Saturday, Feb. 22 – Krewe of Waguns Pet and Children Parade
Saturday, Feb. 22 – Krewe of Dionysos Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, March 14 – Arts Along the Bricks/Bloomin’ on the Bricks
Saturday, March 14 – Steel Magnolia Run
March 19-21 – NPL Book Sale
Saturday, March 21 – NYP Pub Crawl
Saturday, April 4 – Dragon Boat Races
April 18-19 – Melrose Plantation Arts and Crafts Festival
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will host the Big Game Hunting Program Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. This will be a lively discussion with Kaylee Stacy, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) 2020 recipient of the Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award and Shawn Daily, holder of numerous big game records with Safari Club International (SCI). Hear about their worldwide adventures, awards and involvement in wildlife conservation. This is free to attend.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will host Mardi Gras Mask Making Saturday, Feb. 22 from noon – 2 p.m. Children accompanied by an adult are invited to make festive Mardi Gras masks to celebrate the holiday and receive their first throw of the season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by FLASH. Regular admission prices apply ($6 for adults, $5 for military, students and seniors and free for children 6 and under.)
The Natchitoches Home and Garden Expo will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. It is free to attend. To become a vendor, email info@NatchiotchesChamber.com or visit NatchitochesHomeAndGarden.com.
“From Old World to New World: Louisiana and the Carnival Tradition of Mardi Gras,” hosted by Professor Cheryl White, will be Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center. The event is free and open to the public and coffee and king cake will be provided.Coffee and Conversation is a lecture series of the Cane River National Heritage Area and is designed to share the stories of the region’s forgotten, untold or hidden stories.
The Service League of Natchitoches will host Reading on the River Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Prudhomme-Roquier House. This is a free event for the public, with free books for kids, arts and crafts, story readings and more.
There will be a free children’s painting workshop Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is for children ages 8-12 and taught by Annabel Jones. Limited to 20 participants. All supplies are provided, but registration is required. To sign up, call (318) 352-0382 ext. 316.
The Natchitoches Historic Foundation will host the first Gather in the Garden event Saturday, March 14 Breakfast and Blooms from 8:30-10 a.m. at Cunningham Law Offices with a tour of the Mildred Hart Bailey Gardens and words from speaker Mike Sharp of the Antique Rose Emporium. Flutes and Florals are from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Samuel Guy House, with champagne and dessert tasting.
The NSULA Hospitality Management and Tourism Department will host a Columns Café Murder Mystery Dinner, “Death by Chocolate” Thursday, March 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a night of murder mystery along with a four-course meal prepared by Culinary Arts students at the Family and Consumer Science Building. Admission is $45.
Relay for Life in Natchitoches Parish will host Relay on the Cane’s “Hope Fest” Friday, April 17 from 6-10 p.m. on the riverbank. The festival style event will include a survivor and caregiver parade, live entertainment, food and fun for all ages, a luminaria ceremony and fireworks. To sign up as a team, survivor, caregiver or individual, visit www.RelayForLife.org/NatchitochesLA. For volunteer opportunities or for more information, email Katie.Weinnig@cancer.org.