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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.

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
Las Posadas An Adaesenos Celebration at Los Adaes State Historic Site
Saturday - December 14, 2019
12/14/2019 - 10:00

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA), will host “Las Posadas an Adaesenos Celebration” on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Los Adaes State Historic Site.

Holiday gatherings tend to occur around family, food, and traditions! “The winter was a time of hardship for many in the colonial era, and religious festivals and services were a way to bring light and cheer to families,” Michael Mumaugh CRNHA Heritage Ranger explains. “Spanish colonial rule worked to meld native beliefs and festivals into Christian observances to ease assimilation.” Thus the 19-day Aztec winter solstice festival became known as Las Posadas and adapted its specific style in various areas of New Spain.

The celebration’s schedule:

10:00 am – Guided Ranger Tour of the Mission

10:30 am to 2:30 pm – Children’s Crafts

10:30 am – Pinata Activity

11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Community Lunch

11:00 am – “Legacies of Spanish Texas”

12:00 pm – “Sharing our Stories”

1:30 pm – Pinata Activity

2:30 – Guided Ranger Tour of Presidio

Visitors are invited to celebrate and discover the Christmas traditions of Los Adaes. Admission is free, and the event is scheduled to take place from 10 AM-3 PM.  Los Adaes State Historic Site is located just off Highway 6 near Robeline at 6354 Highway 485.

6354 Highway 485 Robeline, LA 71457
Ornament Decorating at the Museum
Saturday - December 14, 2019
12/14/2019 - 14:00

Get in the holiday spirit at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum!  Children accompanied by an adult are invited to decorate festive ornaments for themselves or for the museum’s Christmas tree!


Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by FLASH.

Admission prices are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for military, students, and seniors and children 6 and under are free.

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


800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457