Photo Caption: Mike Beer (left), president of the board of directors of the Lake Charles Symphony, 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 and Visitors Bureau.



For additional information, contact:

Colten Miller, publications/systems manager

Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Lake Charles Symphony Summer Pops
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (June 29, 2018)—The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Lake Charles Symphony’s Summer Pops program as a 2018 Top 20 Event for the month of July.

The Lake Charles Symphony opens its 61st season with Shaken Not Stirred – The Music of James Bond, July 14, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This annual event brings a fun and exciting introduction to those experiencing orchestral music for the first time and to those who look forward to Summer Pops year after year. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35 (student/child discounts available; free admission for children 6 and under in riser section). To purchase tickets, visit

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