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 INTERVIEW: Kelli West of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau give an overview of fall events and activities in Natchitoches. Watch her interview here in the YouTube player or download/listen to the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.



Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3: American Cemetery Tour – The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum offer an American Cemetery Walking Tour on the first Friday of each month from 11:30am- 12:30pm. Learn about some of the notable people from the area buried in the oldest cemetery in Natchitoches. Over the years, planters, businessman, politicians, and educators have all made their mark on Natchitoches and the surrounding area. The markers in the cemetery tell stories of the region’s people and act as an outdoor museum dedicated to their legacy. Free and open to the public. Info:  (318) 357-2492

Sept. 4: Jazz Concert: The Bridge Trio – Starting at 7:30pm, enjoy a concert of modern Jazz fusion on the grounds of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Info: (318) 379-2389

Sept. 29-30 & Oct. 1-2: Natchitoches Parish Fair – Enjoy cotton candy, candy apples, Ferris wheels, and livestock shows, and more. Info: (318) 332-9181

Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, 22-23, 29-31: Dark Woods Haunt – Two terrifying haunts in one convenient location, Dark Woods Haunted Attraction is Natchitoches’ most unique visitor experience. Come immerse yourself in seven acres of Hollywood style special effects, live actor performances, and professionally themed sets and costumes. Enter the mind-bending world of Dark Carnival 3D. It brings a new brand of terror to the Big Top with 4,000 sq. ft. of black lit mayhem seen through ChromaDepth glasses. Winding over a third mile through the deepest recesses of Dark Woods you’ll find Dead Fall Trail, an outdoor journey into the twisted folk-tales and legends of horror of Louisiana. Info:

Oct. 8-9: Folk Art Festival
– Inspired by Clementine Hunter, Melrose Plantation will be hosting its first Folk Art Festival. Info: (318) 379-0055

Oct. 9: Tapped-Tober
– Enjoy a variety of craft beers, wines, and live entertainment on the Natchitoches Riverfront.

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 13: Natchitoches Farmers Market – Open seasonally on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. in downtown Natchitoches on the riverbank. The NFM features locally grown produce, meats, food products, plants, herbs, flowers, crafts, hand-made jewelry and much more! Info: (318) 238-4211

Oct. 21-24: Northwestern State University Greek Centennial Celebration – Inaugural Greek Centennial Celebration hosted by the Northwestern State Alumni Association and the NSU Office of Greek Life. Info: (318) 357-5513

Nov. 20-Jan. 6: 95th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival – Since 1927, we are home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. Starting as a one-day festival, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival has evolved into a six-week long Christmas Season. The Christmas Season begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and concludes on January the 6th, the Epiphany. Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk. Info & Schedule of events:

Nov. 26-27 & Dec. 3-4: Christmas in the Park – Step into a magical winter wonderland as Dark Woods Adventure Park transforms for Christmas In The Park, Natchitoches’ newest holiday attraction. Experience over 8 acres of enchanting, lighted walkways with over 250,000 LED lights and displays that bring the woods to life! Our 128 foot lighted footbridge, along with snowflakes and a canopy of twinkling ice lights, will let you explore the beauty of nature like you’ve never seen it. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and indulge in our signature “melt in your mouth” miniature donuts. Meet and get your picture with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, The Frozen Princess and her reindeer at our Kringle Outpost.

Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

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