Celebrate the Arts at the 47th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2023

Shreveport, LA –The Red River Revel Arts Festival is ready to welcome thousands of locals
and visitors alike to celebrate a fusion of art, music, and food. Set against the scenic backdrop of
the historic Red River, this annual 9-day festival promises an unforgettable experience for
visitors of all ages.

From Saturday, September 30 th to Sunday, October 8 th , the Red River Revel Arts Festival will
transform downtown Shreveport into a thriving hub of creativity, showcasing the incredible
talents of local, regional, national, and international artists, musicians, and performers. For the
first time in more than a decade, the Red River Revel will have over 100 artists showcasing their
artwork at the festival. Patrons will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in artistic
expressions from various mediums including ceramics/pottery, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry,
metal, mixed media, oil/acrylics, photography, sculpture, watercolor, wood, and more.

The festival’s full musical lineup features four stages, each with their own unique blend of
performances, themes, and experiences. The Chase Bank Main Stage will feature over 60
national, regional, and local music groups, and a variety of musical styles. Headliners includes
nationally touring artists such as Paul Cauthen, Eric Gales, Here Come the Mummies, Sophie B.
Hawkins, Hulvey, Dee-1, and a Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with a secret roster
of national, regional, and local contributing artists. The Depot Pavilion Stage will feature
performances from local dance groups, in addition to receiving a major upgrade with the all-new
sports bar where patrons can watch football games and film screenings. The new The Blue
Cross/Blue Shield "DMZ" Stage will feature two performances from Trout Fishing in America,
The Joanitones, Spinner Entertainment, and more. Interactive music experiences will include a
talent show from local youngsters and a "Swifties" Fan Takeover. The Art Alley Stage returns
after its debut in 2022 with evening performances by local singer songwriters from the region. 

The Red River Revel Arts Festival is a place where patrons can find unique menu items such as
boudin balls, meat pies, chicken and waffles, funnel cakes and more! Food stations are operated
by local nonprofit organizations, booster clubs, schools, and other community groups along with
for-profit vendors. From savory to sweet, Revel’s Food Row offers a wide range of cuisine that
will have something to please every palate.

The Red River Revel has expanded the footprint of the festival, returning the children’s activity
area to the parking lot between Sci-Port Discovery Center and The J. Bennett Johnston
Waterway Regional Visitor Center, deepening the existing relationship with both community
partners to offer special discounted admission, new free experiences, and special weekend
events. The rebranded “Discovery Maker Zone” or “DMZ” will provide an opportunity for
children to experience performing arts on The Blue Cross/Blue Shield “DMZ” Stage. In addition, the DMZ will provide an opportunity for children to explore visual arts and engage in hands-on
art activities. Children can channel their inner artist at the sand art station, become an
archaeologist in the mock geological dig, use their imagination in Shreve Memorial Library
Land, shop for the perfect ingredients at the Brookshire’s Mini Grocery Store, and a festival
favorite, get their face painted. Many of the kids’ activities are free with admission, while others
may be ticketed or have a nominal fee.

The Red River Revel and Shreveport based architect and sketch artist, Mike McSwain,
collaborated on the official poster design for the 47th annual edition of the festival.
The artwork features the staple landmarks of Festival Plaza in an imaginative futuristic setting,
with flying cars whizzing by ultramodern towers and festival goers milling about the grounds
under massive transportation structures. A limited run of posters, along with other festival
souvenirs will be available during the festival at the Souvenir Tower.

The Revel Bands are returning with a new way to save time and skip the coupon line! Revel
Bands can now be loaded from ANYWHERE. Simply register at RevelBands.net, enter the
14-digit code on the back of your wristband, and add your funds to skip that line for good!
The Revel Band portal is now LIVE, and patrons can pick up wristbands at the following
*  Rhino Coffee – Downtown
*  Robinson Film Center
*  Pop N Pizza
*  Fatty Arbuckles
*  Sci-Port Discovery Center
hiTech Solutions is a proud sponsor of Revel Bands! Having trouble? Support for
wristbands can be contacted at RevelBands.net

The Red River Revel Arts Festival officially opens Saturday, September 30th and runs through
Sunday, October 8, 2023. The festival hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays, Monday
through Wednesday; and 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday. The new
Discovery Maker Zone (DMZ) will operate from Monday-Friday from 4:00 pm 8:00 pm and
Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Daily admission is $5.00 from 5:00 p.m. to close Monday through Friday and all-day Saturday
and Sunday. Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 p.m. admission is free of charge.
A $15.00 Reveler Pass allows guests access into the festival any day/time.
Military, Police, Firefighters, and EMS with a valid ID are free of charge any day/time of the
festival. (Military must show Barksdale Air Force Base issued ID).

Children ages 12 and under are free of charge any day/time of the festival. (Children must be
accompanied by an adult.)

Location: Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett Street, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Parking: Street parking is metered until 5:00 pm on weekdays. Free parking is located at the
Railyard lot next to Sci-Port on Lake Street (access via Clyde Fant Parkway). Various free
parking garages are available downtown which also allows easy access to the Revel+ shuttles
that can bring patrons to the festival gate. Revel+ shuttles will run 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on
Saturdays and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Parking map can be found at

As one of the Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States, the Revel is committed to
presenting the finest and most diverse collections of artworks during the nine-day festival. Links
to individual artists’ portfolios, full music lineup, food menus, and DMZ activities are available
to view on the Revel’s website, http://www.redriverrevel.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
for up-to-date informational releases. The Red River Revel is proudly sponsored by The Alta and
John Franks Foundation, Chase Bank, Eagle Distributing Shreveport, Pepsi-Cola of Shreveport,
Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, and the City of Shreveport.

Red River Revel is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the region around Shreveport, Louisiana
with cultural programming in the areas of “Art, Music, Food.” Program events include Shreveport Farmers’
Market, CORK: A Red River Revel Wine Event, Shreveport BREW, and the Red River Revel Arts
Festival. Created in 1976, the Red River Revel is a 9-day annual arts festival bringing together visual,
musical, and performing artists, along with the regional community for a celebration of the arts. The Red
River Revel is a community partner with local nonprofits, over 20 of which serve food and raise funds
using the unique blend of culturally inspired flavors of the area and beyond. Each year during the festival,
thousands of area 4th grade students spend the school day at the Red River Revel learning about and
participating in arts education programs. Local, regional, and national musical acts perform on two stages
in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza during the event. Approximately 100,000 visitors from all over the country
visit the Red River Revel Arts Festival each year. This “Celebration of the Arts” encompasses quality in
visual and performing arts, seminars, workshops, children's arts education, and a variety of creative
experiences. In addition to the festival, the organization manages the 13-week Shreveport Farmers’
Market, held weekly on Saturdays during the Summer. The Red River Revel also produces CORK: A Red
River Revel Wine Event, an annual celebration of wine and food, which serves as a fundraising event
held at Festival Plaza each Spring. Finally, the Red River Revel partners with Downtown Shreveport
Unlimited (organizer of Mudbug Madness) to host Shreveport BREW, a beer and food celebration and
fundraising event held at Festival Plaza each Fall. The 47 h Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival is
scheduled for September 30th – October 8th , 2023. For more information, visit https://redriverrevel.com or follow the Revel on Facebook and Instagram at @RedRiverRevel.

Emerie Gentry 
Media Contact