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  • African American History Parade Celebration

    This African American history month parade kicks off its 27th year at the Municipal Auditorium, celebrating African American Heroes.
    705 Elvis Presley Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 635-2923
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  • ARTBREAK

    Artbreak features beautiful artwork of Caddo and Bossier Parish students and free hands-on art activities. The largest children's festival in the state, Artbreak is a weekend of dance, music, theater, food, fun and a 5K race. Admission is free to the public.
    400 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 673-6500
    (318) 673-6515
  • ASEANA Festival

    The ASEANA Festivals are held at the ASEANA Asian Gardens at the corner of Milam and Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. Each festival highlights a different Asian culture and its food, art, dance, games, martial arts and more.

    Read a blog post about the 2013 ASEANA Autumn Festival

    Milam Street at Texas Avenue
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 401-8078
    (318) 797-4258
  • Barksdale Air Show

    The annual air show at Barksdale Air Force Base features static displays including B-52h stratofortress, T-6a Texan 11, and dozens more.
    2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    (318) 456-5502
    (318) 456-5986
  • Benton Christmas on the Square

    The Benton Christmas on the Square Festival celebrates the holidays in the charming town of Benton. This annual festival is an open-air venue that provides traditional, family-oriented activities such as food, entertainment, arts and crafts, parades and much more.
    417 Sibley St
    Benton, LA 71006
    (318) 230-6956
  • Benton Farmers' Market

    Benton Farmers’ Market is a Sunday-only outdoor market held at 495 Simpson Street in downtown Benton. The market is located off Highway 3 (Benton Road) in downtown Benton. It is easily accessible from Highway 3, Airline Drive/Palmetto Road and Highway 162.
    495 Simpson St
    Benton, LA 71006
    (318) 584-5977
  • Boomtown Days Festival

    Arts and crafts, and food booths, are featured in this festival celebrating Rodessa's past as an oil community. For more information call (318) 223-4211
    Hwy 1
    Rodessa, LA 71069
    (318) 223-4211
    (318) 223-4443
    (318) 465-4053
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  • Brew: A Premier Beer Tasting

    Experience a variety of expensive and international acclaimed and domestically micro-brewed ales, pilsners, stouts and more. The beer connoisseur seminar, included, shares helpful tips on how to get the best taste out of your favorite beer.
    101 Crockett St.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 222-7403
  • Christmas in Roseland

    A fantasy wonderland of more than two million twinkling lights among the roses features eight-foot Christmas cards made by area students, a visit with Santa, a magical train ride, as well as holiday performances. It is 60 acres of holiday family fun.
    8877 Jefferson-Paige Rd
    Greenwood, LA 71033
    (318) 938-5402
    (318) 938-5405
  • Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival

    The only fireworks show in North Louisiana presents local entertainment, concessions, clowns, family fun, Santa, and fireworks over Caddo Lake.
    P.O. Box 602
    Vivian, LA 71082
    (318) 631-0182
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

    Celebrate the popular Mexican holiday in Festival Plaza . It features local Mexican fare, Chihuahua race, mariachi bands, car show and dancers.
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 734-7062
  • Cork - A Red River Revel Wine Event

    Taste 80 wines from around the world with great jazz entertainment, and sample food from different area restaurants.
    101 Crockett St Suite C
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 424-4000
    (318) 226-9559
  • Country Christmas Festival

    The people of Vivian, host a parade and week-long family fun activities in honor of the Christmas holiday season.
    P.O. Box 182 100 Front St.
    Vivian, LA 71082
    (318) 375-5300
    (318) 375-4692
  • Cross Lake Flotilla

    Float on a boat or in a tube all day on Cross Lake with food, music, games, and lots of fun.
    5315 S. Lakeshore Dr. American Legion-Post 14
    Shreveport, LA 71109
    (318) 635-8186
    (318) 635-8187
  • Dragonboat Festival

    The race begins on the Red River with teams rowing in sync to the beat of a drummer. All proceeds go to civil endeavors in the community.
    401 Market St. Suite 1013
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 459-3000
    (318) 747-3955
  • Duck Commander Independence Bowl

    Post-season college football bowl game featuring teams in the ACC and SEC Conferences.
    401 Market St Ste 120
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 221-0712
    (318) 221-7366
    (888) 414-2695
  • Heritage and Harvest Tour

    Experience a day in the country on a self-guided tour of local homes churches, cotton gins, country stores, a museum, and the cotton fields in Gilliam. The last Saturday in September.
    Hwy. 3049
    Gilliam, LA 71029
    (318) 296-4303
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  • Highland Jazz and Blues Festival

    Each November the best local and national musicians converge on Columbia Park for Shreveport's own "party in the park." Great food and local artwork available.

    The festival is Saturday, November 15-16, 2014.
    Columbia Park
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    (318) 869-5706
    (318) 869-5707
  • Holiday in Dixie

    One of the oldest festivals in the south celebrates the beginning of spring and the Louisiana Purchase. This festival includes a 10-day carnival at Festival Plaza, the classic parade. a treasure hunt, live music, and family fun.
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 865-5555
    (318) 868-9577
  • Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Paw Parade

    Mardi Gras pet parade sponsored by the local animal krewe at River View Park. All animals are invited to participate. Animal costumes encouraged. Prizes are awarded.

