It’s no secret that fall is my favorite time of year in general, but it’s an especially lovely time to visit Shreveport/Bossier City. There’s no shortage of things to do, both indoor and outdoor (in spite of the unpredictable weather). From festivals to sports to shopping and good eats, there’s something for everyone, and with the new additions to the city and the developments that are always taking place, you’re sure to find something to entertain yourself and your travel companions during your visit.
GO TO THE STATE FAIR
The State Fair of Louisiana takes place annually during the fall. This year, it opened on October 26th, and will run through November 12th. One of my favorite parts about going to the fair is the food. I can’t leave without getting something fried, whether it’s funnel cake, fried Oreos or fried potatoes, I’m indulging. There’s also plenty of rides, free concerts and many other events to enjoy. This year, they’ll be host to the LRCA Finals, so if you’re into rodeos, you won’t want to miss it.
You can find all the details about going to the State Fair of Louisiana, including hours and ticket prices, on their official website.
ROCKETS OVER THE RED
This is an annual event that will take place on Saturday, November 25th. Rockets Over the Red is the official start of the holiday season in Shreveport/Bossier City. It’s a free event and fun for the whole family. This year, they’ll have two viewing areas – one at Riverview Park in Shreveport and the other at the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier. There will be bounce houses, food trucks, Christmas performances and of course, Santa!
For more information about Rockets Over the Red, click here.
VISIT A LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET
There are plenty of local farmers’ market to enjoy in the fall season, including the Shreveport Farmers’ Market located downtown in Festival Plaza. They are open Saturdays through November 18 from 8 am to 12 noon. They have plenty of food, entertainment and art to choose from. For a map and a list of their vendors, check out their website.
The Bossier City Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm through December. They’re located in the parking lot of Pierre Bossier Mall. They have many lots of locally grown produce, food trucks, plants and homemade goods available for purchase. For more information about the Bossier Farmers’ Market, click here.
HOLIDAZE AT ARTSPACE
From November 14 to December 23, artspace will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Throughout the year, artspace showcases local, regional and national artists. The mainspace exhibitions are all curated by local artist, William Joyce, the founder of Moonbot Studios and producer behind many well-known works, including Epic and Robot, and author of the Guardians of Childhood book series. For HOLIDAZE, each of the three floors will be decorated for the winter season, and they will also host an indoor holiday market called “Bizarre Bazar.” For more information, visit their website.
VISIT THE AQUARIUM
The Shreveport Aquarium finally opened its doors on November 1, so even the locals are eager to check it out. I love aquariums, and I’m excited to go for my first visit soon. They have over 3,000 animals to marvel and learn about raging from snails to sharks.
START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Of course there’s plenty of choices for shopping in the Shreveport/Bossier City area, including the Outlets at the Louisiana Boardwalk, Shoppes at Bellemead and the Line Avenue Shopping District, but there are also many local shopping events coming up to help you get a head start on all of your holiday shopping.
The Texas Avenue Makers Fair will take place on Saturday, November 11. This is your chance to shop local artists from crafts to music to design. For more information, check out their Facebook.
Les Boutiques de Noel is a shopping event taking place November 16-19 at the Bossier Civic Center. This year they have a “Wholiday” theme, so you can visit the Grinch’s Lair and Cindy Lou Who’s shopping spots. They have over 100 merchants, and proceeds will benefit the Shreveport Opera.
Mistletoe & More is a Shop Til U Drop event that will take place at the Bossier Civic Center November 24-26. They’ll have several vendors for you to kick off your holiday shopping.
Small Business Saturday will take place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25. Many local businesses will have specials, especially in areas downtown. For a full list of deals and places to visit, click here.
GO TO AN ESCAPE ROOM
Escape rooms are such a fun way to spend an evening. They’re fun for group outings, date nights, team building and more. I’ve gone for two group dates at Escape Shreveport, and we had an absolute blast.
You and your team will have an hour to escape the room. They give you a scenario, and as a team, you work to make sense of each of the clues. You’ll may find things in drawers or in locked boxes. It’s so neat to solve the puzzles and riddles together. Everyone has something to bring to the table. Plus, they switch out the rooms after awhile, so you can always go back and try escaping different rooms.
My friends and I have gone to Escape Shreveport twice and have escaped. They have an awesome staff, and their Truth or Dare room was my favorite. You can find more information about them by clicking here.
I haven’t been to the Red Herring building, but I have done one of their mini (15-minute) escape rooms at the Red River Revel. It was five of us girls, and we didn’t escape, but we still had a lot of fun. You can find more information about Red Herring Escape Rooms by clicking here.
GO BREWERY HOPPING
If you’re a fan of craft beer then you know there’s no bad time to visit a brewery, but they’re especially fun to visit during the fall. Shreveport/Bossier City is home to three breweries, Great Raft Brewery and Red River Brewery in Shreveport and Flying Heart Brewery in Bossier. While I’m not a huge fan of beer, I do enjoy visiting Red River Brewery because they have many things to do and games to play, including corn hole, ping pong and a plethora of board games. They are also host to Brewoga once a month. All of the breweries also offer tours and many host several events throughout the month.
TRY YOUR LUCK AT A CASINO
Shreveport/Bossier City is like the Vegas of the south with six casinos to choose from. Everyone has their preference, but when I go to the casino (which actually isn’t too often), I usually visit Horseshoe, El Dorado or Margaritaville. There’s also Sam’s Town, DiamondJacks and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.
GO TO A CHRISTMAS SHOW
Get in the holiday spirit early and watch one of the many Christmas shows that will be taking place in Shreveport/Bossier City.
November 11: The Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker at Strand Theatre
November 27: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
November 29-30: Bossier Parish Community College Christmas Show at the Bossier Civic Center
November 30: Elf the Musical Jr. at Stage Center School of Performing Arts
For even more things to do in Shreveport/Bossier City this month, check out the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau website!
Even though I grew up in many cities around the world, I’ve been calling Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana home since 2006. When people visit the city, they’re often underwhelmed by the amount of things to do, but as the third largest city in Louisiana, there’s a lot more to the area than meets the eye. In my series, Shreveport Saturday, I’m excited to share some of my favorite things about living (and eating) in Shreveport/Bossier City. For more posts about Shreveport/Bossier City, click here.
What’s on your to-do list this November?