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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.

Coffee and Conversation: Louisiana Carnival Traditions
Saturday - February 29, 2020
02/29/2020 - 10:00

Join us for a lecture entitled "From Old World to New World: Louisiana and the Carnival Tradition of Mardi Gras" hosted by Professor Cheryl White.  The event is free and open to the public and coffee and kingcake will be provided. The conversation begins at 10AM at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center.

Coffee and Conversation is a lecture series of the Cane River National Heritage Area and is designed to share the stories of the region's forgotten, untold, or hidden stories.

Par Rd 429 Natchitoches, LA 71457
Children's Painting Workshop
Saturday - March 07, 2020
03/07/2020 - 10:00

Hey kids, join the fun, learn to paint, and create a special piece of art that you can take home and share with your family and friends! Sign up and join us at Oakland Plantation for a free painting workshop for children ages 8 to 12 from our friend Annabel Jones on Saturday, March 7.

This FREE workshop will be held at Oakland Plantation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and is limited to 20 participants. All supplies will be provided, however registration is required. To sign up call 318-352-0383 x 316. Oakland Plantation is located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, Louisiana. 

4386 LA-494 natchez, LA 71456
Cane River Find Your Park Festival
Saturday - April 25, 2020
04/25/2020 - 10:00

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI) will host the 4th Annual Cane River Find Your Park Festival on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Held at the Oakland Plantation Unit of the park, the festival will showcase the cultural and natural resources located in the Cane River and Red River regions.

Events include hands-on activities for children, agricultural demonstrations, games, and a petting zoo!

The Cane River Find Your Park Festival is free and open to the public. Activities will occur from 10am-3pm at Oakland Plantation located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, LA 71456.

4386 LA-494 Natchez, LA 71456
Cane River Fall Festival
Saturday - October 24, 2020
10/24/2020 - 10:00

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!

4386 LA-494 Natchez, LA 71456