Special Alert
Special Alert

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, Contraband Days. 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

Country music artist John Michael Montgomery will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, September 30 at 8:30 PM. Montgomery began his career singing with Read More →
Shuttle lines start at 6:00pm, shuttles depart at 6:30pm Begin your terrifying Halloween journey with a hayride at The Lost Hollows! After traveling to the creepiest woods in Read More →
On October 1st and 2nd, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, the Habibi Shrine Circus will return! The Shrine Circus is the only Circus with a purpose!! Show times are on Saturday at 10 am, Read More →
McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University Read More →
Sax in the City has featured and showcased artists such as Louisiana sax sensations Marcus Davis and JB Saax; stellar Gospel Sax performer Alex Allen; Washington, Read More →
Calcasieu residents are invited to three family-friendly movies at Prien Lake Park and one movie at Mallard Junction Park, when Movies Under the Stars returns this October. The silver screen Read More →
The Lake Charles Film Festival is an annual event founded to bring the very best of independent film and video to Calcasieu Parish. It was also founded to spotlight and award the achievements Read More →
Cheech and Chong will perform on Saturday, October 8:00 PM in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles. The Grammy-award winning comedy duo, Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong, Read More →
Join Westlake for its annual picnic for the city. It is called La Ville Uni (French for the City United ) Read More →
Fine wines and culinary treats are in store for those attending the Rouge et Blanc event to be held Saturday, Oct. 8 set on the beautiful campus of McNeese State University. More than 200 Read More →
Crafts, door prizes and food vendors will be in abundance. No festival would be complete without exciting activities, rides and games for spry youngsters and of course, Gumbeaux Gator. The Read More →
The first concert of the season will present a side-by-side concert of the Lake Charles Symphony and the Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra performing Peter and the Wolf followed by Beethoven’s Read More →
The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB is proud to announce Community Professional Development Sessions for "Smarter Time Management" as well as "Visual Communication through Social Media" Read More →
Sulphur's annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents -- and for good reason. The 93-year-old event brings in an average of 30,000 visitors each year, and it Read More →