Events, Excursions, Eateries

Southwest Louisiana’s Labor Day activities and festivities include everything from live music and lounging under the sun to themed Sunday brunches and luxurious experiences at casino resorts. From Thursday, Aug. 31 through Labor Day, Sept. 4, Lake Charles offers families, friends, couples, and solo travelers a reason to celebrate how they want. Although this holiday has traditionally paid tribute to American workers since 1894, Labor Day Weekend is also known as the last day of summer, and this is why you should choose Louisiana’s Playground as your summer send-off.  

Crying Eagle Brewing Pizza and Beer
"What The Fig" pizza and seasonal brew at Crying Eagle Brewing Co.

30+ Labor Day Weekend Events in Lake Charles

The best thing about three-day weekends is that you can party at your own pace. Whether you want to dance the night away to live music or kick off the holidays with cocktails and activities like karaoke, trivia games, live music, and more, let your hair down in Lake Charles. You can experience Louisiana’s Playground first-hand at popular hangouts for all ages, like Crying Eagle Brewing Company, or choose to unwind without the little ones at The Wine Store, and more. You can even catch the American Cornhole Association Tournament, Sept. 1-2. View our full list of upcoming events.     

Party it Up in Lake Charles - Louisiana's Playground
Pontoon boat rental with Lake Area Adventures

Soak Up the Sun in More Ways Than One

Spend a day road tripping the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. It’s a 180-mile self-driving tour through Louisiana’s Outback that offers travelers a deeper look at the area’s outdoor jewels, like alligators, birds, beaches, sunsets, and more. If you’re seeking some downtown fun in our lake, you can rent kayaks and pontoon boats and more from Lake Area Adventures, as well as schedule private fishing tours. Make your outdoor explorations into a getaway by booking a new cabin at Sam Houston Jones State Park. For a full list of outdoor adventures, click here

Luna Bar & Grill Patio
Jazz Band on Luna Bar & Grill Patio

Sunday Funday in Louisiana’s Playground. 

Usually, it’s wise to tread lightly on a Sunday in preparation for the work week ahead, but during Labor Day Weekend,  it is encouraged to plunge into Louisiana’s Playground on your own terms. You can plan your holiday around exclusive Labor Day events like, the annual All White Party at the Lake Charles Civic Center or the Live on the Patio at Juicy’s Lounge. Extend your Sunday Funday with more live music at Rikenjaks Brewing Company, Blue Martini at Golden Nugget Casino and Panorama Music House, or indulge in a musical Sunday brunch at Luna Bar & Grill and Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp. For a full list of events happening on Sunday, Sept. 3, click here

Shopping at BeSpoke in Downtown Lake Charles
BeSpoke Hat Company in Downtown Lake Charles

Cross These Five Things Off Your Lake Charles Bucket List

Southwest Louisiana is full of specific gems and jewels that can only be found near Lake Charles. Since you’ve got an extra day to explore, make the best use of your time by knocking these things off your bucket list: 

  1. Drive the SWLA Boudin Trail for an authentic taste of Cajun/Creole Culture. Boudin is South Louisiana’s favorite finger food at any time of day that is made of rice, various meats and vegetables and seasonings. 

  1. Give your family an unorthodox experience at Almosta Ranch, a 39-acre farm and petting zoo with chickens, guineas, rabbits, peafowl, turkeys, cows, mini donkeys, horses, sheep, goats, and more.  

  1. Explore the unique shops in downtown Lake Charles. You’re likely to find quality gifts at Alexander’s Art Studio, Panorama Music Exchange, Bespoke Hat Company, and more. 

  1. Pose in front of vibrant street art or catch the picturesque sunset along the Lakefront Promenade. You’ll capture memories to savor forever at zero cost.

  1. It’s Labor Day Weekend, so you’ve earned a spa day. Celebrate the holiday right and splurge on yourself with a massage, facial, day pass, fresh shave, and more at one of our day spas

Poolside Casino
Lazy river relaxation at L'Auberge and Golden Nugget Casino Resorts

Make the Most of Your Three-day Weekend at Our Casino Resorts

Take the pain out of planning by booking your stay at one of our resort casinos. You can bounce between properties on a riverside boardwalk to enjoy quick-access to Golden Nugget and L’Auberge. Beyond gaming, you can explore concerts, restaurants, pool parties, spas, golf courses, lazy rivers, and more. At Delta Downs, you can place your bets on more than table games by watching live thoroughbred horse races. The newest casino resort on the block is Horseshoe, which opened less than a year ago, and it’s the perfect time to explore new opportunities for fortune before the summer ends. No matter the casino, if you stay there, you can play there - then, the planning is all done.