Family Fun at Perkins Rowe Arts Festival

Baton Rouge, LA – This Saturday and Sunday, October 18-20, 2014, Perkins Rowe is putting on an arts and crafts show.

Small tents line the main street along what some might call a visual arts and crafts feast.

You or your children just might run into a very, very tall clown on very, very tall stilts.

Artisans are sitting, and standing, eager to answer your questions about the works of their hands. “How did they get the inspiration to make such a piece? How did they do it?” You are free to ask.

Watch as hand made jewelry is fashioned. Look, look and look some more. Yes, even the proverbial, shop ’til you drop (we had to say that.)

Children can get a free twisted balloon and watch while they are being made.

Dads, it’s OK to put your small children up on your shoulders, anyhow, they might complain if you don’t.

Saturday is making out to be sunny and mostly clear with early afternoon temperatures at 81 degrees. The high on Saturday is forecast to be 85 degrees. Sunday’s high is set to be a slightly cooler 80 degrees.

Be careful as you walk by the frozen copper statue of a life-size painter. easel and all. If you put a dollar or two in his box, he just might move and change his pose for you.

All the kid’s fun including face painting and the live bands are at Perkins Rowe Magnolia Park. From there you can head to Town Square in the shade of some of Baton Rouge’s most beautiful buildings with the streets lined with tall palm trees (taller than the very, very tall clown on stilts.)

Parents, bring the baby strollers. There is plenty of room to get around safely with restricted traffic flow.

On display is jewelry of all makes, shapes and sizes, oil paintings, glass works and bright colored clothes inspired by Africa’s beautiful fashions. By the looks of things, most everything is hand made or inspired by the human spirit.

The water fountain in Town Square, by the movie theater, is running. Small wire chairs are available in the park, as are fixed ornamental cement benches, for sittingĀ and people/bird watching.

Be on the look out for a possibleĀ Opera LouisianeĀ singer holding a sign (advertising their website) and singing to passers by.

There is plenty of parking in the parking garage with several stories of free spaces available.

Family fun at the Perkin’s Rowe Arts Festival is scheduled to last from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday.

Photos and story by Kevin Woolsey, Baton Rouge 360.

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