Friday, September 23, 2016

30 Things to Do in Ruston Before You Graduate

By Tori Ward, CVB Marketing/PR Assistant 

Ruston is first and foremost a college town, where students spend some of the best and most exciting years of their lives. College is a time to explore, try new things, and make memories. 
With this in mind, we're challenging students to get out of their dorms and experience these 30 things in Ruston before they graduate!

2. Eat a Dawg House burger

3. Dance the night away at Mardi Gras Ball  

4. Visit the 3 local museums in Lincoln Parish

5. Explore Lincoln Parish Park

Watch the sun set on one of the many piers at Lincoln Parish Park

6. Enjoy a meal on the Sundown patio

7. Go see a Ruston Community Theatre show at The Dixie

8. Load up on freebies at the Ruston Visitors Center 

9. Attend the Annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam in the spring

10. Eat crawfish at Ponchatoulas 

Crawfish from Ponchatoulas in Downtown Ruston

11. Go to the Louisiana Peach Festival

12. Spend an afternoon shopping in Downtown Ruston

13. Eat lunch at Rosemary's Kitchen

14. Watch the Temple Baptist Church 4th of July Fireworks

Go to a concert at the Revelry of Ruston

Travis Tritt live in concert at The Revelry of Ruston

16. Have a date night at RAW

17. Take part in Loyal Blue Weekend

Play a game of Frisbee Golf in Hideaway Park 

19. Try the coffee & beignets at Parish Press

Go to the Ruston Makers Fair

Local vendors screen printing t-shirts at the Ruston Makers Fair

21. Eat a
 Scatterload Sandwich at Brister's Smokehouse 

22. Shop the Ruston Farmers Market

Watch a parade go through Ruston

Go to Little Pizzoli's for "Meatball Monday”

25. Attend a Ruston Fashion Week event

Fashion show put on by The Fashion during Ruston Fashion Week

27. Eat
 Sunday Brunch at Beau Vines

Attend a NCLAC event 

29. Enjoy Eskamoes' frozen custard by the fire pit in North Village Plaza

30. Participate in a holiday event/activity

See a RCT Christmas play at The Dixie 

While we made this list with students in mind, we also challenge visitors and locals to experience these 30 things that Ruston has to offer! Be sure to document and share your experiences in Ruston using the hashtag #RustonLA. Did we leave something off the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Tori is a proud Louisiana native and social media nerd. She has a passion for travel, food, and all things related to tourism promotions. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic, and lover of the outdoors. Still want to know more? Head over to her website 


  1. ALSO, go to tge buffet at Scotts and shop recycled fashion at One Wardrobe