Embrace the longer days with endless ways to play this month. Browse from local artisans at a farmers market, brush up on your golf skills at a golf clinic, or keep cool with story time at the library. Your family will delight in the affordable family-friendly activities happening throughout Southwest Louisiana. Check out some top activities happening in July in Louisiana's Playground.

Spend Time Outdoors

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Southwest Louisiana is a mecca of outdoor activities. Plan an early morning fishing trip or schedule a guided charter for your family. At the end of the day grab your kayaks and paddle out for a breathtaking view of the sunset from the lake. Head to a farmers market for unique crafts, homemade breads and desserts, fresh produce, and lively locals.

Gumbeaux Gators baseball team
Cheer on the Gumbeaux Gators all summer long in Lake Charles, LA!

Gumbeaux Gators Baseball

All Summer Long
AM Barbe Ball Park & Joe Miller Ball Park

Experience the thrill of minor league baseball as you cheer on the talented Gumbeaux Gators. Get your photos and autographs because these players may one day be on your favorite professional teams! Each night is a different theme so fans are encouraged to dress the part. Discounted snacks and ticket packages make this the perfect activity for the entire family! View their full schedule and purchase tickets here

Explore the City with Partners in Parks

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Become familiar with Lake Charles by visiting parks, community centers, and event spaces! The City of Lake Charles hosts weekly events at local parks that provide FREE hands-on activities led by professionals from local businesses and industries.

children and families in the park with art supplies
Create your own masterpiece at July's Art in the Park hosted by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the City of Lake Charles.

Movies with the Mayor

July 6, 2024 | 4:30 PM
July 20, 2024 | 4:30 PM
Rosa Hart Theater

Join Mayor Hunter for two special showings of family-friendly films! Enjoy screenings of The Great Mouse Detective on Saturday, July 6th, and Toy Story 4 on Saturday, July 20th. Doors open at 4:30 PM and the shows begin at 5:00 PM. Don't miss this delightful community event that's free and open to the public!


July Art in the Park

July 27, 2024 | 9:00 AM
North Beach

Wrap up the month with a peaceful morning at North Beach hosted by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum's Residency at the Museum program. Create beautiful masterpieces inspired by the sights and sounds of the lakefront with materials provided by the City of Lake Charles.

Get Your Groove On at a Festival or Concert

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Learn how to two-step at the Cajun Music and Food Festival in Lake Charles, LA!

Red, White & BOOM

July 3, 2024 | 6:00 PM
Moss Bluff Soccer Complex

Head to Moss Bluff for the annual Red, White, & Boom Independence Day celebration! This community atmosphere welcomes you with delicious food, games, and entertainment concluding with a grand fireworks display.


Red, White, Blue, and You!

July 4, 2024
Lake Charles Event Center

Continue celebrating Independence Day at the Lake Charles Event Center with games, concessions, and face painting. Rent watercraft from Lake Area Adventures on North Beach during the day, and for added fun hit the water again for the fireworks show. Sparks will fly at 9:15 AM choreographed to KBYS 88.3!


Lake Charles Symphony Summer Pops "Totally 80's"

July 13, 2024 | 7:00 PM
Lake Charles Event Center

Get ready for a gnarly blast from the past at the Totally Awesome 80's concert hosted by the Lake Charles Symphony! Visualize a simpler time when neon colors, big hair, and amazing music were all the rage. Whether you're an 80's baby or introducing the sounds of your youth to your kids, you don't want to miss this stellar blast from the past.


Cajun Music and Food Festival

July 20, 2024 | 9:00 AM
Burton Complex

Celebrate the love of Cajun culture at the annual Cajun Music and Food Festival! Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine like gumbo and jambalaya, and learn a line dance or two-step as you dance to the sounds of beloved Zydeco and Cajun bands. Children will enjoy the kids' zone complete with kiddie meals, games, crafts, and their very own accordion competition!

Keep Cool in the Summer Heat

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Enjoy interactive story times, crafts, and magic shows at libraries in Southwest Louisiana!

There are many ways to enjoy the extended daylight hours all while keeping cool this summer! Brave the thrill rides or float along the lazy river at SPAR Waterpark. Enjoy larger-than-life ice cream and snocone treats crafted with care from local favorites.

Heading to the park? Opt for one with an adjacent splash pad to alternate activities and maximize time. If you're looking for a refreshing break from the sun, the library has you covered! Explore new worlds during engaging story times and creative exhibits catered to all ages!


Bright Star Theater Presents: Jack's Adventure in Space!

July 8, 2024
Vinton Library
Iowa Library

Join Jack on an out-of-this-world adventure through space. This delightful STEM adventure explores the origins, physical features, and fun facts about the planets in our solar system.


Comedy Magic Show!

July 11, 2024
DeQuincy Library
Moss Bluff Library

Experience the magic and ponder the illusions of Mitch the Magician. This magic show will bring many laughs and leave you wondering "How'd he do that?!"


In Lake Charles, there's no shortage of ways to play. For more family-friendly activities and trip planning ideas visit Top Things to Do with Kids. Check out our event calendar for a full list of activities in Southwest Louisiana.