In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

The Fall Festival Guide for the Ark-La-Tex

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Wonderland of Lights
Marshall’s Wonderland of Lights

Sabine Freestate Festival

November 1-3

See how the pioneers lived in the area that used to be the border between the United States and Spain. Watch an old-style shootout and a sugar cane demo. The theme for 2019 is “No Man’s Land.”  Google Map

Blush & Bashful Weekend – Celebrating 30 years of Steel Magnolias

November 7 – 10

Come celebrate 30 years of Steel Magnolias and the new Natchitoches Film Trail. It is a Red Carpet Premiere of the film at Natchitoches’ Parkway Cinema with the enjoyment of panel discussion, character look-a-like-contest, dance the night away.

Location – Natchitoches Front Street, Natchitoches  Google Map

Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show

November 8 – 10

Shop turn-of-the-century crafts and see demonstrations of basket weaving, quilting, papermaking and more. Listen to amazing folk musicians amidst the fall foliage. Plenty of fun for the whole family with lots of food.

Location – Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow, Okla  Google Map

31st Annual Heritage Syrup Festival

November 9

Syrup making, folk artist, antique tractors, bluegrass music, story telling, fun food and much more.

Location – 400 W. Main Street, Henderson Tex  Google Map

Chimpanzee Discovery Days

November 16

Take the family to see and learn all about the chimpanzees that call Chimp Haven home. Also visit the new expansion areas.

Location – Chimp Haven, Keithville La  Google Map

94th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

November 23 – January 6

Louisiana’s premiere holiday event is back for its 93rd year! This Christmas Festival will have a parade in December with live music, arts and crafts, and fireworks each Saturday. There will over 30,000 lights along the Cane River Lake and Historic Downtown Landmark District!

Location – Downtown Natchitoches, Natchitoches  Google Map

Wonderland of Lights Opening Ceremony

November 27

The big switch flips on millions of white lights on the historic 1901 Harrison County Courthouse and along North Washington Avenue. The fun continues with outdoor ice skating, carousel, train, and horse drawn carriage rides through downtown’s dazzling light displays, Santa’s Workshop, and live entertainment.

Location – 1 Peter Whetstone Square, Marshall, Tex  Google Map

Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival

November 30

The Christmas holiday season explodes with fireworks over the Red River. See the largest Christmas tree displays in the region. Enjoy lots of entertainment. Check out our story and get tips on where to sit here.

Location – Shreveport-Bossier Riverfront  Google Map


Cirque du Lake
Cirque du Lake fun


10th Annual Shreveport Blues & Southern Rock Pre-Labor Day Festival

September 1

Jo Jo Reed, Magic One, Latimore, Till 1, Ricky White and Benito are scheduled to perform.

Location – Festival Plaza, Shreveport  Google Map

Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas

September 7, 14, 21 (and August 31)

Hear ye! Hear ye! Wear your renaissance garb and enjoy thyself at the faire. Join the merriment with singing, dancing and much more. Every weekend has a unique and fun theme.

Location – Cookville, Tex  Google Map

East Texas Taco Fest

September 14

Lucha Libre Wrestling, Jalepeno Eating Contest, Chihuahua Race, Salsa Dance Off a Margarita Villa, five great bands and of course TACOS!

Location – 1 Peter Whetstone Square, Marshall, Tex  Google Map

Highland Jazz & Blues Festival

September 14

Local and national jazz and blues artists perform in the park. Feast on great food and shop local artwork. Get movin’ and groovin’ to the park.

Location – Columbia Park, Shreveport  Google Map


September 19

Think a Bavarian Oktoberfest but you can bring your dogs to this one. Feast on bratwursts, pretzels and beer. You can wear your lederhosen to this festival. This benefits Robinson’s Rescue.

Location – Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport  Google Map

5th Annual Cirque du Lake

September 20

Experience the essence of a French market along Lake Street. Local art, food and entertainment await the whole family. Pets on leashes are welcome. See what’s new with the area around Agora Borealis.

Location – Lake Street Design District, Shreveport  Google Map

Marthaville Good Old Days Festival

September 20 – 21

On the Friday night is the 19th Annual Gospel in the Park. Saturday features a parade and the 27th Annual Nashville Music Show.

Location – Downtown Marthaville, La  Google Map

Annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival

September 20 – 21

If you have not had a Natchitoches meat pie then you are missing out and must get to this festival! Come celebrate the famous Natchitoches meat pie fest where there will be meat pie eating contest, poker run, and live music.

Location – Natchitoches Historic Landmark District, Natchitoches  Google Map

Pioneer Heritage Festival

September 20-21

Explore Greenwood and its history. Tour the Historic Dunn House. Do some shopping. Participate in the fishing tournament or the chili cook off. Enjoy a free concert Saturday night at the Open Range Rodeo Arena.

Location – Downtown Greenwood, La  Google Map

Haynesville Butterfly Festival

September 21

This festival is for all things butterfly. Buy butterfly friendly plants. Visit the butterfly conservatory and gardens. All at the Butterfly Capital of Louisiana.

