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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.

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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

From the wonderful world of the carnival season, the Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will bring Mardi Gras to life with our Shoebox Float Read More →
After sleeping off the turkey dinners, bring your family & friends downtown for a great night of live music and libations! The Music Museum of SWLA celebrates Lake Area music on Read More →
It’s the “12 Days of Christmas,” only this time, it’s not just a song! Thanks to several community organizations in Sulphur, we are proud to announce that Christmas will last almost two full Read More →
Come out to Louisiana's largest corn maze! Our 2017 season will be open September 30th- November 26th! November Hours: Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM to Read More →
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Free Concert! Saturday, November 25 9PM - Midnight Gator Lounge at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel Read More →
Holiday House Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Brimstone Museum Complex, Sulphur . The Preview Party on Nov. 30 will be this year’s premier event of Read More →
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Kiwanis Christmas Lighted Parade Dec. 1, Cypress St., Sulphur . The colorful, giant balloons and Christmas light parade begins at 6pm. Read More →
Christmas Under The Oaks Festival Dec. 1-2, Heritage Square, Sulphur . There is plenty to put you in the holiday Read More →
Light up the Lake Saturday, December 2, 2017 11am : Street ParadeThrough Read More →
Starks Christmas Parade Dec. 2 at 2pm, Starks VFW 4759. Christmas Parade followed by a Christmas Gumbo hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary at Read More →