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EVENTS IN NATCHITOCHES, LOUISIANA

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 www.Natchitoches.com.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 15-16: Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival: The festival celebrates the famous Natchitoches Meat Pie with a variety of homemade pies, musical entertainment, Meat Pie eating contest, kids activities, and more. Free. Held at Natchitoches Parish Fairgrounds. Tel: (318) 652-0578 or (800) 259-1714

Sept. 15-16: Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival: Located in rural Natchitoches Parish about 25 miles west of Natchitoches, Marthaville celebrates their heritage with a parade, gospel singing, entertainment, food, arts and crafts that began in 1992.

Sept. 25-30: Natchitoches Parish Fair: Held since 1937, come enjoy a family oriented week of fun and entertainment! Natchitoches Fairgrounds. Tel: (318) 332-0419

Sept. 29-30: 11th Annual Natchitoches Car Show: Enjoy a guided tour of Landmark Historic District, visit Ft. St. Jean Baptiste, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Historic Museum, along with shops and restaurants in the historic downtown business district. Info, Natchitoches Historic District Business Association (855) 342-7469.

Oct. 7: History Among the Tombstones: Stories from the American Cemetery. Held at the American Cemetery, walk through Louisiana’s oldest cemetery with guides dressed in period costumes telling the history of the American Cemetery. Tel: (800) 259-1714

Oct. 13-15: St. Augustine Church Fair: The residents of Isle Brevelle welcomes visitors to share good times, good food, and great history. Enjoy tours of the Church and Cemetery, crafts, games, food, a turkey shoot and entertainment. Tel: (318) 379-2521 or (800) 259-1714.

Oct. 13-15: 63rd Annual Fall Tour of Homes: Enjoy three incredible themed tours of historic Natchitoches homes, buildings, and plantations, along with a Saturday full of special presentations centered around “Natchitoches Underground,” the cellars and tunnels beneath our city streets. For info on all three tours, the 14 tour sites, a full programming schedule, visit www.MelrosePlantation.org

Oct. 14: Wings Over Natchitoches Air Show: Natchitoches Regional Airport 450 Wallenberg Drive Natchitoches, La 71457. Tel: (800) 259-1714.

Nov. 18-Jan. 6: 91st Annual Christmas Festival of Lights: A 45 night celebration of lights, fun and festivities set along the backdrop of downtown Historic Natchitoches and Cane River Lake. Cane River is illuminated by more than 300,000 twinkling lights and 100 set pieces. Highlights of the Natchitoches Christmas season include the 91st Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival Day – always held on the first Saturday in December, The Holiday Tour of Homes, Natchitoches-NSU Christmas Gala, and spectacular fireworks displays over Cane River Lake. www.NatchitiochesChristmas.com

Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

 


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