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Sept. 29-30: Natchitoches Classic Car Show Natchitoches, La.
More than 400 classic cars line the streets of downtown Natchitoches. Food, live music, dancing, kids' activities, and shopping is available. Free admission.
Sept. 29-Oct. 8: Ark-La-Miss Fair
Monroe, La.
It’s fall fair fun time! The annual Ark-La-Miss Fair is back in town at the Monroe Civic Center. Bring the whole family for carnival rides, snack booths, livestock shows and much more!
Sept. 30-Oct. 8: Red River Revel Arts Festival Shreveport, La.
The Red River Revel is an annual festival of food, culture, art and music. This year’s festival will be held at Festival Plaza.
Oct. 4-8: West Louisiana Forestry Festival
Leesville, La.
This year’s West Louisiana Forestry Festival is taking a trip through time at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds! The theme of 2023 is “Through the Decades.” Festival will include vendors, food, carnival rides, live entertainment and more!
Oct. 3-7: 5th Annual NELA Scarecrows in the Garden
Monroe, La.
Looking for a spooky fun time for the whole family? Look no further than the Biedenharn’s 5th Annual NELA Scarecrows in the Garden! Opening night is Oct. 3 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. This event will feature local nonprofits creating imaginative Halloween displays, celebrity judges, giveaways, and games in the garden. Oct. 13-15: Louisiana Gumbo Festival
Thibodaux, La.
Think you know gumbo? Want to sample truly authentic Cajun gumbo? Then head on over to the “gumbo capitol of Louisiana” for the Louisiana Gumbo Festival! Volunteers cook nearly 500 gallons of fresh chicken, seafood and sausage gumbo during the festival weekend. The festival features Cajun food, music, auction, demonstrations and much more. This event was previously named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, and proceeds support the local Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department.
Oct. 20-22: Rougarou Fest
Houma, La.
The Rougarou Fest is a free family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. It showcases live music, cultural activities, children’s activities, Cajun food, the Krewe Ga Rou parade and much more. All proceeds go to the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, a nonprofit organization that is revolutionizing how we think, teach and learn about Louisiana’s disappearing coast. The Rougarou Fest was ranked as one of the top 10 costume parties in the United States by USA Today in 2014, one of the top 20 events out of 11 states in the month of October by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2015 and 2019 and festival of the year by the Louisiana Travel Association in 2020 and 2023.
Books and brews
Attention bookworms! Head to the Forge Bar and Grill Sept. 26 for this free book club-like event. From 5 p.m.– 6 p.m., participants will have dinner, drinks and discussions based on books that have kept them entertained throughout the month as well as suggestions of things to read. event/books-and-brews/6040118/80679
Ladies' day
Every third Sunday of the month, ladies get half off range fees at the MWR Recreational Shooting Range.
For more information, please call 337- 531-7552. Contraceptive clinic
The Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital walk-in contraceptive clinic is open to active-duty Soldiers and dependents 18 years and older. The clinic is open from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 5 and 19. Check in on the fourth floor of the hospital in the OB-GYN clinic.
For more information call 337-531-3705/3708. Women’s wellness exam
The Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital well women exam clinic is open from 6:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28 and Oct. 10 and 17 in the Patient Center Medical Home on the second floor of the hospital. For more information call 337-531- 3524/3022.
Women’s league
 Nine, Wine and Dine is a ladies golf league that takes place each Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Warrior Hills Golf Course. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, enjoy a night of golf (nine holes) and then opt to have dinner and wine at the Forge Bar and Grill. The cost is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. The next date is Sept. 26.
For more information call 337-531-4661. Wednesday night scramble
The Warrior Hills Golf Course hosts a nine hole scramble each Wednesday. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The next scramble is Sept. 27 from 5-6 p.m.
MST parent night
From 5-6 p.m., parents and youth alike are invited to the Middle School and Teen Center Sept. 29 for a free, fun-filled night of games and activities. All teens must be registered with MST.
For more information call 337-531-1992.
Fishing tournament
Fish any species from the bank or from a kayak from 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Alligator Lake Sept. 30. An 80% payback will be awarded to the participant who weighs in the most. event/fishing-tournament/6126095/81881
Second Sunday brunch
Join the Forge Bar and Grill for its monthly Sunday brunch Oct. 8. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. guests can enjoy from a wide selection of breakfast and lunch items as well as their favorite morning cocktails. Reservations are recommended.
For more information, call 337-531-7668.
Call of Duty tournament
Homes of Heroes Recreation Center is hosting a Call of Duty tournament Oct. 13 starting at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. This event is open to Soldiers only. Sign up is required. For more information, and to sign up, call 337-531-5870