Louisiana's Playground is buzzing with activities in May. Enjoy thrilling Gumbeaux Gator baseball games, the first and second week of the Downtown at Sundown Concert Series, special ways to celebrate Mom for Mother's Day, Baby Shark's BroadWAVE tour, and Memorial Day weekend. It's no secret that Lake Charles is home to top-notch Cajun and Creole dishes, but we encourage you to try a few unassuming eats that are unique to the area.

May 1-5, 2024

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"Run for the Roses" A Derby Day

May 4, 2024 | Horseshoe Hotel & Casino

Unleash your inner fashionista and elegance for a fashionable event with a mission! Turn heads with the most stylish and glamorous hats, sleek suits, and dapper accessories. Embrace the spirit of the Derby, and let your hat become the talk of the town as you support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana!

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Southlake Theater offers a fully immersive audio and visual experience!

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - Immersive Audio Experience

May 4-5, 2024 | Southlake Theater

May the 4th be with you as you prepare to be immersed into the Star Wars universe with state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, and theatrical effects! Get ready for themed meals and beverages and some surprises for all ages, while watching the movie, Star Wars: Return of the Sith.

May 6-12, 2024

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Baby Shark's Big BroadWAVE Tour

May 7-8, 2024 | Lake Charles Event Center

Let’s Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-it! Join Baby Shark and his fincredible fishy friends on an undersea adventure filled with oceans of fun and finship! To save their beloved Party Puddle Theatre, Baby and the squiddos must dive into action to create a flowstopping, splash-hit Broadwave swimsation — and they need your family’s help to put on the biggest Broadwave show ever!

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Rick Springfield's "I Want My 80s Tour" hits The Golden Nugget Stage featuring The Hooters, Paul Young and Tommy Tutone.

Rick Springfield & Richard Marx 2024 Acoustic Tour

May 10, 2024 | Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Rick Springfield's "I Want my 80s Tour" hits The Golden Nugget Stage featuring The Hooters, Paul Young and Tommy Tutone. You don't want to miss this concert featuring all your favorites including "Jessie's Girl", "Human Touch" and too many more to mention.

Must be 21 or older.


Mother's Day with Grammy Award Winner Rob Saxy

May 11, 2024 | Legacy 75

Come celebrate Mother's Day weekend with the smooth sounds of Grammy winner Rob Saxy! Enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with soulful saxophone melodies, cigars, and good vibes. Treat your mom to a special night of music and fun. There are only 30 tickets available!

May 13-19, 2024

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Celebrate the harvest of the mayhaw fruit at the Starks Mayhaw Festival.

Starks Mayhaw Festival

May 17-19, 2024 | Corners of Highways 12 and 109, Starks, LA 70661

Celebrate the harvest of the mayhaw fruit at the Starks Mayhaw Festival. Vendors from all around will be selling locally made jelly and jam made from the mayhaw, which varies in taste. Visitors can also taste fresh lemonade, funnel cakes, barbeque, and more while enjoying traditional carnival games and rides! Don't miss the car, truck, and bike show on Saturday!


Summer Concert Series at Crying Eagle: Marc Broussard

May 18, 2024 | Crying Eagle Brewing-University

Crying Eagle's 2024 Summer Concert Series returns with the incredibly talented, Marc Broussard. Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock, and soul into contemporary terms. This year, Marc is celebrating 20 years since the release of his debut album Carencro with an Anniversary Tour. The album will be played front to back and also feature some of his fan-favorite cover songs from his S.O.S. series along the way!

May 20-26, 2024

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Gather your family and friends to experience live entertainment with Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Crush.

Music at Morgan Field featuring Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush

May 23, 2024 | Morgan Field

Start your weekend early on the beautiful grounds of The Village at MorganField, a traditional neighborhood in Lake Charles, for Music at Morgan Field on Thursday, May 23rd! Gather your family and friends to experience live entertainment with Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Crush, local shopping, food trucks, and family fun from 5:30-8:30 PM. Don't forget your lawn chairs and picnic blankets! 


Downtown at Sundown Concert Series

May 24 & 31, 2024 | 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center

The 26th annual Downtown at Sundown Concert series kicks off this May. The concerts are free and open to the public. They will take place on Ryan Street in front of the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center and the Parish Courthouse. Each concert features a different local or regional artist performing favorite music genres, including Swamp Pop, Cajun, Zydeco, and Classic Rock. Groove along with Nicki Needham & the People's Victory on May 24th and Brandon Ledet and Brandon Broussard on May 31st!

May 27-31, 2024

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Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan will take the Golden Nugget Stage this month.

Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan

May 31, 2024 | Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan are currently delighting old and new fans across North America on their highly successful Grits and Glamour Tour. From the road to the red carpet, on center stage in the theater, or under the spotlight in a honkytonk, these two women are comfortable in their high heels. These 50-somethings are more than a little flattered that they can still sell out shows, turn heads, and make hearts beat fast nearly four decades into their careers. 

Must be 21+ to attend.

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 Spring.