Festival International de Louisiane   April 22-26, 2009

Festival International de Louisiane is truly a community event drawing together approximately 1,000 volunteers from all segments of the community to work together to celebrate both our diversity and the common human experience that binds us together. Through the arts presented and the joint efforts to produce it, the festival contributes to the spirit of community that is so unique to the Acadiana region.

The annual 5-day festival is held during the last full week of April. Historic downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, is transformed into an entertainment complex featuring five music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutiques, art galleries, beverage stands, cultural workshops, international cooking demonstrations and a world music store.

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Natchitoches  Festival of Lights

November 8, 2008 - December 31, 2008

Experience the charm of the original French colony in Louisiana (1714) during the Festival of Lights and Christmas Festival, one of the nation's oldest community-based holiday celebrations.

The Festival of Lights begins two days before Thanksgiving and lasts into the New Year. The Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) Christmas Festival has been held on the first weekend in December since 1927. This annual event draws in excess of 100,000 visitors each year for the parade, live entertainment, food fair, arts and crafts show and a spectacular fireworks show over the scenic Cane River Lake.

Mini-festivals are held every weekend in December with a Holiday Tour of Homes, entertainment and fireworks every Saturday and at midnight on New Year's Eve. More than 500,000 visitors annually trek to Natchitoches during the holiday season to enjoy the light displays, riverbank vendors, shops, restaurants, and nightly tours by streetcar or carriages.

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Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival - Held on the ground of the historic Melrose Plantation. Event features quality, handcrafted items. Over 150 juried exhibitors with baskets, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and more! Admission. 318/379-0055 www.preservenatchitoches.org


Celebration On The Cane - Old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Patriotic music, fireworks over the scenic Cane River Lake. Food vendors. No admission.

Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival. Top 20 event. Folk art, traditional foods, music and entertainment. Held in the air-conditioned Prather Coliseum. Admission. (318) 357-4332 or www.nsula.edu/folklife

Labor Day Weekend

Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run. Daylong entertainment featuring this unique Louisiana music and cuisine. Admission

Drake Salt Works Festival - Goldonna. Located in the northeast corner of Natchitoches parish. Medicine made here in the 1500’s by the Caddo Indians was traded with the Aztecs of Mexico. In the 1600’s, It became a major trading center as the Indians from several states obtained their salt supplies here, soon discovering that a good grade of pottery could be mode from clay which had been exposed to the salt water. This annual festival is held at the Salt Works.


Meat Pie Festival & Triathlon. Friday – Sunday event celebrating our famous meat pie. Cook off, eating contests, vendors, entertainment, and demonstrations. No admission. 800/264-8991 or www.meatpiefestival.com

Marthaville Good Ole Days – located in rural Natchitoches Parish this community celebrates their heritage with a parade, gospel singing, entertainment, food, arts and crafts. 318/472-6707


Robeline Heritage Festival – Highway 6, east of Natchitoches – home of Los Adaes, the Spanish Capital of Texas for over 50 years. Discover how this community became known as “Robbers Lane” and celebrate their history and heritage with entertainment, food and crafts.


Historic Pilgrimage & Garden Tour – Started in 1954 and a fundraiser for preservation the tradition continues today. Features sites in Landmark Historic District & Cane River plantations. Candlelight tours. Admission, group rates available. www.natchitochesfalltour.com

St. Augustine Church Fair – For over 100 years the members of this historic church have been hosting a church fair. Held on the grounds across from Melrose Plantation. Fair features Creole cuisine, entertainment, folk art, country store and more.

Adais Caddo Pow Wow
– Experience the culture, food and music of the Native American tribe in their community. Located on the grounds of the Adai Caddo Living History Museum and Cultural Center in Robeline.


Festival of Lights – Opening ceremonies are held the Saturday before Thanksgiving with a small fireworks show and a Holiday Open House in the Landmark Historic District. Over 300,000 standard size colored lights and 70+ set pieces along the Cane River Lake are turned on to begin this 40 day extravaganza. www.christmasfestival.com


Christmas Festival – This premiere Christmas event started in 1926. Includes entertainment, parade, dozens of arts and crafts vendors, Louisiana and festival cuisine. At dusk a magnificent fireworks display followed by the lighting of multi-colored Christmas lights throughout this historic community. ABA “Top 20 Event”. Over 100,000 visitors attend this annual event that has become a tradition.

Holiday Tour of Homes – Held the 2nd & 3rd weeks in December on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in December. Sponsored by the Natchitoches Historic Foundation. Group rates available. www.natchitocheshistoricfoundation.org

Fireworks every Saturday – Fireworks and entertainment every Saturday in December. Streetcar and carriage tours. Shops open late with unique Christmas gifts. Receptive Operators and step-on guides available.

During the month of December there are also plays, musical offerings at several local churches and more. Call for a complete schedule of Holiday events 800-259-1714 or visit our website at www.christmasfestival.com

Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau
781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
Toll-free: (800)259-1714
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Local: (318)352-8072 - Fax: (318)352-2415