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Celebrating Louisiana’s folk roots

What a party it will be.

The 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be celebrating Louisiana’s Folk Roots on July 26-27.

Discover the rich heritage of Louisiana’s music, dance, history and fun during this family friendly event.

The festival offers three stages of music on Saturday with free zydeco dancing lessons, Cajun music and more by the The Rayo Brothers, Tab Benoit, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Jamie Berzas & the Cajun Tradition Band, Want & Same Ol’ 2 Step, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Latwell Playboys and The Louisiana Vintage Dancers.

Part of the festival will be the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship on July 27. Registration starts at Noon outside of Magale Recital Hall and the winner will perform in Prather Coliseum at 5:00 pm.

Narrative sessions will include: Louisiana Tall Tales, a Cajun accordion workshop, Choctaw traditions and many more on July 27. These sessions will be held in the N-Club Room at Prather Coliseum.

KidFest will once again be available on Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm  Kidfest is an area dedicated to child-friendly activities and is a fun way for children to examine their own cultural and family traditions as well as those from around the state.

More than 70 crafts vendors have been invited to display their traditional work on Saturday and discuss their work with those attending the Festival. Expect to see wood carvings, homemade soaps, jams, jellies, Native American crafts, jewelry, homemade banjos and more.

Tickets to experience Louisiana’s folk roots are $13 for an advance All-Events pass. $10 at the door on Saturday and $6 on Friday and Sunday. Check out their website here for information.

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