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Ark-La-Tex Spring Festival Guide

MAY 2018

Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival

72nd Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage

May 2- 5

Take a trip back to the 1860s. Witness a re-enactment of the infamous trial of Diamond Bessie. Tour historic homes and gardens. Feast at the Excelsior House Hotel’s salad luncheon buffet. And watch the parade while enjoying the craft fair.

Location – Downtown Jefferson, TX  Google Map


Peach Blossom Festival

May 3

Everything is peachy at this festival. There is usually a car and tractor show, live music and lots of peach ice cream. Enter your home baked peach pie for an opportunity to be named the Best Peach Pie in the state!

Location – Nashville City Park, 1301 West Johnson St., Nashville, AR  Google Map


Taco Wars II

May 3  5:00pm-9:00pm

If you desire delicious tacos, then pencil this Louisiana Food Prize festival on your calendar. Twelve local taquerias will compete for the $1000 Golden Taco. Attendees will decide who has the best salsa.

Location – LSU Shreveport, 1 University Plaza  Google Map


Gusher Days Festival

May 4  10:00am-4:00pm

To celebrate the oil rich history of Northwest Louisiana, Oil City holds this annual family friendly festival. Bring the family out for live entertainment, crafts, food, games and a children’s play area.

Location – Earl G. Williamson Park, Oil City, LA  Google Map


Ratha Yatra Festival (Festival of Chariots)

May 4   10:00am-5:00pm

The Hindu Temple in Texarkana will celebrate the Festival of Chariots with participants from across the country and overseas. There will be a food feast, book distribution and a chariot parade with drums and music.

Location – Front Street Plaza, Texarkana  Google Map


5th Annual Jive for Five – Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival

May 4  11:00am

It’s a one-of-a-kind wine, art and music festival. Wineries from across Texas will let you sample their product. Gourmet treats, great music, and fantastic art will be on hand as well.

Location – Spring Lake Park, Texarkana  Google Map


Kegs & Corks Craft Beer and Wine Festival

May 4  2:00pm-9:00pm

Bossier City’s first and only craft beer and wine festival. It’s presented by Flying Heart Brewing & Pub and the Bossier Arts Council. You will sample local and regional wine and craft beer and chow down on food from local restaurants.

Location – East Bank District in Bossier City  Google Map


St. Mary’s Spring Fling Festival

May 4

The whole family will have fun along the downtown riverbank with games, inflatables, a zip line and more. Try your luck at the rubber duck derby.

Location – Downtown Natchitoches on the banks of Cane River Lake  Google Map


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23rd Annual Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

May 10-11

Four stages along the riverbank will be blasting out fantastic music during this two day party. And it’s so much more than jazz!

Location – Downtown Natchitoches on the banks of Cane River Lake  Google Map


9th Annual Railfest Celebration

May 11  10:00am-5:00pm

Celebrate the railroads’ contributions to the history of Texarkana. Ride a train and listen to some great music. Kids can play in bounce houses. Plus a whole lot more.

Location – Front Street Festival Plaza, Texarkana  Google Map


25th Annual Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival

May 11

Forestry will be celebrated at this event. The Sons of Confederate Veterans will march in the parade.

Location – Zwolle High School, Zwolle  Google Map


Inaugural Stuffed Shrimp Festival

(NEW DATE) May 12  11:00am-7:00pm

For those who appreciate shrimp, get ready for this new festival and be ready to eat. Learn something new about one of Louisiana’s favorite crustacean. It will be free admission to this family-friendly event.

Location – Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport  Google Map


31st Annual Magnolia Blossom Festival

May 17-18

Downtown Magnolia blossoms into an incredible party filled with music, art and crafts. Plus feast on a ribeye with sides at the World Championship Steak Cook-Off. Yum!

Location – Downtown Magnolia, Ark.  Google Map


Barksdale Air Show

May 18-19

Tens of thousands of spectators descend on Barksdale Air Force Base for the biennial event. This year the Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Army Black Dagger parachute team visit along with demonstrations from many US military planes and a lot more.

Location –  Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City  Google Map


2019 Historic Jefferson Train Show

May 18-19   (Saturday) 10:00am-5:00pm  (Sunday) 11:00am-4:00pm

All aboard the train show! Tour the private rail car of local tycoon Jay Gould. Ride the historic Jefferson Railway. See several model railroad layouts at the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau and at the Jefferson Museum. Downtown will have several vendors and a Kid’s Corral.

