Fun Things to Do + Weekend Weather Watch: Oct 11-14

Your weekend weather forecast and list of fun things to do

From a gumbo cook-off to a bike rally, there’s some fun things to do for everyone this weekend and First Alert Meteorologist Kalie Pluchel has the forecast.

Northeast Texas

Northeast Texas Events

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

36th Annual FireAnt Festival

7:00am-11:30pm

Peace, Love, & Fireants. Downtown Marshall is hosting concerts, vendors, parade, diaper derby, chicken chunkin’, and a whole lot more. New this year is a 1 mile Walk & Roll and a cupcake battle. Find out more here.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

5th Annual Jefferson Burn Rally

8:00am-7:00pm

Don’t miss out on bike games, a bike show, poker runs, 17 bands, and more as motorcycles from all around come to Jefferson for this rally. “Continuing the Ride for Burn Survivors” is the theme. Check out the schedule of events here.

Location – Downtown Jefferson

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Potlatch

10:00am-4:00pm

Don’t miss this great community event. It will be a nostalgic day featuring the 80s and 90s! Entertainment, games, food and lots more. See the schedule and list of activities here.

Location – Carthage Civic Center, 1702 S. Adams, Carthage

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

A Bountiful Harvest of Music

3:00pm-4:30pm

The East Texas Symphonic Band will perform musical memories from WWII, Copacabana and more under the direction of Dr. James Snowden. Admission is $5 for adults.

Location – LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview

Northwest Louisiana bug

Northwest Louisiana Events

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

4:00pm-11:30pm

The famous tamale festival kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. Tamales, music, a treasure hunt, more tamales, arts, crafts, car shows, oh and did we mention the famous Zwolle tamales? For the schedule of events, click here.

Location – 1100 S. Main St., Zwolle

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

Oktoberfest Crafts & Craft Beer Night

5:30pm-8:00pm

Paint your own beer stein and try different Oktoberfest beers. Click here for the full story.

Location – artspace, 708 Texas St.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

“Contained” Art Show

6:00pm-8:00pm

This themed show will explore BIG art on a small canvas. All works will be 12″ x 12″ in size and available for purchase. See a variety of artistic genres from the region’s most talented artists. Click here for details.

Location – East Bank Gallery, 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Shreveport Mudbugs vs. Amarillo Bulls

7:11pm

The NAHL Shreveport Mudbugs will play their only home games this month this weekend on Friday and Saturday. This weekend’s opponent is the Amarillo Bulls. It’s also Heroes Weekend. Find out more on their website.

Location – George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum, 3207 Pershing Blvd., Shreveport

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Paw Patrol Live

6:00pm

The whole gang from Paw Patrol will be live in their new adventure “Race to be Live. ” You have the opportunity to watch this fun family event Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Get your tickets here.

Location – CenturyLink Center, Bossier City


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

2nd Annual Northwest Louisiana Gumbo Cook-off & Festival

10:00am-6:00pm

It’s time for some good gumbo my friends! The Krewe of Demeter, the Krewe of Aquarius, and the Logansport Festival and Lighting committee invites you to have fun and try several bowls of gumbo. Watch a cracklin cooking demonstration and a talent show. Follow the event on Facebook.

Location – Logansport River Stage, 309 Main St., Logansport

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Tapped-tober

Noon-10:30pm

A new festival is coming to Natchitoches. It’s the ultimate craft beer and wine festival in the area. There will be lots of live music and plenty of beer. Get tickets and more info here.

Location – Natchitoches Riverfront

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Chinese Warriors of Peking

8:00pm

High-intensity martial arts and breath-taking acrobatics will tell the tale of 2 martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking. It will be a culturally enriching experience filled with juggling, acrobatics, and live stage combat. Buy tickets here.

Location – The Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave., Shreveport


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

Family Fall Fest – Movie Night & Wiener Dog Races

3:00pm-9:30pm

It’s not your ordinary night at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. 32 dashing dachshunds will compete in races to see who is the fastest, or at least make it to the finish line. You can watch and “wager” for a chance to win a free t-shirt and support K9 Karma, a local organization committed to provide trained services dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD. Plus watch the classic “Hocus Pocus.” Follow the event on Facebook.

Location – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, 8000 E. Texas St., Bossier City

 

Southwest Arkansas

Southwest Arkansas Events

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Lucky Dog Barrell Race

9:00am-7:00pm

Barrell racing at its finest. This race runs from Friday through Sunday. Have fun at this fast-paced event in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Location – Four States Fairground, Texarkana

Broken Bow bug

McCurtain County Events

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

14th Annual Wright City Lumberjax Festival

10:00am-4:00pm

Celebrate the forest at this festival. Competitive events include axe throwing, crosscut sawing, double-buck sawing and jack & jill sawing. Arts, crafts, and many fun things to do will be on site. For more info, click here.

Location – Mike Rice City Park, Wright City

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

McCurtain County Music Awards

6:00pm-10:00pm

Everyone can come out to celebrate the local music scene. Bands will perform live and it’s free admission. See the list of performers here.

Location – Shuck Me, Ok, 83 N. Lukfata Trail Rd., Hochatown