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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.

Cane River Fall Festival
Saturday - October 26, 2019
10/26/2019 - 09:00

Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us! Cane River National Heritage Area and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host the Cane River Fall Fest, held at Oakland Plantation. Festivities will include hands-on activities for children, a petting zoo, live music, food trucks, living history demonstrations, harvest crafts, pumpkin decorating, historic games and more! Free admission!

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us as we kick-off the activities with live music, crafts and a petting zoo!
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet Buddy the Bison & sing happy birthday to the Cane River Creole NHP & Cane River NHA - birthday cake included!
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Grab lunch from a food truck or pack a picnic, harvest crafts, petting zoo & enjoy the park!
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
Birds of Prey at Los Adaes
Saturday - November 09, 2019
11/09/2019 - 14:00

On Saturday, November 9th at 2PM visitors will be able to learn about birds of prey and the role they play in nature and sport.

We occasionally see hawks and falcons on their perch, but not much more than that. Senior Park Naturalist and Manager of Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Park, Rusty Scarborough will bring a bird of prey to Los Adaes to demonstrate the skills and nature of these birds

From 12 pm to 4pm, visitors will be able to borrow binoculars to get a better look at the wildlife hiding in the trees at Los Adaes. There will also be a coloring activity for kids who want to draw the animals they discover.

Since this program will involve an actual flight demonstration with a bird of prey we must ask that none of the following be brought to or worn at the park during the day of the program: small dogs, parkas with rabbit fur around the hood, or stocking caps with fuzzy adornments.

Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.

6354 LA-485 Robeline, LA 71469
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