The Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, held Sept. 20-21, filled the downtown riverbank with energetic music, and the spicy aroma of meat pies. Hot air balloons floated next to Cane River Lake, casting their reflections in its dark waters as the sun set. Vendors sold their wares from jewelry to metal wall hangings and more. A kids area offered a rock climbing wall, jumpers and other fun activities. Friday night’s Brew Fest was “hoppin,” offering samples of specialty beers while American Petty and the If They Ask Band kept the crowd rockin’. Saturday’s entertainment lineup did not disappoint, providing the crowd with tunes to tap their feet too. They danced into the night before Bad Moon Rising finished off the evening with Creedence Clearwater Revival Covers before fireworks flashed through the night sky.