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

American Cemetery Tour – Free guided walk at 11:30am, every Friday, (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

Natchitoches Farmers Market – 8am-12pm on the Riverbank. The Spring market takes place April through July and the Fall market runs six weeks in October and November.

Sept. 2-3: 24th Annual Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Festival
Sept. 15-16: 21st Annual Meat Pie Festival
Sept. 29-30: 17th Annual Natchitoches Car Show
Oct. 13-15: St. Augustine Creole Festival
Oct. 14: Melrose Fall Festival
Oct. 26: Pumpkin Glow

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