The Louisiana Pirate Festival is a multi-day festival held on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center and Seawall. This year the festival is undergoing an exciting format update with more fun packed into one weekend! Festivities begin with the Buccaneer Landing when they take over the City of Lake Charles. Come and enjoy great live entertainment, showcasing Louisiana musicians, sample flavorful cuisine in the Galley Alley, Family Day on Saturday, and daily Pirate Parades through the festival ground and much more. The Louisiana Pirate Festival is committed to offering a unique experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds while giving visitors a chance to experience Southwest Louisiana's joie de vivre or "Joy of Life."
All you can ride wristbands:
$25 Friday & Saturday
4 for $40 on Sunday
2019 Schedule and Music Line-up:
Live Music in Red.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
FESTIVAL HOURS 4 PM – 10 PM
4:00 PM Carnival & Vendors Open 10:00 PM Festival Closes for the Night
Friday, May 3, 2019
FESTIVAL HOURS 4 PM - Midnight
4:00 PM Carnival & Vendors Open 6:00 PM Three Sheets 6:30 - 7:15 PM PIRATE LANDING & MAYOR HUNTER WALKS THE PLANK!
6:30 PM City Militia fights off the Pirates! 7:00 PM Pirate Jean Lafitte arrives and takes over the city 7:15 PM Mayor Hunter Walks the Plank
7:30 PM Johnny Jimenez 9:30 PM Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Krush Midnight: Festival Closes for the Night
Saturday, May 4, 2019
FESTIVAL HOURS 8 AM - Midnight (Vendors and carnival open at 10 AM)
8:00 AM BCA BBQ Cookoff Contest 10:00 AM Carnival & Vendors Open Noon Children's Activities Begin Club Tabby, All God's Creatures Petting Zoo, Pirate Fun Jumps, Arts & Crafts Noon Children's Day - Sonny the Birdman 1:00 PM Louisiana State Arm Wrestling Tournament (due to the inclement weather forecast, Arm Wrestling has been canceled) 2:00 PM Children's Day - Sonny the Birdman 2:00 PM Children's Costume Contest Registration 2:30 PM Children's Costume Contest 4:00 PM Children's Day - Sonny the Birdman 4:30 PM Wild Honey 5:30 PM Cry Baby 7:00 PM Steven John Simon 9:00 PM Charlie Wayne Band 10:30 PM Laser Encore Laser Hitz Light Show presented by Billy Navarre GMC Midnight Festival Closes for the Night
Sunday, May 5, 2019
FESTIVAL HOURS 11 AM - 6 PM
11:00 AM Vendors Open 12:00 PM Carnival Rides Open 2:00 PM Brandon Broussard & Chez de Bon Temps 4:00 PM Gimmie the Keys 5:15 PM Lafitte Departs 6:00 PM Festival Closes
Usually held annually the first part of May and unique to Lake Charles, the Louisiana Pirate Festival celebrates the legend of pirate Jean Lafitte. The story goes that pirate Jean Lafitte docked his boat right on the sandy shore of Lake Charles and buried his treasure somewhere along its banks. On the first night, witness the cannon fire as the citizens of Lake Charles try to defend the seawall only to have the pirates capture the mayor, put him on trial and force him to walk the plank!