History of the Revel
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.
What Can Be Found at the Revel
The Red River Revel Arts Festival, the largest outdoor arts festival in North Louisiana, attracts 180,000+ people to the Shreveport riverfront over the course of eight days. The Arts Festival celebrates the arts with more than 140 juried artists from across the country displaying and selling their creations; 17 food booths run by local non-profit organizations; 5 food booths run by for-profit businesses; morning and afternoon arts education programs; exhibits; lectures; and performing arts programs on three outdoor stages.
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.
Each year, the Revel has united people throughout the Ark-La-Tex to enjoy the arts and volunteer their time to make the Revel possible. If you would like to be a part of this award-winning arts festival, please consider volunteering your time.
Economic Impact: In addition to bringing in hundreds of visual and performing artists each year, the festival attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors each year. The International Festivals and Events Association estimated the overall economic impact of the festival to be more than $10 million annually. Marshall Marketing Research estimated that 20% of Revel patrons (approximately 36,000 people) come from outside the Shreveport/Bossier area.
Educational Impact: 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, the visual arts, theatre, dance, history, and physical/health education.
Social Impact: Each year the Arts Festival 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.