Lake Charles is conveniently located off I-10, between Houston and New Orleans. The developing downtown and welcoming community make it the ideal place for a fun, easy getaway. Plan a long weekend with Southwest Louisiana's annual festival and fairs that celebrate our Creole and Cajun heritage and food, stellar performances by regional and national acts, and thrilling sporting events and expos that showcase Louisiana's best outdoor recreation.  

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Sulphur Kiwanis Christmas Balloon Parade Dec 03

The 2022 Sulphur Kiwanis Christmas Balloon Parade will roll down Cypress Street in Sulphur on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. The parade is a holiday tradition and the only giant balloon parade in the state of Louisiana. Festive balloons and holiday floats will delight parade-goers…

Holly Beach Labor Day Cajun Luau Jan 01
  • Recurring every January 1st

Holly Beach Laborfest. Annual event. September 3, 2022. Barry Badon is headlining. Cajun Luau: Hawaiian pulled pork, tropical fruit and Hawaiian rolls, possibly some hula dancers.

Mardi Gras 12th Night Kickoff Festival Jan 07

Mardi Gras makes its flamboyant entrance with the 2023 Twelfth Night Kickoff Festival inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall/Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 7. Check back for details for this new spin on 12th Night by Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana. Be sure that there…

Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival Jan 13
  • Recurring daily

January 13-14, 2023 in downtown Cameron, LA. Held annually. The "oldest and coldest" Southwest Louisiana festival, as it's billed by organizers, caters to all ages and interests, featuring parades, a gumbo cook-off, pageants, a 5k and 1-mile run/walk, dances, Cajun music…

Mardi Gras Lighted Boat Parade Feb 16

Mardi Gras parades are not confined to the streets of Lake Charles. The 2023 Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Feb. 16, and this parade is a Mardi Gras tradition that is unique to the Lake Area. Boats adorned with Mardi Gras decorations and lights delight festival-goers…

Mardi Gras Children's Day Feb 19

The 2023 Mardi Gras Children's Day takes place on Sunday, Feb. 19, prior to the Children's Day Parade! Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana is a family-friendly festival and even has an entire day devoted to kids. Children’s Day, a free event open to children ages 3 to 11, combines…

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival Apr 06

The town of DeQuincy was established by the Kansas City Southern Railroad in 1897, according to historian Mr. T.J. Ratliff. Through the years, DeQuincy grew into a nice size community due to the jobs that the railroad provided. The Louisiana Railroad Days Festival evolved in the…

This is Home Fest Apr 22

The 3rd annual This is Home Fest will be Saturday, April 22, 2023! Save the date and stay tuned for more details. Now calling all food and art vendors - complete the form to participate! The Mission of This is Home Fest is to enhance the unique quality of life in Southwest…

Louisiana Food & Wine Festival Sep 14
  • Recurring daily

The Louisiana Food & Wine Festival, a world-class culinary and beverage celebration, will take place in Lake Charles, Louisiana on September 14 – 17, 2023. It will be a showcase of culinary, beverage, and music that highlights Louisiana’s unique culture and heritage…