A Festival for Everyone in Shreveport/Bossier City

  • People attending the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival in Columbia Park

  • close up photo of crawfish with potatoes at Mudbug Madness

  • nighttime skyline view of Shreveport, LA

When people think of Louisiana, they often think of the fun and eclectic atmosphere of New Orleans or the historical significance of the state’s capital in Baton Rouge. Many people overlook it but Louisiana’s third most populous city, Shreveport, is rich with a unique culture and southern charm.

What many may not know about this city in north Louisiana is that it has a little something for everyone. Foodies can enjoy a wide variety of eats from Cajun cuisine, delicious BBQ, southern classics and farm fresh favorites. Movie buffs will love following the Shreveport-Bossier film trail while touring spots from movies such as W., The Guardian, Mr. Brooks and The Mist, filmed right here in Shreveport. Explorers will enjoy touching jellyfish at the new Shreveport Aquarium and holding a live alligator at Gators & Friends Adventure Park. Shreveport is also home to more than 60 festivals and annual events that celebrate everything that makes this city a great place to visit.

The Red River Revel Arts Festival is a celebration of both visual and performing arts. The outdoor festival takes place at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport and runs from September 29, 2018 – October 7, 2018. It features over 100 unique visual artists, delicious eats from dozens of food vendors and live music from every genre on three performance stages. The Revel is an award-winning celebration and was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America!

Lovers of crawfish flock to the Mudbug Madness Festival every summer. The four-day festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. The festival is, of course, filled with an endless supply of crawfish and it also has fun musical entertainment, including a variety of local zydeco favorites. But that’s not all, the festival also features several food truck vendors, a parade, and a crawfish-eating contest.  Mudbug Madness is a nationally recognized, award-winning festival and one of Louisiana’s most popular Cajun festivals.

Holiday in Dixie is one of the oldest running festivals in the State of Louisiana and includes several exciting events for everyone. This ten-day festival takes places in downtown Shreveport in Festival Plaza during the spring and includes the KTBS Channel 3 Treasure Hunt, Family Fun Run and 5K, the Classic Parade and the Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ Cook-Off. Visitors of the festival enjoy live music, food from a variety of vendors and carnival rides.

Shreveport is host to three Louisiana Prize Festivals: Louisiana Film Prize, Louisiana Food Prize, and Louisiana Music Prize. Louisiana Film Prize is one of the largest short film prize festivals in the world with filmmakers from all over the country coming to northwest Louisiana to make their short film debut. Festival goers get to watch and vote on the top 20 films in the prize at multiple screening locations and the winner receives $50,000.

The Louisiana Music Prize features twelve emerging artists from across the U.S. selected by the country’s best agents, reviewers and producers. Attendees get the chance to see these twelve artists and bands over three days in several locations throughout Shreveport/Bossier City.

The Louisiana Food Prize consists of several special dinners prepared by local chefs for Golden Fork Society members who vote on the selections. The top two chefs then duke it out in the Battle for the Golden Fork.

Visitors of the Cork Wine Festival enjoy sampling over 80 wines from around the world. The event takes place in downtown Shreveport at Festival Plaza during the spring. Wine enthusiasts savor delicious samples from Shreveport/Bossier City’s finest restaurants. Plus, as with all of the area’s festivals, there’s plenty of good live music. Festival-goers also receive a signature Cork wine glass to take home as a souvenir.

With three breweries right here in Shreveport/Bossier City, both locals and visitors get excited about north Louisiana’s own beer festival. Taking place in October at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport, Brew is like Octoberfest, but with a Louisiana twist. Guests enjoy a wide variety of beers to sample, a plethora of different types of food and of course, live music.

This “party in the park” continues to flourish and grow every year.  Highland Jazz and Blues Festival is a free event that takes place during the fall in Columbia Park, which is located in the historic Highland area. It features both local and national jazz and blues artists, food from a variety of vendors, unique artwork and goods made by local artists and so much more.

Organized by Rho Omega and Friends, Inc. the Let the Good Times Roll Festival takes place in downtown Shreveport at Festival Plaza in June. The festival was designed to uplift the community and provide scholarships for African American males. It is a celebration of the African American culture and features live music, art vendors and a variety of food options. The festival was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

This list barely scratches the surface of festivals held in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. From crawfish to barbecue, jazz, wine and Mardi Gras, there’s sure to be a festival that will make you love north Louisiana as much as the locals do.

Brunette woman posing for photo.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Tiffany W. Are you interested in traveling to Shreveport? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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