Memorial Day is observed on Monday, May 27, 2024 to commemorate those who have fallen in service to the country. While this is considered the unofficial start to summer for many families, it's also a time to reflect on the sacrifices made to secure our freedom. Check out our guide to Memorial Day Weekend events in Southwest Louisiana from exploring our memorial parks to lively summer celebrations!


Downtown at Sundown Concert Series

Friday, May 24 | Downtown Lake Charles

This is a free, family-friendly concert series taking place each Friday from May 24-June 14. The performances are held from 6-9 p.m. in front of the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street. Attendees can enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, tabletop galleries, children's activities, and more. Nicki Needham & the People's Victory will headline this evening.


Louisiana Voodoo vs. West Texas Desert Hawks

Saturday May 25, 2024 | Lake Charles Event Center

Arena Football is back in the Bayou State and Lake Charles is the new home of the Louisiana Voodoo. Get ready to cheer on the Louisiana Voodoo during their inaugural season at this home game against the West Texas Desert Hawks. Bring the facepaint and voodoo merchandise and watch the magic unfold. Purchase tickets here. GEAUX VOODOO!!


Southwest Louisiana Farmers Markets

Saturday, May 25 | Various Locations

Spend your Saturday morning shopping at three Lake Area farmers markets, sifting through handmade crafts, home goods, fresh produce, and homemade food items. Choose from the following farmers markets:Westlake, Charlestown, and Moss Bluff. Admission is free!


Zydeco and Jazz Brunches

Sunday, May 26 | Various Locations

Sundays are for Brunch! With multiple delicious restaurants to choose from, making a selection can be daunting. Consider narrowing down the list for an option featuring live entertainment. For a lively brunch date try Rikenjaks' Sunday Funday Zydeco Brunch featuring Zydecane in central Lake Charles. For a soulful brunch date visit Tia Juanita's Fish Camp or Luna Bar & Grill's Sunday Jazz Brunches. Both are in downtown Lake Charles within walking distance from boutiques, shops, and the lakefront.


Visit A Memorial Park in Southwest Louisiana

Monday, May 27 | Various Locations

Southwest Louisiana is home to two memorial parks dedicated to veterans from the State of Louisiana. The DeQuincy Veterans Memorial Park centerpiece is a monument standing at 22 feet tall and paying homage to the raising of the American Flag at Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima.  Iwo Jima, a small island located in the Pacific, held one of World War II's bloodiest battles. This replication represents one of the most iconic scenes of the American War effort in the Pacific. The park is home to walking paths, benches, and several monuments naming area veterans.

The Veterans Memorial Park is located along the lakefront just behind the Lake Charles Event Center. The park features engraved bricks representing those who have served in the United States military dating back to WWI and a fountain with bronze plaques of all Louisiana Medal of Honor recipients. In the center of the park is a statue of First Lt. Douglas B. Fournet, a Lake Charles native, and Medal of Honor recipient. There is also a Vietnam War-era Huey Helicopter, 8-inch Howitzer M115 cannon, and a WWII Patton Tank.


No matter how you plan to celebrate remember to pause and reflect on its purpose. Visit Lake Charles wishes you a meaningful and safe Memorial Day Weekend! Browse our event calendar for a full list of things happening Memorial Day Weekend. For other summer trip inspiration check out our Summer Trip Guide.

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