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A record number of artists from the region applied to be a part of this year's 2023 Red River Revel Arts Festival in downtown Shreveport, LA.

What's the story behind the Red River Revel Arts Festival?

The Red River Revel Arts Festival has been a signature event for Shreveport area residents for 47 years and prides itself on bringing our community the best in the arts from national, regional, and local artists and performers. Did you know that the Red River Revel Arts Festival was created in 1976 as a gift from the Junior League of Shreveport? In fact, Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport was built for the Revel!

If you grew up here, chances are you took a field trip to the Revel and you know what a gift to our community this event truly is. Research shows that exposure to the arts fuels positive skills and capacities that are valued by leaders and employers, such as persistence, collaboration, creative thinking, problem-solving, and motivation. Plus, art, no matter the medium, makes our world a more beautiful place. In addition to bringing art to the Ark-La-Tex, the Revel also celebrates our unique regional culture.

Red River Revel 47 Art

For six months, artists on the local and regional levels were asked to submit their work and were juried by an independent body of art gallery curators, art collectors, and arts organizations staff members. Submissions were made in a plethora of mediums including ceramics/pottery, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylics, photography, sculpture, watercolor, wood, and more. This year, 156 applications came from 13 states across the country, as well as one from Mexico. The Revel is welcoming 44 new artists this year, along with 63 returning artists, for a total of 107 artists! Revelers will truly have the opportunity to 'Celebrate the Arts' in Shreveport again this year at one of the 'Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals' in the United States. We are very blessed to have this event in our community.

Red River Revel 47 Entertainment

Whether it's visual, performance, or musical art, the Revel has it and this year, we think you're going to love the musical entertainment. This year's performers include Paul Cauthen, Eric Gales, Here Come the Mummies, Sophie B. Hawkins, and more. This year's entertainment will also feature a unique tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
with a secret roster of national, regional, and local contributing artists that will be announced over the summer. Get the latest by clicking here. 

Red River Revel 47 Tickets and Admission

Dates: Saturday, September 30th - Sunday, October 8th, 2023
Price: $5 General Admission
Hours: The Revel opens daily at 11 am and closes at 9 pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and at 10 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The children's area closes at 8 pm daily.

The best way to enjoy the Revel is with a 9-day Reveler pass for just $10. It will get you in for the duration of the festival. Remember, military and first responders are always free with ID. Admission is free for everyone Monday through Friday from 11 am - 5 pm. Don't forget, the Revel has gone cashless. Find out more about getting a Revel wristband here.  Children ages 12 and under are also free when accompanied by an adult.

Red River Revel 47 Parking

Free parking is available at the railyard lot on Lake Street, the lower level lot between SciPort and Waterway Commission Buildings, and the Regions Bank parking garage is also available on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am - 10 pm.

Courtesy of the Red River Revel Arts Festival
Courtesy of the Red River Revel Arts Festival
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Red River Revel 47 Volunteers

The Red River Revel Arts Festival is always looking for amazing members of the community to lend a helping hand. As we get closer to the event, we'll have links for you to sign up to help in various areas and activities during the festival.

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Courtesy of the Red River Revel Arts Festival
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Red River Revel 47 Festival Map

From food and drink to the amazing artists on-site displaying their wares, there will be something for everyone at Revel 47! Make sure you don't miss out on the children's activities and special performances by our local community groups! Plan your day(s) at the Revel with our handy festival map!

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Courtesy of the Red River Revel Arts Festival
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