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 Makers & Music Festival. This event gives attendees the chance to shop works from talented local artists and makers all while providing a full day of dining and live entertainment!
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with Ruston Makers Fair in the parking lot of Ruston’s Historic Fire Station and Sexton Lot downtown. While Ruston Makers Fair is a stand-alone event that also occurs in the fall each year, there’s even more to see and do when combined with Railroad Fest. The fair offers a chance to browse the works of over a hundred local artists, makers, and creators. Get out early to see the best selection of paintings, drawings, and prints. Local makers are set up with a large variety of items including knitwear, woodworks, pottery and sculptures, custom shirts and apparel, handmade jewelry and clothing, organic soaps and shampoos, plants in custom pots, and so much more! Artists and groups are also on site with demonstrations and activities for kids. Local musicians provide entertainment as you browse, as well as numerous food trucks available for when you need a mid-shopping bite.
In the evening, grab your crew and move on over to Railroad Park for the Railroad Fest concerts. There’s always a full lineup – be sure to check out the complete schedule on the festival's Facebook. The grounds of Railroad Park are perfect for lawn chairs and blankets. Bring yours and settle in for an evening of live music, cold drinks, and tasty cuisine. A cash bar is on site alongside more food trucks and pop-up shops lining Park Ave. in downtown Ruston. Experience the festival with the entire family! Railroad Park offers plenty of activities for kids and room to play as the concerts continue throughout the night.
The 2018 Railroad Makers & Music Festival is set for Saturday, April 7. View more about this year’s event on Experience Ruston’s calendar of events or by visiting the Railroad Fest on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t miss your chance to catch these talented artists, makers, and musicians all in one place!
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