Annual Events & Programs


Held every year on the first Sunday in October, this annual sweet celebration of the sugar cane harvest has been growing strong since 1995. SugarFest provides visitors with a free opportunity to learn about local culture, music and history with a variety of folk art and occupational craft demonstrations, tours of the museum’s exhibits and historic buildings, cane cutting and grinding demonstrations, cane syrup boiling, and of course, live music. SugarFest is FREE and open to the public. Click here to learn more about SugarFest!

Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series

This lecture series is held annually in memory of Ethel Claiborne Dameron, founder of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and West Baton Rouge Museum. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 225-36-2422 ext. 200.


The West Baton Rouge Parish Library and the West Baton Rouge Museum promise tricks, treats, and terribly fun activities and entertainment for Halloween revelers, young and old on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum. All are welcome to come in costume and are encouraged to bring goodie bags for collecting sweet treats. The Library and Museum have jointly sponsored annual Halloween festivities since 1993. All are welcome to come in costume and are encouraged to bring goodie bags for collecting sweet treats for this event.

Veterans on Parade

The annual West Baton Rouge “Veterans on Parade"  is designed to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to show our appreciation for their service and the sacrifices they make to protect our freedom and keep our nation safe. The West Baton Rouge Museum will be open free of charge for veterans, their families, parade goers, and the general public, following a Veterans Memorial Ceremony. 

Holiday Open House

The museum holds its annual "Holiday Open House" in December. In addition to being open for tours and a medley of musical entertainment, the museum welcomes guests with warm cider and gingerbread in celebration of the season. The museum, decorated for the season, makes the perfect backdrop for a visit from Papa Noel (and a perfect holiday photo op!). Children will enjoy making holiday crafts, storytelling, and everyone’s favorite campus wide “Find the Elves” scavenger hunt! The event is free and open to the public.