Pictured (L to R): Matt Young, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Lake Charles, receives the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Evette Gradney, Vice 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 CVB


Downtown at Sundown
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event


LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 10, 2019) – The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Downtown at Sundown concert series as a 2019 Top 20 Event for the month of May.    

The 21st annual Downtown at Sundown concert series will take place for four consecutive Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning May 17. The event will be held in front of Historic City Hall and the Parish Courthouse. The street-fair format will feature food and beverage, table top galleries, merchandise vendors, crowd entertainers, decorative street lights, activities for kids, as well as a variety of live music. The series kicks off with Calcasieu Cajun Ramblers on May 17; Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience on May 24; Bluesiana RED on May 31; and the series wraps up with The Tugboats on June 7. This year’s event is supported by corporate sponsorships from The American Press; Capital One Bank; CITGO Petroleum; Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino; Entergy; Lake Charles Toyota; Fuerst, Carrier and Ogden; Erdace Developments; and Stockwell Sievert Law Firm.

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 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. 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 go to www.visitlakecharles.org.