The 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held on July 26-27 in air conditioned Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. The Festival features three stages of music, the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, over 70 traditional crafts persons, exhibits, Louisiana foods, and narrative sessions. This year’s theme “Vive la Louisiane!” will celebrate how Louisiana’s folklife – its unique crafts, food, music, and culture – are alive and well! Headline performers include the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, country singer Gal Holiday, the Louisiane Vintage Dancers, the Stewart Family Bluegrass Band, and Louisiana bluesman extraordinaire Tab Benoit! 

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 PM. For advance tickets or more information, call (318) 357-4332, email, or go to

Support for the Festival is provided by grants from the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., the City of Natchitoches, Cleco, the Louisiana Division of the Arts Decentralized Arts Fund Program, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.


  • Occurred Friday, July 26th, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, July 27th, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 pm


Prather Coliseum

220 S. Jefferson
Natchitoches , LA 71457


Dr. Shane Rasmussen