Zapp's International Beerfest

Saturday, April 1, 2017

3:30pm until 6:00pm


More than 200 foreign, domestic, home brews and ales will be available for tasting.  This event is only for patrons 21 and older. Proper photo identification is required to purchase tickets and to enter event.

Beerfest tickets are now available for purchase! Tickets are available at the front desk of the museum from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily. 


VIP Ticket - $100.00 each, only 150 available (granted earlier admission time at 2:30pm, access to museum's indoor restrooms, free food from various restaurants)

General Admission Ticket - $35.00 each, only 2000 available (granted admission at 3:30pm, food is available at an additional charge)
Designated Driver Ticket - $20.00 each (granted one free meal ticket)

Non alcoholic beverages and Zapp's chips will be available to all attendees at no additional charge.






An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

Sunday, April 9, 2017

1:00pm until 4:00pm

Children ages 2 through 8 will have the opportunity to enjoy customs associated with Easter in Louisiana.  Children will be able to participate in many activities such as egg dying, egg pacquing, leg races and an Easter egg hunt.  Admission: $5.00 per person with children under 2 admitted at no charge.





An Evening at Windrush

Friday, April 28, 2017

6:30pm until 10:00pm

An elegant Southern supper will capture the spirit of days gone by at Windrush Plantation. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Burden Home. A short stroll will then take guests to the museum's Exhibit Gallery where they will enjoy a seated supper followed by desserts and coffee.

Juliet and Tommy Youngblood will be our "Honorary Overseers" for this year's event.

Evening at Windrush co-chairs are Lauren and Steele Buckholtz. Burden Foundation member, Ann Wilkinson, is the mother of Steele Buckholtz.

Sponsor levels and Benefits
$2,500 Sponsorship
  • Receives a Reserved Table for eight guest
  • Attends a private reception with Honorary Overseers at the home of Frances and John Monroe prior to the start of the event
  • Receives recognition as a major sponsor the evening's program called "The Fan"
  • Invited to annual special recognition "Country Donor Brunch" for major LSU Rural Life Museum supporters
  • Invited to special museum events
  • Receives a special tour with the Museum Director
  • Entitled to a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law
$1,000 Sponsorship
  • Receives two tickets to the event
  • Receives recognition as an individual sponsor on the evening's program called "The Fan"
  • Invited to annual special recognition "Country Donor Brunch" for major LSU Rural Life Museum supporters
  • Invited to special museum events
  • Receives a special tour with the Museum Director
  • Entitled to a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law
Molly Sanchez, CFRE
Director of Development
LSU Rural Life Museum
P.O. Box 14852, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 (mailing)
4560 Essen Lane (physical)



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Classic Soul



Saturday, May 13, 2017

7:30pm/Gates open at 6pm


Featuring Capathia Jenkins & Darius de Haas with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, David Torns, Conductor.

Classic Soul is back! Timeless top 40s hits from the kings and queens of Soul including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and James Brown.

For ticket information, please contact the BRSO at (225) 383-0500.





Rural Life Apprentice Program

Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9, 2017

8:00am to 12:30pm each day

In keeping with the museum's educational objectives of teaching the traditional arts of rural Louisianans. Louisiana artisans will teach children during this week long summer camp the traditional folk arts and activities that took place during the 18th century.  Each child will learn and participate in various activities such as; wood working, blacksmithing, candle making, weaving, open-hearth cooking, and traditional games.

Open to children entering the 4th through the 8th grades.  Advanced registration is required.  Limited availability for 50 children.

Registration Fee: $100.00 per child.

The registration form is available for download HERE

For more information, please contact Steve Ramke at 225-765-2437 or





Harvest Days

Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2017

8:00am until 5:00pm, both days

Living History demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800s. Activities include; open-hearth cooking, soap-making, wood working, and many hands-on activities in which the general public can participate.  Wagon rides and other activities are included. General admission charged: $10 for adults (12-61 yrs.), $9 for seniors (62 yrs.+), and $8 for children (6-11 yrs.).





Haints Haunts and Halloween

Sunday, October 29, 2017

3:00pm until 6:00pm

Remembering the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair, this fun filled day will include; storytelling, cake walks and of course trick-or-treat!  We encourage all to wear their best costumes and bring your sacks for all the goodies!  Recommended for ages 2-9.  Admission: $5.00 per person with children under 2 years old admitted at no charge.





Red Rooster Bash

Thursday, November 9, 2017

6:30pm until 10:00pm

Roosters are immersed throughout the decor, and the casualness of the evening fits in with the atmosphere of the museum.  Everyone is encouraged to sport their country western attire. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items.  A live auction will follow. Tickets will go on sale in October. Special Fee: $65 per person, $120 per couple.

For more information, please contact Molly Sanchez at (225) 765-2437.






A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 3, 2017

11:30am until 6:00pm

Ring in the Christmas season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration.  Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors set the holiday spirit.  The day concludes with a bonfire and visit from Papa Noel. Admission: $9.00 per person with children ages 10 and younger admitted at no charge.