Natchitoches Events/Attractions




CANE RIVER GREEN MARKET TO BE HELD AT NATCHITOCHES ARTS CENTER: NATCHITOCHES – Due to the Rue Beauport sewer line replacement, the Cane River Green Market will be held in the parking lot of the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second Street, for the remaining two market Saturdays of the season. The Cane River Green Market will be open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through July 30, 2016. Vendors of fresh fruits and vegetables, value-added products such as baked goods, jams and jellies, as well as vendors of handmade crafts will be available.  Market offerings also include free Zumba classes at 8:30 a.m. and live musical entertainment at 10:00 a.m.  Credit, debit and SNAP benefits are accepted at the market. For more information, please call (318) 352-CRGM (2746) or visit

Nutrition and Fitness program: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457

2:00-4:00 pm

(318) 357-2493

Saturday, July 30th, 2:00pm Please join The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for program with NSU Assistant Professor in the Culinary Arts, Valerie Salter, on the importance of good nutrition. The program also includes a Zumba demonstration with James Morrow to get everyone moving!  We encourage kids, adults and families to join us for an informative and fun afternoon.  The program is FREE and open to the public. The program is part of our “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” exhibit programming. The exhibit captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. “Hometown Teams” is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Contestants sought for Miss Merry Christmas and Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageants

NATCHITOCHES – Contestants are being sought for the 2016 Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program to be held Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Natchitoches Events Center. The Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program includes the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant as well as the Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant. Both events will be held at the Natchitoches Events Center on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in the twelfth grade in a Natchitoches Parish high school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, eveningwear and onstage question. The winner will be crowned Miss Merry Christmas and will receive a NSU tuition scholarship, cash scholarship and other prizes and awards.  Christmas Belles will also be selected from the pageant. Miss Merry Christmas will serve as the official hostess of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival.  She and the Christmas Belles will represent Natchitoches at various events throughout the holiday season. The Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in grades 9-11 in a Natchitoches Parish school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, sportswear, eveningwear and onstage question. The winner will receive a cash scholarship and other prizes and is eligible to compete in the Miss Louisiana Teen Princess Pageant in summer 2017. There is a $75 entry fee to enter either the Miss Merry Christmas or Miss Natchitoches Teen pageants. Applications can be picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There must be at least 10 girls entered in each pageant for the pageants to take place. All applications and entry fees for both pageants must be returned to the Main Street Office at 781 Front Street, Natchitoches, no later than Friday, August 26, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.  For more information, please contact Samantha Bonnette at (318) 352-2746.


















Annual Christmas of Lights Parade applications still being accepted: Marching units, bands, dance teams, cheer groups, specialty units and float participants are invited to be a part of the 90th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights Parade which will take place on Saturday, December 3. Interested groups must submit an application for inclusion in the parade. Parade applications are available online and must be submitted by September 15. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights Parade is the preeminent holiday parade recognized for its tradition of excellence. The parade embodies a unique blend of young and old parade units who annually delight Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights audiences.

Pickleball - Central District Senior Olympic Games will take place at Prather Coliseum on the  NSU Campus located at 220 Jefferson Street. The event will be Saturday and Sunday, July 30th & 31st, 2016. 8:00am - Check-in. This event is open to anyone 50years and older. For registration information please call 318-487-1561 or email All proceeds will go to NSU Athletics.

  •  "Murder Ahoy!"

July 27, 2016 - July 30, 2016

"Murder Ahoy!"
A Mystery Dinner Comedy Theatre
July 27 - 30 and August 3 - 6
A.A. Fredericks Stage, NSU Campus
Doors open at 5:30pm
Show and Dinner starts at 6pm
Reservations are required.
Tickets $30 (includes meal & show)
(soup, salad, entree', dessert, tea & coffee)
Appropriate for all ages
Casual dress
Information/Reservations - 318.357.4218

Bonnette Memorial golf tournament Aug. 20: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold the 16th annual Buddy Bonnette Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday, Aug. 20 at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.  The 18-hole golf scramble for 4-person teams will benefit the Coach Buddy Bonnette Scholarship Fund for Northwestern State students in the Department of Health and Human Performance who intend to become teachers or coaches. The shotgun start is at 8a.m. Entry fee is $75 per player or $300 per team, which includes green fees, golf cart, lunch and refreshments.  Mulligans will be sold at registration, two for $10.  Sponsorships are available at the $500, $350 and $50 levels with corresponding recognition during the event.  Checks can be made payable to the NSU Foundation.

Children ages 6-13 will “explore Natchitoches”at Art Adventures Camp beginning in AugustThe City of Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Department and the Northwestern State University Department of Creative and Performing Arts will host Art Adventures Camp August 1 – 5 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Community Center. A reception will be held on August 6 from 4-6 p.m. to showcase the work of the students. Art Adventures Camp will explore visual, performing and culinary arts. This year’s theme is “Explore Natchitoches.” The camp is open to children ages 6 – 13.
































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