July in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is packed with events! Celebrate freedom with patriotic concerts and fireworks over Lake Charles. Cheer on our beloved Gumbeaux Gators while participating in quirky halftime games and theme nights. Grab your girls and sample rosés from across the world at Rosé 101. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you don’t want to miss these entertaining happenings that highlight the best of what our city has to offer.

Celebrate the Fourth of July

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Celebrate Independence Day with several Fourth of July events! Have a veteran or active duty serviceman in your family? Be sure to visit restaurants and businesses downtown and throughout Southwest Louisiana offering military discounts and holiday specials.


US Air Force Band of the West- Independence Day Concert

Lake Charles Event Center
July 3 | 6:00 PM

Head over to the Rosa Hart Theater for the US Air Force Independence Day Concert. The Band of the West is a collection of dedicated and highly trained professional musicians and servicemen who tour annually in the United States and Puerto Rico. This free concert offers a diverse musical program ranging from big band hits of the 1940's to exclusive new compositions written for the tour.


4-Miler on 4th of July

Downtown Lake Charles
July 4 | 7:00 AM

Grab your running shoes and join the hottest race of the season, the 4-Miler on 4th of July, hosted by the Lake Area Runners! This flat and fast course is open to walkers and runners of all ages and traverses along the picturesque Lakeshore Drive and downtown Lake Charles.


Red, White, Blue and You! 4th of July Celebration

Lake Charles Event Center
July 4 | 4:00 PM

Celebrate freedom at the annual Red, White, Blue, and You! 4th of July Celebration. Spend the morning on the water at North Beach with rented watercraft from Lake Area Adventures. Enjoy games for all ages sponsored by Game2Life beginning at 4 PM.

That evening, head to the Amphitheater for a patriotic performance from Bayou Big Band, then at 7 PM The Flamethrowers will rock the stage. Conclude your celebration with a front-row seat to the pyro-musical fireworks celebration over Lake Charles. Paddle out in kayaks or bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to view on the Lakefront Promenade.


Attend or Participate in a Sporting Event

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Attending a sporting event is always a treat, but don't stop there! Grab your running shoes or don your best costume and join the fun. Professionals and amateurs alike are in for a good time!


Ainsley's Angels 5K

Lake Charles Event Center
July 13 | 7:45 PM

Celebrate inclusion by walking, running, or rolling at the beloved Ainsley's Angels Sunset 5K. This annual race supports Ainsley's Angels of America, and their efforts to advocate for equity and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Pre-register or attend virtually and support a great cause.


Gumbeaux Gators Baseball

Joe Miller Ball Park & AM Barbe High School Field
All Summer Long

The Gumbeaux Gators are off to a great start this season. Each thrilling game brings together top regional talent and showcases top-tier athleticism. Enjoy delicious ballpark snacks, creative theme nights, and heartwarming activities with the team. Check out the remaining game schedule here.

Enjoy Delicious Food and Entertaining Music at a Festival

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Southwest Louisiana is home to over 70 unique festivals and events highlighting our authentic Cajun and Creole heritage, delicious cuisine, and vibrant arts and cultural scene. Nearly every weekend offers a chance to celebrate!


Cajun Music and Food Festival

Burton Complex
July 20 | 9:00 AM

The beloved Cajun Music and Food Fest returns for its 37th celebration. Get ready for delicious authentic Cajun meals such as shrimp etouffée, jambalaya, boudin, and more! Trained musicians and amateur accordion enthusiasts will enjoy the inaugural accordion competition with divisions for children and adults. No need to worry about overheating as this festival is indoors!


Marshland Festival

Lake Charles Event Center
July 26-27 

Experience the sounds of the swamps of Southwest Louisiana at the Marshland Festival. This indoor festival celebrating over 30 years of entertainment showcases some of the best and most popular local and regional acts on two stages. Choose from multiple local food vendors and purchase homemade crafts to commemorate the weekend!

Rock Out at a Concert

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From local musicians to award-winning performers, Southwest Louisiana is a great place to attend a concert. Many of our restaurants feature live entertainment throughout the week and our casino resorts offer an all-star entertainment lineup crossing musical genres.


South Coast Music Series Featuring Jack Ingram

Southlake Theater
July 11 | 7:00 PM

Music lovers are in for a treat with the South Coast Music Series. This month, the debut session features a performance by country music star Jack Ingram. Known for his heartfelt lyrics and engaging stage presence, Ingram’s concert is sure to have you reliving your favorite memories of his greatest hits. Grab your tickets early and get ready for a nostalgic evening of great music and delicious food!


Lake Charles Symphony Summer Pops-"Totally Awesome '80s"

Lake Charles Event Center
July 13 | 7:00 PM

Step back in time to the neon-soaked streets of the 1980s, where legwarmers, big hair, and cassette tapes ruled the scene. Get ready to experience the ultimate blast from the past at the "Totally Awesome '80s" concert! Whether you're a child of the '80s or introducing your children to the soundtrack of your youth, you'll enjoy this family-friendly trip down memory lane!


Trenton Tanner

Bon Temps Grill located inside the Doubletree by Hilton
July 26 | 6:00 PM

Catch an intimate performance by rising star Trenton Tanner at the Bon Temps Grill. Tanner has gained a massive following on TikTok with his catchy songs and relatable videos.


Casino Entertainment

Golden Nugget Lake Charles
All Month Long

Don’t miss the show stopping concerts at Golden Nugget this month. The entertainment kicks off with 80s rock duo Air Supply where fans can purchase VIP meet and greet packages to hang out with the band before the show! Other acts this month include country musicians Stoney LaRue, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Chris Janson, and Corey Kent.

Expand Your Palate at Dinners & Tastings

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Southwest Louisiana is home to many unique restaurants with menu items ranging from elegant Italian dishes to down-home southern comfort classics. Our wine shops and breweries remain refreshed with imported bottles and rotating brews so each visit feels unique. Don't miss the chance to elevate your taste buds to some of the most mouthwatering flavors you'll ever experience.


Rosé 101

Bodega Wine Dive
July 20 | 1:00 PM

Wine enthusiasts will not want to miss the second installment of Rosé 101: A Rosé Tasting Event. This event will take you on a journey through rosé wines from around the world. Explore various styles and flavors of this popular wine, paired with gourmet pizza.


R&B Brunch with The Hype Band

The Terrace
July 28 | 11:00 AM

Get ready for a soulful Sunday Brunch at The Terrace! Enjoy the elevated menu items from executive Chef Amanda Cusey and sip on mimosas and bloody marys to the tunes of The Hype Band.

This is just a taste of the exciting events happening this month! Browse recurring weekly events like comedy nights, local tournaments, live music at restaurants, dance classes, art exhibits, and more. Pack your dancing shoes, sunscreen, and appetite, then explore our full event calendar for more fun-filled activities. For additional ways to play check out Top Things to Do This Summer.