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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.

Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday - April 17, 2021 8:00 am

Come join us at the 47th annual Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival! This annual outdoor event will feature over 70 vendors selling handmade goods including original artwork, gourmet foods, jewelry, woodwork, candles and more.

Tickets: $5 for adults; $2 for kids (ages 6-12); free for kids (ages 0-5)
Admissions sold at gate.

Also available:
- guided tours of our historic buildings for $5
- take-home craft kits for the kids (while supplies last)
- delicious food and drink to replenish hungry shoppers

Please note: masks are required per Louisiana Dept of Health guidelines. Hand sanitizer stations will be available and visitor capacity monitored

Event hosted by Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches. All proceeds go towards the preservation and conservation of Melrose Plantation, a National Historic Landmark.

3533 LA-119 Melrose, LA 71457
Lunchtime Lagniappe: Cane River Creole NHP and National Park Week
Friday - April 23, 2021 12:15 pm

Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum as Cane River Creole NHP Chief of Resource Management Dustin Fuqua presents on his work in packing sensitive museum artifacts for relocation, designing artifact storage spaces, planning for specialized cabinetry, and physically transporting an incredible museum collection of approximately 500,000 objects and archives.


In recognition of National Park Week the presentation will highlight noteworthy examples of agricultural implements made and used by enslaved workers, architectural elements removed from National Historic Landmarks, historic furnishings, vernacular craftsmanship, and rare material culture from the region.


For more information on the Cane River Creole NHP visit


Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunches with them and eat while listening to the presentation.


Regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed.


Please visit our website or call (318) 357-2492 for more information.


Free and open to the public.

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457