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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.

Professional Wrestling and Football: A Long History in Louisiana Sports
Saturday - August 24, 2019
08/24/2019 - 14:00

Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a presentation with Loisiana State University of Alexandria professor of history Dr. Christopher Stacey. The lecture will examine the careers of professional wrestler Sylvester "Junkyard Dog" Ritter and foodball star turned professional wrestler Ernie "The Big Cat" Ladd. Dr.Stacey wo;; doscuss the relationship between pro wrestling and professional football in Louisiana and the impacts of these two great athletes to their sports. This event is free and open to the public. 

800 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
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
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
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