Southwest Louisiana has celebrations down to an art form – complete with food, music, lights and laughter. Known as the Festival Capital of Louisiana, more than 75 fairs, festivals and special events take place each year. Popular spring events include the Iowa Rabbit Festival, the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival, the Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, the Spring Art Walk & Art War and the Louisiana Pirate Festival.

Celebrating the economic and culinary impact rabbits have in Southwest Louisiana, the annual Iowa Rabbit Festival is a one-of-a-kind event at will take place March 18-19, 2016 at the Burton Coliseum Complex. The family-friendly event has some of the best music in the area and will feature more than 10 different bands, including local Cajun and Zydeco bands. For more information, visit

The Louisiana Railroad Days Festival will be taking place on April 7-9, 2016 at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum. Festival goers can take a step back in time at the 33rd annual Louisiana Railroad Days Festival, celebrating the history of the railroad where in 1897, the tracks of two rail companies converged at the present-day DeQuincy. Take a tour of the historic Railroad Museum built in 1923 or view the elegant Queens’ Pageant. For a complete schedule, visit

The Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival is April 15-16, 2016! With crawfish season in full swing, vendors will be on site selling over 10,000 pounds of hot, boiled crawfish. Other featured events include live Cajun and Zydeco music, a queen’s pageant, parade, and a carnival at one of the largest indoor and outdoor festivals held at the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr. For more event information, visit

The Spring Art Walk & Art War will be Friday, April 29, 2016 in downtown Lake Charles! Experience Southwest Louisiana’s vibrant array of visual arts during the annual Spring Art Walk as the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana presents a comprehensive experience of our downtown art scene as cafés, bars, restaurants, and buildings are transformed into pop-up galleries for the evening. Visitors can stroll through historic downtown and view unique artwork while listening to live music and enjoying light refreshments. The highly anticipated Art War will return and feature teams of artists who will compete to create a mural live in front of an audience – in only an hour! For more information, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787 or visit

The Louisiana Pirate Festival will celebrate its 59th year April 26 – May 8, 2016. “Shiver me Timbers” pirates are sailing to Lake Charles! Legendary pirate Jean Lafitte is said to have docked his boat along our shores and hidden his treasure along the banks. The festival features close to 100 events in a two-week long adventure. On Friday, April 29, witness the cannon fire as the citizens of Lake Charles try to defend the seawall only to have the Buccaneers capture the mayor, put him on trial and force him to walk the plank! Pirates of all ages are encouraged to come out and experience the entertainment and live music. Crowd favorites like the storming of the seawall, walking parades by the buccaneers, food, arts and crafts, fireworks and carnival rides will delight and entertain the young and the young at heart. The festival closes with a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Lake Charles. For the latest updated schedule of events, visit, or call the festival office at 337-912-8602.

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For Immediate Release
Contact Information:
Megan Monsour Hartman, senior marketing manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
337-436-9588 or