The 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held on July 26-27 in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum located at 220 South Jefferson Street at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. The Festival will be on Friday July 26 from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m and all day on Saturday July 27 from 8 a.m until 10:30 p.m. The family-oriented festival is wheelchair accessible. The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July 2019. The 2019 Festival theme is Vive la Louisiane!
“This year’s theme acknowledges the ways in which so many outstanding artists young and old are tapping into the power and artistry of the old ways, revitalizing and reimagining tradition as they make it their own,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the festival and NSU’s Louisiana Folklife Center.
Blues guitarist and singer Tab Benoit is the honorary chair of the festival and will be the headline performer on Saturday evening. Benoit will be also inducted in the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists.
Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are $13 for a two-day pass, available in advance only, or $10 at the door for all events on Saturday, or $6 for a one-time evening pass to all events after 5 p.m. For advance tickets or more information, call (318) 357-4332.