Go to Natchitoches

Big Blend Radio’s ”Go to Natchitoches” show with the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau shares what to experience in Louisiana’s oldest city! Hear about seasonal events and celebrations, the city’s rich cultural history, delicious food and dining opportunities, parks and attractions, and much more. New episodes air every 3rd Tuesday at 6pm CST.

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3 days ago

This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Go to Natchitoches” Podcast focuses on the 44th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival which will be held on Saturday July 20, 2024, in the air-conditioned Prather Coliseum at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Featured Guests are Dr. Shane Rasmussen – NSU Professor of English & Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center, and K. Nicole Connell – Communications Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.
This family-friendly festival features a curated showcase of Louisiana folk musicians, food vendors, traditional crafts persons, craft demonstrations, a Kidfest, narrative sessions, a Jambalaya Cookoff, along with the Annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, dance lessons, and live entertainment. In honor of this year’s theme, The Old Songs Live Forever, the festival will feature three stages of music. 
MORE INFO:* For a full details and the event schedule, visit https://www.nsula.edu/the-44th-annual-natchitoches-nsu-folk-festival/ * Check out the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@natchitochesnsufolkfestiva3855 * Watch this Big Blend Radio video showcasing the 40th Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival: https://youtu.be/oJdUlGg568k?feature=shared * Plan Your Visit to Natchitoches at https://natchitoches.com/ 
Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest settlement in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches and its current events at https://natchitoches.com/Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: https://natchitoches-louisiana.podbean.com/ 

Tuesday May 21, 2024

With the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebrations coming up (June 20-22, 2024), this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" show is all about the sports history, culture, and impressive athletes of Natchitoches and the state of Louisiana. Featured guests are K. Nicole Connell, Communication Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Doug Ireland - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is an impressive $23-million museum complex in the historic downtown district of Natchitoches. It's collection of portraits and memorabilia celebrate the achievements of more than 300 legendary Louisiana athletes, coaches and other sports figures. Other sports-themed exhibits and interactive media trace the history and importance of sports to life in Louisiana. The complex is also home to the Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Info: https://lasportshall.com/  
Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest settlement in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches and its current events at https://natchitoches.com/  
Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: https://natchitoches-louisiana.podbean.com/ 

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

With National Park Week (April 20-28), Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 27), Junior Ranger Day (April 27), and Kids to Parks Day (May 18) coming up, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" show is all the various parks, historic sites and trails, and events you can experience in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Featured guest is K. Nicole Connell, Communication Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, who talks about events and destinations such Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Melrose Plantation, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, El Camino Real de las Tejas National Historic Trail, the historic Jefferson Highway, Briarwood Nature Reserve, and Kisatchie National Forest. Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest settlement in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches and its current events at https://natchitoches.com/ Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: http://tinyurl.com/yc8csn8b Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

From Fishing Tournaments and Motorcycle Runs to Music and Art & Crafts Festivals, Spring Picnics and Crawfish Boils, and more, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday Vacation Station "Go to Natchitoches" show is all about Spring Festivals and Family Fun in Louisiana's Oldest City! Featured guest is K. Nicole Connell, Communication Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest settlement in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches at https://natchitoches.com/ Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: http://tinyurl.com/yc8csn8b Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

From wildflower hikes and family activities to annual festivals that celebrate the arts, seasonal flowers, history and culture, and more, it's all about Spring 2024 Celebrations in Natchitoches, Louisiana on this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday Vacation Station "Go to Natchitoches" show with K. Nicole Connell, Communication Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches at https://natchitoches.com/ Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: http://tinyurl.com/yc8csn8b Check out our Longleaf Vista Trail story and video here: http://tinyurl.com/4zmd969n Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

Celebrate the festive Mardi Gras Season in Natchitoches, Louisiana on this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday Vacation Station "Go to Natchitoches" show with K. Nicole Connell, Communication Manager of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches at https://natchitoches.com/ Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: https://shows.acast.com/go-natchitoches-louisiana Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Recorded onsite at the historic American Cemetery, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" Show features Scotty Williams with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest LA History Museum in downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana. Every first Friday, Scotty leads a free and incredibly fascinating walking tour of the American Cemetery where he shares the life stories of those who are laid to rest there.Established around 1737, the cemetery is said to be the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. Over the years, planters, businessman, politicians, and educators have all made their mark on Natchitoches and the surrounding area. The markers in the cemetery tell stories of the region’s people and act as an outdoor museum dedicated to their legacy. Legend has it, that St. Denis, the town’s founder, is buried somewhere on the grounds. Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. Home to the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, it is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area, and is the final destination on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. More: https://natchitoches.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Tuesday Nov 21, 2023

Celebrating the holiday season in Natchitoches, the oldest city in Louisiana, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" show was recorded onsite. Featured guests:- Arlene Gould - Executive Director of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau- Sara Spillman - Merci Beaucoup Restaurant- Ralph Ney - Louisiana Travel Association & GM of Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel - Len & Judy Garrison - Travel Writers and publishers of SeeingSouthern.comFounded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. Celebrating a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures, this charming city is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area and Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. More about Natchitoches at https://natchitoches.com/ Follow Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" show here: https://shows.acast.com/go-natchitoches-louisiana Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Big Blend Radio's GO TO NATCHITOCHES Podcast

Founded in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, Natchitoches (pronounced "Nack-a-tish") is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana, and celebrates a vibrant blend of French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Creole cultures.

Big Blend Radio's "Go to Natchitoches" Show features new episodes every third Tuesday at 6pm CST. Follow the podcast on Podbean, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, Apple, iHeartRadio, ListenNotes, and more.

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