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April 14-23 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 in downtown Shreveport. Festival Plaza; 101 Crockett St; Open Monday-Fridays at 5 PM; Saturdays at noon; Sunday at 1 PM; Free-$25; 318-865-5555; arklatexambassadors.com
April 21-23 Natchitoches, LA Cowboy Fast Draw. Louisiana State Championship of the Cowboy Fast Draw. City Park, www.cowboyfastdraw.com
April 21-22 Winnfield, LA Louisiana Forest Festival; The Louisiana Forest Festival, reorganized in 1980, salutes the timber industry in our state. The festival encompasses timber related activities. There are numerous forestry equipment displays and related exhibits. Professional lumberjack sports competitors come from throughout the United States to participate in the show. The Lumberjack Challenge T.V. Show on OLN has featured the festival. There will be 13 lumberjack events to cheer on with 6 different chainsaw events. The festival will have excellent fun and food throughout the day. Come and look at the homemade crafts and join in the fun of contests and prize drawings. There will be children’s activities and games. Winn Parish Fair Ground Hwy 34 South. 8:00AM-6PM; Parade 7PM Friday. 318-628-4461 or www.laforestfestival.com
April 22-23 Melrose, LA Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival. The 43rd Annual Menrose Arts & Crafts Festival is slated for April 22nd-23rd on the grounds of Melrose Plantation.
The festival opens Saturday at 9am and Sunday at 10am. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. Guests may also opt to tour the main plantation house, called "the big house" and the Yucca House and the African House for an additional $5 ticket. Viewing of the other historic buildings and self-guided tours of the grounds, which feature centuries old live oak trees is included with the entry fee.
Vendors come each year from several states showcasing and selling their hand created works which include stained glass, gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, photography, plants, toys, woodworking products, pottery, and other arts and crafts. Located in southern Natchitoches Parish at 3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA 71452, approximately 17 miles south of the town of Natchitoches.  Additional information about the festival, the history of Melrose, and www.MelrosePlantation.org
April 22-23 Shreveport, LA Louisiana Comic Com, SBC is a two day event being held at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum / State Fair of Louisiana Fairgrounds Complex (3701 Hudson Ave.) and will bring together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family friendly environment. Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; louisianacomiccon.com
April 29 West Monroe, LA Downtown Spring Art Festival; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; This fun festival features all things local, hand made, crafty, artistic, musical, performance, dance, yummy and more with live music and delicious food. Antique Alley; 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street; $5 per person; www.artfest318.com
April 29 Natchitoches, LA Big Bass Blowout. Red River Midway Marina (3185 HWY 477) For more information, call 318.646.0097.
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May 2017 ================  
May 5-6 Bossier City, LA 11Th Annual Red River Water Resource Festival; This two-day festival kicks off at 9 a.m., Friday, May 5, with safe summer presentations for some 300 elementary school students. These programs will include water safety, wildlife identification & habitat, boating safety and other fun activities. Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.- 2.p.m, is the final day, free to the public, featuring water safety, fish and waterfowl biology, water resources and life jacket giveaway. Because the State of Louisiana is known as "The Sportsman's Paradise," this event will reach an anticipated 20,000 visitors giving better knowledge of the Natural Resources of the Red River, Louisiana waterways. 540 Boardwalk Blvd; Bossier City, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; 318- 422-3351; www.louisianaboardwalk.com ;Joseph.B.Minter@usace.army.mil
May 6 Alexandria, LA Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™; Amphitheater on Red River/Alexandria Museum of Art; 9:00AM-4:00PM; In the past 10 years, dragon boating has grown from relative obscurity to 80,000 participants who take part in over 100 festivals in municipalities across the country. Dragon boating is visually spectacular, easy to learn, and most importantly, extremely safe. Anyone can do it, regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. Furthermore, it is a sport where men and women compete together in an unbiased and fun environment. For these reasons, it has become an extremely popular team building activity for community organizations and corporations. On Race Day, “Second Saturday Market at the Museum” expands to festival proportions from the Alexandria Museum of Art to the Amphitheater! Don't be left out of this terrific opportunity to participate in this community event. Want to have a team? Visit our website for registration information. Admission:  Free for spectators; Phone:  318-443-3458 ; Website: Have a team? Click here!
