6 bands
40+ restaurants
1 Incredible Party


The Finish Festival is open to the public and features mouth-watering Louisiana food and an eclectic variety of local music. Last year, more than 24,000 runners, spectators, foodies and music lovers enjoyed the two-day festival.

The Finish Festival cranks up when runners participating in the Louisiana 5k, Quarter Marathon and Kids Marathon cross the finish line near the State Capitol Park on Saturday of The Louisiana Marathon.  The Finish Fest continues on Sunday, following the Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon.

Finish Fest takes place at AZ Young Park

A Taste of Louisiana

The Louisiana Marathon Finish Festival showcases some the best cuisine around. Our restaurant partners work hard to make your mouth water with all of your favorite Louisiana dishes!  The Food Village at the Finish Festival has something for everyone. Local favorites like Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Butternut Squash and Shrimp Bisque, Crawfish étouffée, Cajun Sausage Poboy, Blackened Catfish Courtbouillon, Red Beans and Rice, and Crawfish Mac and Cheese are served at schedule times throughout the day.

Due to popular demand, we are increasing offerings at our showcase tents on Saturday and Sunday, which serve jambalaya and gumbo. We are also staggering the release of food from our featured restaurants throughout the day to make sure everyone gets a taste of local Louisiana food.

The Finish Festival is open to the public. For access to food and beverages, you must have a Taste Tour Pass Wristband, or a ticket specific to that race-day. The wristband is free to runners and is attached to their bibs. Additional Taste Tour Tickets can be purchased at the Expo on Friday and Saturday or in the Gear Shop Sunday at the Finish Festival.  $18 for 6 tickets or $4 each.

Wristbands allow for six servings from either a food booth or beer truck. (Beer is only available for adults 21 and over.)  Crave a serving of jambalaya and a beer? That’ll be two punches on your wristband. Two servings of jambalaya, a serving of Crawfish Étouffée, two beers, and a Cold Pressed Juice? That’s six punches. The wristband also provides a choice of bottled Powerade or Dasani water.

Featured restaurants from 2018
  • Gonzales Jambalaya Festival
  • Uncle Larry Roussel’s Gumbo
  • Sammy’s Grill
  • The Gregory
  • Ruffino’s 
  • Walk On’s
  • Lava Cantina
  • Jimmy Johns
  • King Bar and Bistro
  • Somos Bandidos
  • Whole Foods Vegan Tent
  • The Big Squeezy
  • Curry N Kabob
  • MJ’s Cafe
  • Blend
  • Another Broken Egg
  • The Stadium
  • Capital City Grill
  • ACME Oyster House
  • City Pork


Kick off those running shoes and enjoy your Louisiana cuisine along with the music like a true local. The Finish Festival will spotlight funky, eclectic Louisiana bands that attract visitors from around the globe year-round.

The Finish Festival is proud to offer an incredible line up of outstanding local talent on both festival days. Like previous years, the festival anchors the experience and complements the course.


SATURDAY @ THE FINISH FEST // January 13, 2018

  • 8:00 am Baton Rouge Music Studios
  • 9:00 am The Michael Foster Project
  • 9:30 am – 10:15 am The 610 Stompers
  • 10:15 am – 12:00 pm The Michael Foster Project together with The 610 Stompers


  • 11:00 am The Louisiana Street Food Festival
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers on the River Plaza Stage next to the USS KIDD

SUNDAY @ THE FINISH FEST // January 14, 2018

  • 10:00 am Quiana Lynell
  • 11:30 – 2:00 pm Louisiana Local Legends Showcase featuring Chris LeBlanc, Boogie Long, and other surprise guests


Michael Foster Project

The high-energy sounds of the Michael Foster Project return for a 5th year to the Finish Festival.  They will help us kick off the Louisiana Marathon Festivities on Friday night when they lead the Rum Run starting at The River Center in a second line to Cane Land Distillery and then play a set on the patio!  Saturday they will take the Finish Festival stage at 11am with their unique Louisiana sound combining Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop.

The band:

Michael Foster – tuba(sousaphone), bass, upright bass; Chris Lee – drums, percussion; Terrance Taplin – trombone; Chancelier Skidmore – percussion; John Gray – trumpet and Roderick Jackson – saxophone.

The 610 Stompers

The 610 Stompers are many things but, first and foremost, we are Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves. Since our birth in 2009, we have evolved and grown into a 100-man strong, all male dance group whose bold mission is to return the ordinary man to the glory of dance. en from their 20s to their 80s now proudly call themselves 610 Stompers, drawn from all walks of life and from across the country. While we come from many places, New Orleans is our birthplace and will always be our home. Only here could we create and nurture and grow the singular brand of entertainment we bring to the masses. As diverse as we are, we each share a passion for dance that fires when we see the faces of our fans light up as we dance by.  Learn More >>

Quiana Lynell & Lush Life

Quiana Lynell is the singer, songwriter and bandleader of Quiana Lynell & the Lush Life. She’s a certified southern girl, infusing her classical training and gospel upbringing with her love for jazz. Embracing her four-octave range, she is able to perform a limitless repertoire. Her style is Jazz, Classical, Soul and Funk all at once. Or, as she has coined it, “JazzicalSOFunk,” which has been described as nothing you have ever heard.

Boogie Long

In 2011, Boogie Long was crowned Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues” from a field of over 4,000 contestants, in the competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America. Soon after, Boogie was sought out to film 2013’s “Boogie Blues Magic,” an instructional three-DVD set on which he shares his original tricks for learning fundamental blues styles.  Learn More >>

Chris Leblanc

Chris LeBlanc has been a mainstay on the Louisiana music scene for over 20 years.  He’s recorded and released 4 CD’s since 1995 on his own label Sweetroll Records and sold over 25,000 copies combined.
In 2012 Chris played a whooping 244 shows to crowds from all over.  He plays regional shows traveling the U.S., including Alaska as well as going play in Europe 6 different times.
Chris has been billed with such artist as;  ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr, Buddy Guy, Dr John, BB King, Vince Gill & Brett Michaels to name a few. Learn More >>