Locals say they have the best of both worlds in Shreveport-Bossier City, enjoying big-city services without giving up that small-town feel. Take a dip in the wavepool at Splash Kingdom Waterpark, for instance, or tee off at one of 16 courses in Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail. Don’t miss the Mardi Gras celebrations and parades or Mudbug Madness, celebrating the crawfish with music and cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an urban vibe or a quieter atmosphere, recreational opportunities abound for everyone.
In Louisiana, there’s always reason to cel-ebrate — laissez les bon temps rouler, ya’ll — and Shreveport-Bossier City is no exception. In addition to the following events, the cities celebrate Mardi Gras with parades and blow-out street parties.
Mark the calendar every April for this fun-filled weekend of dance, music, theater and art. Caddo and Bossier Parish students can participate in juried exhibits and free hands-on activities.
Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show
This full-weekend, free spectacular held the first weekend in May features flight demonstrations by U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, aerobatic performers and a B-52 flyover. Held for the first time in 1933, the Barksdale AFB Air Show showcases the Louisiana home of the B-52 and gives visitors a chance to tour the military installation, view military and aerobatic performers, and support the recruiting arm of armed forces.
Held on Memorial Day weekend in downtown Shreveport, this is one of Louisiana’s most popular Cajun festivals, celebrating the state’s star crustacean — the crawfish — with music, entertainment, Cajun cuisine, crawfish eating contest and fun for all.
Gardens of the American Rose Center
The Gardens of the American Rose center’s 20,000 rose bushes in 60-plus gardens bloom prodigiously from April through October every year in a setting of sculptures, fountains and the 880-foot-long Dudley Watkins Reflection Pool. And on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the roses twinkle with a million lights for Christmas in Roseland.
State Fair of Louisiana
The State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport is held from late October to early November, after the weather cools, with carnival rides, music, livestock shows, exhibits and lots and lots of food.