Natchitoches, Louisiana Events




Kelli WestBIG BLEND RADIO INTERVIEW: From the Cane River Film Festival to the Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival, Kelli West of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau discusses all the spring activities and events in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. Listen to her interview / download the podcast on,,, or


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



March 14: Art Along the Bricks – This event is sponsored by the Natchitoches Art Guild and will feature sales of original art and handmade crafts such as jewelry, woodworks, bath/boudoir products, books and so much more. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians, along with a pickers acoustic circle and belly dancers. Info: 318-352-2746.

March 14: Bloomin’ on the Bricks – Children’s activities, demonstrations, and lots and lots of plants for your yard will be available. Nursery owners and lawn and garden vendors will have specialized plants such as ferns, herbs, shrubs, flowering baskets, and bedding plants for sale. There will also be a variety of lawn and garden materials and equipment from paving stones, to ironworks to outdoor furniture on display. Info: 318-352-2746

March 20-21: Cane River Film Festival – Produced by the Resurrection Fern Foundation, Inc. a Louisiana non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 with the mission of historic preservation of the Cane River Creole heritage. This festival shares Louisiana stories with a worldwide audience, seeks opportunities for distribution, and celebrates student and independent filmmakers achievement in telling the stories they want to tell. Info: 318-505-0466

March 21: Natchitoches Young Professionals Pub Crawl
– A fun event for attendees to “crawl” the bricks of Front Street while enjoying food & drink specials along the way. This crawl is also a Poker Run, with prizes awarded to the best poker hand, best individual costume, and best group costume at the Finisher’s Party.  Pub Crawl is a fundraiser for the Louisiana Young Professional Conference, hosted annually in July. Tel: 318-352-6894

April 3: Flavor of Louisiana –
The Northwestern State University Foundation will host the fourth annual Flavor of Louisiana, the university’s popular spring food festival that raises funds for student scholarships, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3 in Prather Coliseum.  Presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board, Flavor of Louisiana will feature samplings of Louisiana seafood dishes prepared by chefs, caterers and restaurateurs from around the state, as well as specialty cocktails, desserts and choices for non-seafood diners.  The event will also include music, raffles, a silent auction and features from each college at the university. Info: 318-357-5699

April 4: Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races
– The Dragons are back on the Cane for the 5th Annual Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races! Come out for a fun day, on and off the water!

April 4: Briarwood Annual Picnic – This year is a great time to come see the work that has been done and nature in recovery. A beautiful sight indeed! There will be guided tours, experts in the log cabin to discuss artifacts and artwork, a native plant sale, and even special activities just for the kids! Throughout the day the log house museum will be open for you to tour at your leisure.  There will be docents on hand to provide you with the history of the house and property. Info: 318-576-3379

April 18-19: 46th Annual Melrose Plantation Arts and Crafts Festival – Exhibitors will display their wares beneath the gorgeous live oak trees of Melrose Plantation. Artists and crafters will showcase their original paintings, drawings, stained glass, gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, photography, plants toys, woodworking, pottery and so much more. Info: 318-379-0055

April 25: Find Your Park Festival – Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI) will host the 4th Annual Cane River Find Your Park Festival on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Held at the Oakland Plantation Unit of the park, the festival will showcase the cultural and natural resources located in the Cane River and Red River regions. Events include hands-on activities for children, agricultural demonstrations, games, and a petting zoo! The Cane River Find Your Park Festival is free and open to the public. Info: 318-356-5555

May 1-2: Sale on the Trail
– One of the most famous roadways in America, the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, will be the site of a 200 mile-long “Sale on the Trail” the first weekend in May. The El Camino Real, which means the “King’s Highway” in Spanish, is the oldest road in Texas. The “Sale on the Trail” event, planned and promoted by the El Camino Real Caddo Region Trail Partners, which includes Chambers of Commerce and Tourism Bureaus along the route, has been scheduled to promote tourism and acquaint participants with the beautiful highway so important to early history in Louisiana and Texas. Land owners and businesses from Natchitoches, La to Crockett, TX will hold yard sales, flea markets, festivals, trade shows, sidewalk sales, etc. along this famous trail, providing a wonderful weekend of touring and shopping. Those interested in participating in the “Sale on the Trail” are encouraged to take advantage of a great chance to share your treasures with others! Info: 800-259-1714

May 15-16: Natchitoches Jazz / R&B Festival – Natchitoches’ premier spring outdoor festival complete with music, food and fun! Three stages featuring 20 bands including L.A.Roxx, Keith Frank and Soileau Zydeco Band, Lucas Jagneaux and The Road Show, Back In Black, Cupid and The Dance Party Express, Peter Rivera of Rare Earth, Johnny Earthquake and The Moondogs. Info:



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