Location – Claiborne Parish Fair Complex, Haynesville, La  Google Map

Campus Fest

September 21

It’s a music festival featuring 12 Shreveport bands. They will play all day during this family friendly, no alcohol party. Many local food trucks and vendors will be on site.

Location – Centenary College Hargrove Ampitheater, Shreveport  Google Map

Music Fest

September 27 – 28

Historic downtown El Dorado will be stuffed with talented bands and musical acts. Plus a few contests in steak and baggo and lots of fun activities for the children.

Location – Murphy Arts District, El Dorado, Ark  Google Map

Return to Shreveport Festival

September 27-28

It’s a celebration of The King, Elvis Presley. Watch King Creole on the big screen at the Robinson Film Center on Friday. Saturday night’s fun is a concert featuring What the Funk.

Location – Robinson Film Center & Artspace, downtown Shreveport  Google Map

38th Annual TASTE – A Festival of Food and Art

September 28

More than 30 local restaurants come together to let you sample their creations. This is a huge fundraiser for Holy Angels so check out and bid on the silent auction items. The Holy Angels choir and talent show winners will perform along with WINDSTORM for entertainment.

Location – Bossier Civic Center, Bossier City  Google Map

Heritage & Harvest Tour

September 28

Take a day and tour north Caddo Parish to see the towns along Highway 71 and Highway 3049. Visit Ida, Mira, Hosston, Gilliam, Belcher and Dixie. Click the link above for more details.

Location – Along Highway 71 and Highway 3049 from Shreveport to the Arkansas State Line.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

September 28

Dive into Hispanic culture’s food and music at this one-of-a-kind event. Mingle in the great atmosphere of the Shreveport Aquarium with a tour. Watch the dancers and have fun at this fall festival.

Location – Shreveport Aquarium, Shreveport  Google Map

L.I.N.K Fest

September 28

Local Individuals Networking Kreatively is what the acronym L.I.N.K. stands for. This event will showcase local artists, entrepreneurs, and how to be have community involvement. There will be live music, live art, and food at the festival as well.

Location – Texas Avenue, Downtown Shreveport  Google Map

Red River Revel

September 28 – October 6

Come find your “something” at one of the largest festivals in the region. Over this nine day event, you’ll listen to all sorts of up-and-coming musical acts. Plus, support local non-profits when you dine on some Revel staples and don’t forget the art.

Location – Festival Plaza, Shreveport  Google Map

Mooringsport Cypress Festival 

September 30

This rural festival celebrates family, food, and fellowship. There will be live entertainment, food, a raffle, arts and crafts, food eating contest, karaoke, children activities, and more!

Location – Edwin Tuttle Currie Park, Mooringsport  Google Map


Dine on the Line
Dine on the Line in Texarkana: Photo Source Facebook

Prize Fest

October 2 – 6

Four prizes will be up for grabs. 20 short films will compete for $50,000. Fashion Prize will crown a local designer as champion. Then Music Prize will go to the best local band in the competition.

Location – Bossier Arts Council and downtown Shreveport

East Texas Poultry Festival

October 3 – 5

Three-day festival saluting the poultry industry. Arts & crafts, carnival, live entertainment, food vendors, cheerleading competition, photography show, creative arts, poultry judging and auction and much more.

Location – 100 Courthouse Square A-101, Center, Tex  Google Map

Dine on the Line

October 4

Featuring live music from Jawbone, a championship meal from Naaman’s Barbecue, fun stuff for kids, and what we are hoping is the LARGEST toast to cross state lines, this block party is an event you don’t want to miss!

Location – State Line Ave., Texarkana  Google Map


October 4 – 5

It’s the biggest garage sale in South Arkansas! They say one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Explore and find that one thing you need.

Location – Downtown Bradley, Ark  Google Map

North Delta Food and Wine Festival 

October 4 – 6

This event is a food and wine lovers dream. It is a three hour extravaganza as well as a 5k Dash and Dine and a 2k Walk & Wobble in the morning. Then in the evening hours there will be featured local chefs and wine offerings with a brunch of Southern fried chicken. Come out and support a great cause.

Location –  Bayou Landing, Monroe  Google Map

30th Annual Hurrah! Festival 

October 5

Come out to the 30th annual Hurrah festival on October 5. This year’s theme is western frontier, so saddle up and bring your cowboy boots.

Location- Sevier County Museum, De Queen, AR  Google Map

Bee Gum Festival

October 5

This family-orientated event begins in the mornings where breakfast will be served inside the Desoto Parish Fire District Central Station. The event continues at Stonewall Park where there will be vendors, entertainment, and children activities.

Location – Stonewall Community Park, Stonewall  Google Map

Idabel Main Street Fall Fest

October 5

Food, arts and crafts, kids’ games and more. Admission is free!

Location – Downtown Idabel Okla, Google Map

Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

October 5

Sample wines from Texas wineries and local chefs prepare some amazing dishes for you to try. Stay for the fireworks when it gets dark. Go on a hayride and pick out a pumpkin at the patch.

Location – Camp Langston, Mount Pleasant, Tex  Google Map

Red River County Historical Society Fall Bazaar

October 5

There’s so much to do from tours of historic properties, terrific food, the Children’s Corner, Bake Shop, and of course arts and crafts. Help keep historical buildings in shape at this fair.

