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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.

Los Adaes Homeschool Day
Wednesday - September 18, 2019
09/18/2019 - 09:00

From 9AM to 1PM, homeschooled students can take a tour of the first colonial capital of Texas, now located in Louisiana. Students will also get a chance to take part in a group “Journey on the El Camino Real” a hands-on activity that allows participants to experience some of the trails of traveling between Los Adaes and San Antonio.

To register for this event, contact Cane River National Heritage Area by September 13, 2019 at 318-356-5555.  Registration after this deadline will be considered.

We will need 3-4 parents/chaperones in each group to volunteer to supervise a few of the stations for the “Journey on the El Camino Real” activity.

In event of inclement weather, a 30 minute presentation along with a pinch pot activity will be offered inside the Visitors Center instead.

6354 LA485 Robeline, LA 71469
Hot Yoga
Saturday - September 28, 2019
09/28/2019 - 14:00

Join us under the shade of the oak allee of Oakland Plantation as we limber up and enjoy some FREE hot yoga from our friends at 'Lotus In the Pines' yoga studio. This beginner to intermediate 'easy flow' class is a great way to learn about yoga in a comfortable setting. Bring your yoga mat! 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

4386 LA-494 Natchez, LA 71456
The Legacy of Clementine Hunter
Tuesday - October 01, 2019
10/01/2019 - 18:00

Join us for a conversation with Tom Whitehead, co-author of “Clementine Hunter:  Her Life and Art” as we celebrate the first official Clementine Hunter Day in Louisiana.  From the 1930s until several days before her death at age 101, Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) painted thousands of scenes of plantation life in Louisiana’s Cane River region. Tom Whitehead drew from archival research, interviews and a close relationship with the artist to produce the first comprehensive biography of this self-taught painter who attracted the attention of the world.
Mr. Whitehead is professor emeritus of journalism at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
Free and open to the public.

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
Fall Tour of Homes
Saturday - October 12, 2019
10/12/2019 - 10:00

Oakland Plantation is proud to join with other historic sites within the Cane River National Heritage Area for the 65th annual Fall Tour. Oakland Plantation welcomed visitors long before the National Park Service acquired the property in 1997 and has been featured in the Fall Tour since 1954. This event is free from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

4386 LA-494 Natchez, LA 71456
Witch Way to Main Street
Thursday - October 31, 2019
10/31/2019 - 17:00

Witch Way to Main Street is a safe and free trick-or-treating event hosted in Downtown Natchitoches on Thursday, October 31st from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate.

Candy and prizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to sponsor booths and games. Booths may feature interactive games, activities, and/or candy distribution. Sign-up forms may be picked up at the Main Street Office located at 781 Front St, or found online at The deadline to sign-up for a booth space is Thursday, October 24, 2019.

For more information on Witch Way to Main Street, please call the Main Street Office at 318-357-3822.

716 2nd Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
Build a Cigar Box Guitar
Saturday - November 30, 2019
11/30/2019 - 10:00

Hey Kids! Have you ever wanted to build a musical instrument? Learn how to build a Cigar Box guitar. Professional musician Mike Snowden will be our guest for this FREE event. We will build cigar box guitars that you take home. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mike will be performing on his personal cigar box guitars from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

4386 LA-494 Natchez, LA 71456
Photography with Annabel
Saturday - December 14, 2019
12/14/2019 - 10:00

Join professional photographer Annabel Jones as she provides tips about outdoor photography. This program will take place at Magnolia Plantation, which provides a rich atmosphere of natural and cultural resources. DSLR camera required. FREE. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


5549 LA-119 Derry , LA 71416