Location – Jefferson Historical Museum, 223 W. Austin  Google Map


27th Authentic Bonnie and Clyde Festival

May 24-25

They were the most famous Depression-era criminal duo. Bonnie and Clyde met their end just outside of Gibsland. A Historian’s Meeting takes place on Friday evening. All day on Saturday will be events.

Location – Downtown Gibsland, LA


Mudbug Madness

May 24-26

It’s the biggest festival of the season and it’s all about the crawfish. Compete in the crawfish eating contest or take your time savoring each mudbug bite while listening to over two dozen bands across two stages. Do a little shopping from local artists and have a lot of fun!

Location – Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport  Google Map


Atlanta Forest Festival

May 29-June 1

Bring the kiddos and ride the rides. Ride wristbands are $20. Enjoy a concert every night. Shop local vendors. Open from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm Wednesday-Friday and 4:00 pm – 11:45 pm on Saturday.

Location – 606 S. Louise St., Atlanta, TX  Google Map


Cookin’ on the Cane

May 31-June 1

The Natchitoches Area Jaycees present this International Barbecue Cookers Association sanctioned BBQ cookoff. Categories include pork spare ribs, chicken, and brisket. See who takes the title!

Location – 450 Caspari St., Natchitoches, LA  Google Map

MARCH 2019

 

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Crawfest

March 22-23

Music and crawfish are at the heart of this festival. This year, a second day is added for even more fun! Louisiana crawfish will be boiled on site. Come out and listen to rock, blues, country, funk, and the Grambling Tiger Marching Band.

Location – Betty Virginia Park, Shreveport  Google Map


Bloomin’ on the Bricks

March 23  9:00am-2:00pm

The spring garden festival takes place on the downtown riverbank. Not only will there be local nursery and garden vendors selling an assortment of fine products to transform your garden, but there will be music, children’s activites, food vendors and much more.

Location – Downtown Natchitoches on the banks of Cane River Lake  Google Map


Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators

March 23  Noon-4:00pm

Get ready to Gumbooooo! The best of the best will be bringing their ‘A’ game to support Volunteers for Youth Justice. Taste gumbo in three categories: seafood, chicken/sausage, and lagniappe.

Location – Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport  Google Map


BLOOM! Festival

March 23  10:00am-3:00pm

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery brings together Master Gardeners, local enthusiasts and education based nonprofits for a day of fun. This kicks off azalea season in the gardens and a special BLOOM! art exhibit in the museum.

Location – R.W. Norton Art Gallery, 4747 Creswell Ave., Shreveport  Google Map


KilGogh Arts Festival

March 28-March 30

Artists from around East Texas and Northwest Louisiana come together in Kilgore. Happening at two locations and three days, you don’t want to miss this artistic event. The theme for 2019 is “Gogh Big or Go Home.”

Locations – Old Post Office & Texan Theatre, downtown Kilgore, TX  Google Map


Governor Conway Days

March 29-30

Downtown Bradley transforms into a family, fun-filled, colorful festival. Many family reunions happen during the weekend in the park. Stroll around local arts, crafts and food vendors and watch the largest parade in Lafayette County.

Location – Downtown Bradley, AR  Google Map


12th Annual ASEANA Spring Festival: Pista Ng Bayan

March 30  4:00pm-9:00pm

For this spring festival, the nation of the Philippines will be honored. This year witness the Santa Cruzan Parade: the tradition of finding the Holy Cross. Listen to cultural music and watch Philippine dancers while snacking on some incredible Asian street food.

Location – Asian Gardens in downtown Shreveport  Google Map


ARTini

March 30

Find out who has the most creative martini in this fun fundraiser for the Bossier Arts Council. For ages 21+. Area restaurants will create a unique martini to compete for the ‘Judges Choice,’ ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Most M’artisanal’ awards. Local artists pitched in their time to paint a design on each martini glass.

Location – East Bank District in Bossier City   Google Map

APRIL 2019

Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival

37th Annual Taste of Longview

April 2   7:00pm-9:00pm

Dozens of area restaurants come together for you to sample what they offer. It’s a fundraiser for the Pilot Club of Longview and the East Texas Restaurant Association.

Location – Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Ave., Longview  Google Map


Park Day

April 6  9:00am-4:00pm

Historic Washington State Park invites you and your family to come out and help with preservation projects throughout the park. Learn about the buildings and the city built in the 19th century.

