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The Downtown Arts Alliance is hosting the holiday-themed Downtown Gallery Crawl on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their tacky Christmas sweaters as they enjoy their time at the crawl's two locations: downtown Monroe and West Monroe.

This year's holiday crawl will include food and drinks, live music, visual art of all kinds, and opportunities to buy unique Christmas presents from local vendors. A free shuttle service will run between Monroe and West Monroe, so guests can get the complete experience on both sides of the river.

Update: Ouachita Live has been moved indoors to 111 Cotton Street in West Monroe.

Ouachita Live's last concert of the season will be this Friday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 - 9 pm. There will be a pre-performance by Mama and the Outlaw followed by rising country stars, the Chase Tyler Band. The concert is at downtown West Monroe's 111 Cotton Street event center, and the concert is free to the public.

The Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival is returning to Kiroli Park in West Monroe for its 15th year this Saturday, October 5. The festival will feature music from Celtic folk groups, traditional step dancing, and storytelling.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. on Kiroli Park's main stage and last until 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free to children 10 and under.

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council presents the outdoor Brown Bag Concert Series that will last throughout the month of October. Every Wednesday at 12 p.m, there will be a different musician in downtown Monroe's Anna Gray Noe Park at 251 Oak Street, Monroe, in front of St. Francis Hospital. All concerts are free to the public. 

The Brown Bag Concert Series started back in 1994 as a way to bring the community together with music and food. The tradition has continued ever since, and has become a popular event in Northeast Louisiana.

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The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group features the Lucious Spiller Band at the free Ouachita Live concert on Friday, September 27 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The concert is at Downtown West Monroe's new event pavillion, Alley Park, at Natchitoches Street, West Monroe. The concert is free to the public. 

The Lucious Spiller Band from Clarksdale, Mississippi is a winner of the International Blues Challenge Award. Spiller's father was also a blues player who founded the Black Prarie Blues Movement.

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is hosting their fundraiser, Feet 'n the Street, on Saturday, September 21st at West Monroe's newest venue, Alley Park on Natchitoches Street in Antique Alley. The fundraiser will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and feature local bands, food trucks, wine, beer, and soda to raise money for MSO's public events throughout the year. 

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The City of West Monroe is offering their free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series again this fall for Twin Cities-residents. The concerts take place every Wednesday of September and the first Wednesday of October from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at North 7th Street’s, Farmer’s Market Pavilion, near the West Monroe High School water tower. The entertainment will feature local talents that showcase the thriving music community of Northeast Louisiana. 

Kick start your summer by attending the Ouachita Parish Public Library's annual SummerFest on Saturday, May 18th.Themed "Universe of Stories" the Ouachita Parish Public Library is using treats, activities, a challenge, and even prizes to motivate participation in their Summer Reading Challenge. Festivities for SummerFest are being held at the Main Branch Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with live music, food trucks, and plenty of activities for space cadets of all ages.

Masur Museum Is Off The Wall

Apr 4, 2019

On Friday, April 12, 2019 we will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Off the Wall - Monroe's premiere silent art auction and hands down one of the best parties around!

NELA Brown Bag Lunch Concert Lineup Announced

Apr 2, 2019
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     The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will host its free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series each Wednesday at noon in April at the Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse. Performances include:  April 3 – Jordan and Stacy SheppardHusband and wife duo Jordan and Stacey Sheppard have been playing all over the southeast since 2008. Inspired by many different artists and genres, their sound is a blend of country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n roll.