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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.

"Water/Ways" Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday - December 04, 2021 6:00 am

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, in cooperation with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view December 4 through January 15, 2021.

The exhibition opens with a free reception on Saturday, December 4 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served and Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Northwestern State University Professor of English and Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center, will be on hand to take oral histories from people on how water affects and enhances their lives as part of the Smithsonian project "Stories from Main Street".  

State regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed. 

Please call (318) 357-2492 for more information.

Free and open to the public.

Date:          Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time:          6:00-8:00 pm

Location:    Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
“Keeper of the Mound” Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday - December 07, 2021 6:00 am

Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a screening of the documentary film “Keeper of the Mound”.  Louisiana’s coast is dotted with countless mounds built by indigenous people hundreds of years ago that are now threatened by coastal erosion. The mounds along Bayou Grand Caillou in Terrebonne Parish sit in an endangered marsh on property owned by land developers. In this film, the Solet family, members of the United Houma Nation, fight for access to the sacred space, attending public meetings with state officials, imploring the landowner to save the mounds, and seeking to define the meaning of home and cultural heritage amid a rapidly changing landscape. 

A discussion following the film screening with Dr. Pete Gregory, Professor of Anthropology, NSU and Jeff Girard, former Regional Archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and adjunct instructor of Anthropology, NSU will explore themes of how water is integral to culture, how we interact with the environment around us, and how water determines where we settle.  

Please call (318) 357-2492 for more information.

Free and open to the public.

 

Date:          Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Time:          6:00-7:30 pm

Location:    Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

800 Front Stree Natchitoches, LA 71457
"The Red River Great Raft" with Dr. Gary D. Joiner
Tuesday - December 14, 2021 6:00 am

Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum as Dr. Gary Joiner talks about The Great Raft on Red River and its influence on the history and geography of Natchitoches Parish and nearby areas. Hundreds of years old and hundreds of miles long, the raft changed the landscape and impeded transportation up Red River before Captain Henry Shreve began the monumental task of clearing it. 

Dr. Joiner is the Chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences as well as the Director of the Red River Regional Studies Center at LSU-Shreveport. He is an authority on Louisiana history, the Civil War, Geography, Cemeteries and Iconography, and much more. 

Please call (318) 357-2492 for more information.

Free and open to the public.

 

Date:          Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Time:          6:00-7:30 pm

Location:    Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457