Fall Into the Season With a Visit to Natchitoches
The colors are changing and the leaves are falling which hopefully mean cooler temperatures are around the corner. From car shows to tours of homes to fall festivals and, of course, pumpkins and scarecrows, Natchitoches is sure to have something to pique your interest during the month of October.
The 13th Annual Classic Car Show is right around the corner, set to be held on October 4th – 5th. Whether you have a classic car you would like to enter or just want to stroll through downtown to see the entries, this is an event for all car enthusiasts. For more information or to register, you can visit https://natchitochescarshow.com/.
Natchitoches has become known for the tours offered in the fall. This year’s American Cemetery Tour will be held on Friday, October 11th where actors recreate the lives and accomplishments of persons interred while docents educate visitors about traditions of death and dying in the south. The 65th Annual Fall Tour of Homes follows on October 12th – 13th. This year’s tour will focus around the world-famous movie, Steel Magnolias, as this year marks three decades since the movie was released. Turn back time as behind the movie secrets will be shared and local celebrities recount their experiences on set.
This year on October 12th, Tappedtober is back with 150+ craft beer and wine choices, football, food trucks, kids zone, fireworks and live music featuring American Idol Winner: Laine Hardy. This annual event is known for its family friendly environment with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation and Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Foundation. For more information on this event, you can visit https://www.nrmchospital.org/foundation/tappedtober/.
Travel down the river about 15 miles to Melrose October 12th – 13th for the annual St. Augustine Creole Festival where you can receive a tour of the St. Augustine Catholic Church and Cemetery. There will also be crafts, games, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy, but the biggest draw is the homemade gumbo, hot tamales, and meat pies. The Cane River National Heritage Area and Cane River Creole National Park will then host the Cane River Fall Festival on October 26th at Oakland Plantation located in Natchez, as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Festivities will include hands-on activities for children, a petting zoo, live music, food trucks, living history demonstrations, harvest crafts, pumpkin decorating, historic games and more!
Natchitoches will close out the month celebrating our annual Halloween festivities which include the Crows on the Cane Contest, Pumpkin Glow and Witch Way to Main Street. As you visit downtown, you will see an array of scarecrows that have been transformed to reflect a special theme, business, organization or event. The annual pumpkin glow allows all ages to carve or paint a pumpkin with live entertainment for a fun family-friendly event. Witch Way to Main Street is a safe and free trick or treating event held in downtown Natchitoches on October 31st. For more information on these events, you can contact the Main Street office at (318)357-3822.