November 13: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). The Museum is proud to welcome the community on the second Saturday of each month for open admission during regular business hours. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
December 6: FAM Day at AMoA, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). The Alexandria Museum of Art opens its doors to the galleries on the first Monday of each month for those with disabilities for private, stress-free viewing of the exhibits. While those with special needs are welcome any business day, this dedicated day offers specialized interactives for hands-on learning, creative inspiration, and engagement as well as communication tools. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 6: RSO Presents High Spirits, Calvary Baptist Church (5011 Jackson Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. The Rapides Symphony presents an energetic program that opens with Rossini’s Overture to ‘The Barber of Seville,’ continues with Guitarist Isaac Bustos as guest soloist for Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, and closes with Beethoven Symphony No. 7. Cost: $25.00 Adult; $15.00 Seniors 65+; $10.00 Students; $50.00 Family of up to 6. Call: 318-442-9709. rapidessymphony.org
November 13: Dwight Yoakam, Paragon Casino Resort (711 Paragon Pl, Marksville), 8:00pm. Rob Leines joins country music superstar Dwight Yoakam live in concert. Doors open at 7:00pm. Cost: $39.00+. Call: 800-946-1946.
December 4: Three Dog Night, Rapides Parish Coliseum (5600 Coliseum Boulevard, Alexandria), 7:30pm. Legendary music icons celebrating nearly 5 decades claim some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. Songs like ‘Mama Told Me (Not To Come)’, ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Black and White’, ‘Shambala’ and ‘One’ serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity. Cost: $24.00+. Call: 318-442-9581. rpclive.org
December 5: RSO Presents Tis the Season, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St, Alexandria), 2:30pm. The Rapides Symphony presents an entertaining way for the whole family to kick off the holiday season with its annual holiday concert featuring plenty of favorite carols, holiday-themed classical pieces, and a joyous sing-along. Cost: $25.00 Adult; $15.00 Seniors 65+; $10.00 Students; $50.00 Family of up to 6. Call: 318-442-9709. rapidessymphony.org
November 4-13: Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, Martin Performing Arts Center (1140 College Drive, Pineville), 7:00pm. Theatre Louisiana College presents the tale of New Year’s Eve, when Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police officer. He, however, decides to evade jail for one night so that he can go to Prince Orlofsky’s lavish party. He wants to go with his friend Falke, so he tells his wife, Rosalinde, that he is heading off to jail. Rosalinde knows that Eisenstein is lying, and follows him, in disguise as a Hungarian countess. Adele, their maid, also feigns an excuse to be released from work that night so that she can also go to the ball, disguised as a Russian actress. After many mistaken identities, Eisenstein attempts to seduce his own wife without knowing. Much frivolity, and many festivities behind them, the great farce ends up with a happy ending for all. Performances nightly Thursday through Saturday. Cost: $15.00 General admission; $12.00 Seniors/Students; $5.00 LC Students/Faculty/Staff. Call: 318-613-4064.
November 11-14: Pippin the Musical, Pineville High School (1511 Line Street, Pineville). There’s magic to do at PHS! With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Performances begin nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. Cost: $12.00-$18.00. pinevillehightheatre.com
November 11-14: Spectral Sisters 17th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre (1102 3rd St, Alexandria). This year’s theme is ‘You’ve Got to Be Kidding.’ The eight selected plays include a variety of subjects ranging from otherworldly to surreal, and everything in between. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm; Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. Military admitted free (w/ ID) on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. Spectral Sisters Productions deals in mature themes, so parental discretion is encouraged. Cost: $10.00.
November 11-21: Doubt: A Parable, Gwartney Theatre at LSUA (8100 Hwy 71 South Alexandria), 7:30pm. LSUA Empty Space Players presents the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. ‘Doubt’ examines the human tendency to convict others with our own convictions and to doubt others with our own doubts. Directed by Robert Harper. Performances begin nightly Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. No late seating will be allowed. Cost: $10.00 General admission; $5.00 Seniors & Students (w/ ID). Call: 318-473-6473.
