Last year, our focus in Community Services was to help AlexRiverFete grow and gain partners who were excited about helping this Downtown festival bring people together from across Central Louisiana and beyond. Those partnerships made for a very successful festival. This year, we look forward to an even better festival. Mark your calendars for April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd and plan to be Downtown to celebrate the arts, culture, and heritage of Central Louisiana. This three-day festival is set along the banks of the iconic Red River and brings thousands of people together for fun.
For years, we’ve gathered Downtown to enjoy wildly popular events, deeply woven in our city’s fabric: Dinner on the Bricks, ArtWalk, and the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races. Last year was the first time these events were woven together in a unified effort that embodied the pulse of our community. Now, following last year’s great success, AlexRiverFete again features these events, food, concerts, and more.
The City of Alexandria, in partnership with dozens of local arts organizations and programs, is proud to continue this celebration embracing our local culture and the creativity of our citizens. Visitors from near and far will find diverse programming, colorful street performers, vibrant craft displays, children’s activities, ongoing entertainment, delicious food and much more. With so much to see and do, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Fête. Fête means “an elaborate festival, party, or celebration,” and that’s just what you will find. So make time to come Downtown and party with us.
Our musical lineup this year offers a little something for everyone. Over the festival weekend, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, North Mississippi All Stars, The Delta Saints, Downright with DJ Logic, and Alvin Youngblood will take the stage to entertain one and all.
This festival is made possible through the talent and dedication of our local community partners: GAEDA, The Central Louisiana Community Foundation, Alexandria Museum of Art, Arna Bontemps Museum, River Oaks Square Arts Center, and the T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum. In addition, there are a variety of local businesses, private stakeholders, sponsors, participants, teams, volunteers, and civic leaders all working together to establish and honor our heritage.
Festivals are for fun, for the community, but a festival also promotes synergy, helps build new relationships, generates new ideas. And, most of all, it brings us together, encourages people to connect, makes us proud, and improves our quality of life. That, in turn, lays the foundation for a better Alexandria. With all this community involvement, AlexRiverFête, as always, will be an unforgettable experience.