May 6 Natchitoches, LA 4th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride; The Bike Natchitoches Cane River Ride Conprises three routes that cover land steeped in the history of Natchitoches Parish and offers numerous views of Cane River Lake. Participants from any route are encouraged to tour the National Park at Oakland, Magnolia, and Melrose Plantations. A 2K Family Fun run/walk is also planed. For more information go to www.bikenatchitoches.org or www.bikereg.org
May 6 Monroe, LA FREE Children's Drop-In Activity; 2:00 - 5:00 pm; Offered the first Saturday of every month, these free activities are for children of all ages. Drop by the museum any time between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on the scheduled day. Children will work on an art project that relates either through subject matter, medium, or technique, to the exhibition currently on display. Please note if the first of the month falls on a holiday or museum installation day the event will be rescheduled. Current schedules can be found in the Current and Upcoming Classes section of our website. These events are free and open to the public. *NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!*Masur Museum of Art; 1400 South Grand, 318-329-2237; www.masurmuseum.org
May 6 Oil City, LA Gusher Days Festival; The community comes together to celebrate it's past oil heritage. The festival provides a children's area, live entertainment, fishing tournament, food and craft booths, car show, and more all on the edge of beautiful Caddo Lake. Earl G Williamson Park; 11425 LA Hwy 1, 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM; 318- 470-3446; www.gusherdaysfestival.com ; gusherdays@yahoo.com
May 6 - 7 Bossier City, LA Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show - Defenders of Liberty 2017; Free; Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show and Open House 2017,  is a free two-day event drawing more than 100,000 people from the local, regional and national area. Performers from all over the country perform in this annual event. Tour the military installation, watch the military and aerobatic performances, and engage with both aerobatic performers and military pilots for autographs and hands-on education of aviation. People of all ages are allowed up close and personal access to our country’s fighting air power and vintage warbirds on static display. The 2017 show features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels with special performances by B-52, Randy Ball Mig-17, Rob Holland, Kevin Coleman. Wyche Coleman, Jr., Shockwave Jet Truck and more! The event acts as an official Open House and recruiting for the base and branches of our armed forces.Visit www.barksdaleafbairshow.com or www.facebook.com/barksdaleairshow; 318- 456-3001; cindy@goksm.com; 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
May 7 Mansfield, LA Tourism Week: Mansfield Battlefield Tours; In recognition of National Tourism Week, Mansfield State Historic Site, in collaboration with the DeSoto Parish Tourism Bureau, will offer special battlefield tours as well as rifle-firing demonstrations on Sunday, May 7, and Wednesday - Friday, May 10-12.
Battlefield tours will occur at 11 a.m., rifle-firing demonstrations at 2 p.m. Come tour the battlefield and see how the soldiers lived and fought during the Civil War. Share your Tourism Week experiences in DeSoto Parish with your friends by using the hashtags #DeSotoTourism or #MansfieldSHS. $4 per person ages 13-61; seniors 62 and over and children 12 and under are admitted free. 15149 Hwy 175, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM; 318- 872-1474; www.facebook.com; mansfield_int@crt.la.gov
May 7 West Monroe, LA Antique Alley Spring Open House; 1:00pm-5:00pm; Stroll the Alley and shop till you drop with music, food and fun. 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street; Free; www.antiquealleyshops.org
May 8 Blanchard, LA Poke Salad Festival; The Poke Salad Festival kicks off with a $1,500 treasure hunt and includes a pet parade, carnival, food, children's activities and live entertainment. The annual festival will be held between Darby Avenue and Pinehill Road off of Hwy. 1 in Blanchard. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday.  Free; 318-309-2647; www.pokesaladfestival.com
May 12-13 Zwolle, LA 23rd Annual Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival. Zwolle festival grounds, 1100 South Main. Parade at 10am. Two stages of live entertainment. Mud Bog conpetition, Carnival, Logging Contests, One mile run and 5K Memorial run/walk, Food, Crafts. Fun for all. For more information call 318-645-9317 or 318-471-2354 or www.zwolleloggersandforestryfestival.com
May 13 Shreveport, LA Fit For Life Expo and Sports Weekend; Come be a part of a weekend that celebrates sports and fitness in a variety of ways that both young and old can enjoy, Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center. In it's 12th consecutive year, this Fit For Life Exposition and Optimum Classic Championship features a mixture of sports competitions. Archery, arm wrestling, grappling, boxing, karate, and power lifting sports will be showcased. Also on display will be classic and contemporary American "muscle" cars and a Family Fitness Fun Zone that families can enjoy together to encourage fitness. 400 Caddo St, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Free; (318) 455-6093; www.bfitforlife.org ; apexeventsllc@gmail.com
May 13 Mansfield, LA Pleasant Hill Battlefield Bus Tour; As part of National Tourism Week, Mansfield State Historic Site staff – in collaboration with the DeSoto Parish Tourism Bureau – will conduct a guided tour of the Pleasant Hill Battlefield on Saturday,. For those who call and register before April 22, the cost will be $25 per person. After that, the price will go to $30. Call today and take advantage of the savings.
