Zachary’s enthusiastic support of arts and culture enhances the quality of life for its citizens. The formation of an Arts Council and Artist Guild compliments the city’s active historic district. The community understands the importance of arts and is committed to the development of arts through education. Zachary students take advantage of visual and performing arts, music and various cultural
experiences. Throughout the year you may find yourself entertained by family festivals, historic reenactments and artistic exhibits by local and regional talent. A new multi-million dollar performing arts theater at Zachary High School highlights this commitment.
+ Evening Art Walk
+ 2nd Saturday Community Arts Market
+ Zachary Arts and Music Festival
Zachary’s state-of-the-art parks and facilities rival those of larger communities. With youth in mind, a popular attraction for residents and visitors is the city-operated Zachary Youth Park Complex, offering
year round programs for youth and adults of all ages. The Zachary Youth Park provides facilities for baseball, softball and football, a half-mile walking track and two soccer fields. Visitors can also enjoy picnic areas, located throughout the park and exercise on the shaded walk/run paths that circle our park. Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission recently completed the first phase of a signature community park on a 40-plus acre piece of land adjacent to the Youth Park. The Youth Park is connected by sidewalks to the newly renovated Zachary Community Park, which includes an outdoor basketball court, three fishing lakes, two dog parks, skate park, two sand pit volleyball areas, hard-surface walking paths, picnic areas and pavilions.
+ Numerous opportunities for family-oriented leisure activities
+ Organized sport offerings including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, tennis, football
+ Summer camps
+ Award-winning golf courses
An assortment of locally-owned stores, boutiques and well-known national retailers makes shopping in Zachary convenient and enjoyable. Whether taking in a speedy breakfast, leisurely lunch or a quiet
dinner, an ample selection of dining options can be found in Zachary. Eclectic local eateries specializing in regional fare compliment familiar national and home-grown favorites.
The strength of any community is found in the hearts and minds of the people. The Zachary community is marked by a tangible spirit of caring and service. Zachary citizens refuse to allow the fast pace and demands of modern life to diminish the values they hold dear. Numerous not-for-profits, faith-based groups, community leaders, and committed citizens are engaged daily in making our community and its people better.
A few of these activities include:
+ Community Food Garden and Pantry
+ Zachary Community Helpers
+ A Day of Caring
+ Health and Wellness Fairs
+ Thanksgiving Unity Day Dinner
+ Main Street Clean Sweep
+ Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
The Zachary Historic Village, a two block area of downtown, offers a rare picture of neighborhood life in a small town from the waning years of the 19th century through the 1960’s. Three dwellings, a barn, a
carriage house, a pavilion, a Railroad Depot and the Old Town Hall, with an adjacent fire house, provide the setting for a leisurely walk down “Main Street USA”. The Zachary Historic Village has recently been included in the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the National Parks Service.
In 1974, the Port Hudson battlefield was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It joined a select group of properties which have been recognized for their importance in American History. Port Hudson State Historic Site hosts several unique events, including the Battle of Port Hudson re-enactment held annually during the last full weekend of March. Visitors can watch authentically costumed interpreters demonstrate Civil War weapons and equipment.