Events, Festivals and Parades - Jena, LA

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Easter in the Park

March 30, 2018 - Good Friday

This event is held at the Jena Town Park.
Festivities include:
Egg Hunts
Easter Bunny
Car Show
Gospel Singing

For more information contact:
(318) 992-2148

Spring Fest Antique Tractor Show

Usually held the third weekend of March
This event is held at the Jena Fair Grounds. Festivities include a Tractor Pull along with many different types of tractors old and new, food, fun and Games.

Vendors are Welcome

For more information contact:
(318) 992-2206

Brown Bag Lunch at the Jena Town Square

Held in April
Bring your brown bag lunch from home or area eateries will be offering special lunches for this day. Call in your order, go by and pick it up, and make your way to the Town Square for lunch and enjoy entertainment while visiting friends!

Location: Third Street (Next to Jena Times Office)
Entertainment at the Pavilion
Tables and Chairs will be provided

For more information contact:
Jena Town Hall (318) 992-2148

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Jena's Green Market for Farmers, Gardeners, and Crafters!!

2nd and 4th Saturday from June - August - 9am - noon - *Weather permitting
Location: Held at the Town's Pavilion on Third Street (Next to Jena Times Office)

Jena's Green Market is a citizen ran community market for farmers, growers, and crafters to sale their home produced or homemade products.

Promoting locally grown, produced, and made items in an accessible, convenient place in Jena. We aim to educate the public on the uses and benefits of locally produced products, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

If you would like an outlet to sell excess produce or homemade products, please email us, call or check out our facebook page for information on becoming a vendor.

For more information contact:
Cell: 318-481-5269
Cell: 318-481-1825

Annual Patriotic Celebration
Saturday prior to July 4th - 7 P.M.
The Patriotic Celebration will be held at the Amphitheater beginning at 7 p.m. located at the Jena Town Park.
  • The Community Choir will be leading traditional patriotic songs.The musical this year ephasizes appreciation for our veterans and their contribution to our freedom. The choir would like to extend a special invitation to all veterans for this tribute. There will be a formal presentation of our national colors, a flag folding service and flag retirement ceremony.
  • The Veterans of Foreign War will explain the proper meaning of each fold in the American Flag.
  • The Boy Scout Troop 14 will demonstrate the proper disposal of an American Flag.
  • Bring a lawn chair for comfort, sing along if you'd like and enjoy a salute to our country, especially our veterans.

    Jena National Night Out
    Held in August
    National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:
    (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness.
    (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs.
    (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
    (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

    For more information contact:
    (318) 992-5111
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    Annual Fall Display & Scarecrow Contest

    October 1st - October 31st
    Jena Merchant's Association is hosting its 5th Annual Fall Display and Scarecrow Contest. Entrants are asked to begin showing their displays on October 1st and to continue through October 31st.

    Join us on Facebook

    For more information contact:
    Karen Creel (318) 758-2729

    Howdy Neighbor Day

    October 7, 2017
    Annual event sponsored by Colonial Trails, held the same weekend as Jena High School's home coming. Festivities include entertainment, food, arts and crafts. The Howdy Neighbor Day festival is fun for all ages and a very family oriented affair.

  • Gates will open at 8:00 a.m.
  • Opening Ceremonies 10 a.m.
  • Live Entertainment throughout the day
  • Lot's of food fun and entertainment
  • For more information contact:
    Blake Phillips (318) 992-7381

    Downtown Block Party for Jena merchants

    Held each year, Thursday before Thanksgiving from 5 to 8 p.m.

    A large number of businesses downtown and elsewhere in town usually stays open late for the party, offering early Christmas bargains.

    Each participating merchant has t-shirts to sell for $10.00 each. Each vendor will honor a 10% discount to any customer wearing the t-shirt during the block party.

    Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner

    Friday, December 1, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

    The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner will be held at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Open to all residents of Jena and the surrounding areas who are 60 years of age and over.

    We will begin taking reservations to attend the dinner November 1, 2017. Please call the town hall to add your name to the reservation list.

    Approximately 200 seniors are served each year during this much appreciated community service event. To accomplish this we need the help of the local community. Some of the items needed are monetary donations, door prizes and volunteers to help serve the seniors. If you would like to participate in this event please contact Cory Floyd or Valarie Norris at 318-992-2148.

    If you choose to make a monetary donation please make checks payable to "Senior Citizens Dinner" and mail to Town of Jena, P.O. Box 26, Jena, LA 71342. A list of those making donations to this worthy cause will be displayed at the dinner and published in the Jena Times following the events.

    For more information contact:
    Cory Floyd or Nina Wagoner  (318) 992- 2148

    Town of Jena
    Senior Citizens Dinner
    P.O. Box 26
    Jena, LA 71342

    Jena Christmas Parade

    Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The Annual Jena Christmas Parade Theme for 2017 is "I Believe".... The Grand Marshall - TBA.

    The JMA invites everyone to participate in this year’s parade. Make it a family affair!

    All churches, civic organizations, businesses, schools - don’t miss this opportunity to share in a great nightime lighted community tradition!

    For more information contact:
    Mickey Cockerham (318) 992-6374
    If you would like a packet emailed to you, please send a request to:

    Town of Jena Employee Christmas Party

    Held in December - 6 P.M.

    Town of Jena Employees and their family are invited to attend the Town of Jena Employee Christmas Party in the Council Room at the town hall. Please bring a "Covered Dish". Meat and Drinks will be provided.

    This will be a great time of fun, fellowship, games, door prizes and focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.

    For more information contact:
    The Town Hall at (318) 992-2148

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