    The parade is Sunday, February 23, 2014.
    601 Clyde Fant Pkwy
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 752-CATS
    (318) 752-2287
  • Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade

    The Mardi Gras season kicks off with the first parade of the year featuring decorative floats, bands, cups, and over four million beads to throw when they hear "Throw me something Mister!" The theme for 2014 is "Fables, Fairytails, and Folklore". The parade starts from downtown at 4:30 pm. It follows the Clyde Fant Parkway and ends on Preston Street.
    Lake St. @ Clyde Fant Pkwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 390-6320
  • Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade

    Celebrating its 25th year, the Krewe of Gemini promise to make this year's parade even bigger and better than ever. The theme for 2014 is "Throw me a memory Mister" which represents 25 years of memories. The parade is the first Saturday in March and starts at 4:30 pm from downtown. It follows the Clyde Fant Parkway and ends on Preston Street.
    Lake Street @ Clyde Fant Pkwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 741-9264
  • Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras Parade

    This parade represents the historic Highland community with floats, and some of the most unique throwing such as a hot dog or a yummy moon pie.
    810 Wilkinson
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    (318) 402-1132
    (318) 221-4641
  • Krewe of Sobek Mardi Gras Parade

    This parade features some of the most colorful and elaborate costumes of the royal Queens, Kings and Sobek royalty with plenty of throws and candy. 
    P.O. Box 3125 Queens Borrow Blvd.
    Shreveport, LA 71118
    (318) 222-0132
    (318) 773-6742
  • KTBS-3 Independence Day Festival

    In honor of the United States Military, this celebration features food, music, fireworks, and fun for the whole community.
    101 Crockett St Suite A
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 861-5800
    Map
  • Let The Good Times Roll Festival

    The good times just keep coming at this annual festival highlighting African American culture with entertainment, crafts, and great food.
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 470-3890
    (318) 393-7084
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  • Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

    The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights offers millions of lights, fireworks, live entertainment, Christmas musicals and parades. Shreveport-Bossier City,  Natchitoches, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Alexandria, and Pineville are partner cities. 

    eight cities across northwest Louisiana,
    (318) 222-9391
    (318) 222-0056
  • Louisiana Redbud Festival

    Always the third Saturday in March, it features all-day events, music on the square, a parade downtown, food booths, and arts and craft booths. Fun for everyone.
    Vivian Townsquare P.O. Box 1
    Vivian, LA 71082
    (318) 375-3893
    N/A
    (903) 796-4781
  • Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex

    Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex provides great fun for families, as well as those who like to party hard!

    Over the course of the two major parade weekends, there are seven parades. The two largest parades, Krewe of Centaur and Krewe of Gemini, offer a no-alcohol family zone.

    This party is a grand display of pageantry. The floats are meticulously crafted to reflect various themes. Millions of throws and trinkets are tossed to those below yelling, "Throw me something Mister!" Bring your lawn chairs and a bag to hold all of the throws you'll catch!

    For assistance planning your Mardi Gras experience, request a free copy of "The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier" by calling (888) 45-VISIT.

    Visit our event calendar, sbFunGuide.com, to see a list of Mardi Gras events.


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    (318) 677-2500
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  • McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival

    This annual festival explores the shape and size of the Southern constellation of artists working on the fringes of their communities.

    Read a blog post about the MSPS New Music Festival

    142 N. Common St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Mudbug Madness Festival

    Mudbug Madness ia a Memorial Day weekend celebration of Louisiana's heritage hosting the premier Crawfish Festival in the South with crawfish eating contest, Cajun fare, live entertainment and music in a family friendly atmosphere at Festival Plaza.
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 222-7403
    (318) 222-3731
  • Pioneer Heritage Festival

    This all-day festival features arts and crafts, concessions, games, entertainment, a bass tournament, a chili cook-off and a parade. Begins the 3rd weekend in September.
    9381 Greenwood Rd
    Greenwood, LA 71033
    (318) 938-7261
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  • Poke Salad Festival

    The festival kicks of with a $1,500 treasure hunt, Pokey Pet Parade, carnival, food, children's activities, live entertainment, and loads of fun for the whole family. This festival kicks off the second weekend in May.
    Pinehill Road
    Blanchard, LA 71009
    (318) 309-2647
  • Pumpkin Shine on Line

    This community wide event celebrates Halloween with family fun, jack-o-lanterns, entertainment, and food at Betty Virginia Park.
    1100 Southfield Rd
    Shreveport, LA 71106
    (318) 868-5375
  • Red River Revel Arts Festival

    Hundreds of the country's top artists, craftsmen, entertainers, and culinary masters come together each October for this annual festival of arts. This remarkable variety of food and activities is located just off the Red River in Festival Plaza.
    101 Crockett St Suite C
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 424-4000
    (318) 226-9559
  • Shreveport Classic Football Game

