LA Folklife banner

Your donation to the Festival and Fiddle Championship is an investment in Louisiana traditional culture. Please donate today!

·  Fiddle Championship Donation Form

·  Folk Festival Donation Form


Check Out Our 2016 Newsletter!

The 37th Annual Natchitoches-NSU

Folk Festival 

July 15th—16th, 2016


Sarah Jayde Williams

Photo by David Simpson



The 2016 Festival theme, “Emerging Artists,” will celebrate the many outstanding new artists keeping tradition alive in Louisiana. Traditional culture is important to these artists, who would rather spend their time playing the trumpet, the fiddle, or the accordion than they would video games. Louisiana’s folkways are not just of the past, but also of the present, and the voices of these artists emerge as a clarion call, reminding us of the vibrancy of traditional culture. This new generation of artists are today’s tradition bearers, and their impressive mastery of old forms made anew is a showcase of a living cultural legacy. The Festival will feature Cajun music by Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns, Bubba Hebert and the New Morse Playboys, the Huval-Fuselier Trio, and the Sarah Jayde Combeaux, Zydeco by Lil Wayne and Same Ol’ 2 Step, bluegrass with Sabine River Bend Band and Catahoula Drive, Appalachian dulcimer fusion with Twang Darkly, and New Orleans jazz by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns! Also, traditional Vietnamese lion dancers, free harmonica and rubboard workshops, and, of course, crafts, food, and the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. Mark your calendar today! 



Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team 

Photo submitted by Huan Pham


Louisiana State Fiddle Championship

Saturday, July 16th, 2016, 1:00—4:00 pm

The Folk Festival will host the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship in Magale Recital Hall which is housed in the CAPA Annex and is located at 140 Central Avenue.  Fiddlers from around the state will compete for cash prizes and ribbons in two main Categories: Non-Championship Division and Championship Division. Fiddlers are welcome to enter in either division but not both. Those who enter the Championship Division will compete for the Grand Champion title. The two top fiddlers from each group in the Championship Division — ages 0-21, 22-59, 60 and above — will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be recognized as the state’s best fiddler.


2015 Champion: James Linden Hogg


Click on the links below to get more information:

·   Link to Volunteer Registration Form

·   Link to Fiddle Championship Entry Form

·   Link to Fiddle Championship Rules