Photo Caption: Ashli Waldrep (left), executive director for the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana receives the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Sam Wilkinson (right), chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.


For additional information, contact:

Colten Miller, publications/systems manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana
Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Arts & Crabs Fest
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 18, 2018)—The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Arts & Crabs Fest as a 2018 Top 20 Event for the month of August.

Celebrating the arts and culture of the region as well as the culinary arts found in Southwest Louisiana, Arts & Crabs Fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, from 5 – 8 p.m., at the Burton Coliseum. The event will offer an extensive crab dish and beer tasting, featuring local chefs preparing a unique dish representative of their cuisine’s styles. Crab chefs will also battle for festivalgoers’ votes in the annual Best Crab Dish Award, determined by popular vote. Additionally, the event will feature live music and an eclectic art market with live demonstrations. Tickets are $40 each and available to purchase online at

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 media outlets each quarter, including web, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and newspapers. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information about the Southeast Tourism Society, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or go to For more information about Arts & Crabs Fest, contact the Arts Council of SWLA at (337) 439-2787 or visit