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  • African American History Parade Celebration

    This African American history month parade kicks off at the Municipal Auditorium, celebrating African American Heroes.
    705 Elvis Presley Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 635-2923
  • Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ Cook-Off

    The Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ Cook-Off is a competitive BBQ event includes live music, carnival rides, children's area, concessions, mechanical bull rides and more.
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 865-5555
    (318) 868-9577

    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 Caddo St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 673-6500
    (318) 673-6515
  • ARTini

    Shake in a little imagination, stir in a lot of creativity, and mix in some friendly competition. ARTini is live music, visual art, signature martinis, and socializing served with a twist. Presented by the Bossier Arts Council.
    various locations in Shreveport-Bossier
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    (318) 741-8310
    (318) 741-8312
  • 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
  • Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators

    Held at Festival Plaza, gumbo gladiators from near and far will compete for the title of Ultimate Gumbo Gladiator. Home cooks, weekend chefs and professionals are all invited to compete for the glory. The public is invited to sample gumbos and vote on their favorite.
    101 Crockett St
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 425-4413
  • 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. Check website for dates and times.

    495 Simpson St
    Benton, LA 71006
    (318) 584-5977
  • Bossier City Farmers' Market

    This family-friendly event is free, open to the public and features produce, honey, baked goods and more, as well as a large number of arts and crafts vendors. Food trucks regularly appear at the market, providing ready-to-eat dining options. Check website for dates and times.

    2950 E Texas St
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    (318) 210-3588
  • 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
  • Camping World Independence Bowl

    The Independence Bowl’s rich history spans more than three decades. 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
  • 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
    Shreveport, LA 71119
    (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 Floatilla

    Float on a boat or in a tube all day on Cross Lake with food, music, games, decorated boat parade, poker run and lots of other fun.
    multiple locations on Cross Lake
    Shreveport, LA 71109
    (318) 635-8186
    (318) 635-8187
  • Fat Tuesday Texas Street Bridge Closing Ceremony

    The official closing of Mardi Gras season is marked by the Texas Street Bridge Closing Ceremony at midnight on Fat Tuesday. Krewes gather together in the center of the bridge to toast the season.
    Texas Street Bridge
    Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Gusher Days Festival

    Gusher Days Festival celebrates the north Caddo Parish oil industry with music, food and entertainment.
    Hwy 1
    Oil City, LA 71061
    (318) 210-7845
  • 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
  • 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.
    600 Columbia St
    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
  • Homegrown: Provenance Farmers Market

    This open-air market offers fresh produce and meats from farmers all around Louisiana, East Texas, and Southern Arkansas, handmade crafts, local art, ready-to-eat food, and much more. There will be live music at each market and face painting Saturday only. The markets and concerts will take place in Greenleaf Park, a newly opened park in the Provenance neighborhood, which offers a beautiful outdoor setting with many trees. The events are free and open to the public. Check website for dates and times.

    1968 Bridgewater Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71106
    (318) 683-0399
  • Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Paw Parade

    The Mardi Paw pet parade is sponsored by the local animal krewe. All animals are invited to participate and animal costumes are encouraged. Prizes are awarded. The parade is held each year two Sundays before Fat Tuesday.
    RiverView Park
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 752-CATS
  • Krewe of Centaur Float-Loading Party

    Explore the Krewe of Centaur den, checking out floats and meeting krewe royalty. A cash bar and dinner plates are typically available. Free admission.
    351 Aero Dr
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 677-4222
    (318) 221-0005
    (318) 426-5620
  • 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!"
    Lake St. @ Clyde Fant Pkwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 677-4222
    (318) 221-0005
    (318) 426-5620
  • Krewe of Gemini Float-Loading Party

    Get a sneak peak of the floats and throws at the annual float-loading party. Enjoy live music and explore the Mardi Gras Museum.
    2101 E Texas St
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    (318) 741-9264
  • Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade

    Masked revelers on floats, marchers, and horseback riders respond to the age old cry “Throw me something, Mister!” by tossing beads, toys, and trinkets. Doubloons are coins of no monetary value, minted for the Krewe and collected by many.
    Lake Street @ Clyde Fant Pkwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 741-9264
  • Krewe of Harambee Mardi Gras/MLK Day Parade

    The Krewe of Harambee holds its annual Mardi Gras parade in conjunction with MLK Day and features local high school and college bands. The parade begins at the Municipal Auditorium on Elvis Presley Avenue, east on Milam Street, left on Edwards and left on Texas through downtown Shreveport and ends on Elvis Presley Avenue.
    705 Elvis Presley Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71101
  • 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.
    Highland Neighborhood
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    (318) 424-0813
  • 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. 
    Queensborough Neighborhood
    Shreveport, LA 71109
  • 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
  • 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
  • Louisiana Film Prize- Music Prize

    The Louisiana Film Prize is an annual short narrative film contest with one rule: the film must be shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area. A panel of celebrities and film experts will account for 50 percent of the vote. The audience will determine the other 50 percent. The event attracts filmmakers from around the world.
    617 Texas St Ste 860
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 213-6437
  • 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
    (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, download the Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras 2015 or request a copy by calling (888) 45-VISIT.

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

    various locations
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 222-9391
  • Mooringsport Cypress Festival

    The festival features live entertainment, delicious food, a raffle, arts and crafts, food eating contests, karaoke, children’s activities, a parade and more.
    Higgins St
    Mooringsport, LA 71060
    (318) 780-8380
  • 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
  • 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 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 Ste 1013
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 459-3000
    (318) 747-3955
  • 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 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. Check website to confirm dates and times.

    101 Crockett St Suite C
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 455-5788
  • South Highland Summer Market

    Shreveport’s summertime open-air market is located in the lush South Highlands neighborhood and offers a unique experience on Friday nights 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

    1133 St. Vincent Ave
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    (318) 771-1768
  • Spring Bloom at American Rose Center

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 highlights some of the top regional high school football programs.
    3301 Pershing Blvd
    Shreveport, LA 71109
    (318) 673-7838
  • 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
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