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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.

Old Fashion Christmas
Thursday - December 20, 2018

Celebrate Christmas on the Frontier at Fort Jesup and learn where we get many of our Christmas traditions!

On Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm there will be hands on activities, ornament making, stories, music, and a visit from Santa. Visitors will also be able to see Christmas treats being cooked in the old army kitchen.

Hosted by the Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc.

You can find the Friends at https://www.facebook.com/Ftjesupfriends/ or contact them at ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or call 318-461-5376 for more information.

32 Geoghagan Rd. Many, LA 71449
Christmas Holiday Closures
Saturday - December 22, 2018 | Sunday - December 23, 2018 | Monday - December 24, 2018 | Tuesday - December 25, 2018 | Wednesday - December 26, 2018

The Cane River National Heritage Area Office will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. The office will reopen on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:00am.

The Grand Ecore Visitor Center and Los Adaes State Historic Site will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Wednesday, December 26, 2018. These sites will reopen on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 12:00pm.

Cane River National Heritage Area Natchitoches, LA 71457
New Year's Closures
Monday - December 31, 2018 | Tuesday - January 01, 2019

The Cane River National Heritage Area Office will be closed from Monday, December 31, 2018 through Wednesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year's Holiday. The office will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00am.

The Grand Ecore Visitor Center will be closed from Monday, December 31, 2018 through Wednesday, January 1, 2019. The Visitor Center will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2019.

Los Adaes State Historic Site will be closed from Monday, December 31, 2018 through Wednesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year's Holiday. Los Adaes will reopen on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00pm.

Cane River National Heritage Area Natchitoches, LA 71457
Soldier’s Life
Saturday - January 12, 2019

Experience first hand what life was like for a soldier at Fort Jesup in the 1830’s and 40’s through hands on demonstrations!

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm guests will see military drills, historic weapons demonstrations, cooking in the army kitchen, and can even fall in and learn to march and fight like a frontier soldier.

Hosted by the Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc.

You can find the Friends at https://www.facebook.com/Ftjesupfriends/ or contact them at ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or call 318-461-5376 for more information.

32 Geoghagan Rd Many, LA 71449
Volunteer Training Day
Saturday - January 12, 2019

Do you ever wonder what life was like almost two hundred years ago? Do you want to help preserve an important National Historic Landmark?

Consider volunteering with the Friends of Fort Jesup!

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 8:30am until 3:00pm, future volunteers can learn about Living History Demonstrations and Frontier Skills during this special training day.

Hosted by the Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc.

You can find the Friends at https://www.facebook.com/Ftjesupfriends/ or contact them at ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or call 318-461-5376 for more information.

32 Geoghagan Rd Many, LA 71449
Bicentennial of the End of “No Man’s Land"
Friday - February 15, 2019

2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of the treaty that established the Sabine River as the International Boundary of the United States, ending the “Neutral Strip” or “No Man’s Land” between Spanish Texas and American Louisiana.

Join us at Fort Jesup for the kick off event for the three-year celebration and learn what life was like in this region in the early 19th Century. There will be a special Flag raising ceremony on Friday, February 15th and Satruday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m. with Living History demonstrations throughout the day until 4:00pm.

Hosted by the Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc.

You can find the Friends at https://www.facebook.com/Ftjesupfriends/ or contact them at ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or call 318-461-5376 for more information.

32 Geoghagan Rd Many, LA 71449
Fort Fest
Saturday - March 30, 2019

Celebrate the 197th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Jesup!

Join the Friends of Fort Jesup on Saturday, March 30, 2019 for a day full of live music, fun and games for all ages, Living History Demonstrations, arts and crafts, and food. Visitors will be able to experience a living time line of the history of Fort Jesup as a military post and community with living history presentations from the Louisiana Purchase, Texas Revolution, Mexican War, Civil War, World War II and more.

Hosted by the Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc.

You can find the Friends at https://www.facebook.com/Ftjesupfriends/ or contact them at ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or call 318-461-5376 for more information.

32 Geoghagan Rd Many, LA 71449
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday - April 13, 2019

Come join the Friends of Fort Jesup for a community wide Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, 2019 starting at 10:00am!

Hosted by the Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc.

You can find the Friends at https://www.facebook.com/Ftjesupfriends/ or contact them at ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or call 318-461-5376 for more information.

32 Geoghagan Rd Many, LA 71449