) 233-4077. vermilionville.org.
LOCAL MARDI GRAS PARADES
Mystic Krewe of Artemis. The first parade of carnival season—and the only parade with all-female krewes—rolls through downtown at 7 p.m. kreweofartemis.net
Krewe of Mystique. This parade travels from South River Road through downtown 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. krewemystique.com
Krewe of Orion makes for two parades in one day, rolling 6:30-9 p.m. after the Krewe of Mystique. kreweoforion.com
CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts unleashes its furry friends on Baton Rouge. 11 a.m. costume contest; parade rolls at 1:30 p.m.
Ultimate Mardi Gras Festival takes over downtown. brmardigrasfest.com
Krewe of Southdowns. Beginning at Lee High School on Bawell Street, the Krewe of Southdowns rolls through Mid City 7-9:30 p.m. southdowns.org
Krewe of Spanish Town. End carnival season with the largest parade in Baton Rouge. From noon-4 p.m., the Krewe of Spanish Town rolls through downtown, beginning at Spanish Town Road. spanishtownmardigras.org