Explore Baton Rouge: Things to Do at Rural Life Museum

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Zapp's International Beer Fest XIX

Saturday, March 2, 2024

3-6 p.m.

Come and enjoy tastings of over 200 domestic and international beers and ales at this 19th annual Baton Rouge tradition. Home brews for sample will also be available, which are always crowd pleasers.

Proceeds from this annual event will go to the LSU Rural Life Museum, which supports research, education, and preservation.

Please note that this event is for patrons who are 21 years of age and older. You will need to provide proper photo identification to purchase tickets and enter the event. We kindly ask parents to find a sitter for their children and furry friends, as no children or pets will be admitted to the museum grounds.

Non- alcoholic beverages and food will be available. 

Ticket Information:

Early Admission: $65.00 per ticket

(Includes 1 jambalaya, 1 non-alcoholic beverage and 2:00 pm entry.) 

Admission: $45.00 per ticket

Designated Driver: $20.00 per ticket

(Includes 1 jambalaya, 1 non-alcoholic beverage and entry with your party.)

Purchase Tickets to Beerfest Here



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An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

Sunday, March 24, 2024 

2:30-5 p.m.

The annual Easter celebration hosted by the museum is back! Visitors can enjoy various customs associated with Easter in Louisiana. The event will include Easter Bunny photos, egg dyeing, paquing, races, and egg hunts with prizes-something for the whole family to enjoy!

Egg Hunt Times: 

2-4 yrs 2:45 PM

5-7 yrs 3:15 PM

8-10 yrs 3:45 PM

Ticket Information: 

$8 per person, ages 3 & under FREE

Purchase Tickets to An Old Fashioned Easter Here 

Sponsored By:

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Windrush House

Evening at Windrush

Friday, April 26, 2024

6-9 p.m.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of magic, music, and delicious food set amidst the stunning Windrush Gardens. You'll be treated to delectable cocktails and an elegant Southern supper, prepared by the renowned Chef John Folse. 

All proceeds benefit the Friends of LSU Rural Life Museum.  

*Information regarding tickets and sponsorship opportunities coming soon.*




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Apprentice Program Summer Day Camp

Monday, June 3- Friday, June 7, 2024

8 AM-12:30 PM daily

Step into a world of tradition and craftsmanship with the LSU Rural Life Museum's Apprentice Program, a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience for 4th-8th graders. Young apprentices will embark on a fascinating journey back in time, exploring the rich heritage of 19th-century Louisiana.

Camp Details:

Dates: June 3rd-7th, 2024
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM daily
Age Group: Open to 4th-8th graders for the 2024-2025 school year
Location: LSU Rural Life Museum

Camp Experience:

During the camp, campers will be taught various traditional skills and trades under the guidance of skilled artisans & museum staff. They will experience different crafts that were once part of everyday life in the past, including blacksmithing, calligraphy, candle-making, weaving, woodworking, and more. Each day will bring a new adventure, where campers can learn practical skills and discover stories from the past.

Camp Cost:

The cost of this immersive journey is $125 per camper, offering exceptional value for an unforgettable summer experience. This fee is due on or before the first day of camp. 


Secure your spot in the LSU Rural Life Museum Apprentice Program by registering online. Don't miss out on this chance to step back in time and discover the wonders of Louisiana's rural heritage!

Click Here to Register!