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March 21 - 25 Winnfield, LA Welcome to Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials at the Winn Parish Fair Grounds, Hwy 34 South. For more information contact Jake Loiacano; 409-673-2382 or email jake@hogbaying.com
March 23-25 Monroe, LA Junior League Spring Market. Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway.
This year is the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the annual Spring Market! Here are the Spring Market events and shopping times: ; Friday, March 23rd -Shop Till You Drop from 9:00am-11:00am; General Shopping from 11:00am-5:00pm; Girls Night Out from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, March 24th- General Shopping 9:00am-6:00pm; Breakfast with Bunnies 9:00am
Sunday, March 25th- General Shopping from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Phone: 318-329-2225
March 24 West Monroe, LA Downtown Spring Art Festival; Antique Alley; 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street. Over 60 booths filled with artists and artisans (all handmade products!), and local organizations providing learning activities and demonstrations; Food Vendors; Live music and performances; FREE craft projects, jumpers, and activities for kids. This year, the festival will be located on Trenton Street, along Antique Alley. 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM; FREE
March 24 Pioneer, LA Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Morning Hike; Take part in a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. The hike will follow an introductory video; and can take up to two hours, depending on the pace of the group. For more information call 888-926-5492 toll free or 318-926-5492 locally. Poverty Point World Heritage Site; 6859 Highway 577.
March 31 Monroe, LA ZOO Easter EGGstravaganza 2018. Louisiana Purchase Zoo; 1405 Bernstein Park Road. This community event is sponsored by the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society with support from the City of Monroe. Families can experience the new life of Spring and the fun, educational atmosphere of the zoo by participating in our Easter EGGstravaganza. 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. 318-329-2400
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April 5 Monroe;
West Monroe, LA
Downtown Gallery Crawl; Come enjoy the next installment of the Downtown Gallery Crawl’s 10th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, April 5th, 5-9 pm. The Downtown Arts Alliance is pulling together nine great shows, live music to put a spring in your step, and food and drink around every corner. And to top it off, it’s totally free! Resident and guest artists will be on hand to talk with patrons about their art. Bring a friend or the whole family and come out for a great party celebrating and supporting your talented community. DeSiard and Trenton Streets, Monroe and West Monroe; 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
April 5 Monroe, LA Downtown River Jam; Downtown River Jam is a free concert series hosted annually by the Downtown Monroe Alliance in downtown Monroe, LA. 515 N 3rd St; 5:30 PM- 9:00 PM; Website: www.facebook.com/DowntownRiverJam/
April 6 - 7 Monroe, LA 28th Annual Garden Symposium and Plant Sale; Biedenharn Museum and Gardens; 2006 Riverside Drive. The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is pleased to welcome a distinguished panel of guests for the 28th Annual Biedenharn Garden Symposium and Plant Sale. Speakers will include Gary Bachman, Jill Forrester, and Elizabeth and Kayla Jobe.
Gary Backman talk entitled, “A Conversation with the Southern Gardener,” will revolve ideas and plants for the landscape. Dr. Bachman is a research professor of horticulture and the Host and Executive Producer of Southern Gardening.
Hours: The Garden Symposium will take place Fri., Apr. 6 from 9am to 3pm and the Annual Plant Sale will take place Sat., Apr. 7 from 10am to 1pm. Phone: 318-387-5281
April 6 - 7 West Monroe, LA Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale; Farmer's Market at Seventh Square; 1700 N 7th St. Annual spring plant sale of the NELA Master Gardeners Association with varieties of ornamentals, vegetables, and herbs that will do well in North Louisiana! Master Gardeners are on hand for expert advice as well as the Louisiana Super Plant/Pollinator Garden to walk through! Programs in the bandstand, too! Hours: April 6th- 12:00 PM- 6:00 PM, April 7th- 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM; Phone: 318-322-2203
April 6 - 7 Ashland, LA 18th Annual Ashland Spring Festival; Friday Gospel singing April 6 at 6:30pm.; April 7 Parade at 10; Corn Hole Tournament at 11:30; Cloggers performing under the pavilion at 1:00; Womanless Beauty Pageant at 3:00; Bingo & Checkers in the community center at 4:00; Line band starts at 7:00. Food , craft vendors, Live entertainment. For more information call 318-544-0044.
