The Red River Revel, winner of the 1988 President’s Volunteer Action Award, began in 1976 as the Junior League of Shreveport’s Bicentennial gift to the citizens of the region. The goal of the festival is to provide the general populace a celebration of the finest visual and performing arts experiences. The Revel has grown into a nine-day, annual celebration of the arts attracting nearly 100,000 people to the downtown/riverfront area of Shreveport each year. The 501c3 non-profit organization strives to provide everyone an opportunity to experience and participate in the Arts in multiple formats.
Awards & Recognition
The Red River Revel has garnered considerable national recognition and was even featured on ABC’s Good Morning, America! The Arts Festival is one of the Top 10 Events in Louisiana by Top Events USA. The Arts Festival is ranked as one of the Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The Arts Festival is an official AAA Southern Traveler “Travel Treasure”. The Arts Festival is ranked as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Arts Festival is ranked as a Top 75 Event in North America by the American Bus Association.
The Red River Revel believes in supporting the community that has supported it for so long. We want our impact to have the greatest effect!
In addition to bringing in hundreds of visual and performing artists each year, the festival attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors each year. A Wysong Brand Solutions study estimates the overall economic impact of the festival to be more than $7.1 million annually. Marshall Marketing Research estimated that 20% of Revelers (approximately 36,000 people) come from outside the Shreveport/Bossier area.
Every fourth grade student from Caddo and Bossier Parishes experiences first-hand quality programming in the performing and visual arts. Our Arts Education Programs are specifically designed for the students to have the opportunity to work on the Louisiana Department of Education Content Standards in music, visual arts, theater, dance, history, and physical/health education.
Each year, the Revel brings people together from diverse social and economic backgrounds to make the festival a reality. Thousands of volunteers contribute nearly 120,000 man-hours in implementing the festival.