Natchitoches Events/Attractions

 

 

 

Natchitoches Classic Car Show is fast approaching: The 10th Annual Natchitoches Classic Car Show will offer an enjoyable weekend Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 on Front Street and the downtown riverbank.

Events set for Friday, Sept. 30:
•Car Registration: 12-7 p.m. at Prather Coliseum on NSU’s campus (Register online at natchitochescarshow.com)
•Poker Run: 12-5 p.m. – $1,000 TOTAL PAYOUT
•Fish Fry: 5:30-8 p.m. on the Riverbank

Events set for Saturday, Oct. 1:
•Car Registration continuing from 7a.m. – 12 p.m. at Prather Coliseum
•Car Show will kick off at 7 a.m.
•Live entertainment from three stages throughout the day
•Visit local shops, restaurants and museum on Front Street
•Awards will be given out at 4 p.m.
We hope to see you there!

For more information visit our website at NATCHITOCHESCARSHOW.COM or call Jill at 1-855-342-7469.

October 8, 2016, 2:00-4:00pm     “Less Traveled:  A Journey from Pine to Palm” film screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers, "Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm" follows Josiah Laubenstein and Darrell Johnston of Highway Walkers Media on their trip down the Jefferson Highway. Starting in Winnipeg Canada and finishing in New Orleans, they make the 2200+ mile journey in a '54 Dodge Royal. Focusing on the history, humor, and adventure of the road, this is a community-oriented film about a piece of our history worth remembering. Mayor Lee Posey presented the filmmakers with a proclamation during their stay in Natchitoches declaring June 1st as Drive the Jefferson Highway Day in the City of Natchitoches.  Event is free and open to the public.  

October 18, 2016, 5:00—8:00 p.m. Music at the Museum, Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a special performance by the NSU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Douglas Bakenhus as part of their 50th anniversary season. The performance will feature Dr. Andrej Kurti on the violin. Enjoy “The Cajun Cornbread Boy” story time for kids and reenactors portraying several of northwest Louisiana’s great athletes and historical figures from 5:00-6:00pm as you explore the museum’s outstanding exhibits. Concert begins at 6:00pm.  The evening includes a reception with drinks and light hors d'oeuvres. The program is sponsored by FLASH, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the St. Denis Garden Club, the HDDC and the Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society.  Event is free and open to the public.  

October 22, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Talking the Blues: A Musical Informance with Ed Huey, Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for an afternoon with blues harmonica/guitar musician Ed Huey. 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 event is part of a series of events throughout the state for Folklife Month in Louisiana and is free and open to the public.

Fall Pilgrimage of Homes main feature will be largest exhibit of Clementine Hunter paintings

The largest exhibit of the paintings of Clementine Hunter in history, including many rare pieces from several families’ private collections, will be the focus of the 62nd Annual Natchitoches Fall Pilgrimage of Homes scheduled for Oct. 14-16. Hunter is the world-renowned folk artist who lived and painted at Melrose Plantation in southern Natchitoches Parish. The Pilgrimage is sponsored annually by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN), and this year’s event will provide the only opportunity for most people to ever see the myriad paintings which are held in private collections and rarely displayed.

Fall Pilgrimage of Homes: Fair Woods Cottage: The Fair Woods Cottage is one of the locations on the 62nd Annual Natchitoches Fall Pilgrimage of Homes, which isscheduled for Oct. 14-16.  The Cottage was built in 1835 and is one of only three houses in Natchitoches noted for their French Creole design.  The two-story home with Greek Revival features has six exterior doors and six fireplaces.  The cottage was restored in 2008 by the Natchitoches Historic Foundation and is on the National Historic Register. The largest exhibit of the paintings of Clementine Hunter in history, including many rare pieces from several families’ private collections, will be the focus of the Pilgrimage of Homes.  Hunter is the world-renowned Folk Artist who lived and painted at Melrose Plantation. The Pilgrimage is sponsored annually by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN). This year’s event will provide the only opportunity for most people to ever see the myriad paintings, which are held in private collections and rarely displayed. Art Shiver, well-known author and former television broadcast news and station manager, will be the featured speaker, hosting the world premier of his new documentary video, “Clementine Hunter’s World.”  Shiver will present his program in the David Treen Auditorium of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.  Refreshments will follow. The pilgrimage tour will include a dozen homes, churches, and plantations throughout the City of Natchitoches and Natchitoches Parish.  Rare paintings by Hunter will be featured throughout the tour sites as a part of “The Clementine Hunter Biennial,” organized by Tommy Whitehead.  Shiver and Whitehead collaborated several years ago in the writing of the book, “Clementine Hunter, Her Life and Art.” The pilgrimage tour will begin Friday evening, Oct. 14, with visits to three sites in the City: Fair Woods Cottage, Cunningham Law Office and Trinity Episcopal Church. The event continues Saturday with tours of the Lemee House, Jeanne’s Country Garden, Soldini House, Jefferson Street Townhouse and Shiver’s presentation of “Clementine Hunter’s World” at LSMSA. Sunday’s tour features four plantation homes and a unique chapel. The tour also offers free admission Saturday to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.  Each ticket serves as admission to the museum. For information call the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 259-1714 or go online at melroseplantation.org.

