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Mardi Gras in Ruston

January 7, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Carnival season is here, and we're ready to laissez les bon temps rouler! Everyone knows Louisiana does Mardi Gras best, and now you have two ways to celebrate the season in Ruston, LA!

Dancing at the Mardi Gras Ball

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Date Night in Ruston

February 7, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

There’s not much that sets a romantic mood for an evening quite like fine dining and a night out on the town. Whether it’s a special occasion, anniversary, or some much-deserved time away from responsibilities at home, you’ll find the perfect little getaway right here in Ruston. Start planning a special date night with your significant other with this list of [...]

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34 Things to Do in Ruston Before You Graduate

February 8, 2018Written by: Experience Ruston Staff

Ruston is first and foremost a college town, where students spend some of the best and most exciting years of their lives. College is a time to explore, try new things, and make memories. With this in mind, we're challenging students to get out of their dorms and experience these 34 things in Ruston & Lincoln Parish before they graduate!

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10 Reasons to Get Outside in Lincoln Parish

March 20, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Located in the center of North Louisiana, the city of Ruston is surrounded by tall pine trees, gorgeous state parks, and fish-filled bodies of water. Louisiana didn’t get the title of "Sportsman’s Paradise" without being a prime location for outdoor recreation and adventure, and Lincoln Parish is no exception. 

In the area, you’ll find a wide variety of [...]

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Railroad Fest – A Celebration of Makers & Music

March 11, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Downtown Ruston offers some of the city’s most enjoyable events. On this list is one of our favorite festivals that highlights regional arts and music and celebrates the rich culture of Ruston and Louisiana – Railroad Festival. This event gives attendees the chance to shop works from talented local [...]

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5 Fun Kids Activities in Ruston

May 16, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Entertaining kids can be tricky business, especially when traveling. We want to make your time in Ruston as family-friendly as possible so we've put together a list of the top 5 kids activities to experience in Ruston & Lincoln Parish! 

1. Enjoy Local Parks
Ruston & Lincoln Parish has an abundance of parks and play areas. With jungle gyms, covered [...]

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Visitors Guide to the Louisiana Peach Festival

June 5, 2018Written by: Madison Wooley

Louisiana Peach Festival 2018 is upon us! You don’t want to miss a single thing during this fun-filled event. This year, celebrate Ruston’s “Peachy Paradise” with a variety of activities and entertainment. Some festival favorites are returning, but there will be new activities in store for attendees. Check out our guide below and let us know what you’re [...]

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Ruston Peaches & Where to Find Them

May 30, 2019Written by: Hannah Delgado

There's nothing quite like delectably sweet, locally-grown peaches. They're the highlight of summer and cause for celebration. Enjoyed right from the tree, made into delicious treats, or frozen and canned for another day, Ruston peaches are a must-try (and must-buy!) for anyone visiting the area. Take a look [...]

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5 Things To Do in Ruston This Summer

August 6, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

When the summer temperatures are in the upper 90's (and breaking 100 degrees!), you know it's summertime in Louisiana. Summer in Ruston is a great time to slow down, relax, and enjoy the charm of this small college town. While the summer months bring in a more relaxed atmosphere, there are still plenty of fun things to do and enjoy in the area! 

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Loyal Blue Weekends in Louisiana’s College Town

August 9, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

There are few things more exciting than LA Tech Football season here in Ruston! It’s a special time of year when students, alumni, locals, and fans from all over the country come together to cheer on the Bulldogs. Loyal Blue Weekends celebrate LA Tech football throughout the community and offer a home-game experience that should not be missed!

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4 Must-Attend Events for Fall

September 23, 2019Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Fall is Ruston’s busiest time of year. Between game days for Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University and Ruston’s lively downtown district, there’s never a weekend without something to do! Our online calendar is filled with live music, theatrical performances, films, and so much more; [...]

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Rainy Day Fun

September 22, 2018Written by: Madison Wooley

Rain, rain, go away, but until it does, you can still play! Ruston, LA has plenty of indoor activities for anyone in the family. Whether the game was rained out, it’s a wet weekend, (or it’s just too hot outside!), check out these places to have fun while staying out of the weather. 

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Places to Work & Study Remotely: Ruston, LA

October 29, 2018Written by: Hannah Delgado

Finding the perfect spot to sit down, focus, and check off tasks on a lengthy to-do list can be daunting. Ruston, LA has options for every individual to get out in the community and find the ideal study and work space! Any of the locations below could suit your workload needs:

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Holidays in Ruston

November 16, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Christmas in Ruston is like nothing else. Downtown shops with beautifully decorated windows, streets lined with twinkling lights, and a community with cheerful spirits and thankful hearts elicit all the warm feelings of being home for the holidays. With so much happening during this season, we wanted to bring you a collection of the ways to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family [...]

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Celebrating Black History Month in Lincoln Parish

January 29, 2019Written by: Ruston Lincoln CVB Team

February is a special month indeed with a holiday for sweethearts, a commemorative day for past presidents, and plenty of Mardi Gras festivities scattered throughout. What makes the month even more important is the celebration of African American life and history. Originating in 1926 as only a week-long celebration, today, the entire month of February is dedicated to honoring the heritage, [...]

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American Crappie Trail National Championship comes to North Louisiana

March 4, 2019Written by: Travis Napper, CDME

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The best crappie fishermen from across America will be in the area to try to take home the title of National Champions. March 28-30 the American [...]

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Guide to the Louisiana Peach Festival

June 4, 2019Written by: Hannah Delgado

Celebrate this year’s theme “A Peach in Time” with a wide range of entertainment and activities that everyone is sure to enjoy. Both Friday and Saturday of the festival bring traditional favorites and new activities to experience. Browse our guide below and make your plans to attend the Louisiana Peach Festival, June 21-22 in downtown Ruston!

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Pet-Friendly Guide to Ruston

August 9, 2019Written by: Joanna Calhoun

It’s a given — you love being with your pets, and they definitely love being with you. But what happens when you decide to leave your house? No matter how far away you are from home or even if you’re a Ruston native, here is your travel guide to the best spots where you can have your furry friends by your side.

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Big Creek Trade Days

September 3, 2019Written by: Joanna Calhoun

Lincoln Parish is filled with the finest of local events, and one of their best is Big Creek Trade Days. If you are not familiar with this monthly event, Big Creek Trade Days is a massive flea market featuring more than 100 indoor and outdoor vendors. This family-friendly event is located in Dubach which is about 20 minutes northwest of Ruston, and it always occurs the weekend before the 2nd [...]

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Spending A Weekend In Ruston Louisiana

September 25, 2019Written by: Two Upright Tray Tables

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Ruston Louisiana is a charming small town in North Louisiana. Charise and I used to live there, and we still miss the people [...]

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LA Tech Game Day Guide

October 22, 2019Written by: Travis Napper, CDME

The kids are back in school and everyone has put their summer vacations in the rear-view mirror, so that can mean only one thing. It’s fall and football season in Ruston, as well as across the South. To get everyone prepped for the Louisiana Tech Football season, I thought this Game Day guide might be helpful to all Bulldog fans new and old! It all starts with Read Full PostTags: Community  |  Game Day  |  Things to Do

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