Red River Revel

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Red River Revel
Genre Food, Art, Music, Entertainment
Location(s) Festival Plaza, Shreveport, Louisiana
Years active 1976–present
Founded by Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier
Official Web Site

The Red River Revel (or simply The Revel as known by locals) is an annual festival of food, culture, art and music that takes place in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, annually in the month of October. The Revel began in 1976 as a bicentennial celebration, sponsored by The Junior League of Shreveport. It is a nonprofit festival, and any money garnered from commerce that takes place there goes back into the financial pool for the next year's Revel.

In several of the years of the festival, mosaics have been produced on the festival grounds which lasted after it was over. An artist creates a design that includes the Revel logo, and attendees work to put colored tile pieces in place to match the design. While some of the mosaics of past years have been removed or blocked from sight due to subsequent construction, others remain visible, including on the base of the Texas Street Bridge. The Revel hosts many artists booths each year which include paintings, jewelry and crafts, as well as a children's area to provide art education for children. The festival also features live music. Artists such as Benjy Davis Project and Corey Smith (musician) have played on the Revel's stages.

Shreveport Festival Plaza[edit]

Shreveport Festival Plaza during the 2011 Red River Revel
Mosaic worked on by attendees of the festival in 1994

Located in downtown Shreveport on the banks of the Red River, Shreveport's Festival Plaza serves as a popular space for concerts, festivals, public events, and private events. Some of Festival Plaza's most notable events include Shreveport BREW (Shreveport's premiere beer festival), CORKED (Shreveport's premiere wine festival), Shreveport Farmer's Market, MudBug Madness, Holiday in Dixie, and Let The Good Times Roll.

The signature blue tower beckons to visitors and residents alike and invites all to partake in the fun. The two large 1,000-square-meter permanent pavilions are the perfect environment for outdoor concerts, festivals and just plain fun. Permanent indoor restrooms only serve to heighten the ultimate festival experience.

The depot building houses the permanent offices of the SPAR (Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation) Events Services and Red River Revel and also provides other festival promoters and organizers a unique multi-purpose festival office.[1]

2013 Festival Info[edit]

The 2013 Red River Revel will run from Saturday, October 5 through Saturday, October 12, 2013.

2013 Headliners:

  • Arrested Development
  • Black Violin
  • Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Colton Dixon
  • Eric Lindell
  • The Hunts
  • Locash Cowboys
  • Love and Theft
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Sol Driven Train
  • Trout Fishing in America


Ticket prices for the Revel consistently remain the same from year to year.

  • Free Admission: All day Monday, Tuesday – Friday until 5:30 p.m.
  • $5 Admission Fee: Saturdays until 6 p.m., Sundays, all day Tuesday – Friday after 5:30 p.m.
  • $10 Admission Fee: Saturdays after 6 p.m.
  • $15 Admission Fee; 8-day Reveler Pass at the gate
  • Free Admission every day for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult.


For the 2013 Revel, music performances will be on one of three stages hosted by sponsors of the Revel. The Chase Stage is sponsored by J. P. Morgan Chase Bank. The Eldorado Stage is sponsored by one of the area's largest casinos, Eldorado Hotel Casino. The AEP SWEPCO Stage is sponsored by the area's largest provider of electricity and power, American Electric Power.

2010 Festival Info[edit]

The 2010 Red River Revel's dates were October 2–9.

2010 Headliners:


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