BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The inaugural “225 Fest” is happening right here in Baton Rouge this weekend.

The area is expected to be filled with hundreds of Baton Rouge natives, vendors, and activities to celebrate the history and culture of the Capital Region.

The 225 Festival is named after the city’s area code. The event’s founder, Myra Richardson, says the idea came from social media.

People in the community share Twitter threads talking about the uniqueness of Baton Rouge, the food, music, people, and places.

“We thought it would be exciting to be able to create something coming out of a pandemic, that this would be an opportunity for everybody to celebrate something that was a street festival, mixed with homecoming, mixed with Essence Fest. All of those things combined in one to celebrate our capital region,” said Richardson.

Attendees can expect to see 100 vendors and food trucks, a health fair, an art walk, museum tours, performers, and activities for the kids.

“I think it’s even more of a testament to what Baton Rouge is about. It’s about the people,” said Richardson. “It’s not just about our oil, it’s not just about our gas, it’s not just about our resources and our fertile soil, but I think it’s really about the people who power the capital region every day.”

This event is free to the public. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and goes on until 2:00 p.m. It will be located downtown in front of the state capitol and Capitol Park Museum on North 660 4th Street.

You don’t have to RSVP. However, event coordinators recommend doing so to ensure there’s an accurate count of safety officials, snacks, and drinks.

Visit the 225 Fest website, for more information on how to register.