Travel to Shreveport and Bossier City in the Ark-La-Tex
Shreveport Attractions and Entertainment
The Shreveport waterfront along the Red River is the home of restaurants, museums, retail stores, convention facilities and gaming casinos.
The Barnwell Art & Garden Center, the Norton Art Gallery, the Municipal Auditorium where Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and other stars of the 50s and 60s made history draw significant numbers of visitors to the area.
The historic Strand Theater at 619 Louisiana Avenue dates to 1925 and today is the site of a variety of performances, films, musicals and other events.
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on the grounds of the Louisiana State Fair, the American Rose Center and other attractions make Shreveport a regional tourism destination.
The Shreveport Aquariuim opened in 2017 and is located at 601 Clyde Fant Parkway in Downtown Shreveport.
The aquarium features more than 3,000 animals representing more than 270 different species including sharks, rays, octopus, crabs, jellyfish and much more.
Shreveport-Bossier Casinos & Racetracks
The Shreveport-Bossier area is home to a variety of gaming venues:
- Horseshoe Hotel & Casino
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino
- Diamond Jack’s Casino Resort
- Eldorado Casino Resort
- Boomtown Casino
- Margaritaville Resort Casino
- Harrah’s Louisiana Downs horse track and casino
Mudbug Madness in Shreveport
Part of the festivities at Mudbug Madness in Shreveport (Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)
Mudbug Madness is a four day festival celebrating Louisiana crawfish & cuisine, along with great entertainment on three stages for all ages. It is held held at Festival Plaza in Downtown Shreveport.
What began in 1984 as a two-day street festival in downtown Shreveport is now one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular Cajun festivals, featuring renown Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages.
Now a four-day festival held each Memorial Day weekend, Mudbug Madness is nationally recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, drawing more than 50,000 people in one day.
Mudbug Madness created renewed interest in Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage and the event’s original organizers are proud to have brought a little bit of south Louisiana fun north to Shreveport.
The most recent Mudbug Madness was held on May 24-27, 2018.
For more information, visit the official website of Mudbug Madness
Red River Revel
The Red River Revel is an annual event held at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. The last Revel was held on September 30 - October 7, 2017.
The Red River Revel began in 1976 as the Junior League of Shreveport’s Bicentennial gift to the citizens of the region. The goal of the festival is to provide the general populace a celebration of the finest visual and performing arts experiences.
In addition to bringing in hundreds of visual and performing artists each year, the festival attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors each year.
For more information, visit the official website of the Red River Revel
Just across the Red River downtown is the Louisiana Boardwalk, located at 540 Boardwalk Boulevard, a beautiful shopping mecca. It features dozens of upscale shopping venues such as Wet Seal, Dress Barn, Fossil, Lane Bryant and much more. Dining opportunities include Hooters, Copelands Cheesecake Bistro, Salt Grass Steakhouse, Joe's Crabshack and other restaurants.
The Boardwalk also includes the Regal Cinema and Courtyard by Marriott, and nearby Bass Pro Shops and Margaritaville Casino.
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and the Louisiana Hayride Video ... from Louisiana Travel
Holiday in Dixie
One of the oldest festivals in the South, Holiday in Dixie in Shreveport celebrates the beginning of spring and the Louisiana Purchase. Held in Festival Plaza, this popular event includes a 10-day carnival, parade, treasure hunt, live music and family fun.
For more information, visit the official website of Holiday in Dixie
State Fair of Louisiana
The mission of the State Fair is to promote the industrial and agricultural resources of the great State of Louisiana and to provide a better quality of life for its citizens through education and entertainment.
The State Fair Grounds are located on I-20 west of downtown Shreveport. The next fair is scheduled for October 25 - November 11, 2018.
For more information, visit the official website of the State Fair of Louisiana
Barksdale Air Force Base
Another major element of the Shreveport-Bossier City economy is Barksdale Air Force Base, long a major Strategic Air Command (SAC) facility. Construction began on Barksdale Field in 1931, and the facility was dedicated on February 2, 1933.
Since that time, the base has hosted a number of key operational and training elements of the Air Force. Today, it is serves as Headquarters of the Eighth Air Force, among other units, and is one of only two air bases at which B-52 Stratofortress bombers are stationed.
A popular event at Barksdale AFB is the Defenders of Liberty Air Show.
2018 Walk-Ons Independence Bowl
The annual Independence Bowl held in late December in Shreveport features two of the nation's top NCAA Division I teams. The Independence Bowl’s history spans four decades, with the inaugural game being played in 1976. The stadium seats more than 50,000 fans.
The 42nd Independence Bowl was held on December 27, 2017, featuring the Florida State Seminoles and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles
The game was nationally televised by ESPN.
For detailed information about the game and scheduled events, and to order tickets online, visit the official website of the Independence Bowl
Shreveport Mardi Gras Parades
The Shreveport area enjoys Mardi Gras!
Listed below are the dates, times and locations of popular parades scheduled for 2018 in Shreveport.
For more information on these and other Mardi Gras parades and events, view the full schedule at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
|Krewe / Parade||Location|
|Krewe of Centaur parade||Downtown Shreveport|
|Krewe of Barkus and Meoux pet parade||Reeves Marine Center|
|Krewe of Gemini parade||Downtown Shreveport|
|Krewe of Highland parade||Highland Neighborhood|
Shreveport Hotels, Motels, Lodging and Restaurants
Ever since the Red River was cleared and made newly navigable by Captain Henry Shreve, who removed a 180-mile long logjam, Shreveport has exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit that remains strong even today.
In 1994, the Red River was again made navigable, this time by the U.S. by the Army Corps of Engineers with the completion of a series of lock-and-dam structures and a navigation channel.
Today, Shreveport-Bossier City is again being developed as a port and shipping center.For more information, we recommend contacting the Shreveport - Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
Shreveport Louisiana Map