Natchitoches Events/Attractions

Halloween haunts and happenings: Rebel State Historic Site will hold a Haunted Museum Program, Friday, Oct. 31 from 7-10:30 p.m. Halloween will be celebrated with “Trunk or Treat” for children, from 4-7 p.m., followed by the program. The Louisiana Country Music Museum will be converted into a spooky dwelling inhabited by ghosts and goblins for the Halloween season. There also will be haunted hayrides, and age appropriate younger children’s activities. Concessions will be available. Admission is $4 for adults ages 13-61. Schools Groups, children 12 and under, seniors 62 and over and State Parks annual pass holders are admitted free. For information, call 888 677-3600 or 472-6255 or visit

The Natchitoches Young professionals will hold Nak-A-Terror Art House Horror Double Feature Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Natchitoches Art Center. There is no charge for those dressed in costume and $2 for others. The event includes showings of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and “Incubus” classic horror films, popcorn, candy and Cane River Kitchenware coffee. This event is for teens and up with a cap of 100 people.

Witch Way to Main Street will be held in downtown Friday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. This is a safe and free trick or treating event. Children 12 and younger will be able to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses and sponsored booths. Events will include pace painting, sparky the firedog, a haunted house, games and a tour of the Haunted bookmobile. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate. Police offers will be on duty to ensure safety. For information call 352-2746.

The Natchitoches Parish Library will host treats for tot’s during the week of Halloween events include, spooky story time Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m., pumpkin painting Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. and trick or treat at the desk Oct. 31 from 3-6 p.m. Pumpkin painting participants are required to bring a pumpkin.

Performance to show how dance evolved: The Natchitoches Council on Aging presents "300 Years of Dance in a Day" Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Natchitoches Events Center. The performance will show how dance evolved over 300 years. COA dance instructor Avila Kahey is directing and producing the musical. The program will include several types of dancers including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Square, Native American, Zumba, Country, Waltz, Line, Salsa, Tai Chi, Belly, Praise, Zydeco and Blue Grass. Also preforming will be the Council on Aging seniors dancers, Sassy Lady line dancers and Krewe of excellence.Tickets are $10. The COA is seeking business sponsors for the musicale fundraiser. The sponsor levels are: Platinum: $250, includes five tickets and three shirts, Gold: $$150-$250, three tickets and two shirts, Silver: $100-$150, two tickets, one shirt. All sponsors will get reserved seating and their names will appear on T-shirts, advertisement, flyers, posters and the event program. Sponsors will receive a free T-shirt for each $100 level of donation. Sponsors will receive one free ticket for every $50 level of donation. Donations are tax deductible. For more information call 759-5532 or 357-3250.

45 Second Art show seeking short film entries: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art will present the inaugural 45 Second Video Art Show, a competition open to individuals and collaborators 18 years or older. Only video works 45 seconds or less will be considered. There will be a screening and reception planned for Nov. 19. There is a non-refundable $5 fee per entry with a limit of two works per artist. Video works should not have been produced before 2013. Checks and money orders can be mailed to 45 Second Video Show, Attn: Matt DeFord, 175 Sam Sibley Dr., Natchitoches, LA 71497. Accepted pieces will be screened in the NSU Art History Lab on Nov. 19 and will be available for viewing on Vimeo at Phyllis Lear, MFA, is juror for the competition. A native of Lafayette, she holds a B.A. in art and industrial arts education and three graduate degrees in art history and visual arts. In 2005, she received the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her drawings and collages have been exhibited throughout the United States and are part of private collections throughout North America. For more information on the 45 Second Video Art Show, contact Matt DeFord, coordinator of art, at or (318) 357-6560.




The Natchitoches Genealogical & Historical Association will meet Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second St.  Rev. Stephen Scott Chimeno from the Diocese of Alexandria, former pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches, will speak on “How the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Became a Minor Basilica.” For information call 357-2235.

Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science will present a Veteran’s Day Car and Bike Show to benefit the Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park.  The event will feature domestic cars and trucks, SUVs, imports, muscle cars, choppers, cruisers, sports bikes and more and will be held on the riverfront in downtown Natchitoches Saturday, Nov. 8. Check in will be from 8 a.m.-noon and the show will run until 4 p.m.  Registration to show a vehicle is $15 in advance and $25 the day of the event.  For information contact Elisa Smith at 357-5157 or e-mail

 NCHS will host a Veterans Day Program Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 9-10 a.m. There will be a continental breakfast beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Veterans choosing to attend should RSVP to the JROTC Department NLT by Nov. 6 at 352-9656.

The NSULA Student Theatre Organization will present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Shadowcast” in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and fun bags are $2. The movie will be projected on a large screen with students acting out scenes on the stage below. Dressing up and bringing throws including newspaper, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, party hats and playing cards are encouraged.

Creole Heritage Celebration Nov. 6-7, Creole musicians will perform, discuss inspiration: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Creole Heritage Center will host the 2014 Creole Heritage Celebration Nov. 6-7, celebrating 300 years of cultural heritage through “Sounds of Music.” Events will include a reception, an art exhibit, silent auction and several musical performances, including the premier performance of “Opera Creole” by Dr. Wilfred Delphin, faculty member and artist in residence at Xavier University in New Orleans. Events scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 include a showcase of musicians from around Louisiana who will perform and answer questions about their genre, inspiration and tradition. These will include American Indians, a session on Creole LaLa music, zydeco, blues, jazz and the Mardi Gras Indian roots. Thursday evening events will include a reception and Creole Peoples Awards in the Student Union Ballroom, followed by a jam session and dance featuring all invited musicians and a tribute to the Natchitoches Serenaders, a group popular in the 1960s and 1970s. On Friday, the Creole Heritage Center will present entertainers each playing one hour of their music with an interactive discussion. Evening events will include a semi-formal concert in Magale Recital for the “Opera Creole” premier. In conjunction, the Down River Art Gang will present a multi-cultural, multi-genre art exhibition entitled “Deep Rivers” in the Orville Hanchey Gallery that incorporates paintings, poetry, textiles, fiber art, film and installations. Following the Creole Heritage Celebration, St. Augustine Catholic Church will host a homecoming celebration on Saturday, Nov. 8 with a Catholic mass and an evening heritage celebration with Creole food from Isle Brevelle. Registration for the Creole Heritage Celebration is $50 for CHC members and $70 for non-members. After Oct. 6, registration is $60 for members and $80 for non-members. For more information, contact Loletta Wynder at (318) 357-6685 or Information can also be accessed at and
Super Water Sympathy will hold a live concert, costume contest and bubble paint Halloween party at the Dragonfly bar and lounge Thursday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. The winner of the costume contest will receive a SWS merchandise package. Those in body or face paint and those who bring their own bubbles will receive one free merchandise item. SWS will be playing their new unreleased songs including ocean forest, bubble kingdom and the firewall.

The Josh Hyde band will hold a Monster Mash band night and costume contest Halloween party at the Pioneer Pub Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. The winner of the costume contest winners will receive prizes. Costume judging begins at 10:30 p.m. Costumes and dances including the transylvania twist, graveyard smash, coffin banger and crypt kicker are encouraged.






















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