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After a one-year hiatus, the Annual Biedenharn Scarecrow Competition returns to the gardens. On Tuesday, October 26, from 3pm-8pm, thirteen area non-profits will vie for the coveted Greater Ouachita Golden Pumkin Trophy and a cash prize.

Like so much else, the annual event was cancelled in 2020. Museum Director Ralph Calhoun says he is looking forward to an interesting group of entries. "This year we have a broader range of participating organizations, including other local museums, service groups, boy and girl scouts and Greek organizations from ULM."

Fall theatre festival runs Nov. 2-7 in Stone Theatre

Oct 21, 2021

The Louisiana Tech School of Theatre will host the 2021 Fall Theatre Festival at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-6 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 in Stone Theatre.

The first production of the 2021-22 season, the Festival is a showcase of student talent in directing, acting, technical theatre, and performance. Besides being student produced and directed, it will feature a variety of performing arts mediums: period piece comedy, modern drama, stage combat, student written short film, and more.

Discover Monroe-West Monroe was awarded the bid to host the 2022, 2023, and 2024 Red River Conference baseball tournament at the Sterlington Sports Complex.


The Red River Conference’s mission is “to promote education and the development of students through intercollegiate athletics in the universities or colleges represented by this conference.”


Downtown Monroe
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Monroe-West Monroe, LA– Discover Monroe-West Monroe will host its first annual Monroe-West Monroe Pumpkin Decorating Contest during the month of October.


Participants are asked to decorate their pumpkin with a Monroe-West Monroe theme. They  are encouraged to highlight the great things about Ouachita Parish. They may paint, carve, or decorate their pumpkin.


ULM Moon Festival Marks End of Harvest Season

Sep 21, 2021

The University of Louisiana Monroe International Student Association presents the Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Hangar.


Also known as the Moon Cake Festival, the ISA will celebrate with refreshments, creating personalized masks, and showing the movie “Over the Moon” (2020).


Bayouval is a new music festival on the bayou at the University of Louisiana Monroe, combining the words "bayou" and "festival." The event on September 17 at Bayou Pointe Event Center raises funds for student scholarships in the School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).

Dr. Derle Long, director of VAPA, expressed his enthusiasm for new the festival, "The name 'Bayouval' being the combination of a festival on the bayou is just absolutely brilliant."

McCann Host Back To School Event

Aug 9, 2021

McCann School of Business and Technology in Monroe, LA is hosting a Bring Your Own Backpack (BYOB) event on Thursday, August 12 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring their backpacks and McCann will fill them with school supplies (K-12 and while supplies last). Students, friends, families and neighbors are invited to McCann to kick off another school year at this community event.

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The Berry-Bowden Grand Finale, combined with The Pursuit, is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. 


Earlier this summer, the Berry-Bowden Roadshow, featuring first-year University of Louisiana Monroe President Dr. Ron Berry and first-year head football coach Terry Bowden, made tour stops in Dallas, Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Juneteenth commerates the end of slavery in the United States. Ross Slacks, Director of The Northeast Louisiana African-American Heritage Museum explains the holiday and how it will be celebrated in Monroe.

Emily Caldwell

The Schepis Museum is reopening with new works by Emily Caldwell June 7 through July 30.


A celebration reception will be held July 3. On the 4th of July  on Main Street there will be live music by Steven Joiner and band, food trucks, artist reception in the Schepis, and fireworks at 9 p.m. over the scenic Ouachita River.