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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.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum: "A Resilient People: Traditional Folklife in Louisiana"
Thursday - July 18, 2019
07/18/2019 - 18:00

Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a roundtable discussion with scholars and cultural authorities focusing on current folklife traditions practiced by several of Louisiana’s folk communities! Also included will be live music from some of Louisiana's finest folk musicians, as well as free samples of folk foods! All are invited to this free event that takes place on Juky 18, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Dr. Shane Rasmussen, NSU Associate Professor of English and Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center

Crafts Persons
F.J. Delphin, Creole foodways and food preservation, hunting, trapping, and fishing
Rhonda Gauthier, NW Louisiana Native American foodways, will bring free samples of tamales
Juanita Leonard, folk artist
Becky Meziere, Clifton Choctaw pine straw basket maker
Vera Severin, Creole foodways, will bring free samples pecan candy and tea cakes

Ed Huey, blues musician 
John Litzenberg, blues musician
Wayne Singleton, zydeco musician

Dustin Fuqua, Chief of Resource Management, Cane River Creole National Historical Park  
Dr. Pete Gregory, NSU Professor of Anthropology, Academic Advisor for the Creole Heritage Center, and Curator for the NSU Williamson Museum

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457