Shreveport-Bossier Getaways - AUGUST 2015
Ark-La-Tex Flyboard is now open at Cypress/Black Bayou Park in Benton, La.

Dive into Summertime Fun in Shreveport-Bossier

Looking for a fun way to cool off this summer? Shreveport-Bossier’s pools and lakes are the place to be when temperatures rise. Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Shreveport is open for the summer. The waterpark recently launched a new website with details of their waterslides, wave pool, lazy river and other attractions. For thrill seekers who love the water, Ark-La-Tex Flyboard is now open at Cypress/Black Bayou Park in Benton. Ark-La-Tex Flyboard gives customers the opportunity to fly high above the water using a unique water-powered jetpack.       

Local casino resorts are also getting in on the summertime fun. The Dare Dayclub Ultrapool at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, a $3.5 million pool opened in 2014, invites guests to enjoy a sophisticated day club-style pool complete with bottle service, cabanas and more. Admission is free after 5 p.m. daily, with admission fees applying during special events. Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City recently introduced a new poolside bar and restaurant, The Busted Coconut. The Busted Coconut is located on Margaritaville’s second-floor pool deck, with a stunning view of the Red River and downtown Shreveport.

For a complete calendar of fun things to do in Shreveport-Bossier, check out
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Geek’d Con Comes to Shreveport Convention Center, Aug. 21-23

Fans of comic books, anime, science fiction and pop culture will not want to miss the inaugural Geek’d Con, a three-day fan convention taking place, Aug. 21-23, at Shreveport Convention Center. Celebrity guests announced to date include Jeremy London (Mallrats), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and a long list of comic book and anime artists including illustrators of popular titles like Spider-Man, Batman and The Punisher. In addition to panels, vendor booths and autograph signings, Geek’d Con will also include a full-scale cosplay costume competition for all ages.  

Tickets for Geek’d Con are $5-$20, and may be purchased here. To learn about new celebrity guests and other event details as they are announced, “Like” the Geek’d Con Facebook page.  
Forward Meet “farm-to-fork” Chef Gabriel Balderas of El Cabo Verde

If you’re planning to attend a farmers’ market or other outdoor event in Shreveport-Bossier this summer, be on the lookout for mobile food vendor El Cabo Verde. El Cabo Verde’s owner and chef, Gabriel Balderas, uses ingredients sourced from local farms to create his delicious versions of traditional Mexican fare like carnitas tacos made with pork from Mahaffey Farms in Princeton, Louisiana. If Balderas can’t source his ingredients from local farms, he insists on using certified organic products.

“I believe that you have to have a relationship with the farmer, as a cook,” Balderas said. “Millennials, and the generations who will follow them, want to know where their food comes from.”

El Cabo Verde can be found at local farmers’ markets, at local craft breweries and at other events and festivals. To keep up with where they’ll be cooking next, “Like” El Cabo Verde on Facebook. For more information, read the complete interview with Chef Gabriel Balderas at

The Louisiana Office of Tourism has designated 2015 a year-long celebration of Louisiana food and drink. For local restaurant reviews, festival food previews and more, download the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s new guide to local food.

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Flying Heart Brewery
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Great Raft Brewing
Shreveport Artists’ Market
Saturdays through August 22
Red River District
Shreveport Farmers’ Market
Saturdays  through August 29
Festival Plaza
Live Thoroughbred Racing
Now  through September 19
Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Dare Pool Open
Now  through September 30
Horseshoe Casino
Laney’s Kid’s Club
Now through September 30
Holiday Lanes
Chicago: The Musical
July 15 - August 2
Shreveport Little Theatre
Hypnaughty Gone Wild with Thom Kaz
July 30 - August 1
Margaritaville Paradise Theater
Ascend Combat “CHAOS 5”
Saturday, August 1
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Highland Open Studio Tour
Sunday, August 2
436 Topeka St.
AJGA Shreveport Junior Open
August 2 - 6
Southern Trace
Creedence Clearwater Revisted
Friday, August 14
Horseshoe Casino Riverdome
Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles
Friday, August 14
Strand Theatre
Shreveport Geek’d Convention
August 21 - 22
Shreveport Convention Center
Lyle Lovett
Saturday, August 22
Margaritaville Paradise Theater
Mel Tillis
Saturday, August 22
Horseshoe Casino Riverdome
NHRA Summit Racing Series
August 22 - 23
Thunder Road Raceway Park
All Y’all Live Storytelling: OMG
Friday, August 28
Sainte Terre
JB and the Moonshine Band
Friday, August 28
Margaritaville Paradise Theater
Ronnie Milsap
Friday, August 28
Horseshoe Casino Riverdome

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