Natchitoches Events/Attractions




NSU wil host contract workshop for creative professionalsNorthwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts will present a workshop entitled “Contract Negotiation for Creative Professionals” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in art lecture room (Room 206) of the Fine Arts Annex, 140 Central Avenue.  The program is targeted to individuals who work as professionals in music, literary/visual/culinary arts, theatre, film or design.  The cost is $10.  The instructor will be attorney Mark Davis. 

Ross Williams Park Reopening Celebration: NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches would like to invite the public to the Ross Williams Park Reopening Celebration Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00am to noon. Ross Williams Park, located on 1401 Dean Street, is one of the many parks throughout the City of Natchitoches that has undergone construction for park enhancements. Celebrations for the reopening of the park will include children’s activities, games, food, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Park Enhancements were funded in part by The Rapides Foundation, Union Pacific, and Cane River National Heritage Area. For more information on the Ross Williams Park Reopening Celebration, please contact Dallas Russell, Community Programs and Outreach Manager, at (318) 238-7508 or via email at

Join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana  History Museum as Bill Nash discusses his new book, The Battle of the Longs:  The Politics of Gillis and Speedy Long and a bit of Russell. The Battle of the Longs features stories about the colorful cousins of Huey P. Long: Gillis, Speedy and Russell.  State Senator Gerald Long will introduce the author for the program. Learn about this interesting research on the famous Long political family, meet the author and buy a signed copy of his book.  Bill Nash grew up in DeRidder, LA.  This is the second book by Nash. In 2014 he authored High Hat Sam, life of Gov. Sam H. Jones.  Nash is a Pentecostal Pastor at Mangham where he and his wife Lee have served the past 14 years. He is an Honorary Chaplain to the Louisiana Legislature and Chaplain to the Richland Parish Sheriff's Dept.

Mansfield State Historic Site will host a Kids Camp for children ages 8-12, Saturday April 22nd from 11a-3p. Registration is $25 per child and includes a meal. There are 16 available slots and pre-registration is required.  The last day to register is Saturday, April 8th. To register please call 318-872-1474.

The 43rd Arts & Crafts Festival will be at Melrose Plantation April 22nd at 9am and April 23rd at 10am. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Vendors will showcase their works ranging from gourmet food to pottery to plants and more. For more information on the festival, visit





DemonFest moved indoors to Prather: NATCHITOCHES – DemonFest, the music and arts festival hosted by Northwestern State University’s student radio station KNWD, will take place in Prather Coliseum, according to event organizers. The fifth annual event is slated for this Friday and Saturday April 21 and 22 and will be held indoors due to weather concerns. “DemonFest and DemonFling will be moved to Prather Coliseum, so forget about that sunscreen and bug spray and join us for the first-ever indoor DemonFest,” said Candice Richardson, KNWD public relations director.

Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance Department will showcase the work of eight graduating seniors at its annual Senior Dance Concert Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert features original works by Taylor J. Smith of Leesville, Michael Carrier of Lafayette, Annie Dauzat of Watson, Morgan Humphries, Marissa McMickens and Charles Anderson Jr. of Pineville, Logan Terrell of Lake Charles and Scarlett Saizan of Chalmette. Smith’s “on l'a fait” is a dance movement set to Cajun-French music that begins with a contemporary solo, a percussive tap piece, and concludes with a feel-good jazz funk dance. “Miss” by Carrier is his debut work that includes musical theatre stylings with influences of old school jazz and character driven motifs. His dance features six stunning dancers, who tell a story of what it means to be a woman in today's world. The music is a variation of Stephen Sondheim's "Ladies Who Lunch," turned into a jazz standard and sung by vocalist Cassandra Wilson. "Bloom” by Dauzat is a colorful celebration of life to the music of Andrew Bird. “Second Chance” by Humphries is a high energy, contemporary style dance that shows the battle of wanting a second chance. Saizan’s “Farewell for Now” is a contemporary piece inspired by the idea of seeing someone again who has passed on. “Uprooted” by McMickens is a contemporary dance that takes you on a journey through love, loss and acceptance.“Drop The Bass” by Anderson is a new and refreshingly slayful hip hop piece. In the work five ladies are going to get into formation in this fierce Beyonce medley.

 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 opened Saturday, April 1st and will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm through Oct. 15th. For more information call 354-0001.

The Natchitoches Women's Resource Center will host a 1-mile fun run and 5k run\walk Saturday May 6th starting in front of the Natchitoches Parish Library. Registration starts at 8am, the 1-mile run starts at 8:30am and the 5k starts at 9a. For more information and to register visit





























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