MELROSE, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Looking for a something to check out this weekend? Consider the Melrose Fall Festival at Melrose on the Cane in southern Natchitoches Parish. It’s going on Saturday, October 15 from 9-5pm and Sunday, October 16 from 10-3pm.
The event boasts more than 50 vendors, selling arts, crafts and even folk items. Some favorites include a glass studio, handmade jewelry iron and woodworking, and even a group selling homemade Scottish items. You may remember the event as the Melrose Folk Art Festival that ran for many years. The new name allows for even more artisan vendors to display their hard work, adding on to the historic folk art that’s been commonly showcased each fall at Melrose.
“You’ll find original artwork, candles, jams, jewelry, seasonal home décor, and more,” said Leah Dunn Witman, Executive Director of Melrose on the Cane. “It’s the perfect way to start your holiday shopping.”
She’s not wrong – with the large list of vendors, there’s something there for everyone on your list, but the main draw is the grounds itself. This is an opportunity to explore one of the most historic corners of the Ark-La-Tex, with mini-tours covering 200 years of history being offered for $5.00 that includes the main home and the African House. Also on the property is a collection of work by world famous African American folk artist Clementine Hunter, including her popular African House Murals.
While you shop, Natchitoches’ own the Thistle Dancers and Pipers will perform. The group is a traditional highland dance organization that travels all across the ArkLaTex. There will also be a crafts table for children and a unique photo backdrop.
For more information on the event, check out this link. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
To pre-purchase tickets for Saturday, click here.
For Sunday, click here.
Looking for more Fall Festivals? Check out our complete guide here.
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