Location – Historic Red River County Courthouse, Clarksville, Tex.  Google Map


St. Augustine Creole Festival

October 11 -13

Take a tour of historic St. Augustine Church and Cemetery. Shop crafts and food while enjoying the entertainment.

Location – St. Augustine Church, Natchez, La  Google Map

FireAnt Festival

October 12

Free Concert and Street Dance, expanded Children’s area with monster inflatables, TourDeFireAnt long distance bike ride, FireAnt 5K, Toddler Trot, Kids K, FireAnt Festival parade, Diaper Derby, Kids Dance off, FireAnt Calling contest, Gurning contest, Chicken Chunkin’ contest, and dozens of vendors to delight the young and old alike.

Location – 1 Peter Whetstone Square, Marshall Tex.  Google Map

HARK Festival

October 12

This is a new innovative festival celebrating history and heritage of the Ark-La-Tex. There will be cash prizes and competition games on how well you know the Ark-La-Tex.

Location – One University Place (LSUS), Shreveport  Google Map

Northwest Louisiana Gumbo Cook-off Festival

October 12

This is the 3rd annual gumbo cook-off for Northwest Louisiana. Come out enjoy some friendly competition and try some awesome gumbo at this event. There will be raffles, fireworks, and live music by this year’s NBC’s The Voice finalist, Gyth Rigdon.

Location – Logansport Riverfront, Logansport  Google Map

2019 Fall Festival & Trade Days

October 12

Have fun at the biggest Fall Festival & Trade Days yet. Take part in the 5K and walk as well as pie eating competition and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

Location – Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Prescott, Ark  Google Map

Shreveport Pagan Festival

October 12

Find out about local groups at this informal family potluck dinner. Bring a dish, a chair, and non-alcoholic beverage.

Location – All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Shreveport  Google Map


October 12

Relive the 80s and 90s at this unique festival. Sing in front of the masses at the Karaoke contest. Start holiday shopping early while browsing the arts and crafts.

Location – Carthage Civic Center, Carthage, Tex  Google Map


October 12

This event is known for its family environment, entertainment, football games shown on a big screen, and amazing beer and wine. There will be live music playing by Dustin Sonnier and American Idol Winner Laine Hardy!

Location – Natchitoches Riverbank, Natchitoches  Google Map

Lumberjax Festival

October 12

Celebrate the lumberjack. Watch competitive events like axe throwing, crosscut sawing and jack & jill sawing. Many more events are happening.

Location – Mike Rice City Park, Wright City, Okla.  Google Map

Edam Art Festival

October 12-13

Experience fine art, fine craft, live music, and great food on the festival grounds behind the local resident artists’ studios.

Location – Edom, Tex. corner of FM 279 and FM 314  Google Map

Tyler Rose Festival

October 17-20

Three days of art shows, floral displays, and special events, all to honor the Rose.

Location – 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Tex  Google Map

2nd Annual Fall Festival of Hope

October 19

Celebrate autumn and help raise money to support local families. Try your luck at the Chili Cook Off. It will be a fun time this fabulous fall.

Location – Downtown Center, Tex  Google Map

Bloody Mary Festival

October 19

The classic drink of the Bloody Mary will be the celebrating at this event. Local bars and restaurant will come to the Origin Bank RiverMarket to see who can mix it, shake it, and dress it the best.

Location – Origin Bank RiverMarket, Monroe  Google Map

Brew:  A Premier Beer Tasting Festival 

October 19

Experience an afternoon sampling internationally acclaimed micro-brewed ales, pilsners, and stouts at this event. Along with the fine-dine beers sampling, there will be local restaurants with free sample dishes. In addition, there will be live music, college football games, big-screen TVs and more!

Location – Festival Plaza, Shreveport  Google Map

29th Annual Taste of Jefferson

October 20

Live music accompanies this showcase of local restaurants serving up their favorite meals. Cheer on your favorite server at the Waiters Race.

Location – Downtown Jefferson Tex.,  Google Map

Taste of Texarkana

October 22

Brings dozens of local top restaurants to Four States Fairgrounds to benefit Harvest Texarkana Regional Food bank.

Location – Four States Fair Pkwy, Texarkana, Ark  Google Map

Smoke on the Square Fall Festival

October 25 – 26

$20,000 in prize money is up for grabs at this ribs, beef brisket, pork butt, and chicken grilling competition. Enjoy free outdoor concerts as well and The Fun Zone for the kids.

Location – Downtown El Dorado, Ark  Google Map

ASEANA Fall Festival 

October 26

Celebrating Asian Culture through food, dance, music and more. The theme this year is “Harvest Moon”.

Location – Asian Gardens, Shreveport  Google Map

Cane River Fall Festival

October 26

Enjoy hands-on activities for kids with a petting zoo. Listen to live music and witness living history demonstrations and more.

Location – Oakland Plantation, 4386 LA-494, Natchez, La  Google Map

Downtown Fall Festival with Tailgaters

October 26

Celebrate the upcoming holiday with games, costumes, candy and more.

Location – Downtown Hope, Ark  Google Map

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