8 Must Experience Events

The 2022 Memorial Day Holiday is observed on Monday, May 30, to commemorate those who have fallen in service to the country. With school being out, the weekend also coincides with the unofficial start to summer for many families, and there is a myriad of events to experience. From patriotic commemorations to summer celebrations, check out your guide to Memorial Day Weekend events in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana! Visit our event calendar for all things happening this summer in the Lake Area! 


Carry the Load & National Relay Team
Date: Friday, May 27
Join Carry The Load and the National Relay Team as they make their way across the Gulf Coast with a stop in Lake Charles! Participants will meet at McNeese State University near the gate entrance at the southwest corners of Ryan St. & Sale Rd. for a brief rally at 4:45 p.m. Everyone will join the National Relay Team to begin the 3.7 mile walk to Veterans Memorial Park. At 7:30 p.m., see the Relay Team off as they continue their month-long journey to Dallas to commemorate Memorial Day. Participants can register for free at carrytheload.org


24th Annual Downtown at Sundown Concert Series
Date: Friday, May 27
This family-friendly outdoor concert series takes place at the corner of Ryan and Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles for four consecutive Fridays. Charlie Wayne Band will headline this event with the Southern sounds of country music and top rock n’ roll hits. Admission is free. 


Opening Day at SPAR Waterpark
Dates: Friday, May 27-Aug. 7
Be the first to welcome SPAR Waterpark from a long winter break. This family-friendly waterpark is the ultimate place to celebrate summer with more than 10 water park attractions including water slides, toddler play areas, a lazy river, and pools that range from 2-5 feet in depth. Admission starts at $6.


Almosta Ranch Memorial Weekend Swimming
Dates: Saturday - Monday, May 28, 29, 30
Almosta Ranch added a new swimming pond that is debuting Memorial Weekend! The new pond features a zipline and white sand beach area. Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs, beach umbrellas, barbecue pits, food, and drinks. There will also be concession stands set up for drinks and prepackaged snacks. *Please note that there are no glass containers, alcohol, or pets allowed. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and entry fees are $10 per person (13 and older) or $5 per person (12 and under). Pony rides will also be available for $5 per rider. 


Unlimited Sunday Funday at Rikenjaks
Date: Sunday, May 29
Calcasieu Parish knows that Rikenjaks is where the multi-generational family can score a full-day hangout session, from morning to night. This establishment is known for its wide Louisiana beer selections, playful patio setup, brunch, and non-stop fun with giant board games, bar swings, and more. Enjoy brunch starting at 11 a.m., Zydeco at noon, and jazz at 6:30 p.m.


Hippy Fest at Panorama Music House
Date: Sunday, May 29
Panorama Music House is hosting its Inaugural Memorial Weekend Hippy Fest with live music starting at 7 p.m. with Groovy Groves hosting an early Pajama Jam. Ambush Reggae Band follows from 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., and Bear & The Forest Friends wraps up the night 1 - 3 a.m. $40 cover - 21+ after 8 p.m.


Ginuwine at Golden Nugget
Date: Sunday, May 29
Ginuwine is a double-platinum American singer-songwriter known for his popular R&B hits that shook the 90’s era with iconic top-charter songs like “Pony.” That song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. You can see Ginuwine in-person and experience the luxury of Golden Nugget’s resort casino all at once. Tickets start at $20.


Avenue of Flags & History Walk 
Date: Monday, May 30
The Avenue of Flags is a tradition nearly 40 years in the making with over 1,000 casket flags on display. A new addition this year is the History Walk that features all renditions of the American flag from the Betsy Ross flag to present day. State flags accompany each historic flag as the United States added to the union along the way. As you walk along the historic flags, QR codes are placed to explain the significance of the flags on historical context to broaden the understanding of the formation and evolution of the country as we know it today.