Shreveport-Bossier Getaways - May 2016
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Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo is a great spot for outdoor adventure in Shreveport-Bossier.

Outdoor Adventures Await
in Shreveport-Bossier

From ziplining over live alligators at Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo to flyboarding with iFlyH2O at Cypress Black Bayou, Shreveport-Bossier offers a variety of outdoor adventures for every kind of adventurer. April and May are a great time to explore local parks and trails, including trail systems at Red River National Wildlife Refuge and Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park. Fishing enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for upcoming bass fishing events including the Gusher Days Festival bass tournament at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, May 7, and the 2016 Lady Bass Anglers Association Fishing Tournament on Caddo Lake, May 20-21.

Late Spring is also a great time to explore the scenic Boom or Bust Byway, a local scenic byway that has been named a Southern Travel Treasure by AAA Southern Traveler magazine. Roadside wildflowers will be in full bloom along the byway, which can be explored with the assistance of a free mobile app (search “N LA Byways” in the iTunes Store or Google Play for Android to download) or by picking up a handheld device called a GPS Ranger. Learn more about how to enjoy the Boom or Bust Byway.

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Gusher Days Festival celebrates the north Caddo Parish oil industry.

Rural Festivals Offer Big Fun in Small Towns

Festival season is well underway in Shreveport-Bossier and the surrounding rural communities of Caddo and Bossier parishes. On Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oil City in northern Caddo Parish will host the annual Gusher Days Festival. This free, family-friendly event will feature archery and fishing tournaments, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, live entertainment and more. For up-to-date information and tournament entry forms, check in with the festival on Facebook.

Blanchard, Louisiana – a small town located just 10 miles northwest of downtown Shreveport – will host the 42nd annual Poke Salad Festival, May 9-14, between Darby Avenue and Pinehill Road off of Hwy. 1. The festival will include a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 as well as live entertainment on Friday evening and all day and night on Saturday. Entertainment headliners include Ole Whiskey Revival, Tequila Rose Band and more. For a complete schedule of events and entertainment, visit the official festival website. For more information on upcoming events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit
Chef Cindy Gleason Johnson of Southern Faire will host a cooking demo at the South Highland Summer Market. South Highland Summer Market to Feature Local Chefs

Mall St. Vincent’s South Highland Summer Market, a Friday evening-only farmers’ market held in the south end of the Mall St. Vincent parking lot at 1133 St. Vincent Avenue in Shreveport, will return for its third year on Friday, May 6 and will run through Friday, July 8, 5-8 p.m. The 2016 market will feature a culinary theme and will include cooking demonstrations and educational food experiences from many of the most interesting chefs and cooks in Shreveport-Bossier as well as weekly food activities for children presented by Chef Hardette Harris of Us Up North Food Tours, Tastings and Demonstrations.

Cooking demos scheduled for May include: Ernestine “Tootie” Morrison of Abby Singer’s Bistro, May 6; Robert “Boz” Baucum of Marilynn’s Place, May 13; Hardette Harris of Us Up North Food Tours, Tastings and Demonstrations, May 20; and Cindy Gleason Johnson of Southern Faire, May 27. Learn more about the South Highland Summer Market’s 2016 season at

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Learn about Shreveport-Bossier’s year-round festival scene by watching our festival video!


See blooming gardens and more on our Instagram feed, @SeeShreevportBossier.
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Upcoming Events

Benton Farmers’ Market
Sundays, May 15 – July 10
495 Simpson St., Benton
The Sunshine Boys
April 21 – May 1
Shreveport Little Theatre
Modest Mouse
Thursday, April 28
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Barksdale Air Force Base Airshow
April 30 – May 1
Barksdale Air Force Base
Alive After 5
Thursday, May 5
Red River District
Gusher Days Festival
Saturday, May 7
Earl G. Williamson Park
Shreveport Derby Day
Saturday, May 7
R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Poke Salad Festival
May 9 – 14
Darby Avenue and Pinehill Road
Gregg Allman
Wednesday, May 11
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Friday, May 13
Strand Theatre
Eric Paslay
Saturday, May 14
Dare Dayclub | Ultra Pool at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
Tracy Morgan – Picking Up the Pieces Tour
Friday, May 20
Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Riverdome
Mudbug Madness Festival
May 26 – 29
Festival Plaza
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