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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.

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
Clementine Hunter and a Case of Forgery
Saturday - April 13, 2019

Join the Friends of La Sports and History and presenter FBI SA Randy Keator at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a lecutre about one of Natchitoches' most beloved folk artists, starting at 2pm.

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
3rd Annual Find Your Park Festival
Saturday - April 27, 2019

NATCHITOCHES, LA – Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI) will host the 3rd Annual Cane River Find Your Park Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Held at the Oakland Plantation Unit of the park, the festival will showcase the cultural and natural resources located in the Cane River and Red River regions. Events include hands on activities for children, agricultural demonstrations, games, and a petting zoo! “The Find Your Park Festival is an event we look forward to each year as we invite visitors of all ages to discover the National Park and Heritage Area in their backyard, commented Barbara Justice, CARI Chief of Interpretation. The third year of the festival will continue to feature other federal and state partners like the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kisatchie National Forest, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site. “This festival brings the park to life as it explores and celebrates the rich heritage of the Cane River and Red River regions,” Justice continued.

The Cane River Find Your Park Festival is free and open to the public. Activities will occur from 10AM-3PM at Oakland Plantation located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, LA 71456.

CRNHA & CARI have also partnered with Bike Natchitoches to incorporate the 6th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride into the festival as well. The ride consists of four options, a15-mile route, a 25-mile route, and a Metric-Century route, all of which start at 9AM at Oakland Plantation. Registration for the ride will be held Friday, April 26, from 12AM-5PM at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center. The costs per participant are $40.00 for ages 18 and older, $25.00 for ages 17 and younger and students. Registration the day of the event will start at 8:15AM and will cost $5.00 extra per participant. A free 2k fun run/walk will be held at Oakland Plantation during the Find Your Park Festival.

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area. Its mission is to preserve and promote the cultural and natural resources of Cane River and encourage economic development by strengthening heritage tourism in the region.

4386 Highway 494 Natchez, LA 71456
El Camino Real School Day
Friday - May 03, 2019

Join us for a day of fun and learning at Los Adaes State Historic Site, starting at 9am!

6354 LA 485 Robeline , LA 71469
Steamboats of the Red River
Saturday - May 25, 2019

Join us at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center for a lecture on the Red River and the boats that built Northern Louisiana, starting at 11am.

106 Tauzin Island Road Natchitoches, LA 71457
K-12 Art & Poetry Contest
Friday - May 31, 2019
450 2nd Street Natchitoches, LA 71457