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Alexandria Red River Festival

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Start Date:
May 02, 2019
End Date:
May 05, 2019
Downtown Alexandria
The City of Alexandria introduces the Alexandria Red River Festival, where culture, arts, food, and music come together. By partnering with several local organizations and programs – the City of Alexandria is bringing our community together for an incredible four-day event in Downtown Alexandria. Together with numerous local businesses, community participants, teams, civic leaders and sponsors, the Alexandria Red River Festival embodies the spirit of community, culture, and collaboration. 


Dinner on the Bricks

Thursday, May 2 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come dine on the bricks as locally owned restaurants and caterers showcase the best of their menus. Admission is free, but menu prices vary. Live Music by Larry “The Voice” Ellis.

Ellis is an Alexandria Senior High School Alumni and has toured and performed with acts such as Patti Labelle.


Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4

Sidewalks, green spaces, and the streets of Downtown Alexandria will come alive with 100's of local and regional participating artists, vendors, and performers showcasing their talent.

Live Music

Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5

Dance and party to the tunes from national and local artists. Join us at
the River Front Amphitheater for some unforgettable live music.

Friday, May 3 (evening)

A full line-up of Alexandria’s Local Celebrity Bands & Arts will take the main stage including your favorite on air personalities from television and radio.


Saturday, May 4 (evening)

Brandon Rhyder has established himself as a fixture in the Texas Country / Red Dirt scene. He has released multiple albums, with four #1 Texas Music Chart hits. His signature sound is one you will definitely want to hear!

Midnight Star know for hits such as No Parking (on the Dance Floor), Freak A Zoid, Midas Touch and so many more! Midnight Star is bringing their remarkable talent and creativity to Alexandria Red River Festival. This live performance can only be characterized as electrifying.


Sunday, May 5

Chris Ardoin, a Zydeco Accordionist and Singer, AND Alexandria favorite, takes traditional zydeco and mixing in various styles including R&B, reggae and hip-hop.  Staying still while listening to Chris will be tough to do!

Whodini – the original hip hop band form Brooklyn, New York. Whodini, made their mark in music as the pioneers of synthesizers, original rap, with a twist of R&B. Known for hits such as Freaks Come Out at Night, Friends, Five Minutes of Funk, festival goers will love the old school hip hop that appeals to all generations!



Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Now in its 9th year, the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ will feature more teams, entertainment, food, fun and elaborate costumes than ever before. Presented by the Alexandria Museum of Art (AMoA), this must-see family event is a full day of spirited racing and entertainment on and off the water.

BBQ Cook-Off

Saturday, May 4

Come out and enjoy music, drinks, and food as our local chefs cook-up some of their best BBQ Ribs and Chicken dishes.

Judging starts at 12:30

Registration is free - Save your spot now!

Who will be Alexandria Red River Festival Champion 2019 (1st, 2nd and 3rd for each category)

Classic Car and Truck Show

Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Come see how vehicles have changed over the years and check out all sorts of unique cars. Located on Main Street / 2nd Street from Jackson Street to Johnson Street.

Registration from 8:00am - 9:00am

Space is limited, register today - there is NO FEE, but great prizes!

Mayor’s Choice, Top 10 Vehicles and Door Prizes for Owners!

Alexandria Red River Festival- Partners 

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