Shopping in Downtown Lake Charles

Tucked away in colorful boutique shops throughout downtown Lake Charles, there is a variety of fashion, custom made art, and interesting finds that are perfect for spoiling yourself or bringing home a souvenir or two! The majority of all the businesses in downtown Lake Charles are locally owned, and…

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Zydeco Roots in Lake Charles, LA

One of the fascinating things to me about Louisiana is the beauty that results from the cultural blending of its people and traditions, and with that - music. Whenever I was researching Cajun and Zydeco music for a festival years ago, I was literally blown away by the vast depth of Zydeco roots in…

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Farmers' Markets in Lake Charles

Feeling the Love at Farmer’s Markets Farmer’s markets are designed with a lot of love; they bring out a community’s best offerings and place them on a gingham tablecloth for your enjoyment. Lake Charles touts its two popular farmer’s markets – the Charlestown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and the…

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How to Make a Mardi Gras Shoebox Float

A Fun Craft Idea for the Kids! We're carrying the 2021 Mardi Gras craft into 2022 so break out those arts and crafts skills and have fun with the kids, teach them about traditions & make a Mardi Gras Shoebox Float or two! You are only limited by your imagination – and maybe your tolerance for…

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Tunes for the Trail: Spotify Louisiana Playlist

I don’t know about you, but a road trip is just an excuse to have a live concert featuring ME! I love to sing in the car and a good playlist makes the road trip. And what’s better than a playlist special to your destination? I’ve put together a few of my favorite Louisiana based musicians into on…

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10 Places to Go for $10 or Less

I don’t know about you but I love nothing more than something inexpensive to do! The idea of not stressing over cost and being able to unwind, enjoy and of course, soak up the Southwest Louisiana culture is incredibly appealing to me. I love being able to do that right here locally. With this in…

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14 Tips for New Families in Southwest Louisiana

Local Culture: Some of the best places to experience true Southwest Louisiana culture are at our fairs and festivals! Virtually any weekend, you can catch a local band, eat some delicious Cajun cuisine and pass a good time! Download the free Lake Charles Events App to have area event information at…

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