October 2011
Shreveport-Bossier Getaways
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SHoliday Trail of Lights
Holiday Trail of Lights
Fall La La for Christmas in Shreveport-Bossier

Shreveport-Bossier is so ready for the holiday season, it started snowing here in August! As part of the Holiday Trail of Lights, made up of eight cities in five regions in north and central Louisiana, the twin cities are gearing up for Yuletide happenings with laser light shows, Christmas performances and holiday shopping for a cause. The official kickoff of the Christmas season is the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Louisiana Boardwalk. While Shreveport-Bossier boasts some solid holiday staples like Christmas in Roseland, "The Nutcracker" annual performance, and the Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival, there are other events that have visitors and residents excited about cooler weather including Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center's Make-and-Take Toy Workshops, Barnwell Garden and Art Center's laser light shows, and Les Boutique de Noël shopping for a cause. Click here to see more.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band to perform at Shreveport's Highland Jazz and Blues Festival

Highland Jazz and Blues Festival Interested in an authentic jazz experience that's free? Come spend the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 19 in one of Shreveport's oldest and most historic neighborhoods with complimentary live jazz and blues, authentic cuisine from Cajun to Caribbean and shopping in Artist's Alley. In its eighth year, the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival is expecting an event that will take over Columbia Park, located at 2900 Creswell Avenue in Shreveport. This year's lineup features New Orleans' native, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, one of the most famous and original jazz bands dedicated to preserving jazz music in America. Click here to learn more about Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to great music, the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival offers some of the most delicious home cooked fare Shreveport-Bossier has to offer, as well as some of the most eclectic hand-made goods around. Even though the festival is free, it's worth it to bring cash to experience a taste of Highland. Click here for more information about the festival.

Old school R&B band Lake Side to play at Shreveport Classic and State Fair

img-art03-1011 This fall Shreveport-Bossier is all about the pig skin, festivals and a good time. The last weekend in October is bursting with events, football and "A Fair to Remember". The State Fair of Louisiana opens its gates at the state Fairgrounds Field, Thursday, Oct. 27- Sunday, Nov. 13. This American tradition is fun for the entire family and let's face it, it's a great excuse to enjoy the most sinful food-on-a-stick guilt free. This year during the State Fair, the Shreveport Classic is returning to the sister cities with Prairie View A&M panthers taking on the Jackson State University tigers at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. This matchup is expected to be a big one as it returns to Independence Stadium. A ticket to the game also gets tailgaters into the Fair and a post-game celebratory concert featuring old school R&B band Lakeside. Click here to watch one of their performances. For more information about the Shreveport Classic, click here.

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Upcoming Events
Hotel California "A Salute to the Eagles"
Friday, October 14 @ Strand Theatre
Brew…A Premier Beer Tasting Event
Saturday, October 15 @ Festival Plaza
Herby K's 75th Anniversary Block Party/Fund Raiser
Sunday, October 16 @ Herby K Restaurant
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Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22 @ NXNWLA Music Center
Young Frankenstein
Thursday, October 20 @ Strand Theatre
The State Fair of Louisiana - 2011
Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, November 13 @ State Fair of Louisiana
2011 Shreveport Classic
Saturday, October 29 @ Independence Stadium
Halloween Candlelight Tours at the Logan Mansion
Saturday, October 29
Dividing The Estate
Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 13 @ Shreveport Little Theatre
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, November 19 @ Columbia Park
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