Natchitoches Events/Attractions




October program at LASHOF & NWLA History Museum:

Join the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for an afternoon with blues harmonica/guitar musician Ed Huey. The event, titled “Talking the Blues: A Musical Informant with Ed Huey,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Folklife Ambassador for the Louisiana Folklife Commission Dr. Shane Rasmussen will interview him about his music while Huey plays songs to exemplify the discussion. Huey performs and teaches American Roots Music specializing in early Blues guitar and harmonica styles.  This is free and open to the public.

Lunch & Learn series at Grand Ecore will focus on Archeology:

Celebrate Archaeology Month with another Grand Ecore Lunch & Learn Lecture Series Friday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Ecore Visitors Center. Focusing on archeology, the event will offer the following:

11:30 – “The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point” with Diana Greenlee, Ph.D.
12:30 – “Archaeological Investigations in the Rivière Aux Cannes Region” with Jeffrey Girard

Lunch will be provided and is made possible by a grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation. To RSVP email or call 318.356.5555.

NCHS JROTC will honor military veterans at Vets Day program: Natchitoches Central High School JROTC will host its annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11 to recognize and honor the service of our military veterans. A reception for all veterans and their families before the program is in the high school cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by the formal program from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

ROTC will hold Vietnam commemoration: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science is serving as a partner in a nationwide program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and over the next three years will honor Vietnam veterans with many programs and events in which the public is invited. In conjunction with their annual Homecoming Open House, the NSU ROTC program will host a reception for Vietnam veterans and 67th Demon Battalion and NSU Demon Regiment invite guests to an open house/tailgate from 3-5 p.m. with a Vietnam commemoration program set to take place at 3:30 p.m. Events will take place at the James A. Noe Armory, 418 Caspari St.  To RSVP, contact Sid Hall at (318) 357-6951 or email

 Alligator Park: April - Mid-August Open Daily, Mid-August - October, Open Weekends Only Park Hours 10AM - 5PM
380 Old Bayou Pierre Road
Toll-Free: (877) 354-7001
Tel: (318) 354-0001 

Explore the unique, mysterious, and exciting world of the American Alligator. This five-acre park is the largest of its kind in Louisiana, complete with Cajun music, Cajun cuisine, and LOTS of hungry alligators. From covered, protected walkways and platforms you’ll see hundreds of alligators in their natural environment. The whole family will enjoy watching and feeding these big gators. Children also love the Feeding Zoo, the Bird Sanctuary, the Reptile Habitat, the Jungle, Turtle Town, Rocky Raccoon Resort and much more. You can have your picture made with a gator, enjoy tasty dishes of all kinds at our Gator Bites Snack Shop, and shop for the unusual in our Gift Shop. One thing is certain, it will be an adventure your family won’t soon forget – a real Louisiana experience at the Alligator Park.

Witch Way to Main Street Set for October 31, Free Trick-or-Treating Event for Children

NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches and Natchitoches Main Street Program will sponsor Witch Way to Main Street, a safe and free trick-or-treating event, in downtown Natchitoches on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Witch Way to Main Street will take place on Front Street and will allow children age 12 and younger to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses and sponsored booths. Witch Way will also feature face painting, Sparky the Fire Dog, tours of the “Haunted” Natchitoches Parish Library Bookmobile, games and more!  Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate.  Candy and prizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Natchitoches police officers will be on duty to ensure children’s safety. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to sponsor booths and games at Witch Way.  Booths may feature interactive games, activities and/or candy distribution.  Sign-up forms for Witch Way may be picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office located at 781 Front Street.  The deadline to sign up for a booth space is Friday, October 21, 2016. For more information on Witch Way to Main Street, please call the Natchitoches Main Street office at (318) 352-2746.

Chapman Nyaho to present piano recital Oct. 25: NATCHITOCHES – Pianist William H. Chapman Nyaho will perform at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Chapman Nyaho will perform works by Florence Price, Beethoven, Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Margaret Bonds and Rachmaninov. Chapman Nyaho received his degrees from St. Peter's College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. Nyaho is the recipient of prizes from international piano competitions.



Oct. 21-23: LSMSA 4th Annual Fall Dance Concert: Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Oct. 22-23: Smokin’ on the Red Festival, 197 Edenborn St., Campti

Friday, Oct. 21: Free Outdoor Concert featuring Big Max and the Harmonics: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Natchitoches Parish Library

**Reception for Joel Ebarb Exhibit, “Spinning Straw into Gold”: 7 p.m.
Orville Hanchey Gallery on the NSU Campus

**Homecoming Parade: 5:30 p.m., Downtown Natchitoches

Rockin’ on the Riverbank featuring Marc Broussard: 6:30 p.m.

Soccer vs. Nicholls: 7 p.m.
Lady Demon Soccer Complex

Saturday, Oct. 22: Cane River Green Market: 8 a.m. – noon, downtown riverbank

**Talking the Blues with Ed Huey: 2 p.m., Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

**Music at Merci Beaucoup featuring the Snake Doctors: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Merci Beaucoup

**Homecoming Alumni Breakfast and Bingo: 9 a.m., Collins Pavilion

**N Club Hall of Fame Induction: 10 a.m., Magale Recital Hall

**Black Alumni Alliance Business Meeting: 10 a.m., Friedman Student Union, Cane River Room

**Tri Sigma Leadership Dedication: 10:30 a.m., Tri Sigma House, Organization Row

**College of Business Reception for Outstanding Business Awards: 11 a.m.
Russell Hall, Natchitoches Room

**Luncheon for Past Homecoming Kings and Queens: 11:30 a.m.
Student Union – President’s Room

**Luncheon for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity 60th Anniversary: 12 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom

**Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development Reunion: 1 p.m.
Teacher Education Commons Area

**Louisiana Scholars’ College Open House: 1 p.m., Morrison Hall

**Hall of Distinguished Educators Induction Ceremony: 1:30 p.m.
Teacher Education Auditorium, Pod A

**Demon Regiment Open House and Tailgate: 2 p.m.,
James A. Noe Military Science Building

**Football vs. McNeese State: 6 p.m.
Turpin Stadium

CANE RIVER GREEN MARKET ANNOUNCES FALL DATES: Market will Operate Each Saturday October 15 – November 12. NATCHITOCHES – The Cane River Green Market will kick off the fall 2016 market season on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank, opening day of the fall market will feature Cane River Green Market vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations and a free Zumba class. The Cane River Green Market will be open Saturdays, October 15 through November 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank in Natchitoches.  The market features local vendors of fresh fruits and vegetables, value-added products such as jams, jellies, baked goods, farm fresh eggs and honey, as well as handcrafted items including jewelry and woodwork.  Market day activities include special programming, musical performances, children’s activities, Zumba classes, and demonstrations. The Cane River Green Market accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, EBT/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, credit, and debit cards.  WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers issued over the summer can be redeemed at participating vendors during the fall market season. 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. Sponsorship opportunities are available for those businesses interested in assisting with the CRGM Kids Club program.  Through a grant from The Rapides Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, CLEDA and, the Cane River Green Market was able to introduce the CRGM Kids Club during the Summer 2015 Market Season. The CRGM Kids Club provided an incentive to children under the age of 12 years to eat healthy by providing them tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Sponsorships are requested to continue this program during the 2016 Fall Market Season. Sponsorship levels include a full weekend sponsorship of $500 and partial weekend sponsorship of $250. Donations of any amount will also be accepted and used for the CRGM Kids Club program. Sponsorship requests are due by September 30, 2016. For more information on the Cane River Green Market, how to become a vendor, and sponsorship opportunities, please call (318) 352-2746 or visit
























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