Natchitoches Events/Attractions




Kids Fishing Derby at the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery located at 615 South Drive on  Saturday, June 3rd from 8am - Noon. Fishing derby for ages 2 - 15 years old. Bring your own pole for the flip, pitch and cast contest for ages 7 - 14 years old. Prizes will be given, and there will be hands on activities. Kids of all ages are invited. There will also be a Kiddie train ride and live animal displays. This event is sponsored by NFH, F.I.S.H., NRMC, CCA, CRWC, 100.7 KZBL. For more information please call 318-352-5324.

Sponsors and activity booths needed for City Park Grand Reopening and Family Day, deadlines approaching: City Bank is a sponsor for the upcoming City Park Grand Reopening and Family Day Event, set for Saturday, June 3 from 10 am – 1 pm. The City of Natchitoches, Northwestern State University and the Natchitoches Parish Journal are co-hosting this event, which is free and open to the public. There will be live music in the City Park amphitheater, free food, T-shirt raffle, activity booths, Zumba, face painting, inflatables and more.Sponsors are needed to help make this event bigger and better. Activity Booths are also needed for this event. Your organization must be a non-profit, church, government agency or educational institution. You must provide a hands-on activity. You must stay for the entire event. You must offer free activities. You must provide your own tent, tables and chairs. Ideas for activity booths include: carnival games, arts & crafts, field games, board games, trivia, etc…For more information email Dallas Russell at or Corey Poole at

Destination Downtown Natchitoches: 2nd & 4th Saturdays in June, July & August. Activities will take place from 1-8:30pm each weekend unless noted otherwise

June 10th – Rivers Revue\Lisa Spann & Co

Steel Magnolias House Tour | Bloody Mary Event | Prudhomme Rouquier House Tour

June 24th – Louisiana Sidemen\Mike McKenzie Band

Corn Hole Tournament & Lawn Games

(Enjoy Fireworks and Sports Hall of Fame Tailgating Event on Friday Night)

July 8th – LaCour Bros Trio\Katalyst

Watermelon Eating Contest | Fireworks at 9pm

July 22nd – River Revue\5th Avenue

Margarita Event

August 12th – Cane River Soul\Mike McKenzie Band

August 26th – LaCour Bros Trio\Hank Staples & Thundercreek

Each weekend will feature inflatables for the kids (FREE of charge), face painting, games and more.

Don’t forget your lawn chair!

For more information check out our website or call the HDBA at 318-652-7078.





Fun with music camp: NATCHITOCHES –  The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts will present a Fun with Music Camp July 17-21. Children ages 5-11 can participate in a variety of exciting music experiences that include singing, music games, instrumental activities, composing and many other creative music activities. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon, culminating with a large group singalong.  The fee is $145 per student. A sibling discount is available.  Snacks and materials will be provided. For additional information contact Dr. Sharon Joy at or (318) 357-5754.

 Freshman Connection to begin May 26: Northwestern State University will hold six sessions of its freshman orientation program, Freshman Connection beginning May 25. Four sessions will be on the Natchitoches campus on May 25-26, June 1-2, June 22-23 and July 11. The program will be held on the Shreveport campus July 6 and on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus July 18.  The fee is $100 for the sessions on the Natchitoches campus and $50 for the sessions on the Shreveport and Leesville/Fort Polk campuses. Those attending the sessions on the Shreveport and Leesville/Fort Polk campuses should be planning to take all classes on that campus. The two-day sessions on the Natchitoches campus include a one-night stay in campus residence halls. Participants in Freshman Connection will be placed in a small group with a Connector, who will guide individuals through the orientation program. Connectors are current Northwestern State students who share information about what can be expected at NSU and will offer support and guidance about the high school to college transition. Those who attend Freshman Connection can expect small group sessions with connectors, opportunities to connect with future classmates, an introduction to NSU student services and involvement opportunities, a chance to become familiar with the campus and an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor who will help participants understand their major and schedule of classes and register for the fall semester. Current Northwestern State students serving as Connectors are Zack Breaux of Cut Off, Rowdy Burleson of Mansfield, Cece Clemons of Houston, Korey Cleveland of Pineville, KayCee Collinsworth and Madysen Watts of Saline, Kennedy Cullen of Brusly, Jacob Ellis of Athens and Ashley Fortenberry, Luke Lucky and Ryan Wright of Natchitoches. The 2017 Connectors also include Abby Hinds of Many, Morgan Horn of Hemphill, Texas, Mallory McConathy of Stonewall, Hayden Pilcher of Shreveport, Sierra Richard and Dakota Schudalla of Bossier City, Hannah Robertson of Haughton, Samantha Sims of Newman, Georgia and Shelby Sullivan of Sulphur. For more information, go to nsula/fye/freshmanconnection.

The Central H.S. Class of 1967 will have their 50th Reunion May 26-28th

The VFW and Legion’s Memorial Day is on Monday, May 29th . The program will be at the Natchitoches Veterans Memorial Park behind the old courthouse.

The Natchitoches Area Jaycees will host the cookin’ on the cane bbq competition and festival Saturday, June 3rd at the NSU Alumni Pavilion. This cook off is open to professional and non-professional cooks. There will be a children’s bbq chicken cookoff open to ages 5-16. Visit for registration information and regulations.

  Natchitoches Hope for Paws hosts Chili's give back night every third Thursday of the month from 4-10pm. Tell your server you're there to support NHFP and Chili's will donate 15% of the total of your bill to NHFP.

The Natchitoches Alligator Park is open NOW and will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm through Oct. 15th. For more information call 354-0001.






























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