16th ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION & COMPETITION, AUGUST 8-29
Fine artists throughout Louisiana and the Southern region are invited to submit entries of their original artwork to be judged for inclusion in the Natchitoches Art Guild's 16th Annual Juried Competition and Exhibition. The Exhibition is one of the most beautiful arrays of two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine art. Interested artists should contact the Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery.
Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery, 584 Front Street is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the event is free. For more information call the Natchitoches Art Guild at 318-352-1626or visit www.natchitochesartguild.org.
CANE RIVER ZYDECO FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 4-5
The Magnolia -State Peace Officer's Association will host the 10th annual Cane River Zydeco Festival in downtown Natchitoches. Festivities on Friday begin at 6 p.m. include a Zydeco Dance Contest and entertainment by the Same Ol’ 2-step Zydeco Band and D.J. “LA” Jones; cost is $3.00. Events on Saturday begin at 4 p.m. with a Poker Run through Natchitoches Parish, followed by evening entertainment by D.C. & The Zydeco Country Boyz and Leon Chavis & Zydeco Flames; cost is $7.00. For more information call 800-259-1714 or visit www.natchitoches.net.
GOLDONNA DRAKE SALT WORKS FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 5
Visit northeast Natchitoches Parish for a day of heritage and fun in Goldonna, Louisiana. Activities include arts and crafts booths, food, a parade and live entertainment. There will be a children's area that will include a dunking booth, face painting, a jupiter jump and cake walk. Admission is FREE. For more information call 318-727-8770 or 318-727-8660 or www.natchitoches.net
NATCHITOCHES MEAT PIE FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 11-12
Natchitoches has been famous long before the stars arrived because it's home to the famous Natchitoches' meat pie, popular since the 1700's. Join us for a parade, live entertainment, vendors, children activities and hot meat pies.
In conjunction with the Festival, the 10th Annual River Run will be held on the riverbank. The ride is hosted by the Independent Riders of Natchitoches and is open to all riders.
Admission: FREE For more information on the Ride call 318-471-9909 or visit www.indmcriders.com. For more information on the Meat Pie Festival call the Natchitoches Visitors Center at 800-259-1714 or visit www.meatpiefestival.com.
MARTHAVILLE GOOD OLE DAYS, SEPTEMBER 18-19
Marthaville, Louisiana, about 25 miles west of Natchitoches, will celebrate its history and culture with a two day festival including live entertainment, a food, food vendors, crafts and children’s activities. Festivities take place on downtown Front Street; admission is free. For more information call 318-472-1645 or visit www.natchitoches.net.
ALIVE AFTER 5, SEPTEMBER 26
Alive After 5 is a six month series of evening events taking place from April to September. The series includes art events, concerts, musical theatre and other cultural events which all take place in the Natchitoches Historic District. Natchitoches Main Street 318-352-2746 or 866-941-6246 or visit www.natchitoches.net
MEAT PIE TRI, SEPTEMBER 27
Meat Pie Tri begins with a very spectator friendly 1/2 mile swim in Cane River Lake. Then out of T1 up a short steep incline onto Front Street for a 20 mile out and back ride over some light rolling terrain. Rack your bike and head out of T2 up the steps of the Riverbank for a 5K under the beautiful canopy of oaks along the lake. The Meat Pie Tri begins at 7 a.m. in Downtown Natchitoches. For registration call 800-259-1714 or visit www.runwild.us.