From special events and programs held in national park units and public lands, to festivals, parades and community celebrations, here’s a list of select special events held in Louisiana.
Fee-Free Days in 2017, in Louisiana National Park units:
Feb, 20: Presidents’ Day
Apr. 15-16 & 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
For up-to-date event information call (800) 259-1714, or visit www.Natchitoches.com.
Feb. 25: Krewe of Dionysus Mardi Gras Parade: Formed in 1995, the Krewe of Dionysus has over 300 members. This family friendly night time parade consists of a dozen or more super floats, lots of throws including beads, cups and specialty items, and marching bands. Tel: (318) 471-0923
Mar. 4: Dragon Boat Race: Cane River Lake. Tel: 318.357.5213
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