Special Events | Rural Life Museum



An Evening at Windrush

The Magic Returns

Friday, April 28, 2023
cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm 

The magic returns with a progressive evening including cocktails and music set in the beautiful Windrush Gardens. After, enjoy an elegant southern supper provided by Chef John Folse.  All proceeds benefit the Friends of LSU Rural Life Museum.  

Purchase tickets to Evening at Windrush here.

Sponsor the Magic 


Rural Life junior docents making candles

Apprentice Program

Summer Day Camp 

June 5-9, 2023 
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Offering an experience unlike any other, LSU Rural Life Museum’s Apprentice Program is an excellent choice if you want a break from your typical summer camp. This week-long summer day camp gives campers both a unique and immersive experience as they step back in time to the life and trades of the 19th century. “Apprentices” will learn traditional skills from master artisans such as blacksmithing, candle-making, quill pen calligraphy, weaving, woodworking and more! The Apprentice Program is open to those entering 4th-8th grade for the 2023-2024 school year. Registration is $125 per child. 

Register for the Apprentice Program


girl corn grinding

Harvest Days 

Saturday, September 31 & Sunday, October 1, 2023 
8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms during harvest time in the 1800’s.  Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and other 19th century duties.  Activities will include open-hearth cooking, soap making, and wagon rides and much more!  

Advance tickets and Corn Maze combination tickets coming in August!

At the door ticket prices:

ages 0-3       Free

ages 4-11     $10

ages 12+      $12


Fortune telling demonstration

Haints Haunts and Halloween

Sunday, October 29, 2023
2:00pm until 4:30pm


Remember the sights, sounds, and activities of an old-fashioned country fair.  Join the staff and volunteers of the Rural Life Museum as they provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families.  Storytelling, cake walks, games, and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum grounds.  

Ticket prices:

Ages 0-3       Free

Ages 4+        $6      

Ages 12+      $12 


Red Rooster Bash logo

Red Rooster Bash

Thursday, November 9, 2023
cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm


An annual Barbeque event for the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum.  Come join the fun and take your chance at winning fantastic door prizes, while listening to lively music and enjoying delicious barbecue fare. Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor.

Advanced registration is required.  Registration and ticket information available in September.


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A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 3, 2023
10:00am until 5:00pm


Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration.  Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will be present to set the holiday mood.  The event will conclude with a bonfire and a very special guest.

Ticket prices:

Age 0 - 3   Free

Age 4-11  $10

Age 12+   $12