Natchitoches, Louisiana Events



ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Arlene Gould – Director of the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Jill Leto – Director of Promotions & Events – Natchitoches Historic District Business Association and Natchitoches Main Street, discuss the fall and upcoming Christmas events and activities in downtown Natchitoches. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, PodBean, SoundCloud, or Facebook.

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


Oct. 7 & Nov. 4: American Cemetery Tour – 11:30am. Free guided walk (weather and staff permitting) sharing he stories of some of the notable people from the area buried in the American Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Natchitoches. Tel: (318) 357-2492

Oct. 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5, 12: Natchitoches Farmers Market8am-12pm on the Riverbank.


Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Natchitoches Car Show – More than 400 classic cars line the streets of Downtown Natchitoches. Food, live music, shopping, dancing, and kids’ activities. Free Admission.

Oct. 7: 10th Annual “Crows on the Cane” Scarecrow Contest
8:00am to 11:00am, historic downtown Natchitoches.

Oct. 7-9: St. Augustine Creole Festival – St. Augustine Catholic Church, 2262 Hwy 484, Natchez, LA 71456

Oct. 14-15: Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival Marthaville, LA 71450

Oct. 15-16: Melrose Fall Festival – Melrose Plantation celebrates with artists, crafters, and more!

Oct. 15: Tapped-Tober – This annual event is Natchitoches Louisiana’s very first Craft Beer and Wine Festival. Known for its family environment, top-notch entertainment, big screen football, and, of course, the best beer and wine on the planet, including over 45 craft beer brands in the beer pavilion.

Oct. 27: Annual Pumpkin Glow – The Historic District Business Association will hold its Annual Pumpkin Glow on Oct. 27, at the rue Beauport Riverbank from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is FREE! All ages are encouraged to attend and are welcome to participate in the pumpkin decorating contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in both carved and painted categories. Pumpkin drop off will take place from 3-5 p.m on Oct. 27 at the rue Beauport Stage. Live entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by local school orchestras, community groups, and cheer\dance groups. Hot dogs, popcorn, caramel apples and various treats will be available for purchase.

Oct. 29: Witch Way to Main Street – Enjoy morning of live entertainment, children and pet costume contests, vendors, trick or treating and more. Trick or treat from 9-11 a.m. on the Downtown Riverbank.

Nov. 12: Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana 3rd Annual Pow Wow – The Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana will host its 3rd annual POWWOW “Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Future” on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the campus of Northwestern State University at Collins Pavilion and Practice Field. POWWOWs are a traditional gathering that is open to the public for education. Events will include dances, classes, and demonstrations.

Nov. 19-Jan. 6: 96th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights – This annual celebration of lights, fun and festivities is 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 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.


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