Love music? Dancing?  Don’t miss Southwest Louisiana’s music festivals this spring/summer!

1. Groovin at the Grove started on March 2 with Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns, and will continue with Louisiana Red on April 6, and conclude with Nik-L Beer on May 4. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket. Concerts will be on the beautiful Great Lawn, located in the center of the Walnut Grove neighborhood, 1450 William St (off of  W. Sallier St) in Lake Charles. Admission is free and there will be food trucks.

2. Head down to The Listening Room inside the Cash and Carry Building, 801 Enterprise Blvd. for a new kind of music experience. On March 10 local talent John Guidroz performed some of his new original songs as well as a few covers. At every concert, food and drinks will be provided by Chef Andrew Green of 1910 Restaurant. Purchase tickets here. Follow The Listening Room on Facebook for upcoming dates. 

The Listening Room in Lake Charles - Photo by Martindale Media

3. Grab your lawn chair or blanket and make your way to the Arcade Amphitheater for Live @ the Lakefront on March 17, 24, and 31. Relax and listen to the Louisiana musicians and band plus enjoy the open air market, food truck, and food booths from local restaurants. Admission is free.

Live at the lake

4. Join the Mines Sulphur Community Theatre, 121 E. Napoleon St. Sulphur on May 11, June 10, and July 15 for the Sulphur Sax in the City Summer Series. Each show is created by Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist, and native of Louisiana, Huber “Mickey” Smith Jr. and will include a catered meal.

Sax in the City

5. The Downtown at Sundown Outdoor Concert Series will be held May 19, 26 and June 2 and 9 in downtown Lake Charles. With a “street-fair” atmosphere, this event will include an assortment of local or regional artists, food and drinks, tabletop galleries, merchandise vendors, and activities for the kids.

6. Every spring, McNeese State University washes away the winter blues with the annual Banners Cultural Series. Featuring national and international performers including several musical and dance performers, this year’s series offers something for the whole family. Acts include performances by jazz artist Etienne Charles, The Doo Wop Project, three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre, and more. For more information and a complete schedule of all the events and lectures, visit

So get out there, listen to some great music, eat some delicious food, and be sure to use the #VisitLakeCharles so we can see how much fun you had!