Natchitoches Genealogy Library: 600 Second Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
Tel: (318) 357-2235

The 1st floor museum is no longer open to the public.  The 2nd floor houses Natchitoches Genealogy Library.  It is open Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.  The library includes French conveyances, mortgages and books; Natchitoches Parish Census records 1820 – 1920; miscellaneous census records for other Louisiana parishes and states and Natchitoches Times microfilm records for March 1903 – Oct. 1996.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum are located in a spectular $23-million complex in Natchitoches Landmark Historic District of downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Kisatchie National Forest: 

229 Dogwood Park Road Provencal, LA 71468
Tel: (318) 472-1840

Kisatchie Ranger District offers visitors numerous activities including nine scenic overlooks, 12 miles of wilderness hiking trails, canoeing over 20 miles down Kisatchie Bayou, 50 miles of multiple-use trails and a 17-mile national scenic byway and panoramic vistas. The Longleaf Vista Recreation Area lies on a ridge that provides views of the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, which surrounds the vista on three sides. Locally known as the Little Grand Canyon, this area is a favored place among hikers and horseback riders who enter along the Backbone Trail. Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing and canoeing on the bayou, and hiking, biking, and horseback riding on the Caroline Dormon Trail. The National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve is a popular area for various hunting opportunities. State licenses and regulations apply, along with an additional management preserve permit issued by the Forest Service. Seasonal designated camping areas or “hunter camps” are established in and around the management preserve during hunting season. Located 16 miles west of Hwy 6 West

Grand Ecore Visitors Center: 

Open Daily 10AM-4PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days.
106 Tauzin Island Road, Natchitoches, LA. 71457
Toll-Free: (800) 874-9431
Tel: (318) 354-8770

Adai Indian Nation Cultural Center:

Open Daily 9AM-5PM
4460 HWY 485, Robeline, LA 71469
Toll-Free: (877) 472-1007
Tel: (318) 472-1007

The Cultural Museum, located on the Historic Site, allows visitors to experience a day in the life of the Adai Caddo Indians. Also on the site is the historic St. Anne’s Catholic Church, the oldest in the Louisiana Purchase. The church played an important role in the converting of the Adai to Catholism. Tours may be scheduled through the village. Visit historic dwellings

  • Explore the Cultural Center

  • View the historical artifacts found on the site

  • Visit historic St. Anne’s Catholic Church

  • Food court and arts and crafts shop

  • Traditional Indian dances

  • Admission – group rates

  • Gift shop

Registration open for NSU Homecoming Golf Tournament: Northwestern State University’s annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will take place Friday, Oct. 21 at Northwestern Hills Golf Course. The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $75 per person or $300 per team, which includes lunch and a rental cart. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams, longest drive and closest to the hole. Registration will close on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Benefit Carnival: Agape Love Center, 1515 Texas St in Natchitoches will have A benefit carvinal to support Mr. & Mrs. William (JR) Norris. It will take place on Oct. 1st from 10-4p. There will be games, prizes and food. There will even be a "kiss the pig contest" You don't want to miss that. For more information call 318-357-1823.

Learn Tribal Fusion Belly Dance at NSU: This class will introduce Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. This type of 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 necessary. Dress in comfortable clothes (tank top, yoga type pants). No shoes necessary.

Date: NOW - October 25, Tues
Time: 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Fee: $65
Location: 127 H&HP ( Health & Human Performance Bldg.)
Instructor: Scotti Rodgers

NATCHITOCHES YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 16 & 17: Seeking Proposals for Presenters to Focus on Leadership, Business Development and Marketing

NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Young Professionals will host the first annual Natchitoches Young Professionals Conference March 16 – 17, 2017 in Natchitoches.  The conference will be held at Northwestern State University’s Friedman Student Union, and will be open to all young professionals age 21 and older. The conference will have three major focus areas: leadership, business development, and marketing. The Natchitoches Young Professionals are currently seeking proposals from presenters for the conference.  Proposals should address topics related to one of the three major focus areas.  Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016.  Proposals may be submitted via email to sbonnette@natchitochesla.gov. The Natchitoches Young Professionals is an initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, dedicated to developing our community’s current and future business leaders. Membership is available to anyone between the ages of 21 and 40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the greater Natchitoches area.  Natchitoches Young Professionals is the place for young professionals to get involved, network with peers and impact the community they call home. For more information, visit www.chambernyp.com, like us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter and Instagram (@ChamberNYP).

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.

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 MarketUmbrella.org, 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 www.canerivergreenmarket.com

  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.

Guided Tours: Natchitoches offers incredible and unique tour choices! Whether your interest is historical, educational, emotional, physical, or just plain fun, Natchitoches has it all. From the one-of-a-kind shops in the Downtown Historic District to the unique Creole plantations downriver the area is like no other. The city offers 12 restaurants in the Downtown Historic District, with many more scattered around town, plus 10 hotels and 37 bed and breakfasts to suit any lifestyle or eating fancy. Make plans to experience Natchitoches through a unique and professional guided tour by land or water. You’ll be glad you did!

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
http://www.alligatorpark.net 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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