It’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for – Chuck Fest 2016! And it’s going to be bigger and better with a fantastic lineup of artists and fun for the whole family.

Here are the top 5 things I’m excited about for this weekend’s festival.

1. HUGE music lineup
For the last 2 years, Chuck Fest was centralized to the 700 block of Ryan St. But this year the festival has expanded to both the 600 and 700 blocks. With the additional street and stage space, 2016 will host over 30 bands from all across South Louisiana. The lineup has all of the bases/genres covered with live performances by John “Papa” Gros Band, Andrew Duhon, Angola Rodeo and Dave Jordan & the NIA. If the local scene is more your style, Brittany Pfantz, Renn Loren, Aep, Sean Ardoin and Sean Hager are ready to rock. Click here to see the full lineup.

Chuck Fest transforms the 600 & 700 blocks of Ryan St. into a concert stages.

2. It’s free
No explanation necessary. When an event this awesome is “Free 99,” it’s always a plus.

3. Something for the entire family
Heads up to all you parents, Chuck Fest also features a huge Kids Zone. The kids can make their own fun at the bounce house arena, chalk art, face paint and balloon animals stations.

Chuck Fest has a huge Kids Zone!

4. Stellar artists all in one place
One of my favorite things about local festivals are the artist booths. I love finding pieces that represent the area. I guarantee you’ll find a local treasure.

Local art is a main focus for Chuck Fest. In fact, local artist Danny Allain, a member of SWLArt, was asked to create this year’s official poster.

“My inspiration was vintage music posters. I used watercolors and pencil colors to create a cool, psychedelic representation of Lake Charles. I think people are going to like it.”

You’ll have to visit Chuck Fest to see the final piece. I can’t give everything away!

5. More than just music
Where there is a fest, there is food. A variety of local culinary treats will be available to keep you satisfied. Check out my last blog “Local Flavors” for a list of vendors.

Chuck Fest 2016 will take place Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon to midnight on the 600 and 700 blocks of Ryan Street. For the latest information on Chuck Fest, visit or follow their Facebook page at