Location – 103 Franklin St., Washington, AR  Google Map


Scottish Tartan Festival

April 6  10:00am-6:00pm

Kilts will be everywhere as Minden honors Scottish culture. Learn about the Scots through living history exhibits, Scottish cattle herding, Highland games demonstrations. Plus a lot of music from 6 groups and, of course, bagpipes.

Location – Scotland Farms, 16119 Highway 79, Minden, LA  Google Map


23rd Annual Spring Powwow

April 6 11:00am-8:00pm

Experience the Choctaw Nation’s annual powwow. Watch stickball games, gourd dancing, Choctaw Social Dancing and the Grand Entry.

Location – McCurtain County Sports Complex, Broken Bow, OK  Google Map


Cork – A Red River Revel Wine Event

April 6  2:00pm-5:00pm

Over 80 wines from around the world and samplings of signature dishes from around Shreveport will be available. Sommeliers will be on hand to answer questions and live music will help make this afternoon event one to relax at.

Location – Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport  Google Map


26th Annual Dogwood Days Festival

April 6

Thousands of dogwood trees will be in bloom in Idabel. This spring festival includes a pancake breakfast, car show, craft vendors, children’s games, fun food, a 5K walk/run and a lot more.

Location – Downtown Idabel, OK  Google Map


45th Annual Melrose Arts & Craft Festival

April 6-7

Take a tour of the historic Melrose Plantation and enjoy the day around the live oaks and craft vendors. See the works of famed artist Clementine Hunter as you stroll through the house.

Location – Melrose Plantation, 3353 Highway 119 in Melrose, LA  Google Map


16th Annual Piney Woods Quilt Festival

April 12-13

The Panola Square Quilt Club and the Busy Quilters Guild of Panola County present this quilt festival. See the incredible skill of area quilters. See who wins Best in Show and vote on the Viewers Choice award while shopping for quilting materials and of course amazing quilts.

Location – Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams St., Carthage, TX  Google Map


Holiday in Dixie

April 12-21

The Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors present one of the longest running festivals in the state of Louisiana. There will be a parade on Saturday. Come out for fun with free admission to listen to great musicians. Carnival passes are available for purchase.

Location – Festival Plaza in Downtown Shreveport  Google Map


Chautauqua Festival 2019

April 13   10:00am-3:00pm

Celebrate the rich and diverse culture that makes up Longview. Local authors, artists, and live music will be throughout the day. Plus, kids will enjoy the face painting and the food trucks. Enjoy this free festival with your family.

Location – Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton St., Longview  Google Map


155th Anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment and Festival

April 13-14

It was the biggest battles of the Civil War west of the Mississippi. The Battle of Pleasant Hill is remembered every year with a reenactment. Learn about what happened during and after the battle. There will be a parade in Pleasant Hill on the 13th.

Location – 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, LA Google Map


Bugs & Brews Festival (New date)

April 14  10:00am-9:00pm

All things Louisiana are featured at this South Shreveport festival. Eat Louisiana fare (including crawfish) from local vendors and food trucks. Listen to Louisiana music. Shop Louisiana artists. Watch the most important of Louisiana racing: the crawfish races.

Location – Greenleaf Park, Shreveport  Google Map


6th Annual PACE’s Pride in the Park Family Festival (New date)

April 14  Noon-5:00pm

The Northwest Louisiana LGBTQ community comes together for this annual festival. See food trucks, vendors bounce house, a children’s story time tent and community organizations.

Location – Better Virginia Park, Shreveport  Google Map


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8th Annual Tatum Pecan Pie Festival

April 27   10:00am-4:00pm

This Southern delicacy gets its own festival. Bring your best pecan pie for the Baking Contest. Devour as much as you can in the Pie Eating Contest. Plus craft booths, a car show, lots of entertainment and more food and fun for your family.

Location – Tatum High School, Tatum, TX  Google Map


3rd Annual Geek Street

RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER

Cosplayers and re-enactors are welcome to dress up and come out for a day of geeky fun. Visit vendors and be entertained by performers. It’s free to the public.

Location – Downtown Festival Plaza, Nacogdoches, TX  Google Map


2nd Annual Longview Wine Festival

April 27  Noon-9:00pm

You are invited to come to one of the best area events in Longview to taste various wines from across the state and country. Tickets start at $18 with $1 wine tasting coupons. Upgrade to the VIP package to receive a signature Longview Wine Festival glass. For ages 21+.

Location – The Green, 207 S. Spur 63, Longview  Google Map

If we missed a Spring festival, please contact us and we’ll do our best to post it! In May, be on the lookout for the Summer Festival Guide.