There’s no greater way to learn about and grow with a community than through local festivals. Festivals are a celebration of culture, heritage, and the people who make a community what it is. In the city of Alexandria, we take every opportunity to celebrate our roots and our rich historical presence in Louisiana. This spring, there are many festivals that can help locals and visitors alike experience what makes this area so unique.
Youth Art Month Festival
In Alexandria, we know that children can show us passion, talent, and empowerment all their own. That’s why this March 24, we will be celebrating Youth Art Month Festival (YAM) as an observance that emphasizes just how important art and art education are for our youth community members. This festival serves not only as a forum for recognizing and growing children’s artistic skills, but also to help develop self-esteem, art appreciation, and self-expression from an early age. Free and open to the public, this annual festival offers art demonstrations, interactive art activities, quarter games, balloons, and more.
Citywide Easter Egg Hunt
The entire city of Alexandria is invited out to hunt for over 10,000 hidden Easter eggs on March 31. Free for children of all ages, this Easter egg hunt event will be held at City Park. Children can discover eggs filled with candy and toys and hunt for six golden eggs that will be filled with a special surprise.
Alex River Fete
Held annually every spring, Alex River Fete lights up downtown Alexandria with food, music, and celebration. Each year, Alexandria works in partnership with dozens of local arts organizations and programs for three days. Civic leaders, sponsors, community participants, and local businesses work together to create a festival full of traditional Louisiana eats, local art expression, and music that will get you dancing. Featuring events such as the ArtWalk, Dragon Boat Races, and a local restaurant showcase called Dinner on the Bricks, this event has something for guests of all ages.
Arts Council Presents Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix
There’s nothing that brings the family and community together quite like a side-splitting comedy performance. This family-friendly performance will be adored by kids, as well as those who are kids at heart. At this event, Johnny Peers and his canine clowns put on a one-of-a-kind slapstick comedy act. With a dozen dogs performing hilarious tricks with Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate Johnny Peers, this performance is one to remember. Check it out on March 10 at 7 p.m.
Cenla Holi Celebration
Join Alexandria locals as we celebrate Holi, an Indian celebration also known as the “festival of colors.” This is a celebration symbolizing victory over evil, the end of winter, and the arrival of spring. Tickets will be on sale for plate lunches, and participants can enjoy a colorful 4k run on April 21. All proceeds will benefit Children’s Advocacy Network.
It’s clear that when spring rolls around, the city of Alexandria never stops celebrating. Visit the city of Alexandria to get a firsthand look!