April 6 - 8 Dubach, LA Big Creek Trade Days April Show; We are ready for Spring at Big Creek Trade Days.  Come out and shop with over 100 vendors, relax in the Man Cave with 4 big screen TV's, grab a snack with one of the food vendors, shop, eat, enjoy!  Fun for the whole family. 327 California Plant Road,   For detailed directions go to our website www.bigcreektradedays.com ; Admission: $5.00 parking per car which is good for all 3 days of the show.
April 7 Saline, LA Briarwood Annual Spring Picnic; Caroline Dormon the Artist is the theme for this year's picnic at the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve. 216 Caroline Dormon Rd. Please visit the Briarwood website for more information. http://www.briarwoodnp.org/upcoming-events.html
April 7 Ruston, LA 2018 Railroad Festival; Music and arts festival held in downtown Ruston. 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1988137961440860/?ti=as
April 7 West Monroe, LA Fruit Tree Grafting Clinic at the Master Gardeners Spring Sale; Hosted by Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners. Apple tree grafting clinic at the NELA Master Gardeners spring plant sale with Larry Stephenson of Southern Cultured Orchards & Nursery. Graft your own ($5.00 per rootstock; limit 3 or get a custom benchgraft ($10.00; limit 4). The Pavilion at Seventh Square; 1700 North 7th Street. 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM; Cost: $5-$10.
April 7 Grand Cane, LA Grand Cane Trade Day; 8362 Old Hwy 171; 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM; PRICE: Free; : www.facebook.com EMAIL: grandcane.tradeday@gmail.com       
April 7 Shreveport, LA Intor To Container Gardening; Start your stress-free sweat-less edible indoor or patio container garden (free class) & Kids container gardening competition kick-off. Kids can win over $200 in cash and prizes. Entry form is at www.shreveportanddance.com .8201 Jewella Ave; Suite 124, across from the Office Depot on Jewella Ave. 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM; Free class bring up to 3 containers; Sponsored  by Caddo Parks and Recreation. PHONE: RSVP 318-393-4622; EMAIL: Ufitnessandoutreach@outlook.com
April 7 Minden, LA Scottish Tartan Festival; Feel the skirl of the bagpipes, visit the clan tents to learn about your Celtic heritage. Enjoy live music from Celtic musicians Smithfield Fair, the Rogues, Emerald Accent, the Selkie Girls, Traveling Murphys and Irish Tenor Dan Phillips. Be in awe of the quick feet of the Jackson Irish Dancers and sensual moves of the Port Belly Project. Learn about history through our artisans and craftsmen and attend our workshops replete with an Outlander Village. Witness the demonstration of highland cattle herding by border collies. Enter your fur baby in the Dog Show. Amuse the youngsters with the Maypole Dance, tug of war and face painting among other activities. Finally, hop on the hayride and take a tour of the farm. You'll feel as if you are in the highlands of Scotland for the day! 224 Louisiana 518; 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; $7.00 Adults / $3.00 Children 12-6 / Children under 6 FREE! 318-393-2693; WEBSITE: www.scottishsociety.wixsite.com ; EMAIL: scottishsociety@gmail.com  
April 7 Shreveport, LA Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Spring Pland SALE; The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Randle T. Moore Center, located at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Kings Highway in Shreveport.
There will be a wide selection of perennials, shade plants, unique vines, and fragrant herbs for sale. In addition, many varieties of native plants grown by Master Gardeners will also be available. Some of these include hydrangea, Louisiana iris, angel trumpet, Confederate rose, and morning glory tree. Our local horticulturist, Denyse Cummings, will be available to answer any questions about plant identification, diagnosing plant problems, insects, diseases and weeds and how to control them. Samples for identification should be fresh and placed in plastic bags or containers.
Proceeds from the plant sale fund future Master Gardener projects and help promote the Master Gardeners’ mission to enhance the quality of knowledge for gardeners in the community.
For more information contact the Master Gardener office at 318-698-0010 or www.nwlamg.weebly.com.
April 7 Alexandria, LA Spring Herb Day-Arts & Crafts Yard Sale; Romance at arm's length, you say? Yes, serious romance! Spring Herb Day, Arts & Craft Festival and Yard Sale is a morning of treasure hunting. The romance lies within the finds of the day, the intoxicating scents from fresh herbs that enhance the garden, bargains at the yard sale and treasures from the many vendors that pepper the Kent Plantation House lawn with their special wares.Come early, this event is a very popular gathering! It’s the ultimate pleasure! 8:00AM - 1:00PM; Kent Plantation House; 3601 Bayou Rapides Road. 318-487-5998; Free to the public!
