There’s a slight breeze in the air which means it’s the perfect start to festival season in Louisiana. Head out to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center tomorrow, September 27, through Sunday, September 29, to experience the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival. Gonzales goes all out on this one y’all! This three-day festival has live musicgreat food, fireworks each night, carnival rides, games, and, of course, hot air balloons! This year they’ve added on a boucherie festival consisting of cracklin’ and jambalaya cook-offs, a pig roast, and all things pork. Looking to give back to Gonzales? Volunteer to help out at the festival. 

Flavor of the Week: Raise the Roof 

Have you looked up recently? Lately Baton Rouge restaurants have added in rooftop options all over the city so people can wine and dine with a bird’s eye view. If you’ve been around here for a bit, chances are you’ve checked out Tsunami, a sushi staple overlooking the Mississippi River. If you’re looking to shake up your rooftop hangs check out Bumsteers, Baton Rouge’s newest burger hot spot that gives a view of the Perkins Overpass area. If you’re lucky enough to be in Baton Rouge on a game day, be sure to swing by The Chimes and check out their latest rooftop addition.  

Heights not your thing? Check out sweet patio spots at The Francis in St. Francisville, La Caretta in Denham Springs, or Mike Anderson’s in Gonzales. 

Take a picture of your rooftop views and tag it with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on the BRAC blog. 

Workin’ It: Policy and Research Project Manager 

BRAC is seeking a policy and research project manager to support BRAC’s economic competitiveness staff. The policy and research manager helps carry out Think Bigger, BRAC’s five-year strategic plan. Responsibilities include providing project management, research analysis, and administration for initiatives that advance BRAC’s annual policy agenda. A bachelor’s degree and a strong command of Microsoft office products is required. Advanced degrees and two to three years experience is preferred. To apply for this position, please send your resume to liz@brac.org with the subject line “Policy and Research Project Manager.” 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about BRAC’s talent development program or to advertise an open position, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: Mini Maker Faire 

Experience the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth” at Baton Rouge’s sixth annual Mini Maker Faire. This family-friendly event will showcase inventors, creators, engineers and more. Head to the Main Library on Goodwood from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 19 for a day filled with inventive ideas. Some things to look forward to includeprehistoric tool technologiesnative snakes, demonstrations from the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and more! Get your tickets today. 

Always innovating, that’s my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org. 

Out on the Town

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.