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Fall Festivities in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches, a charming city nestled in northwest Louisiana, is a place of rich historical significance and unique cultural heritage. With its cobblestone streets, picturesque architecture, and vibrant festivals, Natchitoches exudes a quaint Southern charm that draws visitors and locals alike. The city's history dates back to the early French colonial period, making it one of the oldest settlements in the region. The Cane River Lake, flowing through the heart of Natchitoches, adds to the city's allure, offering opportunities for scenic boat rides and leisurely strolls along its banks. Natchitoches is renowned for its annual Christmas Festival, a cherished tradition featuring dazzling lights, intricate decorations, and a festive atmosphere that captures the holiday spirit. Beyond its visual splendor, Natchitoches boasts a warm community, delectable Southern cuisine, and a strong commitment to preserving its heritage, making it a captivating destination for those seeking a taste of Louisiana's history and culture.

Founded in 1714 and known for being Louisiana’s oldest city, Natchitoches’ rich history set the stage for the cultural cities hereafter. It’s older than New Orleans. Famous for being home of the movies, Steel Magnolias, the Horse Soldiers, and Man in the Moon, Natchitoches bestows the adored filming sites of these classic pictures. Visit the Cane River National Heritage Area that includes Melrose on the Cane with the art of Clementine Hunter and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park at Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. Upcoming fall events include the Meat Pie Festival, Natchitoches Car Show, Tappedtober, Melrose Fall Festival, Creole Festival, and the 97th annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival Season.

Here is a list of events coming up this fall season:


September 2nd: Cane River Zydeco Festival, 10am – 10pm

-Celebrate this popular accordion-based musical genre in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.

September 15th – 16th: Meat Pie Festival

-Meat Pies, music, & more! Free admission.

September 29th – 30th: 17th Annual Car Show

-More than 400 classic cars line the streets of Downtown Natchitoches. Food, live music, dancing, kid’s activities, and shopping are available. Free admission.


October 7th: Tappedtober

-Bring together the best of what we love for a unique local experience for all ages. Sip and explore the many brews from local craft brewers as well as larger breweries from around the US. Enjoy a range of brews from sessionable Ale's to the more hop packed Hazy and Juicy IPA's.

October 13th: Candlelight on the Cane

October 13th – 15th: St. Augustine Creole Festival

-St. Augustine in Cane River Country. Enjoy delicious Creole cuisine, music, games, and fun for the whole family! Located five minutes away from the Historic Melrose.

October 14th: Melrose Fall Festival

-Featured vendors will be selling handcrafted items. Food vendors, photo opportunities, and arts and crafts activities for the kids will also be available. Home tours are offered at an additional cost.

October 27th: Moonlight over Melrose

October 28th: Witch Way to Main St.

-Trick or Treating, games, and fun!


November 18th: Turn on the Holidays, 6pm – 10pm

-It is the beginning of the Christmas Season! Our beautiful display of holiday lights will be turned on through January 6, 2024.

November 25th: Fleur De Lis Arts & Crafts Market, 9am – 4:30 pm

-Great market for all your Christmas shopping needs!


December 1st – January 6th: 97th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

-Enjoy the Natchitoches Christmas Spirit all month long!

December 2nd: 97th Annual Christmas Festival, Mistletoe Market, Festival of Lights Parade

December 2nd – 23rd: Santa Clause House

December 7th – 9th & 15th – 16th: Christmas Tour of Homes

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