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Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival

September 16 & 17, 2016
Riverbank Stage Downtown Natchitoches

2016 Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival – FREE ADMISSION

2016 Pageant Registration & Information

2016 Vendor Application

2016 River Run Application


You’re invited to the 14th annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival and 17th annual River Run being held in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. The festival will take place on the downtown riverbank along the scenic Cane River Lake.

The Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival is sponsored by: Independent Motorcycle Riders of Natchitoches

14th Annual Meat Pie Festival Schedule of Events


Friday, September 16, 2016

6:00 p.m. – FREE BREW FEST returns! Come sample specialty beers from northwest Louisiana.  Highlighting Red River Brewery. Must be over 21.  IDs will be checked!  Sponsored by Glazer’s Distributors.

2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Lots of Food and Drinks, Arts & Crafts, Kid Games, Dancing along the banks of the Cane River.

4:00 p.m. – Entertainment by ‘Aurora’

7:00 p.m. – Entertainment by ‘Break Time for Francis’

9:00 p.m. – Entertainment by ‘Lish Star Shine’

6-7 p.m.: Our ‘1st Annual ‘Zombie’ Pub Crawl’ featuring ‘Zombies’ from ‘Dark Woods’ (our fascinating haunted park opening September 23, 2016). Participants are welcome to dress in costume also. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Activities & Entertainment

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Lots of Entertainment, Food and Drinks, Arts & Crafts, Kid Games, Dancing along the banks of the Cane River and River Run south through the Cane River National Heritage Area.

7:00 a.m. Lady C 5K Fun Run

A Lady C Booster Club event to support – NCHS Lady Chiefs Softball 

9:00 a.m. Entertainment by the revolutionary Christian band ‘Carpenters Nail’

10:00 a.m. Official Opening Ceremonies – River Run Registrations

11:45 a.m. Entertainment by ‘Louisiana Roadhouse Band’

12:00 p.m. River Run begins – Destinations include driving along the winding, picturesque “Cane River’ with historic plantations. Stops along the way include a “Meat Pie Meal”.

2:00 p.m. Entertainment by ‘Ambush’

4:00 p.m. Entertainment by ‘LaCour Trio’

6:00 p.m. Entertainment by ‘Floyd Grisby & 5 GK Band’

8:00 p.m. Entertainment by Nashville record artist, ‘Mathew Ewing & the All Star Band’

Fireworks over Cane River Lake at 9 p.m.

Fireworks over Cane River Lake at 9 p.m.

9:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake – Dedicated to Our Beloved Veterans & ‘Welcoming Home’ Our Vietnam Veterans on the  50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

9:30-11:00 p.m. Entertainment by ‘Mathew Ewing & the All Star Band’ continues.

During the fun filled day for all there will not only be ‘Fireworks’, Great Music, & the ‘River Run’ Ride around the ‘Scenic Cane River’ but Presentations of Meat Pie Festival Queens, Demonstrations  of ‘Meat Pie’ Making, ‘Meat Pie’ Eating Competition, ‘Meat Pie’ Judging, Many Homemade ‘Meat Pie’  vendors among an array of Louisiana Cuisine Vendors, Arts & Crafts, Amusements, Games, Inflatables & Mechanical Rides, and ‘Zombies’ everywhere presented by ‘Dark Woods’ with a surprise  presentation!


Mathew Ewing and The All Star Band

Mathew Ewing and The All Star Band

LaCour Trio

LaCour Trio

Louisiana Roadhouse Band

Louisiana Roadhouse Band

Lish Starshine

Lish Starshine

'Break Time for Francis'

‘Break Time for Francis’

Floyd Grisby & 5 GK Band

Floyd Grisby & 5 GK Band


'Carpenters Nail'

‘Carpenters Nail’

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