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4 Must-Attend Events for Fall

September 5, 2018Written 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, visit our website or 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 home brewers 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. Holidays in CedarTown

Following all the fall activities is that holiday season! Set up to get you in the Christmas gift-giving spirit is Holidays in CedarTown at the Ruston Civic Center. This massive shopping market features vendors from around the state as well as local pop-ups, appetizers and drinks from area restaurants, live entertainment, and more! For information on this year’s event visit Holidays in CedarTown on Facebook. Be sure to check out exclusive shopping hours, brunch events, and special events for kids!

Coffee mugs for sale at Holidays in CedarTown.jpg

Shirts at for sale at Holidays in CedarTown.jpg

Snack set up at Holidays in CedarTown





About the Author

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Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Full time destination marketer, part time gardener. Amanda has a love for travel and tourism, event planning and showcasing #RustonLA. She’s also very serious about coffee, wine, and true crime novels. Amanda implements the marketing, advertising, and public relations plans for the CVB.

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