Delicious crab dishes, Louisiana-made brews, local art and music – one of the “must-experience” events every August in Southwest Louisiana is Arts & Crabs Fest. People love to celebrate Louisiana’s authentic passion for music, art and of course, “secret recipes,” and those are reasons enough that Arts & Crabs Fest sells out every year. Being involved in the arts in Southwest Louisiana, I have served crab dishes or volunteered to help the Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana with the event for many years, and it’s a multi-sensory event that connects people, and there is a spirit of community throughout Arts & Crabs Fest.


Stemming from the Creole Nature Trail, the idea of Arts & Crabs Fest was to connect the culture with the land, bringing them together with one fantastic event! This year, Arts & Crabs Fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at Burton Coliseum, and it was named as a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society – meaning – it’s super cool! The spotlight shines on local chefs who cook up unique crab dishes paired with Louisiana-made brews like Bayou Teche Acadie and Tin Roof, and people get to dance to Louisiana grown musicians.


The participating chefs always bring out their best, creative crab recipes, and the attendees get to vote for their tastiest favorite. Not only does the winning chef get bragging rights, but he/she will be awarded with a weekend getaway to New Orleans, compliments of Acadiana Profile magazine and the New Orleans Hotel Collection.

Live local music will feature country/soul band the Sinners, filling the stage with special guest musicians for this one-time performance featuring a few surprise cover songs you’ll recognize from the annals of Louisiana music history. The Sinners is a great band with lots of energy and a full sound. Also, hometown mandolin/guitar duo Thomas & Theresa return from Loyola as the openers, bringing their blend of traditional Louisiana roots music.  

The Art Market will showcase a wide variety of Southwest Louisiana crafted goods like the popular TAB typewriter key jewelry of Andrea Beck, Michael Naquin’s beautiful woodworks, the striking photography of William Daigle, Daneisha Davis’ whimsical art pieces, and unique work by other artisans. To further support the arts, you can purchase a raffle ticket to win donated art and gifts from event vendors and check out the Arts & Crabs auction, including a Touloulou’s Cochon de Lait Party Package for 50 donated by L’Auberge Casino Resort.  

Event Tickets are on sale at, and since the event sells out every year, you really need to pick them up as soon as possible. Tickets are $25, and you have to be 21 years old or older.

Special Note from the Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana:
Arts & Crabs Fest would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: The Arts Council of SWLA, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, Union Pacific, J&J Exterminating, L’Auberge Casino Resort, Acadiana Profile magazine, Automotive Alignment & Brake Service, Chesson Law Firm, Deep South Productions, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Healthy Image Marketing Agency, IBERIABANK, Knight Media Printing, KVHP/FOX 29/the CW, Louisiana Lottery, The New Orleans Hotel Collection, Parker Brand Creative, Shearman Media, Southwest Beverage, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Funds raised at Arts & Crabs Fest are reinvested back into the SWLA community through the Arts Council’s varied services and events. Visit our Facebook page or call (337) 439-2787 for more information. See you there!