Natchitoches Events/Attractions






 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend:

Thursday, June 23 - Natchitoches    5-7 p.m. - La Capitol Federal Credit Union Welcome Reception - Location - @ Maglieaux's On The Cane

Friday, June 24 - Alexandria & Natchitoches

11:00 a.m. - Registration for Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament at Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria Sponsored by Cleco.

7-10:00 p.m. - "Tailgating - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Style"-  @ The Landing
Saturday, June 25 - Natchitoches  -

10:00 am-noon - Championship Saturday @ NSU Wellness & Recreational Complex

2:00-5:00pm-"Hometown Teams:  How Sports Shape America" Exhibit Opening Reception

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by State Farm Agents of Louisiana.

Reception/Silent auction @ 5pm followed by Induction Ceremony at 6pm.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The exhibition produced by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program will arrive in Louisiana in partnership with the La. Endowment for the Humanities for a year-long tour that stops at six sites including the Louisiana  Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for six weeks, June 25-August 6, 2016. Contact Information: Jennae Biddiscombe, Branch Director @ 318.357.2493

 CELEBRATION ON THE CANE SET FOR JULY 4TH :NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches invites you to celebrate Independence Day at Celebration on the Cane Monday, July 4, 2016 on the downtown riverbank.  The annual Fourth of July Celebration will feature live musical entertainment, delicious food vendors, amusements for kids of all ages, and a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake.  Admission to Celebration on the Cane is free and open to the public. Activities for Celebration on the Cane will kick off at 12:00 p.m. with inflatable water slides, bounce houses and face painting for the kids.  A variety of food vendors will sell Fourth of July favorites such as Italian ice, funnel cakes, meat pies, hot dogs and more.  Trinket vendors will also be on site with Independence Day memorabilia and souvenirs. Musical entertainment kicks off at 3:00 p.m. with a performance by Cane Mutiny, a musical collective based in Natchitoches and centered around the musical influences of multi-instrumentalists John Litzenberg and Ed Huey, and featuring guitarist Donnie Hyams and drummer Sammy Nix.  Playing a variety of Louisiana and Americana music spanning the genres of swamp pop, funk, soul, country, blues, R&B and rock, Cane Mutiny combines a deep connection to the history of popular music with the energy of a New Orleans second line, showcasing original and other music from throughout the 20th century and beyond. Cane Mutiny will perform on the riverbank stage from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The excitement continues at 6:00 p.m. with a live performance by the G.Q.P. Band. The G.Q.P. Band exudes great quality with precision and is a versatile party band playing a mixture of Southern Soul, Zydeco, Blues, Classic Rock, R&B and Swing Out jams.  G.Q.P.’s focus is to provide the best entertainment for all occasions no matter the audience. The G.Q.P. Band will perform on the riverbank stage from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. No Fourth of July Celebration would be complete without fireworks.  At 9:00 p.m., the festivities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake. Admission to Celebration on the Cane is free and open to the public. The downtown riverbank will be closed to motorists all day on July 4. Those attending Celebration on the Cane should make plans to park on Front Street or elsewhere within the Natchitoches Historic District. In preparation for the fireworks show, the Church Street Bridge will close to all traffic, including pedestrians and motorists, at 8:30 p.m. In addition, Williams Avenue from Whitfield to Henry Avenue will also close at 8:30 p.m. The roadway and bridge will reopen after the fireworks show is completed. For more information, please call the Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746 or visit

















STREET CLOSURES FOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION FESTIVITIES:  As part of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Celebration, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will host “Tailgating – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Style” at the Landing Restaurant on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The ticketed event will be a fun, casual evening with inductees featuring multiple tailgate food stations, highlights of current and past inductees, a silent auction, musical entertainment, and a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. In preparation for the fireworks show, the downtown riverbank will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016.  The Church Street Bridge and Williams Avenue from Whitfield Drive to Henry Avenue will close to all traffic both pedestrian and vehicular at 9:15 p.m.  The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. The streets will remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks show. For more information on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, please visit

Freshman Connection

 June 23, 2016 - June 24, 2016


 Natchez Heritage Festival

 June 25, 2016

Midsummer Night on the Cane

Place: Maglieaux on the Cane

Date: June 26, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT

Cost: $50 per person, Casual Dress

Live Entertainment, Great Food, Cash Bar

Donations from Robert Walker Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Northwestern Hills

Robert Walker loved all kinds of sports, played golf frequently and was fond of everyone associated with Northwestern Hills Golf Course, according to his wife Debbie. In his memory, Mrs.  Walker organized a golf tournament that took place on the first anniversary of his death and this week presented the proceeds to the Northwestern State University Foundation for maintenance and improvements at Northwestern Hills. Plans are already in the works for this year’s tournament, set for Dec. 10.

NSU to host six sessions of Freshman Connection: Northwestern State University will hold six sessions of its freshman orientation program, Freshman Connection that began May 27. Four sessions, two left,  will be on the Natchitoches campus on June 23-24 and July 12. The program will be held on the Leesville/Fort Polk campus June 28. 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.

Belly dance class to begin June: Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Tribal Fusion Belly Dance class.  The non-credit class will be held on June 23 and 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wellness Recreation and Activity Center. The fee is $45. Tribal Fusion Belly Dance is a combination of several dance styles and will incorporate different styles of music. Basic steps, basic combinations, improvisation and technique will be covered in the four weeks. Students will be able to dance to any type of music using visual and verbal cues. No dance experience is necessary. Those taking the class should dress in comfortable clothes (tank top, yoga type pants). No shoes are necessary. For more information, e-mail, go to or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.

37th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival set for July 15-16: The 37th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held July 15-16 in Prather Coliseum which is located at 220 South Jefferson Street in Natchitoches on the campus of Northwestern State University.  The site is wheelchair accessible and the festival is family oriented.  No alcohol is allowed or sold on the site. The 2016 Festival theme is “Emerging Artists,” celebrating the many outstanding new artists keeping traditions alive in Louisiana. “Traditional culture is important to these artists,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the festival and the Louisiana Folklife Center at NSU. “Louisiana’s folkways are not just of the past, but also of the present, and the voices of these artists emerge as a clarion call, reminding us of the vibrancy of traditional culture. This new generation of artists are today’s tradition bearers, and their impressive mastery of old forms made anew is a showcase of a living cultural legacy.”





























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