Signature Events

Networking & Social Functions

A Rural Soiree: From Farm to Fete

Hosted by Visit Baton Rouge & LSU Rural Life Museum
Exclusive for Tour Operators and Journalists 
LSU Rural Life Museum
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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!

Revelry on the River

Hosted by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Houmas House Estate and Gardens, 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, 2020 - 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
    Take a ride on I-20 and explore everything from the natural beauty of the outdoors to the down-home Southern cooking traditions of local chefs with north Louisiana partners and the Louisiana Office of Tourism for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Monday, March 7 at the River Center Ballroom.

  • 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
    For thirty years, Dayton Duncan has collaborated with Ken Burns on documentary films for PBS including The West, Mark Twain, Lewis & Clark, The National Parks, The Dust Bowl and more. Most recently he was writer/producer of Country Music viewed by nearly 40 million people. Duncan will share clips and tales from his eight-year journey making the film. Your tours can connect this huge audience to Tennessee destinations featured in the film and much more

  • 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
    Be entertained and informed during our Alabama Legends Presentation while eating a meal inspired by the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama brochure. 


Delegate Free Night

Baton Rouge Area
Monday, March 9, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Recommended Dress: Casual

You’ll find a wide variety of the best restaurants for every taste and budget, from national chains to treasured local favorites. Click here to view resturants in the area. 

Shuttle bus will be running from The Hilton to Areas 2 - 4  at 6:15 pm, downtown restaurants are within walking distance from host hotels. The shuttles will return at 8:00 pm downtown to drop off at all host hotels and to Red Stick Social for the after-hours event, GTL After Gleaux Party. 

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


GTL After Gleaux Part

Red Stick Social
Hosted by The Group Travel Leader

Monday, March 9, 2020 | 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Recommended Dress: Casual
Tickets Required

Transportation loop provided until 11:30pm


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.