Natchitoches Events/Attractions




 Tales of a Boy from Cane River" Reading and Q&A with author Harvis “Junior” Johnson, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana  History Museum, 800 Front Street in Natchitoches  as Junior Johnson discusses his new book, Tales of a Boy from Cane River. Known affectionately as “Junior”, the author writes about his life growing up on Cane River in a loving sharecropper’s home and his career in the offshore oil and gas industry.  His first book, Tales of a Boy from Cane River is the result of those stories, and a dream come true for him.  Listen to some of these stories, meet the author and buy a signed copy of his book.  Junior was born and raised in the beautiful little Village of Cloutierville and is a graduate of   Northwestern State University.  He retired after 32 years in the offshore oil and gas industry when an accident at work left him disabled. Through recovery Junior realized that facing challenges in life doesn’t limit your dreams if you want to pursue them.  His goal is that readers of his stories will have fond memories of their childhood and events throughout their lives.  If you have questions please call 318-357-2492. Free and open to the public

The Natchitoches Parish Library’s Teen Summer reading program for youth ages 11-17 will is NOW through July 31st from 3-4:30pm. June 22nd is “Brush-bot building and races, June 29th is “movie and crafts”, and July 6 is “Engineering Mystery  Bags, “ and July 12th is the “Big End Bash with a waterslide.”

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

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.





The NSU recreation complex will offer several water programs and courses this summer. A junior lifeguard course will be the week of June 20 Tuesday from 10am – Noon. The cost is $100 dollars. The learn-to-swim program for children 3 and up will be the week of June 20th and 27th from 9–9:30am, 10–10:50 and 11-11:50. The cost is $50 per week. Water exercise has began and it is Tue-Thur from 5:30-6:30pm. The cost is $50 per month. Fitness swim is Tue-Thur from 7-9a for June. The cost is $50 for the month and free to members and students.

Fun with music camp: 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.

Warehouse Fitness will have Super Kids Camp  June 26-30 from 8am to Noon for ages 6-12. Prices are $70 for members and $80 for non-members per session. Discounts are available for multiple kids or multiple weeks. For more information, visit their facebook page or call 318-357-0936.

Northwestern State University will hold the next session of its freshman orientation program on the Natchitoches campus on 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.

 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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