Pictured (L – R): Jessie P. Arabie and Walter Gotreaux, Cajun French Music Association president, receive the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Sam Wilkinson, chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.


For additional information, contact:

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


Cajun Music & Food Festival
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 5, 2018)—The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Cajun Music & Food Festival as a 2018 Top 20 Event for the month of July.

This year’s festival will be held Friday – Saturday, July 20-21, at Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., in Lake Charles. A Cajun French mass will be held at 8 a.m. at the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) building, 3481 E. Prien Lake Road on Sunday, July 22. The festival aims to preserve the Cajun traditions and heritage through music, dancing and food! Additionally, visitors can enjoy arts and crafts booths, raffles and games. Festival hours are 4-11pm Friday and 9am-11pm Saturday. Admission is $8 and kids 12 and under are free.

The 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 all 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, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.