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With six riverboats and a horse track and casino, the region offers alluring bright lights and fast-paced action. Let the exclusive boutiques fuel your shopping urge, or explore endless options at the Louisiana Boardwalk, the largest outlet, lifestyle, dining and entertainment destination in Louisiana. 

Revel in family-oriented Mardi Gras celebrations as you reach for your share of more than 8 million beads. Take in a foreign, classic or independent film at Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport after dining on the balcony of a bistro. See Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, where Elvis Presley got his start on the Louisiana Hayride. Catch a touring Broadway show at the majestic Strand Theatre, the official state theatre of Louisiana. During the spring and fall of each year, a busy calendar of festivals beckons thousands of visitors to Shreveport-Bossier in celebration of everything from sunflowers to crawfish. 

Shreveport-Bossier is a great place to connect with the wonders of the natural world, whether that means exploring science through interactive exhibits at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center or zip-lining over alligator ponds at Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo. Take a short drive from the city and relax with swimming, boating or fishing at Cypress Black Bayou or attend a Chimpanzee Discovery Day event at the national chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimp Haven. 

Louisiana is one of the best-known culinary destinations in the world, and Shreveport-Bossier offers a variety of dining experiences for every taste and budget. Sink your teeth into savory Cajun and Creole traditions and full-flavored Southern cuisine, and seek out a muffy, Fine dining comes in many forms in Shreveport-Bossier, from the world-class steakhouses found in area entertainment complexes to unique neighborhood eateries. Even dessert is done differently here. Sample the world-famous pies, gourmet popsicles or a candied apple. 

Music is an ever-present element of life in Louisiana, and Shreveport-Bossier’s nightclubs pulse to the rhythms of jazz, blues, country, rock and hip-hop. Music lovers exploring Shreveport-Bossier should plan a night out in downtown Shreveport, where several venues host nightly performances by local and touring artists. Major national tours frequently bring the world’s top entertainers to Bossier City’s CenturyLink Center. For blues aficionados, a visit to the gravesite of legendary guitarist Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter is an essential experience. 

For a full calendar of upcoming events in Shreveport-Bossier, including concerts, festivals, sporting events and more, visit For a local’s take on life in Shreveport-Bossier, visit, a daily arts and culture blog written by the staff of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

Fun Fact

A Chimp Haven local
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Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is located just 48 kilometers south of Shreveport in Keithville, Louisiana.

Remembering The King’s first moments at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
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Elvis Presley launched his career as a performer onstage at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 16, 1954, when the 19-year-old singer first appeared onstage at the Louisiana Hayride.

Mudbug’s TABASCO and crawfish madness
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An estimated 36,000-46,000 kilograms of boiled crawfish are eaten each year at the Mudbug Madness Festival, a four-day festival held in downtown Shreveport each Memorial Day Weekend.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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