You can eat meat pies, enjoy good food and wine, and listen to Jazz at this weekend's festivals.
Meat Pie Festival - Natchitoches - September 15 & 16
The 21st annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival happens this weekend in the meat pie capital of Louisiana. Beginning at 6 PM on Friday night, the free festival features tethered hot air balloon rides, mechanical rides, inflatables, face painting, games, arts & crafts, meat pie eating and judging contests, drinks, and of course, award-winning meat pies.
Music will be provided by:
- Born to Boogie Band
- DK Harrell
- Loosey Anna
- The Zach George Band
- The Clifton Swamp Band
- The Lacour Trio
- Bad Moon Rising
- Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs featuring Grammy-winning Cajun- Zydeco legend, Jo-EL Sonnier
On Saturday, the festival kicks off at 10 AM and lasts until 10:30 PM.
Louisiana Food & Wine Festival - Lake Charles - September 14, 15, 16, 17
900 Lakeshore Drive
Cajun/Creole cuisine and fresh gulf seafood are paired with beer, wine, and spirit tastings at the inaugural Louisiana Food & Wine Festival held at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Open to adults 21 and over, this ticketed event features Louisiana Inspired Master Classes, a Grilling & BBQ Extravaganza on the Lake, a Grand Tasting on Saturday, and a Jazz Brunch on Sunday.
Over the course of the festival, music will be provided by Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express and the Jay Ecker Trio. Individual event tickets range from $65 to $139 per person.
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival - Shreveport - September 16
600 Columbia Street
Local and national Jazz and Blues artists, great food, and local artwork can be found at the free annual Highland Jazz & Blues Festival located in the historic Columbia Park in Shreveport.
The schedule of performers includes:
- 11:00 AM Buddy Flett
- 12:15 PM Shreveport Regional Jazz Ensemble
- 1:30 PM Curtis Mills featuring Groove Minded
- 3:00 PM Zach Edwards and The Medicine
- 4:30 PM. J and the Causeways
BOM Stage at the Gazebo
- 11:15 AM De'Lontrell Thomas
- 1:00 PM Twang Darkly
- 2:30 PM Co-op Mode
- 4:00 PM Full On Pocket
Two free shuttles will run every 30 minutes throughout the day beginning at 10:30 AM from the North Parking Lot of Mall St. Vincent near Dillard's to Columbia Park until 30 minutes after the festival ends.