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.
Mar. 18: Bloomin’ on the Bricks: Spring Garden Festival featuring lawn and garden vendors, nurseries, plants and garden art, plus, musical entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors. Tel: (866) 941-6246 / (318) 352-2746. Plus, the Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery will present Art Along the Bricks, a free outdoor art show, on Front Street all day. Tel: (318) 352-1626
Apr. 22-23: Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival: Fine arts & crafts held on the grounds of the historic Melrose Plantation, food vendors and home tours. Premier event for over 40 years. Melrose Plantation is 8 miles south of downtown historic Natchitoches. Tel: (318) 581-8042
Apr. 29-July 29: Cane River Green Market: Held on Saturdays from 8am-12pm on the downtown riverbank in the historic district. Shop for fresh produce, culinary goods and crafts, and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, and educational programs. Tel: (318) 352-2746
May 5-6: Annual El Camino Real Sale on the Trail: Weekend shopping adventure along the 175 miles of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. Follow the trail through the Caddo region which stretches from LA Hwy 6 in Natchitoches to TX Hwy 21 into Alto, TX. Tel: (800) 259-1714.
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