November 12-14: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Lagniappe Theatre Event Center (7521 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria). In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggle to put on a church Christmas pageant, but it all goes horribly and hilariously wrong. Performances begin nightly Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. Cost: $16.00 Adults; $14.00 Seniors; $13.00 Students/Children. Call: 318-487-8243. lagniappetheatre.com
November 27-28: The Nutcracker, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St, Alexandria). Red River Dance Company presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Saturday performance begins at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. Cost: $15.00-$20.00. Call: 318-443-7500. redriverdance.org
December 2-5: A Calvary Christmas, Calvary Baptist Church (5011 Jackson Street, Alexandria). A Calvary Christmas is back for 2021. This two-act production will feature live orchestra, choirs of all ages, stunning visual effects, and the Living Nativity! At the heart of this production, will be the true story of Christmas-the manger, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, the Christ child-and the glorious hope we have in our Savior! This will be a highlight of your Christmas season you won’t want to miss! Performances begin nightly at 7:00pm; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Cost: $15.00. Call: 318-445-1426. calvarynet.net/christmas
December 3-4: GTTP Ballet Academy Presents ‘Rudolph!’, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre (1101 Third Street, Alexandria). Get to the Pointe Ballet Academy is proud to present: ‘Rudolph!’, classical ballet with the original choreography of Sarah Lavana Ochs. Performances begin Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm; Saturday matinee at 2:00pm. Cost: $12.50-$25.00. Call: 318-528-7992.
Ongoing-November: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church (1600 Horseshoe Drive, Alexandria), 7:00pm. The New Hope Al-Anon Group meets each Tuesday and Thursday evening. Al-Anon is a mutual support group for anyone having experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking or addiction. You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation or just listen. Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al-Anon unity. Cost: Free.
November 6 & December 4: Experimental Aircraft Association 1st Saturday Breakfast, Buhlow Lake Airport (200 Lake Buhlow Road, Pineville), 7:30am-10:00am. Come enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, grits, potatoes, milk, orange juice, and more! Anyone interested in aviation is welcome and invited to come to enjoy breakfast with us! Cost: $7.00.
November 6 & December 4: Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers First Saturday Gathering, Indian Creek Recreation Area (100 Camp Ground Road, Woodworth), 9:00am-12:30pm. A delicious day with Dutch oven cooking enthusiasts.
November 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7: Alexandria Farmer’s Market, First United Methodist Church (2727 Jackson Street, Alexandria), 3:00pm-6:00pm. The Alexandria Farmers Market is a weekly gathering that connects the community of Alexandria with the farmers, ranchers, and agricultural artisans of Central Louisiana. This connection strives to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of the region by providing access to fresh, healthy, local food for residents, fostering community relationships, and serving as a business incubator for growers and producers. Cost: Free. Call: 318-441-3407.
November 10: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Wyndham Garden Alexandria (2301 North MacArthur Drive), 12:00pm. Suzi Richey presents Check Your ‘Attitude’. Please come and join us at a new location for a delicious meal and an inspirational message! Please RSVP. Cost: $18.00. Call: 337-349-4776
November 10: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Main Entrance (211 4th Street, Alexandria), 2:00pm-5:00pm. A trained child passenger safety educator will take a look at your car seats, make sure they are not under recall, make sure the seat is installed properly and show you how to install the car seat. The car seat check process takes between 15-25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month. Cost: Free.
November 13: 28th Annual Sugar Day Festival, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria), 9:00am-5:00pm. It’s the sweetest day of the year! Enjoy sugar making, can syrup making, live music, dancing, tours, demonstrations, food, crafts, kids activities and more! Call: 318-487-5998. kenthouse.org
November 13: Second Saturday Market, Huckleberry Brewing Company (4724 Sterkx Road, Alexandria), 1:00pm. On the second Saturday of each month, Huckleberry Brewing Company will be hosting a vendors market on the Huckleberry grounds! Come check out some awesome local vendors at the Second Saturday Market! If you’re interested in participating as a vendor, feel free to reach out via email at email@example.com or through Facebook messenger!
