The Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade turns 25 this year, with the event set to take place on January 28. Stock photo.

What to do in Baton Rouge this January

Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival

January 10-14, Manship Theatre

The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival is returning this month.  The annual four-day event will feature a different film each day, starting with Remembering Gene Wilder and followed by Closed Circuit, Not Quite Kosher and Vishniac.

Guests at last year’s MPAC gala.


January 11, Cary Saurage Community Arts Center

Honoring all things music, performance, art and community, this annual event is hosted by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. This year, the gala will honor the late and great Tina Turner with a mix of fashion and music, including a performance from The Mixed Nuts.


Louisiana Marathon

January 13-14, Downtown Baton Rouge

Lace up your running shoes for the two-day Louisiana Marathon, featuring a full, half and quarter marathon, 5K, kids marathon and even a diaper dash for the babies.

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Arbor Day at Burden

January 20, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Help preserve the trees at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden’s annual Arbor Day celebration. There will be entertainment for everyone in the family, including a scavenger hunt, ax throwing, shopping with local vendors and more.

River City Jazz Masters: Bobby Sanabria & Ascension

January 24, Manship Theatre

Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria will grace the Manship Theatre stage this month for a performance showcasing his talent as a noted drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor and more.

The Lightning Thief

January 25 – February 4, Theatre Baton Rouge

Best-selling children’s book series Percy Jackson will come to life in musical form on the Theatre Baton Rouge stage for two weekends of performances. Follow the young protagonist and demigod as he works to save the world.

Taylor Swift: A Concert with Candles

January 25-26, Cary Saurage Community Arts Center

Calling all Swifties. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s next installment of its candlelit concert series will feature Taylor Swift’s hits in a new way, as they will be performed by a guitar quartet and vocalist Rebecca Smith.

Guests at last year’s Surreal Salon Soirée.

Surreal Salon Soirée

January 27, Baton Rouge Gallery

A partnership between the Baton Rouge Gallery and the LSU School of Art, this annual showcase of pop-surrealist artworks across all mediums is back again this year. The juried exhibition will be celebrated with a costume party unlike any other.

Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade

January 28, Downtown Baton Rouge

Throw it back to the turn of the century as this annual fundraiser for the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society turns 25. With the theme “Pawty Like It’s 1999,” this year’s event will be as nostalgic as it is philanthropic.