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30 Things to Do in Ruston Before You Graduate

February 8, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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 30 things in Ruston & Lincoln Parish before they graduate!

1. Get peach ice cream from Mitcham Farms 

2. Eat a Dawg House burger

3. Dance the night away at Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball  

4. Visit 3 local museums in Lincoln Parish

5. Explore Lincoln Parish Park

Lincoln Parish Park


6. Enjoy a meal on the Sundown Tavern patio 

7. Go see a show at the historic Dixie Theatre 

8. Load up on freebies at the Ruston Visitors Center 

9. Experience the Grambling State University marching band in action

10. Eat crawfish at Ponchatoulas

Crawfish at Ponch


11. Go to the Louisiana Peach Festival

12. Spend an afternoon shopping in Downtown Ruston 

13. Eat lunch at Rosemary's Kitchen 

14. Watch the Temple Baptist Church 4th of July Fireworks 

15. Go to a concert at the Revelry of Ruston

Travis Tritt at the Rev


16. Have a date night at RAW

17. Take part in Loyal Blue Weekend 

18. Play a game of Frisbee Golf in Hideaway Park 

19. Try the coffee & beignets at Parish Press 

20. Go to the Ruston Makers Fair

Ruston Makers Fair


21. Eat a Scatterload Sandwich at Brister's Smokehouse 

22. Shop the Ruston Farmers Market 

23. Watch a parade go through Ruston

24. Enjoy a brick oven pizza from Utility Brewing

25. Attend a Ruston Fashion Week event

Fashion Week.jpg
Ruston Fashion Week


26. Visit your neighboring university - Grambling State University or LA Tech University 

27. Eat Sunday Brunch at Beau Vines

28. Attend a NCLAC event

29. Enjoy frozen custard from Eskamoes by the fire pit in North Village Plaza 

30. Participate in downtown Ruston's Christmas kick-off celebration

Dixie Center for the Arts


While we made this list with students in mind, we also challenge visitors and locals to experience these 30 things that Ruston has to offer! Be sure to document and share your adventures using the hashtag #RustonLA. Have a favorite that's not on the list? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP Image
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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