Twenty-One Years of Family Fun-the 2023 Meatpie Festival Rocks the Riverbank!

From superb music, to motorcycles, and the signature Natchitoches delicacy, the Natchitoches Meatpie Festival held September 15 and 16 at the downtown riverbank, offered something for everyone.

The Natchitoches Meatpie Festival, in its twenty-first year, has long been a staple of the fall season in our community, offering family fun to one and all with no admission charge. The event featured concerts, an eclectic variety of food trucks, craft booths, inflatable structures for children to play in, and of course lots of meatpies for all to enjoy. Lifeshare’s bloodmobile was also on hand looking for donors.

Thousands of festivalgoers packed the downtown riverbank to listen to an eclectic range of musical entertainment. Saturday’s festivities began with over 50 motorcyclists thundering down Front Street enjoying the twenty-fourth Cane River Run, a three-hour ride throughout our picturesque parish. The day featured almost 12 solid hours of entertainment beginning with Natchitoches’ Zach George Band and culminating with a fun filled performance by Natchitoches’ iconic Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs. In a special treat the Moondogs were joined by Zydeco legend Jo-El Sonnier for a truly memorable night of musical magic.

The Meatpie Festival, in addition to being terrific fun, has a serious purpose. The festival’s proceeds assist organizations like the Boys & Girls Club and other charitable endeavors.