    The annual display of gridiron skills between two Historical Black Colleges and Universities is held year during the State Fair of Louisiana at Independence Stadium. 
    3301 Pershing Blvd
    Shreveport, LA 71109
    (936) 261-91
  • Shreveport Farmers' Market

    Regional fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jellies, and more. Saturdays, June-September, 7 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays, June and July, 3-6 p.m., featuring live music. On-site parking, public restroom facilities. Fall market, October-November, Saturdays  8 a.m.-noon.
    101 Crocket St., Suite C
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 455-5788
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  • South Highlands Summer Market

    Shreveport’s new summertime open-air market is located in the lush South Highlands neighborhood and promises to be a unique experience for all who are looking for something fun and free to do on a Friday night in June, July and August. This family-friendly market will be open to the public and will feature 20+ vendors from our region selling locally grown fresh produce, handmade food products, and specialty artisan crafted items. A seating area with tables and chairs will allow for shoppers to take a break, grab a bite to eat from vendors or a food truck and listen to local musicians performing.

    Vendors might include regional farmers, Pa Honey (homemade candy and pralines), Sweet Tees (limited edition “southern style” t-shirt designs), Tricia Hughes (Parisian-inspired flocked home decor items), Gogreenly (vegetarian dishes), and many others. Different vendors will be showcased each week, so shoppers will enjoy a new and interesting shopping experience each time they visit. Strollers and pets are welcome, so grab the family and stroll on over to Mall St. Vincent. You never know who or what you might encounter!

    For information on becoming a vendor, contact Apex Events at apexeventsllc@gmail.com.

    1133 St. Vincent Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    (318) 771-1768
  • Spring Bloom Celebration

    Each April the American Rose Center celebrates the blooming season. Highlighting the event is a seminar on growing roses with other activities all week.
    8877 Jefferson-Paige Rd
    Shreveport, LA 71119
    (318) 938-5402
    (318) 938-5405
    ars@hg.org
    Map
  • State Fair of Louisiana

    The official State Fair of Louisiana boasts 14 thrilling days of fun for everyone with free daily circus shows, plenty of games and rides, with some of the most unique fair food in the nation. It is the "Official" State Fair for Louisiana with the largest livestock shows and carnival in the state.
    3701 Hudson St
    Shreveport, LA 71109
    (318) 635-1361
    (318) 631-4909
  • Sunflower Trail & Festival

    With a trail of sunflowers blooming along Hwy 3049, this festival is filled with crafts, entertainment, food, and family fun.
    Hwy. 3049
    Gilliam, LA 71029
    (318) 296-4393
    Map
  • Super Derby Festival of Racing

    Horses, trainers, and riders come from around the country to compete at Harrah's Louisiana Downs during the festival, which culminates in the Grade I Super Derby.
    8000 E Texas St
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    (318) 747-RACE
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  • Texas Avenue Makers Fair

    Located at the corner of Texas Avenue and Common Street in downtown Shreveport, the Makers Fair recreates the lively vibe that once was commonplace in this historic, downtown neighborhood. The Texas Avenue Makers Fair was founded as a way to draw the community to this underutilized section of Downtown Shreveport as the Texas Avenue Community Association and other organizations work to revitalize the area.
    Makers offer a wide assortment of handmade, re-purposed  or reconstructed items ranging from clothing and fashion accessories to toys, food and art.

    Admission is free and abundant free parking is available near the event.


    Read a blog post about the Spring 2013 Texas Avenue Makers Fair

    Common St and Texas Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71101
  • The Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase

    The Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase is played in Independence Stadium. This historic sporting event highlights some of the top high school football programs in the southern region and country.
    3301 Pershing Blvd
    Shreveport, LA 71109
    (318) 222-9391
  • Twelfth Night Celebration

    The official introduction to the Mardi Gras Season presents area krewe's kings, queens, and royal courts to the public. It is a night of food, fun, and entertainment. The celebration kicks off the first Saturday in January.
    400 Caddo St.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 218-2865
    (318) 751-8796
  • Twin City Bomber Bash

    The annual car show features “rat rods,” unique customs and classic hot rods, as well as a drive-in movie screening, the Miss Bomber Bash pageant, and more.
    3033 Hilton Drive
    Bossier City, LA 71111
  • UNSCENE!

    UNSCENE! is a monthly series created by The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC), which will UNleash Shreveport Common, debuting the innovative look, feel, tastes, smells, and sounds of this new Uncommon Cultural Community.

    Twelve UNSCENE! events will be comprised of national, regional and local artists who will create and present UNconventional new works that will be UNlike any festival “scene” in Louisiana and will feature transformational interactive arts activities. Examples of these activities include public art installations, films projected in and on the buildings, exhibitions in UNexpected spaces, spoken word on stoops, theatre in the air, dance in the garden, giant puppet theatre in the alley, a juried street arts market, innovative scavenger hunts and walking, biking, and float parades.

    various locations in downtown Shreveport
    Shreveport, LA 71101
  • World Religion Day

    Become enlightened about world religions from people who live them. the last Sunday in January.
    520 Olive St.
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    (318) 780-2636
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