2023 Festival Theme: Celebrating Louisiana’s Cultural Gumbo
Event Date and Time: July 22, 9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Event Location: 220 South Jefferson Street, Prather Coliseum, Northwestern State University campus, Natchitoches
Venue Name: Prather Coliseum
Ticket Prices: Saturday all day, $10. Saturday after 5 PM, $6. Children 12 and under admitted free.
Event Description: The Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held on July 22 in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on the NSU campus and will feature 3 stages of music with Cajun, zydeco, blues, Celtic, and country music, free Cajun and zydeco dance lessons, and many traditional food vendors. The Festival will also include a gumbo cook-off, blacksmithing, KidFest, over 70 crafts persons, a harmonica workshop taught by Ed Huey, and the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship from 1-4 PM. Music headliners feature Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush, the Jambalaya Cajun Band and the Cajun Stompers, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Hugh Harris and the Drifting Cowboys, The Russell Welch Hot Quartet with special guest Aurora Nealand, traditional Native American songs and dances with the Rising Sun Youth Choctaw-Apache of Ebarb Dance Group, and blues by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.
Wheelchair accessible. Children 12 and under admitted free!