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Annual Festivals

August: The Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run offers a chance to experience Natchitoches' musical heritage every August. Concerts take place in the downtown historic district.

October: The Adai Caddo Indian Nation's Annual Pow Wow showcases Native American heritage through music, dance, arts and crafts, and food.

November/December: The Christmas Festival of Lights takes over Natchitoches' historic district with pageants, parades, a 5K run/walk, and breathtaking evening firework shows.

For a full list of events in the Natchitoches area, click here.

Pumpkin Painting for Kids
Saturday - October 01, 2022 10:00 am

To celebrate the start of the spooky season, we will be painting pumpkins! On October 1, 2022 from 10 am to 4 pm the staff at Fort St. Jean Baptiste will have individual-size pumpkins available for children to decorate. Children visiting the site will have the opportunity to paint an artificial pumpkin and take it home, while supplies last!

155 Jefferson Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Session 1 Cleaning Gravestones and Monuments
Friday - October 07, 2022 8:30 am

The Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshop is intended to help support the understanding of methods and practices of preserving the resting place of our ancestors. For many, these sites are of value for reasons from the historical understanding of our forbearers and the intersection of societal groupings to the objects of art or intangible heritage they contain.
The Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshop is a partnership between Cane River National Heritage Area and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). This two-part hands-on workshop will focus on cemetery care and restoration. In this first session conservator Jason Church will teach about the importance of cemetery care, documentation, and preservation planning. Church will also teach techniques to clean stone and concrete grave markers.

Registration fee is $10.
Lunch is included.

Register here.

170 Main Street Natchez, LA 71456
St Augustine Creole Festival
Friday - October 07, 2022 8:30 am

Friday Night: 

6PM - 10PM

Fish Fry & Music

 

Saturday:

10AM - 5PM & 6PM - 10PM

Music, Bingo, & Raffles

Gumbo, Meat Pies, & Tamales

Homemade Cakes & Desserts

5PM - 6PM Mass

 

Sunday

10:30AM Mass

11:30AM - 3PM

Festival Activities Resume

 

2262 Hwy 484 Isle Brevelle, LA 71457
Melrose Fall Festival
Saturday - October 15, 2022 9:00 am
3533 Highway 119 Melrose, LA 71452
Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Session 2 Resetting and Repairing Grave Markers
Friday - October 28, 2022 8:30 am

The Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshop is intended to help support the understanding of methods and practices of preserving the resting place of our ancestors. For many, these sites are of value for reasons from the historical understanding of our forbearers and the intersection of societal groupings to the objects of art or intangible heritage they contain.
The Cane River Cemetery Preservation Workshop is a partnership between Cane River National Heritage Area and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). This two-part hands-on workshop will focus on cemetery care and restoration. Conservator Jason Church will demonstrate techniques to clean, reset, and do simple repairs to stone grave markers. Additionally, he will demonstrate setting a new base for a headstone that has been damaged and discuss the importance of cemetery care and how to conserve cemetery monuments.

$10 Registration Fee. In order to attend this session, you must attend Session 1.

Register Here.

1116 Amulet Street Natchitoches, LA 7157
Moonlight Over Melrose
Friday - October 28, 2022 6:00 pm

Trick or Treating

Face Painting

Performance by the Indigeaux Witches

Food, Music, & More!

3533 Highway 119 Melrose, LA 71457