Shelley Johnson, executive director
Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
337-436-9588 or 800-456-SWLA

Black Heritage Thrives in Lake Charles

Lake Charles invites you to an Afrocentric experience at its best at the annual Black Heritage Festival & Black Heritage Gallery.

Founded in 1987, the Black Heritage Festival was designed to offer people from all walks of life with an exciting and welcoming venue in which to enjoy Lake Charles' and Southwest Louisiana's black history - a heritage that is rich in music, dance, cuisine, art, culture and so much more.

Where else on earth can one enjoy scrumptious traditional African-American foods and Louisiana Creole cuisine, shop for artistic treasures including African artifacts, art, clothing, and Greek paraphernalia, dance and enjoy Zydeco, Gospel, Spoken Word, Blues and other genres from some of the best local and regional musicians, and engage in educational workshops and seminars? A free family-oriented event, the festival draws folks from all across the Southwest Louisiana area and further afield.

Another "must visit" for exploration of the areas black heritage is the Black Heritage Gallery. The gallery is unique in that it was created as an additional showcase for The Black Heritage Festival. Today it serves as a year-round showcase of artistic talent as well as community-oriented educational activities representing the contributions of African Americans to Southwest Louisiana and features everything from expressive sculptures to colorful paintings, photography and other media.

Learn more about the Black Heritage Festival & Gallery at 337-488-0567or