Pictured from L to R: Brook Hanemann (Banners at McNeese State University), Jody Taylor (Rouge et Blanc), Kat Godsey (Boudin Wars/Brimstone Historical Society), Mayor Nic Hunter, Elizabeth Guinn (Chuck Fest), Kyle Edmiston (Visit Lake Charles), Michelle Miller (The Lake Charles Symphony), Michael Beer (The Lake Charles Symphony), Adam Fontenot (Smoke & Barrel), and Nathaniel Allured (Smoke & Barrel). 

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Visit Lake Charles Awards $40,000 to Local Festivals and Events through the Tourism Development and Marketing Grant 

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 28, 2021) – Visit Lake Charles presented the 2021 Tourism Development and Marketing Grant to seven partners at the Lake Charles Visitor's Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, on Wednesday, July 28, at 2 p.m. Partners included event organizers for the following upcoming events: Banners at McNeese, Rouge et Blanc, Boudin Wars, Lake Charles Symphony, Christmas Lighting Festival, Chuck Fest, and Smoke & Barrel. Live at the Lakefront, the Chennault International Airshow, and The City of Lake Charles 4th of July Celebration received their 2021 grants earlier this year.  

Visit Lake Charles awarded $40,000 to support 10 events and festivals through the Tourism Development and Marketing Grant in 2021. The pandemic and several historic natural disasters continue to disproportionately impact Southwest Louisiana’s tourism, arts, and culture sectors. Through this grant program, Visit Lake Charles’ investments support the economic and social recovery of communities across Calcasieu Parish, ensuring that the area is well-positioned to re-emerge as a more resilient destination and community.  

“The Tourism Development and Marketing Grant offers critical support to arts, cultural, and culinary events after a historically devastating year and a half in Southwest Louisiana,” said Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of Visit Lake Charles.  “Although these festivals and events sustained significant losses due to the pandemic and several natural disasters, they were still able to innovate, entertain, and bring joy into the lives of both locals and visitors. While economic recovery continues, Visit Lake Charles recognizes that cultural events are an integral part of our vibrant region and a necessary driver of our local economy.”  

We encourage all to save the date for the following events: 

  • Banners at McNeese: Josephine (September 4), Josie & Grace (September 5), and Letters Home (November 11) 

  • The Lake Charles Symphony: October 3, November 21, December 12, 2021; January 30, February 14, March 27, May 1, 2022

  • Chuck Fest, October 16 

  • Boudin Wars, October 23

  • Rouge et Blanc, October 30 

  • Smoke & Barrel, November 20

  • Christmas Lighting Festival, December 4 


Additional grant opportunities will be updated on the Visit Lake Charles website when they become available. Check back for updates here: www.visitlakecharles.org/grants. 

For a list of all upcoming events in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/events.