Natchitoches, Louisiana Events



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

BIG BLEND RADIO: from hiking and boating to family activities and festivals,  Arlene Gould – Director of Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Jason Summerlin – Co-owner of the Dark Woods’ Lost Treasure Mining Company, share what there is to experience in Natchitoches during the summer. Listen here in the YouTube player, or download the podcast on Spreaker, Podbean, or SoundCloud.


May 21: Natchitoches Jazz / R&B Festival –  Natchitoches’ premier spring outdoor festival complete with music, food and fun! Info:

June 23-25: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 2022 Induction Celebration – Nine events over three days bring visitors from around the state and nation to Natchitoches.  There are free and ticketed events, including the no-charge kickoff reception at the museum, the  Rockin’ River Fest Friday night concert and fireworks show on Rue Beauport, and the Junior Training Camp at NSU. Ticketed events are a VIP Tailgate Party with the Friday concert, a Friday bowling party in Alexandria, Saturday’s Roundtable Lunch, and the Saturday evening Induction Ceremony. There are vendor and sponsor opportunities – contact Ronnie Rantz. Inductions began in Natchitoches in 1972 and the current three-day format started in 2003. The LSHOF Foundation hosts the event along with the City of Natchitoches and NSU. Info:

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