April 7 Woodworth, LA Antique Tractor & Classic Car Show; 9:00AM - 3:00PM; Indian Creek Recreation Area; 100 Camp Ground Road; $7 per vehicle; Phone: 3184875058; Find us on facebook Indian Creek Recreation Area
April 7 - 8 Monroe, LA Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen Pageant; University of Louisiana at Monroe; 700 University Avenue. Bringing you New Year cheer at the Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen Pageant. 7:30 PM; 318-342-1000
April 13-14 Natchitoches, LA 22nd Jazz R&B Festival; Downtown Natchitoches, LA; Limited reserve seating available; For more information please visit the Natchitoches Jazz R&B Festival website. https://natchjazzfest.com/
April 13 - 21 Shreveport, LA Holiday In DIXIE;One of the oldest festivals in the South, Holiday in Dixie celebrates the beginning of spring and the Louisiana Purchase. This event includes a 10-day carnival, parade, treasure hunt, live music, and family fun. Opens at 5 p.m., Fridays; 1 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 5:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; closed Tuesday. Festival Plaza; 101 Crockett St; Free; 318-865-5555; www.arklatexambassadors.com
April 14 Ruston, LA Ruston Farmers Market Opening Day; Support local food at the Ruston Farmers Market this year! We will be open Saturday, April 14 with fresh, locally grown produce, meat, eggs, and other agricultural products like honey, jams, and pickles. You can also shop for natural skin care products, soaps, crafts, knits, and art all handcrafted by local producers. Join us for breakfast or lunch from local food businesses, chat with farmers about what they grow, or take a seat at the picnic tables and listen to live music from local musicians. Spend your Saturday mornings with RFM through December 15. Shop local. Eat local. Support local. Ruston, we are ready for you! Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT; 220 E Mississippi Avenue; 318-957-1305; http://www.rustonfarmersmarket.org /
April 20 Monroe, LA Star-Gazing Party at Black Bayou; Join the Ouachita Valley Astronomy League and Friends of Black Bayou in celebrating International Dark Sky Week with a star-gazing party. They will have telescopes out but feel free to bring your own or binoculars. They will be setting up in the pier parking lot by the boat launch. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge--480 Richland Pl Drive; 8PM-11PM; free;  318-387-1114
April 20 - 21 Winnfield, LA Louisiana Forest Festival; Parade downtown & Misic and Fireworks at the fairgrounds on Friday. Saturday Fun runs, Logging contest; Wood carving; Arts & Craft Vendors, Music and much more. For more information go to www.forestfestival.com
April 21 Jonesboro, LA Annual Shineshine Festival; Antique Car Show; Food Vendors' Arts & Caraft Booths; Free Space Walk for Children; Children's Parade. Fun for all. For more information call 318-259-4693.
April 21 Monroe, LA Earth Day Celebration; Come celebrate Earth Day with the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. You will not want to miss this free family friendly event! 480 Richland Pl Drive, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM; : Free;  318-387-1114
April 21 Shreveport, LA Roses In Bloom At Amarican Rose Center; Each April, the American Rose Center celebrates Spring bloom with a seminar all about growing roses. This year's Roses in Bloom will also include the Peace Rose Commemorative ForeverŪ Stamp First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony (see schedule below). All of the fun will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Gardens of the American Rose Center. The all-day seminar will feature various speakers and have some dedications of new additions to the gardens. This event is open to the public and admission is by donation only. 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Free; 318-938-5402; : www.rose.org
April 21-22 Melrose, LA 42nd Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival; Saturday 9-5; Sunday 10-4; 14 miles  south of Natchitoches. From I-49 take Exit 127 East to LA Hwy 1 turn right approximate 4 miles, turn Left on Hwy 493 to Melrose; Admission Adults $5 Children (6-11) $2; For more information please visit Melrose Plantation's website. www.melroseplantation.org
April 27 -29 Lecompte, LA 18th Annual Lecompte Pie Festival; 4:00PM - 10:00PM; Town of Lecompte; 2204 Saint Charles Avenue; Friday, April 27, 2018 4pm-10pmSaturday, April 28, 2018 8am-10pmSunday, April 29, 2018 Noon-8pmFor more information, check our Facebook page!
April 28 Pineville, LA Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers; 9:00AM; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; 985-445-9944; $4 per person ages 4 to 62


For more information or to confirm dates call the telephone number given for the event.