Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Caps off for Cap City Beer Fest!

Need to relax and decompress after the work week? Go local this weekend at the first Cap City Beer Fest! The event will showcase beers from around the country and the world in the friendly outdoor environment of downtown Baton Rouge.

Photo courtesy of Cap City Beer Fest.
Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited samples of specialty beers in the Cap City Beer Gardens. Come enjoy the beautiful outdoor atmosphere with live music, gourmet food available for purchase as well as fun games on the North Boulevard Town Square lawn!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Red Stick's local animal shelter, Companion Animal Alliance. Additionally, the event is dog friendly! So grab your pup and prepare for an afternoon of fun and excitement!

We urge you to tempt your taste buds this weekend at Cap City Beer Fest! Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For more information or to purchase a ticket, head over to our website.

Posted by:
Erinn Sala, Communications Intern

Erinn is the Communications Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. As a Baton Rouge native, she is eager to promote all of the extensive experiences the Capital City has to offer! She enjoys Louisiana Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium and runs around the University Lakes. Erinn is a Show Me Your Mumu enthusiast and an avid Olivia Pope fan. Geaux Tigers & #GoBR! 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Countdown to Halloween is ON!

It's Fall, y'all! It's my favorite time of the year--sweater weather, fall candles, Thanksgiving...and HALLOWEEN! Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday, and I am so lucky that Baton Rouge celebrates it in such a big way!

There are tons of things to do and see in Baton Rouge when it comes to Halloween. After all, Baton Rouge is known to have a ghost or two roaming around. Throughout the next few weeks we will be keeping you posted on everything Halloween, so let's kick it off with two of my favorites: the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade and The 13th Gate!

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade

As the Capital City of Louisiana, the state that knows how to throw a parade or festival for anything, Baton Rouge is no exception to that rule! If you've never had the chance to experience Mardi Gras or a parade before, the Halloween Parade is a great place to "let the good times roll!" I walked in the parade last year and it was a blast. Both the crowd and parade riders were dressed in their Halloween best, and the parade is family-friendly, so the more, the merrier!

This year's parade theme is "It's Halloween, Witches!" and will embody a classic Halloween theme. The parade rolls on October 31 at 2 PM.

The 13th Gate & Necropolis 13

One of America's top rated haunted attractions, The 13th Gate, invites fear-lovers to the haunting of their lives with over 100 professional actors, 12 special effects makeup and airbrush artists and many costume specialists working together to bring the terrifying show to life each night. Through the first weekend in November, The 13th Gate is opening its haunted doors! In addition to The 13th Gate, be sure to also check out Necropolis 13, which debuted last year. Necropolis 13 takes you through a 40,000 Sq. Ft., zombie-infested cemetery..don't you want to just try it out?

Stay tuned for more Baton Rouge Halloween information! Have a very happy Fall!

Posted by:
Cathy Juarez, Visit Baton Rouge

Cathy is the Destination Content Manager for Visit Baton Rouge. Though born and raised in New Orleans, Cathy fell in love with Baton Rouge throughout her time as an LSU undergraduate. Cathy is passionate about promoting tourism in Louisiana, and you can find her exploring festivals, local dives and attractions in the ever-growing Capital City. Geaux Tigers and #GoBR!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Going Miles for Miles - LSU v. SYRACUSE

Are you heading to upstate New York for the LSU vs. Syracuse game next weekend? This is not normal territory for our Tiger fans so we want to fill you in on what to see, eat, drink and do while in Syracuse! Thanks to Visit Syracuse, we've got the scoop! You will also see information sited from a tailgating blog - Syracuse Tailgate and Visitor's Guide 2015 that we encourage you to read in full! 


The Syracuse airport is about 5 miles north of the downtown/university areas, many local hotels will pick you up in their courtesy shuttles if you want to avoid renting a car. Please note that due to New York laws, Syracuse does not currently have Uber or Lyft. Check out the list of transportation services on the following two sites >> Visit Syracuse Transportation and Need a Cab.


Many hotels will be offering shuttles to the Carrier Dome, so if you are staying in a nearby hotel, we suggest calling them ahead of time. If driving, the Carrier Dome is easy to find as it sits east of downtown and is set on top of a hill overlooking the city. Syracuse University provides an overview and has it broken down their parking to three main areas. Get to know the campus of Syracuse with these interactive maps


Marshall Street - Commercial street with shops, restaurants and bars, about a twenty minute walk from parking and 10 minutes to the dome. 
Recommendations: Varsity PizzaFagan’s Pub and Chuck's

Armory Square - Great place for pre or post game fun. A trendy downtown area with great restaurants, entertainment a museum and microbrewery. 

Hanover Square - A smaller version of Armory Square but a great area with restaurants, bars and live music! Hanover Square caters more to the 25+ crowd. 

Restaurant Recommendations
With many options of restaurants, we were recommended the following restaurants as a "must try" while in the city - Dinosaur Bar-B-QueJoey's Italian DiningThe Blarney StoneHeidi's, Creole Soul Cafe, and Funk N Waffles.

Bar Scene and Nightlife
Some of Syracuse's favorite bars include Chucks, Kitty HoynesBlue Tusk and Al’s. Syracuse has a wide variety of craft beer, so be sure to Sip on Syracuse and visit a local brewery such as Empire Brewing Company, Middle Ages Brewing Company and Eastwood Brewing Company.

Bars Opening Early for LSU vs. Syracuse

Check out these articles for more information on bars opening early:
WAFB Baton Rouge - -


Eats & Drinks in the Carrier Dome
A new element for LSU Tigers on game day - the Carrier Dome serves beer to the general public, not just in the suites. The Dome offers domestic as well as imports and craft beers. A local regional brand is Saranac and they have an vast selection near Section 121, which we have heard is worth the walk if you aren't sitting near! 

We've also read that everyone should try a Hofmann Coney or Sausage in the Carrier Dome. Click here for an entire list of concessions in the Carrier Dome.


Destiny USA - The largest shopping, dining and and entertainment venue in New York state and 5th largest in country. Destiny USA is home to the world’s largest indoor suspended ropes course, too! Entertainment for all ages! Also, Dave & Buster's at Destiny USA is offering a coupon to any Syracuse or LSU fan in school colors that visits over the weekend of Sept 25 - Sept  27.  The coupon is good for an extra $20 added on to the purchase of a $20 Power card.  They can receive this coupon if the check in at the front desk of the location.

2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships will be taking place the same weekend in Syracuse. Look into getting tickets here.

Beak and Skiff & 1911 Tasting Room - Enjoy apple picking at Beak & Stiff orchards with your family! Pop on over to the 1911 Tasting Room where you can sip on small batch handcrafted spirits made from apples!

Connect with #Syracuse on FacebookTwitter and Instagram 

Posted by:
Christy Chachere, Visit Baton Rouge

Christy is the Communications Coordinator for Visit Baton Rouge. Born and raised in Louisiana, she loves everything southern and charming. After graduating from LSU in 2011, she began her new journey promoting our lovely city day after day! She's loves everything Baton Rouge has to offer travelers and locals alike and will keep you in the know! You can find her blogging here and posting on Visit Baton Rouge's Facebook,  Instagram,  TwitterPinterestLinkedIn and more!