Visitors will meet at Mansfield State Historic Site at 10:30 a.m. A brief overview of the battle of Mansfield and lead up to the battle of Pleasant Hill will be given at the museum, before leaving for the battlefield. Bus transportation and lunch will be provided to registered participants. The last day for pre-registration is Saturday, May 4; and seats are limited (39) to register or for more information, call the park at 318-872-1474.
What is offered: 1. Tour of Mansfield Battlefield Museum; 2. Historian-led bus tour of Mansfield, Wilson’s Farm, and Pleasant Hill Battlefields; 3. Guided walking tour of the Pleasant Hill Battlefield and old town site
4. Complementary lunch served at the Pleasant Hill Battlefield
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield. For more information, call 318-872-1474. Facebook page for more details. mansfield_int@crt.la.gov
May 20 Alexandria, LA Kent Plantation House Bridal Fair; Kent Plantation House; 3601 Bayou Rapides Road; 12:00PM-4:00PM; You are invited to our FIRST Kent Plantation House Bridal Fair! All of our talented vendors will be thrilled to meet you to share their specialties. Make a special mark on your calendar for this premiere event!  We hope to see you there! Free Admission;   318-487-5998; Website: Kent Plantation House Bridal Fair
May 25-28 Shreveport, LA Mudbug Madness Festival; Mudbug Madness Festival is a four-day festival celebrating Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage of good food and Cajun music with non-stop live entertainment on three stages as well as mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages. Nationally recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events, the festival draws more than 50,000 people per day. Festival headliners for 2017 include Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Feufollet, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun and more.See the complete live music line-up on the festival website.  Mudbug Madness salutes our military. Show your Military ID and get in FREE at all times (active duty & retired) – courtesy of Shreveport Regional Airport. For more ticket information, visit the festival website 101 Crockett St, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM; $5; 318-226-5641; mudbugmadness.com  ; mudbug@dsula.org
May 27 Pineville, LA Dutch Oven Gathering; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; 9:00AM. Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers Demonstrations begin at 9am.  Pots on the table at Noon. Takes place every fourth Saturday of the month. No charge for food, however, donations are accepted. *Park Entrance Fees Apply*. Raffle Prizes!!! For more information, call Laurie Smith at 985-445-9944 or look for us on Facebook. Email: centralla.dutchovencookers@yahoo.com Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers is a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society. Admission: $4 per person ages 4 to 62
May 27 West Monroe, LA 3rd Annual Memorial Day with Our H.O.M.E. 4:30 pm to 9:15 pm; join Our H.O.M.E. in honoring the fallen and lifting up the Gold Star families at Kiroli Park with live music, food, activities for kids, door prizes, raffles and more! 820 Kiroli Road, 318-396-4016; www.westmonroe.com/departments/parks/kiroli.php
May 27 Monroe, LA Downtown Cinema; 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm; Join Downtown Cinema for a movie under the stars. There will be free popcorn and water, just bring your own seating and enjoy the show. Palace Park; 220 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA,; Free

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