In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Meat Pie Mania

In the Ark-La-Tex, there’s no food that represents a community more than a Natchitoches Meat Pie. Every September, the city celebrates meat pie mania and throws one incredible party for the savory snack on the riverbank downtown. According to, there will be a “lotta, hotta meatpies, music & more.” This year marks the return of the tethered hot air balloon rides. On Friday from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, adults can enjoy the Brew Fest and on Saturday everyone can watch the fireworks. The Meat Pie Eating Contest, demos, and Best Meat Pie Tasting Contest happens throughout Saturday. Best of all, it’s free admission!

The basic recipe of a meat pie combines ground pork, ground beef, onions, bell pepper, garlic, parsley, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. The official meat pie recipe can be found here.

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Friday’s (Sept. 20, 2019) Schedule of Events

5:00 pm – Gates Open

6:00 pm – Brewfest begins (IDs will be checked) & the band “Ambush”


Saturday’s (Sept. 21, 2019) Schedule of Events

9:00 pm – Balloon Glow

10:00 pm – Fireworks


In conjunction with the Meat Pie Festival, The Independent Motorcycle Riders of Natchitoches invites all motorcyclists to ride the 20th Annual River Run. Travel through the Creole National Historic Park along Cane River Lake. Pass by centuries old plantations, winding roads and beautiful scenery. Registration starts at 10:00 am on the Saturday of the festival and the run begins at Noon. For more info, click here.

Join in on the meat pie mania and come out to the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival! It’s one of the biggest parties in the city next to the Christmas Lights.

Set sail on the Cane River Queen