Natchitoches Events/Attractions


Folk Festival will be July 17-18 at NSU: Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held July 17-18 at Prather Coliseum. This years theme is “Backroads and Bayous: Celebrating Louisiana Rural Folklife.” Tickets are $5 Friday, $8 Saturday and $5 for Saturday evening only. All event Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discounted price of $11 per person through July 15th at the Louisiana Folklife Center located in room 213 of Kyser Hall on the Northwestern State University campus. There is no admission for children 12 and under. The festival will feature R. V. Couch who will demonstrate his technique of building instruments at the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival July 18 from 8- 5 p.m. Couch began building musical instruments 10 years ago. He has created his own style of the strumstick, called the Pik-A-Stik. He build dulcimers, mandolins, and travel and cigar box guitars. Couch’s first and favorite musical instrument to build is the violin, which he hand carves. Using traditional as well as native woods, he sometimes cuts his own trees and saws the lumber in his antique circle sawmill. He also enjoys refurbishing antique violins. Couch views each instrument that he builds or restores as a learning experience. The festival is still accepting applications for the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship Saturday, July 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Magale Recital Hall. To sign up visit
Volunteers are needed Friday, July 17 from 3:30- 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions including: side door security, back door security table, silent auction coordinator, equipment loaders, food pickup and hospitality room coordinator. Volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt for five or more hours of work. Other perks include meeting great people, listening to awesome music, and free admission to all events on the day you work. For information or to sign up to volunteer call 357-4332 or email Shelia Thompson at 

Bethel School to hold class reunion July 3-5: Bethel School will hold a community and class reunion July 3-5. Registration is $25. A meet and greet will be Friday, July 3 from 3-8 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church.
A fish fry will be Saturday, July 4 from 4-9 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church. Church service will be at Bethel Baptist Church. Anyone with historical information on the school including who started the school, photographs, publications or articles, contact Dr. Leon W. Davis at 527-1538. For information contact Alice Hardison at 527-1060, Mildred Anthony at 352-5521 or Carlton Commick at 356-5751. Send check or Money orders to 1418 Dixie Street Natchitoches La 71457.

The Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery will hold its juried competition and exhibition Aug. 8 from 5-8 p.m. Artists will be notified of their acceptance July 15. Art can be brought to the gallery from July 31-Aug. 2 and picked up from Aug. 28-30. There is a limit of 5 entries per artist. For information on entry by mail, liability, sales, delivery and return of work, call Char White at 729-5624. Artist and educator, Clyde Downs, has been selected to serve as juror for the Natchitoches Art Guild Juried Competition. Downs, who holds a BA in Advertising Design and an MFA in painting and printmaking, has served on the faculty in the Fine Arts department at Northwestern State University since 1991. In addition to teaching painting and drawing in all media, he has taught classes in printmaking, intaglio, lithography, and relief. He regularly conducts workshops and has led a number of art expeditions that include on-site painting to Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, tours of galleries in Santa Fe, Texas and other cities. His personal art interests are in art forms and styles and painting in oils and acrylics. His creative process has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions including invitations to serve as juror for art competitions.


























Johnquaries Smith trailride scholarship fundraiser
will take place at the Natchitoches Parish Fairgrounds on August 1, 2015 at 3pm. Everyone is invited!! Bikers, Horseriders and Children. There will be free school supplies for the first 25 students. Music, games, waterslides, balloon release and hayride. Admission is $7.00. Children 10 & under $3.00. 
Sign up for summer camps: The City’s Summer Day Camp for youth ages 6-13 has spots available in the following sessions:

* June 22 – July 2: Under the Sea, Around the Bayou and Down the River (Weaver Elementary)

* July 6 – July 17: Time Travelers and History Sleuths (East Natchitoches Elementary)

* July 20 – July 31: The Great Outdoors: Exploring Sportsman’s Paradise (East Natchitoches Elementary)

Registration is $30 per session, per child and $25 for each additional sibling. Fees are due one week prior to the enrolled session in order to hold the space. Registration is first come first serve and can be completed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Community Center located at 660 MLK Drive.
City to hold back to school bash in august:
The City of Natchitoches Recreation & Parks Department will hold their Back to School Bash Aug. 8 at the City Park on Amulet Street. This annual event serves as a community-wide pep rally to help students and the community ring in a new school year. Performances are by area high schools, dance studios, cheer teams and Northwestern State University. We will have free concessions throughout the event and music provided by 93.9 radio station. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and participants in advance for helping make this event a success. If you have any questions please contact Terran Cross or Regina Layton at 357-3891.
Don’t miss the Cane River Green Market:  Natchitoches’ local farmer’s market will take place every Saturday until July 25 from 8 a.m. - noon on the downtown riverbank in the Natchitoches Historic District.  SNAP benefits may be used to purchase eligible food items such as bread products, produce, eggs, dairy products, seeds, and edible or food producing plants. Through a MarketMatch program, the market will match up to $20 in SNAP purchases per market while supplies last. The MarketMatch program meets SNAP shoppers who want to eat healthy and support local farmers half way. Customers wishing to use SNAP benefits, credit and/or debit cards can swipe their cards at the Cane River Green Market hospitality tent during market hours. Shoppers will be issued tokens for the amount of their purchase to use at any Cane River Green Market vendor booth. For more information on the Cane River Green Market, MarketMatch program, or how to become a vendor, call 352-2746 or visit








































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