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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.

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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

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to Read More →
OAK RIDGE BOYS RETURN TO GOLDEN NUGGET ON JANAURY 27 Lake Charles, Louisiana – The Grammy award winning Oak Read More →
The District Livestock Show & Rodeo returns to the Burton Complex in Lake Charles for "The Greatest Show on Dirt." There will be a variety of rodeo performances, livestock shows, a Queen's Read More →
Jumping into the Mardi Gras spirit, the City of Sulphur's Mardi Gras Parade. The parade will consist of Mardi Gras Krewes, merchants, individuals, groups and organizations, and the Read More →
Local bakeries compete to take first place in a variety of categories. The King Cake Taste-off is free to the public, so come taste the best King Cakes that Southwest Louisiana has to offer Read More →
Follow the parade of horses, ATVs, and floats along the Lake Charles Civic Center at 1 p.m. After the parade, enjoy a Mardi Gras Concert featuring a variety of Zydeco musicians – concert Read More →
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles. Read More →
Local business leaders and social organizations take to the streets on festive Mardi Gras floats from the Lake Charles Civic Center to Ryan Street, ending at Sale Road. span Read More →
Country music legend Charley Pride returns to the Delta Event Center for a live performance of his favorite country classics. In addition to 52 top-10 hits, this incomparable singer/musician's Read More →
A parade of costumed pets and their owners makes for a whimsical, carnival atmosphere. The title of "Mystical Dog" is given to the most strikingly costumed participant. One of the most highly Read More →
The public tastes from every pot of chicken and sausage, seafood or wild game gumbo in a hot contest of more than 60 teams on Saturday, February 10, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Read More →
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 Mardi Gras fun Read More →
A purple, green and gold parade in Lake Charles for the young and young at heart. Parade Routes All parade routes Read More →
Pots and pots of traditional Louisiana cuisine ready to be sampled, all for a $10 admission fee. Sponsored by Kroger. img Read More →
The Cinderella night of Mardi Gras manifests on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 12 at 7 p.m. with a lavish promenade of more than 60 krewes’ royalty in extravagant, glittering costumes before Read More →