Natchitoches, Louisiana Events

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Founded in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. Home to the Cane River National Heritage Area, Natchitoches celebrates a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American and Creole cultures.

The Cane River National Heritage Area encompasses the charming downtown Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, as well as the Cane River National Heritage Trail, which is a Louisiana Scenic Byway that runs along Cane River Lake, and links to the Isle Brevelle Trail and El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, with Longleaf Trail and Kisatchie National Forest on the outskirts.

Natchitoches retains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle and a full calendar of events. No matter what time of year you visit Natchitoches, you are bound to find a festival to celebrate! This historic city is just 275 miles from New Orleans, 255 miles from Dallas, and 290 miles from Little Rock.

For up-to-date event and travel information, call the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 259-1714 or visit



June 3: Cookin’ on the Cane BBQ Competition & Festival: This cook-off is open to professional and non-professional cooks. There will also be food vendors, entertainment and children’s activities throughout the event. Tel: (318) 332-1470

June 22-24: LA Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend & Celebration: Special events and activities held at various locations. Tel: (318) 238-4255

June 24: Natchez Heritage Festival: Celebrate the history of Natchez, Louisiana with this unique festival and parade. Tel: (318) 332-8264


July 4: Celebration on the Cane: Celebrate Independence Day in Louisiana’s oldest community with entertainment and fireworks over the scenic Cane River Lake. Tel: (318) 352-2746

July 14-15: Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival: Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, Hall of Fame Induction, Narrative Sessions, KidsFest, Folk Artists & Crafts demonstrations and sales. Musical entertainment on three stages featuring bluegrass, gospel, Cajun, rock and jazz. Tel: (318) 357-4332


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