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Lake Charles

The city of Lake Charles overlooks a freshwater lake with the only white-sand inland beach along the Gulf Coast. Local legends say the pirate Jean Lafitte made Lake Charles, Louisiana his hideaway and left behind hidden treasure on the shores of the lake.

This legend is celebrated each year with the state’s 2nd longest festival, Louisiana Pirate Festival. Held annually the first two weeks in May, the festival features a re-enactment of Jean Lafitte and the Buccaneers taking over the city, complete with cannons and a “walking of the plank” by the city’s mayor.

Live music, authentic Cajun delicacies, carnival rides and many other attractions are also featured during the famous Lake Charles festival.

Other annual Lake Charles, Louisiana events include Mardi Gras, the Cajun French Music and Food Festival and the Red White Blue & You Festival… just to name a few!

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Credit: Photo by Victor Monsour

The historic Charpentier District is another wonderful attraction in Lake Charles. With its nearly 20 blocks of antique Victorian-era homes, the structures reflect unique Lake Charles-style architecture. Those with an appreciation for history will also enjoy visiting some of the historical area cemeteries and museums.

Gaming

The nightlife is non-stop in Lake Charles, featuring 24-7, Las Vegas-Style gaming on either side of the I-10 Bridge and plenty of nightclubs featuring live music and evening fun. Golfers will enjoy a choice of several popular courses including a nationally ranked facility and for sportsmen, the hunting and fishing in and around Lake Charles, Louisiana is one of its greatest attributes.

Lake Charles Imperial

If you’re looking for alligators, we have those too! Visit the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, just East of the I-10 Bridge and while your there, visit our live gator pond. We also offer non-living gators… in the form of sculptures… Gators on the Geaux, a city-wide exhibit features close to 70 uniquely decorated alligator sculptures designed by local artists. No matter where you look, the hub city of Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a variety of attractions, food, and fun for all ages.

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Events

Events

Sulphur’s annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents - and for good reason. Sponsored by the Cal-Cam Fair Association, the 94-year-old fair will take place Read More →
Join us for free concert at MorganField. Join us on the beautiful grounds of The Village at MorganField in October for Music at MorganField! This free, family event will feature live Read More →
"The Haunted Ship - Lake Charles" Set to Open Friday, 28 September at the USS ORLECK Naval Museum Read More →
Multi-platinum recording artist, choreographer, and dancer Paula Abdul will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, October 19 at 8:30 PM. Abdul became a Read More →
The Lost Hollows, a locally owned and family-operated attraction, is the largest and most terrifying outdoor haunt in Lake Charles, Louisiana! The fright-filled trail is open every Friday and Read More →
On Saturday, October 20th, ArtsFest returns to engage area children in a free arts festival at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall. This long-running event, hosted annually by the Read More →
The 5th annual Chuck Fest - Saturday, October 20, 2018. FESTivities will kick off at noon and continue through the night, with live music, food, art and more! Read More →
On Saturday, October 20, the Lake Charles Civic Center will come to life at the eighth annual Culture Fest Louisiana, which will celebrate the diversity of Southwest Louisiana with food, Read More →
Join us for free concert at MorganField. Join us on the beautiful grounds of The Village at MorganField in October for Music at MorganField! This free, family event will feature live Read More →
This fall, locals can take guided walking tours through Lake Charles history and visit historic spots where time lies still. On October 26, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., five Lake Charles Read More →
Boudin Wars is an Read More →
Welcome EGGHeads! Join us at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, October 27th for the inaugural Gulf Coast EGGfest! What's an EGGfest?! Read More →
McNeese Cowboys vs. University of Central Arkansas - Time TBA at Cowboy Stadium Read More →
Drive out to the Stars and Stripes in the Park Classic Car Show Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Heritage Square, 1211 Ruth St. in Sulphur. This event features hundreds of Read More →
"The Haunted Ship - Lake Charles" Set to Open Friday, 28 September at the USS ORLECK Naval Museum Read More →