Must-Sees in Shreveport
and Bossier City

When you visit Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, there are some must-sees. Here is a quick list of five experiences to try during your visit.

Festivals

Experience acclaimed festivals that celebrate everything from Mardi Gras and craft beer to barbecue and the arts. Most festivals are held at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport and are family-friendly. Just a few of our festivals include:
- Mudbug Madness Festival - May. A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event and American Bus Association Top 100 event.
- Let the Good Times Roll Festival - May. A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.
- Sunflower Trail and Festival - June
- KTBS-3 Independence Day Festival  - July
- Highland Jazz and Blues Festival - September
- Louisiana Film Prize and Louisiana Music Prize - September/October
- Red River Revel Arts Festival - October
- Brew: A Premier Beer Tasting - October
- State Fair of Louisiana - October/November

Find out about these events and more at SBFunGuide.com.

Craft Beer

Get a taste of history at any of the three craft breweries – Great Raft Brewing, Red River Brewing Company and Flying Heart Brewing. The name Great Raft Brewing may be a bit perplexing to craft beer lovers who aren’t from Shreveport. The local brewery takes its name from the Great Raft, a 150 mile-long log jam that once impeded navigation of the Red River. The raft was cleared by inventor and steamboat captain Henry Miller Shreve, from whom Shreveport takes its name.  Red River Brewing Company in Shreveport also references the legendary log jam with the name of their light German lager, Heliopolis. Heliopolis was the name of the “snag boat” that Captain Henry Miller Shreve invented to help dislodge large concentrations of dead wood. Flying Heart Brewing in Bossier pays homage to the fire station that once occupied the building. Patio tables with fire hydrants add to the appeal.

Casinos

Try your luck at Shreveport-Bossier's six riverboat casinos and one "racino" offering 24-hour excitement for gaming enthusiasts. The newest casino, Margaritaville Resort Casino, has added a laid back vibe to the gaming scene promising its 5 o'clock happy hour everyday, all day. So whether you love a good slot machine or enjoy table games such as craps and black jack, you can bet on having a good time.

Stuffed Shrimp

Shreveport-style stuffed shrimp are a local delicacy that originated in the kitchen of the Freeman and Harris Café, an eatery that, at the time of its closing, was one of the oldest black-owned restaurants in the United States. Large shrimp are stuffed with Creole dressing, deep-fried and served with spicy tartar sauce. Try them at Eddie’s Restaurant, Brother’s Seafood or C&C Café in Shreveport.

Shopping

Spend an hour or a day at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City shopping, dining or catching a movie. The nearby hotel and Margaritaville Resort Casino make it convenient to stay and play. Scoot over to downtown Shreveport and check out The Agora Borealis, an artisan marketplace, that sells locally made products such as art, clothes, food, jewelry and upcycled items from artists who live and work in the region. Also some local museums have some of the most incredible gift shops. Tucked inside Artspace gallery, you will find Giftspace, which features local hand-made jewelry, pottery, books by local authors and much more.

Free Attractions

Artspace

Artspace, located in downtown Shreveport, features art…

Artspace - Free Life Draw Class

Life Draw Saturday, May 19 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is…

Artspace - 10% Off Giftspace during May Downtown Artwalk

Take 10% off Giftspace at Artspace during the May Downtown…

Barksdale Global Power Museum

See vintage aircraft and U.S. Air Force memorabilia at…

Barksdale Global Power Museum - Free Admission

Visit Barksdale Global Power Museum and enjoy free…

Betty Virginia Park

The 23-acre Betty Virginia Park offers a walking trail,…

Boom or Bust Byway

The Boom or Bust Byway follows Highway 2 and is defined by…

Bossier Arts Council - Enter to Win Art

Mention, “Be A Fan of SB,” to be entered to win an…

Bossier Parish Library Historical Center

Learn about the people and culture of Bossier Parish.…

C. Bickham Dickson Park

C. Bickham Dickson Park sits on 585 acres and offers…

David Raines Community Center

David Raines Community Center and Park sits on 17 acres…

East Bank Gallery

Walk around art exhibitions featuring regional artists and…

Elvis Presley Statue

A bronze statue of Elvis Presley stands tall in front of…

Free Things to Do

Visiting Shreveport-Bossier doesn't have to cost a lot of…

J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

Learn about the Red River, past and present. The center…

Start planning your next vacation by requesting an Official Shreveport-Bossier Visitor Guide.