Clovers, Culture, and a Wee Bit of Craic

In Lake Charles, celebrations extend well beyond the actual holiday and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. Get ready to paint the town green with four days of Celtic-inspired events, including festivals and cookoffs with live entertainment, downtown pub crawls, and authentic Irish brunches. Savor endless sips of green beer and Irish Whisky while dancing the night away. Who knows, you may strike it lucky and win big at one of our four casino resorts!


Celebrate Love O’ the Irish in Lake Charles Year-Round


macfarlanes celtic pub bar

MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub, 417 Ann St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

The spirit of St. Patrick’s Day is exuded every day at Macfarlane’s Celtic Pub. Don't be surprised by its size, this wee little gem nestled along the lakefront proudly showcases a collection of over 100 beers and the most extensive selection of Irish whiskey in the region. MacFarlane’s offers a variety of Jameson Irish Whiskey, but their award-winning Voodoo Bloody Mary is a savory sip you can't pass up! Between drinks, you're bound to be leppin' with hunger and the Macfarlane burger or seafood cakes are sure to satisfy your appetite! 

MacFarlane’s is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for brunch. 


Thursday, March 14 – Let The St. Patrick's Day Games Begin 


battle for the paddle st patrick's day corey ledet

Battle for the Paddle Cook-Off with L.A. ROXX

Lake Charles Event Center, 400 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles 70601

United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s highly anticipated Battle for the Paddle Cook-Off returns on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Lake Charles Event Center Amphitheater. This St. Patrick’s Day-themed event features a cookoff between more than 25 teams vying for the coveted paddle and the best jambalaya and pastalaya in Southwest Louisiana. Bring the family and pass the time in the children’s zone while you groove to live music, press your luck in the costume contest, and drink to your heart's content of green beer! 


Rabbit Festival Cook Off BBQ

Iowa Rabbit Festival

Burton Complex, 7001 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607

Don't miss your chance to get a lucky rabbit's foot! This beloved celebration of the culinary and economic impact of rabbits in Southwest Louisiana returns March 14-16, 2024. The one-of-a-kind event showcases local and regional talent while festival-goers try various dishes that must contain 50% rabbit. Take advantage of Thursday night's carnival with no gate admission! The carnival continues on Friday and the party begins at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday experience the cook-off, rabbit show, and electric performances beginning at 11:30 AM inside the Burton Complex.


Friday, March 15 – St. Patrick's Day Pregame Parties


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Amanda Shaw Louisiana Fiddler at Panorama

Panorama Music House, 331 Broad Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Show-stopping Louisiana Fiddler, Amanda Shaw captivates audiences of all sizes and ages with musical training spanning two decades and her Louisiana charm! She effortlessly blends Cajun culture with a local flair only found in the boot!


comedy show at Library Riot

LCC Presents: Laughter at the Library with Cody Miears and Roderick McDaniel!

Library Riot, 2601 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA

Join host and comedian Jacob Guidry, for a night of belly pain-invoking laughs during Lake Charles Comedy's "Laughter at the Library" showcase featuring nationally touring comedians Cody Miears and Roderick McDaniel. Miears, a traveling stand-up comic, has opened for Sam Tripoli, Louis Katz, and Eddie Bravo. He frequently performs in The Roast Battle League and on Don't Tell Comedy Shows as well as in his current home, Austin, TX. McDaniel, AKA Coach Silky, is a comedian, voice actor, and ordained minister! His set touches on being a father, veteran, daily living, and what he fondly calls nerd stuff! Purchase tickets here.


Saturday, March 16 – Try to Keep Up With the Local Lads


Happy Hour Rotary Pub Crawl | Things to Do for St. Patrick’s Day in Lake Charles

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawls 21+

Various Locations

Your favorite St Patrick's Day Pub Crawls are back and ready for you! These two fantastic events benefit two wonderful Southwest Louisiana organizations, so grab your friends and your green. Let's get lucky!


St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl by The Lake Charles Happy Hour Rotary Club

Tickets are now on sale at an affordable $15 per person. Proceeds benefit the Girlie Girls Mentoring Program INC and other charitable projects in the Lake Charles area. Registration begins at 1 PM at the Erdace Apartments located at 600 Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles then proceeds to five downtown crawl partners concluding with free admission to the party at Panorama Music House! Purchase Tickets here.

Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl by the Southwest Louisiana Firefighter's Association

Preorder your wristbands here and they'll be available beginning at 3:15 PM at Rickenjacks. The crawling begins at 4 PM! The crawl includes 10 stops, with one shot at each! The party concludes with free admission to Panorama Music House. Proceeds benefit the Southwest Louisiana Firefighter's Association fundraisers for fallen firefighters.

rev run performing at golden nugget

Rev Run at Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget, 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Rev Run, the legendary rapper from hip hop's golden age, and 1/3 of the influential hip hop group Run-D.M.C. is taking the stage at Golden Nugget! Will you be lucky enough to get front-row seats to see the record-breaking hip-hop pioneer? Purchase tickets here!


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St. Patrick's Day Party at Frosty Factory

Frosty Factory, 4688 Common Street, Lake Charles, 70607

Gather your friends, dress in your best St. Paddy's Day attire, and head over to Frosty Factory for an unforgettable St. Patrick's Day celebration! The festive décor, unique photo ops, and electric atmosphere featuring DJ Secret Stache will transport you to an emerald paradise, where the banter is mighty!


Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick's Day Celebrations


fish and chips, green beans from macfarlane's celtic pub

MacFarlane's 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival

MacFarlane's, 417 Anne Street, Lake Charles, 70601

You've likely never experienced a St. Patrick's Day party quite like MacFarlane's Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival. The celebration returns for the 14th year in Downtown Lake Charles. Get ready to feast and drink to your heart—and belly's content! This event is an all-day affair kicking off with a traditional Irish breakfast, midday cocktail tastings, vendors, live music throughout the day, and fire dancers at sunset. This festivities begin at 8:00 AM. 


st. patrick's day brunch at golden nugget for christus hospital

Shamrocks and Champagne Bingo

Golden Nugget, 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by benefiting CHRISTUS Ochsner Health SWLA'S Access to Care Innovation Fund aimed at providing state-of-the-art medical technology for our community. Enjoy a delicious brunch, tasty drinks, thrilling prizes, and old-fashioned bingo fun! Lucky attendees can also win special surprises from drawings throughout the day. Don't miss the wine pull for the chance to take some liquid luck back home!


Win a Pot ‘O Gold at Lake Charles Casino Resorts

Horseshoe Casino Lake Charles

The pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow touches down in Southwest Louisiana! Don't stop at just wearing green, have an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day by winning some green and gold at one of Lake Charles’ 24-hour casino resorts: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino and L’Auberge Casino Resort, or Delta Downs Racetrack, Hotel & Casino in Vinton, and Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Westlake. The good times never stop rolling in Louisiana's Playground! 

St. Patrick's Day Events