Spring Festivals for the Ark-La-Tex

Despite Covid-19 lingering around, the situation looks better for festivals all across the Ark-La-Tex to start up again this spring. Below is what we found for the Spring Festival Guide.

Always follow local CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Since the Spring Festival Guide runs through the end of May, policies and mask mandates may change. Click on the festival to be taken to their web page for the latest information. Festivals may be cancelled or postponed so check their websites and Facebook pages as well. If you know of a change or want to add a festival, please Contact Us.

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MAY 2021

Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival

Saturday, May 1  11:00am-7:00pm

It’s a one-of-a-kind wine, art and music festival. Wineries from across Texas will let you sample their product. Gourmet treats, great music, and fantastic art will be on hand as well.

Location – Spring Lake Park, Texarkana, Tex

CORK (Sold Out)

May 1  2:00pm-5:00pm

Over 100 wines will be served as well as a lot of tasty treats. Meet and talk wine with experts and enjoy live music and participate in the raffle drawings.

Location – Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St., Shreveport

River City Fest 2021

May 14-15

There’s a lot to do along the river front. Parade, firework display, pageant, games/contests, car show, carnival, food, music, and arts/crafts duck derby race, during the festival in a clean, safe environment.

Location – River Front, Logansport, La

Historic Jefferson Train Show

May 15-16

Check out the impressive model trains, layouts and the Railroad Museum. Ride the Historic Jefferson Railway and the Lonesome Dove Safari Train.

Location – 305 E. Austin St., Jefferson, Tex

Running of the Hogs

May 16  1:00pm-7:00pm

This brand new street festival combines music, beer, BBQ and mechanical bulls! Proceeds go towards families facing pediatric brain cancer. Sure to be a lot of fun.

Location – 724 Azalea Dr., Shreveport

Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

May 21-22

The riverbank will come alive with R&B, Jazz and a whole lot more.

Location – Natchitoches Riverbank

Mudbug Madness

May 28-30

Eat crawfish. Do a little shopping. Eat more mudbugs. Listen to the great music. Eat even more crawfish. You get the idea. It’s a fun way to start Memorial Day Weekend.

Location – Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St., Shreveport

3rd Annual Paddlefish Festival

Saturday, March 6  9:00am-3:00pm

Since 2017, the Shreveport Aquarium and the Caddo Lake Institute teamed up to reintroduce the fish back into the lake. Now they celebrate the release of the paddlefish as part of the festival. Enjoy a lot of fun at the aquarium.

Location – Shreveport Aquarium, 601 Clyde Fant Pkwy.

Bloomin’ on the Bricks

Saturday, March 13  9:00am-2:00pm

Downtown Natchitoches comes alive with color with thousands of flowers. Shop lawn and garden vendors and listen to music from Northwestern State University bands.

Location – Downtown Natchitoches

Cane River Film Festival

March 19-20

The festival looks to share Louisiana stories with a world wide audience. Highlights include student and independent filmmakers.

Locations – Northwestern State University and Natchitoches Country Club

Greens on the Red

Sunday, March 21  2:00pm-4:00pm (rain date will be Sunday, March 28)

Discover all the wonderful things about greens like cabbage, collards, microgreens and more! Enjoy garden yoga, seed planting and health screenings. Read more about it here.

Location – Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St., Shreveport

APRIL 2021

2nd Annual Blues Fool

April 1  8:00pm

Get dressed up for this celebration of life, laugh and love! Enjoy comedy and southern blues at its finest.

Location – Holiday Inn Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center, 5200 Convention Plaza Dr., Texarkana, Ark

76th Annual Four States Fair & Rodeo

April 2-11 (Closed April 6)

The fair returns after being delayed in October. The rides, food and fun are back along with the Demolition Derby and the Four States Fair Rodeo.

Location – 3700 E. 50th St., Texarkana, Ark.

14th Annual Shreveport Blues Festival


Six acts take the stage: Pokey Bear, Jeter Jones, O.B. Buchana, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers, Calvin Richardson, and Tucka.

Location – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Grand Ave., Shreveport

28th Annual Dogwood Days Festival

April 2-3

It will be a safe and exciting time with food, live music, games, a pageant and more. Enter the VFW Cornhole Tournament or the Tyson Chicken cookoff.

Location – Downtown Idabel, Okla

157th Anniversary Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment and Festival

April 9-11

It was the biggest battles of the Civil War west of the Mississippi. The Battle of Pleasant Hill is remembered every year with a reenactment. Learn about what happened during and after the battle. There will be a parade in Pleasant Hill on the 10th.

Location – 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, La

Scottish Tartan Festival

Saturday, April 10  10:00am-6:00pm

Minden honors Scottish culture. Music this year from Smithfield Fair, Cleghorn and Emerald Accent. Visit the clans, enjoy the Children’s Area, see the dog show Highland Coos and do a little shopping.

Location – 224 LA-518, Minden, La

13th Annual Aseana Spring Festival

Saturday, April 10, 2021  11:00am-4:00pm

This year’s honored country is Japan and it’s happening in the daytime. Try some street food while watching the entertainment and listening to good music.

Location – Asian Gardens of Shreveport, 800 Texas Ave., Shreveport

Bourbon and Barbecue

April 10, 2021  3:00pm-9:00pm

This is the first time the event is taking place! Sample whisky, eight bourbon samples and eight barbecue samples from local chefs and grill masters. Music by Rebirth Brass Band.

Location – Red River District, 450 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport

Mary K Herron Memorial Kite Festival

Tuesday, April 13, 2021  10:00am-3:00pm

Bring your own kite, make your own before hand with instructions here or make one at the museum for free. Kite Fest is sponsored by the Museum of the Red River and the Idabel Minority Action Committee (IMAC).

Location – Booker T Washington Community Center, 100 NW Jamaica Ave., Idabel, Okla

Port City Fest

April 15-17

The Grambling State University – Southern University football Bayou Classic is coming to Shreveport! The party’s going to be big and fun with a business expo, party at Festival Plaza and a Fan Fest at Independence Stadium.

Location – Downtown Shreveport and Louisiana State Fair Grounds

47th Annual Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival

April 17-18

It’s all about local arts and crafts from photography, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, woodworking, pottery and more! All set on an historic plantation.

Location – Melrose Plantation, 3533 LA-119, Melrose, La

Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb Annual Powwow

April 23-24

Celebrate the Native American culture and the 2,500+ member tribe roots. enjoy traditional dancing, unique craft items, jewelry, and Indian Fellowship.

Location – 217 Gene Knight Rd., Noble, La

Tatum Pecan Pie Festival

Saturday, April 24, 2021  10:00am-4:00pm

This Southern delicacy gets its own festival. See lots of arts, crafts and eat lots of food including Pecan Pie to help support free or low cost mammograms for women that might need them.

Location – Tatum High School, 600 Crystal Farms Rd., Tatum, Tex

74th Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage

April 29-May 2

Explore four historic homes and four enchanting gardens: The Grove-The Stilley-Young House, The Sagamore, Twin Oaks Plantation and The Terry House. Witness a re-enactment of the infamous trial of Diamond Bessie. Plus a salad luncheon at The Excelsior House hotel, quilt exhibit and craft fair.

Location – Jefferson, Tex

State Fair of Louisiana

April 29-May 9

Covid-19 caused the push back of the state fair from October to April and May this year. The carnival, food, rodeo and more will be up and running!

Location – 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport