Journalist Activities

Networking & Social Functions

A Rural Soiree: From Farm to Fete

Hosted by Visit Baton Rouge and LSU Rural Life Museum
Rural Life Museum
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Recommended Dress: Casual 

Step back in time for a South Louisiana experience like no other at the LSU Rural Life Museum. This immersive experience will take you through the realm of time in Louisiana’s history. Experience demonstrations of 19th century craft making, stand alongside Chef John Folse during a true southern “Cochon De Lait” or meet Mike the Tiger and tailgate like a pro. This one of a kind event celebrating the authentic history, tradition and culture of Louisiana is something you won’t want to miss!

Exclusive Journalist Breakfast

Hosted by Visit Baton Rouge
Old State Capitol
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 8:30am - 9:30am
Recommended Dress: Casual 

Once serving as Louisiana's political heartbeat, the Old State Capitol continues to beat to a different tune, telling the story of our colorful political history and past.
Begin your Sunday morning with a visit to this piece of history and enjoying breakfast from Frank’s Restaurant - a Baton Rouge staple and home of the best homemade biscuits in the world.
A personalized tour of this unique piece of Gothic Revival architecture will wrap up your visit before you take on a city that is better experienced than explained. 

Journalist-Only City Tours

Hosted by Visit Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Area
Recommended Dress: Casual

 Reverlry on the River

All Delegate Evening Reception Hosted by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Houmas House, Louisiana Seafood Auth. & Tour Ascension
Houmas House 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 6:00pm -9:00pm
Recommended Dress: Business Casual

Enjoy the flavors of Louisiana’s cuisine and live music by local artists at a location that is so much more than an antebellum estate. Houmas House Estate and Gardens boasts Mississippi River views and is home to the Great River Road Steamboat Museum. Surrounded by elaborate gardens and ancient Live Oak trees, it’s no wonder “The Sugar Palace” has been the setting for a variety of motion pictures, from 1964’s Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte to the recent award-winning Green Book. Step onto the set yourself for a night of revelry like only Louisiana can offer.

*Event will take place on the lawn, comfortable shoes recommended. 


Signature Meal Functions

Baton Rouge River Center
Monday, March 9, 2019 - Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Recommended Dress: Business Attire

  • Welcome Breakfast
    Opening Program: Take a Ride on I-20 

    Hosted by Shreveport-Bossier, Ruston & Monroe-West Monroe
    Monday, March 9, 2020
    Ballroom - Baton Rouge River Center | 7:30am - 8:30am

  • Luncheon: The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee
    Hosted by Tennesse Tourism
    Monday, March 9, 2020
    Ballroom - Baton Rouge River Center | 12:30pm - 1:45pm

  • Biz Over Breakfast
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    River View Room - Baton Rouge River Center | 8:00am  - 9:15am

  • Luncheon: Alabama's Spectacular Legends
    Hosted by Alabama Tourism
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Ballroom - Baton Rouge River Center | 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Every Man Is a King: Exclusive Journalist Dinner

Capitol Park Museum 
Hosted by Visit Baton Rouge
Monday, March 9, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9:00 pm
Recommended Dress: Casual

From the Krewe of Yazoo to the Kingfish himself, immerse yourself in Louisiana's Carnival tradition as the Capitol Park Museum comes to life around you.

Then, indulge in an elegant, chef-prepared dinner and entertainment provided by Violinist Shawn Ward - all under the stars and lights of the State Capitol.

Shuttles will depart the Hilton at 6:15pm


Carnaval de Louisiane 

Final Night Reception Hosted by Southeast Louisiana Gumbo & Visit Baton Rouge
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Watch dazzling acrobatics performed by Bayou Cirque. 

Hear color, see sound, and explore unique perspectives on our sensory experience in the main galleries.

Indulge in authentic Louisiana fare and libations.