November 16: Jingle and Mingle Holiday Kickoff, Prud’homme-Rouquier House, 6:00pm. The event features pop-up vendors ranging from local crafters to shops, as well as light hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and special private after-hours shopping access to merchants on Natchitoches’s Historic Front Street. Jingle and Mingle, sponsored by the Service League of Natchitoches, raises funds to preserve the historic Prud’homme-Rouquier House and support philanthropic endeavors to help the community. Cost: $25.00. facebook.com/natchitochesserviceleague
November 19-20: BBQ Throwdown and Southern Style Truck & Car Show, Paragon RV Resort (711 Paragon Pl, Marksville). Compete for your chance to win a share of over $16,000 in cash and prizes! Categories include: Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Dessert, Soup/Gumbo, Sauce or Margarita. The Southern Style Car and Truck Show will host Show and Shine from noon to 5:00pm of Friday, November 19th, Crank Up/Rev Up on November 20th at 2:00pm and Live Auction and more at 5:00pm on Saturday. All proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Call: 800-946-1946.
November 22: Healing Hearts ‘Christmas Memorial Tree’, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Atrium (501 Medical Center Dr, Alexandria), 6:00pm. A memorial tree sponsored by the Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group. Participants will have the opportunity to make two ornaments, one to decorate the Memory Tree, and one to bring home. Call: 318-769-7569.
November 25: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
November 26-December 29: Holiday Light Safari, Alexandria Zoo (3016 Masonic Drive, Alexandria), 5:30pm-9:00pm. One of Cenla’s most beloved traditions is back for even more nights of lights this holiday season! Create wonderful holiday memories on select evenings in November and December at Holiday Light Safari. See the Zoo in a different light with a casual stroll through the Zoo’s colorful environment sparkling with thousands of lights and whimsical lighted animal figures. Share your wish list with Santa through December 23, hop aboard the train for a merry ride, find the perfect holiday gift at the Zootique, and enjoy tasty treats from the Palm Cafe. Open weekends November 26th through December 19th; December 22nd, 23rd and daily 26th through 29th. Cost: $8.00 General admission; $6.00 FOTAZ members; Under 4 Free. Call: 318-441-6810. thealexandriazoo.com
December 3: Christmas in Candyland, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum (1403 3rd Street, Alexandria), 6:00pm-8:00pm. Join us in making Christmas ornaments, crafts and cookie decorating! Part of the City of Alexandria’s 12 Days of Christmas! Cost: $7.00 at the door. Call: 318-619-9394.
December 7-8: Save Cenla ASIST Training, Vidalia Baptist Church (100 North Hickory, Vidalia), 8:00am-4:30pm. Suicide and mental health issues are a growing concern, especially in these trying times. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an evidence-based, two-day workshop in suicide prevention skills helps participants learn and practice a life-saving intervention model that is widely used by professionals and the general public. Open to ages 16+. Mental health professionals can receive 12 CEUs after taking this workshop for $60.00 through livingworks.net (a $300 value). Sponsored by Central Louisiana Human Services District. Cost: Free. Call: 337-519-1888. SaveCenla.com
November 6: Two Wheels to History Bike Ride, Magnolia Plantation (5549 Highway 119, Derry/Cloutierville), 9:00am. This fun & healthy way to learn about Cane River history stops at the Badin-Roque House and St. Augustine Catholic Church, where a member of the St. Augustine Historical Society will talk about the history of the two buildings and the Society’s preservation efforts. Open to all ages, the bike ride is limited to twenty participants. Reservations are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-352-0383 x316.
November 6, 13, 20, 27 & December 4: Saturday Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 10:30am. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. Paul Nettles of The Levee Tai Chi School leads a class in Qi Gong, which is an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. It is used to stimulate good health, spirituality, and a state of calm mindfulness. Masks are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:45pm. Register online by selecting the class you would like to attend. Out of courtesy for our class waiting list, please cancel at least two hours prior to class start time. Masks are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 13: Yoga for Kids, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 10:30am.The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. On the second Saturday of each month a Lotus Vibes present a Kids Yoga class at the Museum. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 24: Cajun Santas 5K, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (3659 Main Street, Hessmer), 7:00pm. The race features a new course and will be run on Main Street Hessmer this year! Christmas-themed costume and Christmas lights are encouraged. There will also be a costume contest. Awards will be given to top three male and female runners in the 5K run! Free food, live musical entertainment, fun games for the children and door prizes will be there! A variety of vendors will also be present. Fun for the whole family! facebook.com/cajunsantas
*All events subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.