(Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - From crawfish to beer to music and fairs, the Ark-La-Tex is full of fun festivals every weekend during the Spring months. Click on the festival name to be taken to their site for more information.
Explore four historic homes and enchanting gardens. Witness a re-enactment of the infamous trial of Diamond Bessie. Plus a luncheon at The Excelsior House hotel and craft fair.
Location - Jefferson, Tex
May 6 | 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Celebrate good times at this wine, art and music festival. Wineries from across Texas will let you sample their product. Gourmet treats, great music, and fantastic art will be on hand as well.
Location - Spring Lake Park, Texarkana, Tex
May 6 | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
It’s a day full of fun, craft and food vendors, an antique car and motorcycle show, tours of the Newton House Museum, and a 5K fun run. Of course there will be lots of Mayhaw jelly. It’s free to attend
Location - Newton House Museum, 510 N. Jackson, El Dorado, Ark
May 11 - 13
“Frontiers and Forty Years” is the theme. See a parade, firework display, pageant, games/contests, car show, carnival, food, music, and elements from the old Frontier Days Festival.
Location - River Front, Logansport, La
The riverbank will come alive with R&B, Jazz and a whole lot more. Mark Chesnutt and Elton Live! Tribute Band perform.
Location - Natchitoches Riverbank
May 13 | 1:00 pm - 6 pm
The East Bank District comes alive! Sample some local and regional craft beers and wines. Listen to local artists and snack on some local cuisine.
Location - East Bank District, Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City
May 14 | 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Shreveport is the home of Stuffed Shrimp and it’s time to eat a bunch of Shrimp. The kids will enjoy the Stuffed Shrimpland (kids play area).
Location - Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Shreveport
Check out the impressive model trains, layouts and the Railroad Museum. Ride the Historic Jefferson Railway and the Lonesome Dove Safari Train.
Location - 305 E. Austin St., Jefferson, Tex
Celebrate the namesake tree and flower of the great city of Magnolia. See the art show along with the parade, car show and more. Stay and partake in the World Championship Steak Cook-Off.
Location - Downtown Magnolia, Ark
Events include a Bonnie & Clyde look-a-like contest, a “shoot-out” downtown, cake walks, and lots of live entertainment.
Location - Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum, 2419 Main St., Gibsland, La
Eat crawfish. Do a little shopping. Eat more mudbugs. Listen to the great music. Eat even more crawfish. You get the idea. It’s a fun way to start Memorial Day Weekend.
Location - Shreveport Festival Plaza
March 4 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Come out for this celebration of all things about the Paddlefish. There will be fun and games, animal feedings and more.
Location - Shreveport Aquarium, 601 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
March 4 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrate the Oklahoma state dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus atokensis! Have fun at the Dino Bingo. See a replica of the Jurassic Park jeeps and more.
Location - The Museum of the Red River, 812 East Lincoln Rd., Idabel Okla.
March 4 | 11a.m. - 6p.m.
Over 125 local artists and makers line the pedestrian boulevard at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Come out to shop and see what’s new. Grab a bite to eat and listen to live entertainment and kid’s activities.
Location - Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Bossier City
March 4 | Noon - 9:00pm
Enjoy clinics, performances and a finale concert from the Southern Arkansas University Jazz Ensemble with guest artists Chad Eby, Thomas Taylor and Jon Ailabouni.
Location - Harton Theater, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark
March 11 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Downtown Natchitoches comes alive with color with thousands of flowers. Shop lawn and garden vendors. Free admission.
Location - Downtown Natchitoches
The festival looks to share Louisiana stories with a world wide audience. Highlights include student and independent filmmakers.
Locations - Parkway Cinema 6 in Natchitoches
It’s a full weekend of crawfish and food that will sure to delight everyone! Plus some really good music and art.
Location - Betty Virginia Park, 3901 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport
It’s Fiesta Time for Redbud! Spend the day having fun from a turtle race to a car show, parade and carnival. All to celebrate the Redbud tree.
Location - Downtown Vivian, La
March 18 | 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
It’s one of the first major events at the new Performance Pavilion at Caddo Common Park. Free admission to celebrate with food, music and art.
Location - Caddo Common Park, Texas Ave., Shreveport
March 25 | 9 a.m.
The Iota Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has provided a platform to spotlight the talents of youth in the areas of art, dance, music, speech, and quiz bowl. The purpose of this event focuses on the sorority’s national initiative to Uplift Our Local Community.
Location - Webster Junior High School, 700 E. Union St., Minden, La
March 25 | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Merchants around downtown kick off the spring season with family fun and shopping with vendors from within 50 miles of Atlanta.
Location - Downtown Atlanta, Tex
March 25 | 2 p.m.
Enjoy a BBQ Pork Meal, bounce houses and live music. Plus cornhole, door prizes and more.
Location - 105 Peterson, Many, La
March 25 | 8:00 pm
Six acts take the stage: Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, Tucka, J-Wonn and Calvin Richardson.
Location - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
March 31 - April 1
It will be a safe and exciting time with food, live music, games, a bike show and more. Enter some of the tournaments or cookoffs.
Location - Downtown Idabel, Okla
March 31 - April 1
Cooking starts on Friday and judging is on Saturday.
Location - Rodeo Arena, Center, Tex
March 31 - April 2
It was the biggest battles of the Civil War west of the Mississippi. The Battle of Pleasant Hill is remembered every year with a reenactment. Learn about what happened during and after the battle.
Location - 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, La
March 31 - April 9
Get ready for one of the largest events in the area.. The rides, food and fun are back along with the Demolition Derby and the Four States Fair Rodeo.
Location - 3700 E. 50th St., Texarkana, Ark.
April 1 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Over 90 wines will be served as well as a lot of tasty treats. Meet and talk wine with experts and enjoy live music and participate in the raffle drawings.
Location - Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St., Shreveport
April 2 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Come out for fantastic ideas for your garden and yard. Shop from a wide array of vendors from garden decor to plants and flowers. Free admission.
Location - Main Street, Many, La
April 8 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
One of the oldest car clubs in Louisiana hosts this show of classic hot rods and cars.
Location - Louisiana Downs Casino & Racetrack, Bossier City
Listen to Bluegrass bands then hitch a ride to the Germantown historic site.
Location - Webster Parish Fairgrounds, Minden, La
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Feast on some mudbugs at Bossier City’s first crawfish festival. Listen to music all day.
Location - Louisiana Downs Casino & Racetrack, Bossier City
It’s all about local arts and crafts from photography, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, woodworking, pottery and more on an historic setting.
Location - Melrose on the Cane, 3533 LA-119, Melrose, La
April 22 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Minden honors Scottish culture at a new location. Visit the clans, enjoy the Children’s Area, see the dog show Highland Coos and do a little shopping.
Location - Miller Quarters, 182 Gleason St., Minden, La
See how our local loggers and forestry service members do their trade. Try your hand all sorts of forestry skills. Get dirty in the Mud Bog.
Location - Zwolle Festival Grounds, Zwolle, La
April 22 | 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Great BBQ + lots of bourbon will make for an incredible afternoon and evening.
Location - Red River District, downtown Shreveport
April 27 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Have fun at this free festival featuring old fashioned carnival games, miniature train rides and complimentary saplings to plant in your yard.
Location - Mount Pleasant Sports Complex, 300 County Road 1314, Mount Pleasant, Tex
Celebrate the Native American culture and the 2,500+ member tribe roots. enjoy traditional dancing, unique craft items, jewelry, and Indian Fellowship.
Location - 217 Gene Knight Rd., Noble, La
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