Summer in northwest Louisiana is absolutely crazy, and now that you’re into the full swing of things, you can handle the hype. Here are just a few of the great events to calm you down a bit and stagger your summer energy this month.

August 2

EVENT: Bike Night, 6 – 8 p.m., Bossier Harley Davidson

EVENT: Fourth of July Victory Tour, 6:30– 9:30 p.m., Festival Plaza, Shreveport


August 4

EVENT: Shreveport Farmers Market, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Festival Plaza, Shreveport

EVENT:  Bossier City Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pierre Bossier Mall

EVENT:  Nature Tots, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Red River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Bossier City

EVENT: Louisiana Baby & Beyond Expo, 12 – 5 p.m., Bossier Civic Center
The Louisiana Baby & Beyond Expo is an exciting, unique event for northwest Louisiana. This event will showcase baby and kid products and services. All new and expectant parents, as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and children of all ages are invited. Come and be prepared to learn, celebrate and be inspired.

EVENT: Shreveport Night Market, 4 – 9 p.m., Mall St. Vincent, Shreveport
The new Shreveport Night Market is a huge free event with more than 150 vendors and food trucks planned. This outdoor market all happens in the evening, lit up by thousands of twinkling holiday-style lights. Parking and admission are free.

MUSIC:  Restless Heart, 8 p.m., Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City
Restless Heart has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in country music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts. With four gold albums and six consecutive No. 1 hits like I’ll Still Be Loving You, Fast Movin’ Train, The Bluest Eyes in Texasand When She Cries, they’ve won a wide range of awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group. Come see them live, only at Margaritaville’s Paradise Theater, on August 4th at 8 p.m.

MUSIC:  Culverhouse, 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino, Bossier City


August 8

EVENT:  WAM (Wine, Art and Music), 5:30 – 8 p.m., 1800° Prime Steakhouse at Boomtown Casino & Hotel, Bossier City


August 10

EVENT:  The Bossier Arts Council: Drék Davis’ Opening Reception, 6 – 8 p.m., Bossier Arts Council

MUSIC:  Hank Williams, Jr., 8 p.m., The Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino, Bossier City
Five-time Country Music Entertainer of the Year award winner Hank Williams, Jr. will appear in concert at Horseshoe’s Riverdome on Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Son of the late country music star Hank Williams, Hank Jr. struggled for years to perform the country music that made his late father great. In his twenties, following a low point in his personal life, Hank Jr. sustained serious injuries from a climbing fall. During his recovery from the fall he began reshaping his career, changing his music style and rising to country superstar status with major hits including Texas Women, Dixie On My Mindand All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)

MUSIC:  John Conlee, 8 p.m., The Stage, Bossier City


August 11

EVENT: Shreveport Farmers Market, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Festival Plaza, Shreveport

EVENT:  Flint Knapping Workshop, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, Shreveport

EVENT: Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Seminar, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport

EVENT:  Bossier City Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pierre Bossier Mall

EVENT:  Second Saturday Screenings, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Bossier Parish Library Historical Center

EVENT:  Legends of Tomorrow – 29th Annual Auction Against AIDS, 6 – 10 p.m., Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Shreveport
The Philadelphia Center presents “Legends of Tomorrow.” The 29th Annual Auction Against AIDS will be held on Saturday, August 11 at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come to enjoy a night of intrigue with superheroes and villains along with local art, silent auction items and contests that you will not want to miss. This year’s event includes performances by our local drag artists who will bring to life Aunty Entity, Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Black Widow and Poison Ivy.


August 17

EVENT:  Geek’d Con, 6 – 9 p.m., Shreveport Convention Center
Geek’d Con, the popular annual fan convention will return to the Shreveport Convention Center, Aug. 17-19, 2018. This three-day convention welcomes more than 10,000 attendees annually to browse vendor booths, meet celebrity guests, attend panel discussions and more. National headliners including comic book artists, stars of TV and film, and professional cosplay groups will be in attendance.


August 18

EVENT: Shreveport Farmers Market, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Festival Plaza, Shreveport

EVENT:  Bossier City Farmers Market, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Pierre Bossier Mall


August 19

EVENT:  Bossier City Farmers Market, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pierre Bossier Mall


August 21

EVENT:  CATS: Events on Culture, Arts, Technology and Science, 3 – 4 p.m., The Glen, Shreveport


August 25

EVENT:  Bossier City Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pierre Bossier Mall

EVENT: Fluid Art Challenge, 3 p.m., The Agora Borealis, Shreveport

MUSIC:  Eli Young Band, 8 p.m., The Stage, Bossier City

MUSIC:  Wayne Toups, 8 p.m., Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City
Louisiana music legend Wayne Toups was born into a family of rice farmers in Crowley, Louisiana, and first picked up an accordion when he was 13. He has combined Cajun music, zydeco, R&B and rock into a genre he calls Zydecajun, singing in both English and Cajun French. See Wayne Toups live, only at Margaritaville.


August 26

EVENT:  Bridal Fair at the Gardens, 1 – 5 p.m., American Rose Center, Shreveport


August 31

EVENT: Powerboat Nationals, 12 – 6 p.m., Red River between Riverview Park and the Louisiana Boardwalk, Shreveport
The Powerboat Nationals will be held on the Red River August 31-September 2, 2018. Friday will be a practice day from 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8:30 – 11 a.m. is practice followed by racing from noon – 6 p.m.

MUSIC:  Tracey Lawrence, 8 p.m., DiamondJacks Casino and Hotel, Bossier City
Tracy Lawrence is easily one of the most recognizable voices in country music. Since the 1991 debut of Sticks and Stones, the country icon has had more than forty songs on the Billboard charts –including an incredible 18 No. 1 singles, sold over 13 million albums, and garnered numerous CMA and ACM Awards. Come see him live at DiamondJacks Casino and Hotel in Bossier City on Friday, August 31st at 8 p.m., and hear all of his hit songs including Lessons Learned, Alibis, Find Out Who Your Friends Are, Paint Me a Birminghamand Time Marches On— when this legend presents a night of country music you’ll never forget.

Submit your upcoming local events six weeks in advance to Adam Bailey at [email protected]