Natchitoches Events/Attractions

U.S. Air Force Musicians to perform in Natchitoches, La:   Brass In Blue, a component of the United States Air Force Band of the West, will be presenting a concert at Magale Theater on August 27th, 2014, from 1930-2100. The performance is family-friendly and open to the public, free of charge. The United States Air Force Band of the West is proud to present Brass in Blue. The newest performing ensemble in the Band of the West, Brass in Blue combines the sounds of brass, percussion and vocals in a flexible group presenting a variety of music including traditional military marches, symphonic masterpieces, Jazz and Broadway show tunes. Each performance is guaranteed to have something for every listener. Whether performing in a military ceremony, for troop morale events, educational or public concerts Brass in Blue is proud to represent and honor more than 300,000 Air Force professionals to the American public; showcasing the excellence these Airmen bring to the mission every day at home station and at deployed locations around the globe. Visit the Band of the West online at or on Facebook at bandofthewest.

For an interview with the Commander, please contact:

Air Force Band of the West — Public Affairs Office

(210) 671-3934


NSU to present dinner theatre: Northwestern Summer Dinner Theatre will present the murder mystery “A Prom to Die For” July 30 – Aug. 2 and Aug. 6 – 9 on the stage of the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (318) 357-4218 or (318) 357-4483. “A Prom to Die For” is set at a high school where the student expected to be named prom queen suddenly has competition from an unexpected fellow student. “It’s a cheesy murder mystery with a lot of slapstick and improvisation,” said Scott Burrell, who will direct the show. “There will be a lot of audience participation and the characters will move in and out of the audience.” The cast is Dillon Dewitt of Galveston, Texas, as Mr. Bardalucci, Hannah Hayes of Baton Rouge as Miss Noftslinger, Catherine Mahan of Gonzales as Tiffany, Luke Matherne of Monroe as Caleb, Alexia Mullaly of Houston as Alexis and Mrs. Robinson, and Michael Carrier of Lafayette as Carl. Tyler Price of New Orleans is the stage manager and Grace Vogel of Metairie and Hally Lambert of St. Amant are assistant stage managers.

U.S. Fish Hatchery, Monday through Friday from 8AM until 3PM * Closed Federal Holidays, 615 South Drive Natchitoches, LA. 71457. Tel: (318)352-5324: The newly remodeled Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery features sixteen tanks of native fish species highlighting river habitats from the South Eastern United States. The station is involved in spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish to restore natural populations. The Hatchery is a warm water center concerned with spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish, called fingerlings. The fingerlings are raised to a size and age which offers them the best chance at survival in the wild. Operations began in 1931 under the authority of the White Act. The Hatchery currently houses: catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, striped bass, pallid sturgeon, and paddlefish. The Hatchery houses an aquarium, the Harold B. Wales Environmental Education Classroom, a holding house, ponds and the Hatchery office. The aquarium holds 16 tanks filled with a variety of warm water fish, alligators and turtles, including the rare albino snapping turtle. The classroom is used for grades K-12 and is equipped with microscopes, video teaching capabilities, and several hands-on items. The holding house is used to spawn and hatch eggs, to raise newly hatched fish, and to prepare newly harvested fingerlings for distribution. There are 53 ponds on the Hatchery grounds, averaging 0.8 acres in size. 

The Recreation and Parks Department will hold a Summer Day Camp with two sessions: NOW-Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. -noon. The camp is open to children ages 5-12 with a $25 fee. For information call 318-238-7508.

A water aerobics class through NSU is going on NOW-July 31st and Aug. 1-29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Robert Wilson Recreation Complex pool. For information, call 318-357-5682.


Northwestern State band invited to Ireland: NATCHITOCHES — The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band has been invited to participate in the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland, on March 17, 2015. The parade is the principal event of the four-day festival, a multi-disciplinary arts event. More than 500,000 people view the parade and thousands more watch on television. Northwestern State’s band received an invitation after festival officials watched a video of a past performance and reviewed information about the program. The LSU and University of Illinois bands marched in the 2014 parade. "This will be an outstanding opportunity for our students to be part of a unique event they will remember for the rest of their lives," said Jeff Mathews, director of bands. "I think international travel is an education in itself and I want students in the band to have a chance to experience that while they are in college." The band will travel from March 15-22 and perform at the Titanic Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 19. "Travelling to Ireland will grow the visibility of our program and enhance our recruiting on a regional, state and international level," Mathews said. Northwestern State band’s last European performance was in the 2011 New Year’s Day Festival and Parade in London. The trip is optional. No band or university funding is provided and the cost is being paid for by individual band members. Northwestern State alumni, faculty staff and friends are invited to join the band for the trip. For information, contact Mathews at (318) 357-4450 or via email at

NSU will offer a summer theatre camp July 30-Aug. 6 from noon - 5 p.m. Accepting ages 8-14 the class will teach acting, singing and dancing. For information contact 318-357-4483

The Cane River Zydeco Festival will be August 29-30 on the downtown riverbank. No admission Friday and Saturday is $7. Music will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, with a Zydeco dance contest at 9:30 p.m. The Poker Run leaves the riverbank at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and the festival gates open at 1 p.m. with music lasting untill 11:30 p.m. Artists include D.J. Couty, Marcus Ardoin and Step Rideau. For information contact Melvin Holmes at 318-354-0899 or 318-332-7455.

The Natchitoches Art Guild and the Tri-Centennial Committee is issuing an invitation to area artists and fine craftsmen to join us on Saturday, August 9th to honor the Tri-Centennial theme of Art in August. In Painting the Town, the one block of Front Street from Church Street south to Trudeau will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4:30 pm – 9:00 to allow artists to set up tables and easels to demonstrate and sell their work. There will be not charge for participation, however we do ask that you call the gallery and let us know if you plan to participate.  The gallery number is 318 352 1625

4th Annual Natchitoches Business Environment Presentation: WEDNESDAY
AUGUST 20, 2014 From 11:30am to 1:00pm. Please join us for an informative lunch to learn more about how the local economy is faring. Topics to cover include sales tax collections, motor vehicle sales tax, real estate trends, construction permits, and other areas that frame the shape of the economy in Natchitoches Parish. STUDENT UNION BALLROOM @ NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY.

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 Bayou Pierre Alligator Park.

The American Cancer Society’s "Seersucker, Sandals, and Sundresses" will be Thursday, August 21 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Landing Restaurant. In addition to tickets for the event, the general public is invited to purchase a "Jar of Hope" tribute for $25 in honor or in memory of those that have had been affected by cancer. Each name will be listed in the event program. The "Jars of Hope" will be placed around the event, and may be taken by those who purchased them at the conclusion of the evening’s activities. For information, contact Amy Davis, at 318.609.3280 or or Rachel Stern, at 318-219-1668.




















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