School’s out and I’m sure you already hearing “There’s nothing to do!” or “I’m soooooo bored!” Treat your family to a local art/performance excursion!

We’ve rounded up a few local arts events that will keep your family active and culturally sophisticated throughout the area’s summer season.

Summer Catch A Concert Series - June 12- Recurring weekly on Monday until June 26
Enjoy the sweet melodies of the Lake Charles Community Band (and cool air conditioning of the Lake Charles Civic Center) Catch a Concert summer series “Once Upon A Time.” Performance pieces will include symphonic highlights from The Addams Family Musical, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Star Wars.” Did we mention it was FREE! The series will lead up to the Red, White Blue & You Festival performance on July 4.


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The Awakening: A Choir Concert – June 15
Over 60 youth performers (members ranging from 10-17 years old) will perform an inspiring and uplifting performance at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank Building. This group has been touring the United States and Europe for over 30 years. The concert is 100% and Pops and Rockets refreshments will follow in the courtyard.

Summer Pops: The Rat Pack – July 15
Introduce your kiddos the Lake Charles Symphony and to the throwback tunes of Davis, Martin and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself: Sinatra. You’ll spend the evening dancing and singing along to timeless songs like That’s AmoreThe Lady is a Tramp, Mr. BojanglesMy Way, and, of course, New York, New York. Just try NOT to embarrass the kids. Pizza, popcorn, and ice cream will be available. For tickets info, click here.

Freddie Pate’s Be-Bop Hop – August 12
A Southwest Louisiana crowd favorite, Freddie Pate and his talented cast of performers have entertained audiences for over 20 years with their live musical jamborees. This year's show will feature classic be-bop favorites, a 10 piece band, and costumes and is sprinkled with comedy - a true family-friendly treat! Tickets on sale at

Art & Theatre Camps
Fine arts, visual arts, music mixing and making, pottery, theatre, and all kinds of other opportunities abound here in the summer!


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Watercolor Magic with Nancy Melton – June 26-30
Part of McNeese’s KIDS COLLEGE, Nancy offers a week-long art class focusing on all aspects of color.

Branch Out Summer Art Camp – Four Sessions Available thru June 30
Hosted annually by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, daily classes include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more.

Young Band Nation Music & Recording/Engineering Camps – June & July
The group’s first camp – Recording/Engineering, June 26-30- teaches sound technology, record and run live sound techniques plus your little DJ will come home with their own mini studio! For those seeking a spot on next year’s America’s Got Talent, the music camp, July 17-21, will ignite the spark of young musicians who want to rock! Click here for registration info.

The Art Factory – June 12-August 3
The Art Factory’s summer long camp experiences included both half and full day art camps full of learning, creating, experiencing and HAVING FUN! Each four-day camp is different. Themes include Fashion Week, Nothin’ but Mud, Super Hero and Advanced Art. At the end of the summer, each camper will have a piece of their work chosen for an art show, August 27. What kid doesn’t want to see their work on display!? Call (337) 802-2999 for details.

Children’s Theatre Summer Workshops – July 6-28
Is your child a star in the making? Children’s Theatre, Company’s workshops are designed to introduce newcomers to the world of theatre and challenge young performing veterans to perfect advanced theatrical concepts and production techniques. Children will be able to display their creation for family and friends and experience the excitement of a taking part in a real stage production.


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*Portions adapted from Thrive Magazine.