Upcoming Events (Sept. 21-Oct. 27)


To add an event to this list, contact Hannah at 352-3618 or email lifestyleeditor@natchitochestimes.com. Events run in every edition of the Natchitoches Times.

The 10th Annual Louisiana Studies conference will be Friday, Sept. 21 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Northwestern State University’s CAPA building. For more information, call 357-4332 or email folklife@nsula.edu

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mansfield State Historic Site will present an informative program highlighting Hispanic-American soldiers who fought for Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War’s Trans-Mississippi theater. The program will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information, call (318) 872-1474 locally or (888) 677-6267 toll free.

The Women’s Resource Center’s Celebration of Life Gala is Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. Tickets are $25 per person and the keynote speaker is Gordon Douglas. Call (318) 357-8888 or text (318) 527-0010 for more information.

The 12th Annual Natchitoches Classic Car Show is Friday, Sept. 28-Saturday, Sept. 29 on Front Street and the riverbank. Besides an array of classic cars available for viewing, there will also be a poker run, a fish fry and live music. For the full schedule and to register, visit natchitochescarshow.com.

CRNHA’s Archaeology Day at Los Adaes State Historic Site is Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. children can become a junior archaeologist and get their hands dirty to uncover the past. At 1 p.m. is a round table discussion on the archaeology discoveries at Los Adaes with Dr. Pete Gregory.

The Inaugural St. Denis Head Race will be Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Natchitoches Riverbank.

The Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association (NGHA) will host a program honoring artist Ignacio “Nacho” Canales Saturday, Oct. 6 from 3-5 p.m. at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. The program will posthumously honor Canales for his painting of the Cane River area and Cloutierville. Also included will be a display of the artist’s work, a recognition ceremony and reception with light refreshments. This is free to the public.

The NHF will host the annual American Cemetery Tour Friday, Oct. 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. The tour for eighth graders is from 8 a.m. – noon. At the tour, actors will recreate the lives and accomplishments of persons interred while docents educate visitors about traditions of death and dying in the south. The tour also includes mourning and burial memorabilia unique to the region. Visitors can also partake in a traditional “les repas funeraire,” which includes wine, hors d’ oeuvres and funeral cookies at the end of the tours.

The St. Augustine Church Fair will be Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14. The fair features tours of the church and cemetery, crafts, games, food, a turkey shoot and entertainment. For more information, call 327-2521.

Fort St. Jean Baptist will allow visitors to see how soldiers lived in the 18th cemetery and see canon fire at dusk Sunday, Oct. 13 at Fort St. Jean at Dusk. Fees are $5 for those four years and older.

The Friends of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will collaborate for Modern in Motion VI Oct. 16, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for students and FLASH members with valid ID cards. The gala performance, Oct. 16, has tickets at $50 person and $45 for FLASH members with ID and includes a reception at Maglieaux’s. For ticket information, contact Brett Garfinkel at (318) 357-5788 or garfinkelb@nsula.edu.

NSU’s Jazz Orchestra will host the Alumni Reunion Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. with a rehearsal in Varnado Hall. At 6:30 p.m., alumni will have a concert in the amphitheater at the Alumni Courtyard, with guests artists Carlos Ortiz on jazz trumpet and vocalist D’Nissa Hester.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will host “The Art of Filé Making: An Afternoon with John Oswald Colson” Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. Colson has been making filé for over sixty years. He uses a traditional Native American pilon, similar to a large wooden mortar and pestle, to pound the dried leaves into a fine powder commonly known as filé. Folklife Ambassador for the Louisiana Folklife Commission, Dr. Shane Rasmussen, will interview John about his craft and lead a panel discussion with Dr. Hiram “Pete” Gregory, Professor of Anthropology, NSU and Dustin Fuqua, Chief of Resource Management, CRCNH Park. This event is part of a series of events throughout the state for Folklife Month in Louisiana.

Trick or Treating at the Provencal Walking Track will be Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. Contact the Provencal Community Developers to reserve a spot.

If your child attends Natchitoches Junior High or L.P. Vaughn Elementary School, you may apply for a free, bi-monthly school food pantry program. The Natchitoches Junior High School Food Pantry Program offers fresh fruits, vegetables and non-perishable food items from The Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Complete an application with required documents and bring to the pantry site during distribution, which is in NJHS Jag Room F106. Food distribution is the second and fourth Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Specific dates are:

Friday, Sept. 14

Friday, Sept. 28

Friday, Oct. 12

Friday, Oct. 26

Friday, Nov. 9

Friday, Nov. 16

Friday, Dec. 7

Thursday, Dec. 20

For more information, call the Food Bank at (318) 445-2773.

The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center hosts breast cancer support group meetings, called Bosom Buddies Support Group, the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group meetings are for all breast cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers. The NLCC is located at 221 Medical Drive in Natchitoches.

Kiwanis hosts Give Back Night the first Thursday of the month at Chili’s starting at 4 p.m. Mention Kiwanis to your server and Chili’s will donate 15 percent of the event day sales.

Natchitoches Hope for Paws (NHFP) hosts Chili’s Give Back Night every third Thursday of the month from 4-10 p.m. Tell your server you’re there to support NHFP and Chili’s will donate 15 percent of the total of your bill to NHFP.