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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; but we can’t stop talking about these select events that are absolute “must-attends” for the fall.

1. Ruston Makers Fair

This day-long celebration of local artists and makers is a visitor favorite. The event showcases the unique culture and creativity of North Louisiana. Attendees can shop works from local artists and craftsmen with everything from original paintings and pottery to handmade jewelry, tapestries, and more. Bring the entire family out to support the arts culture of the area and enjoy area food trucks and local musicians all in historic downtown Ruston. The event is free to attend and open to the public. For information on this year’s Ruston Makers Fair, Ruston Makers Fair on Facebook.

Vendor making shirts at the Makers Fair

People shopping for records at the Makers Fair

2. Artoberfest

Brought to you every year by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC), this beer tasting event is another Ruston favorite. Artoberfest features area homebrewers competing for the best brew while attendees enjoy sampling beers and bites from local food trucks. Live music is also on-site along with photo ops and other fun surprises! Tickets are limited so purchase them as early as possible on NCLAC’s website.

Pouring beer at Artoberfest

Eating in the courtyard at Artoberfest

Taking photos in the photo booth at Artoberfest

3. Homecoming Weekend(s)

When you’re in Louisiana’s College Town, game-day festivities are huge, especially during homecoming - the ultimate pep fest. Whether you’re cheering on GSU or LA Tech (or both!), you won’t want to miss the concerts and live entertainment, parades, band performances, and other special events celebrating the two universities. Check out Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech online for dates and upcoming events. 

GSU band marching in the street

People tailgating at LA Tech stadium

4. Downtown Wine Walk

Even in its inaugural year, we're certain this downtown event will be one to look forward to for each year to come! Downtown Wine Walk is a walkable wine-tasting throughout downtown Ruston. Guests can pick up their keepsake wine glass in Railroad Park and set out with their wine-walking map to enjoy tastings and paired snacks from downtown merchants! Acoustic musicians are also scattered throughout downtown to provide entertainment as you stroll. For more, visit Downtown Ruston on Facebook.

Downtown Wine Walk





About the Author

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Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Amanda is originally from Franklin Parish but has called Ruston home for several years. She has a passion for travel and tourism, event planning, and showcasing Ruston & Lincoln Parish. As the President & CEO, Amanda leads the CVB's sales and marketing efforts to promote the area and oversees all administrative functions of the CVB.

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