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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, 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.

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

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 →
In its 16 th annual trip across Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) U.S. rail network, the Holiday Express train is planning to stop at the Railroad Museum at 400 Lake Charles Read More →
Lake Charles Civic Ballet’s “Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time” Dec. 8 - 10, Lake Charles Civic Center. This beautiful ballet tells the Read More →
About Jennifer Nettles: Jennifer Nettles music has been with us for so long, it is easy for ticket buyers to forget that she is only now starting her journey as a Read More →
Iowa Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park Dec. 10, Lawrence Toups Park, Downtown Iowa. Christmas Parade begins at 4 p.m. from the VF Read More →
The Ward One Economic Development Board and the Moss Bluff Civic Club will sponsor the Moss Bluff Christmas Parade on Read More →
***Due to the weather on Dec. 3, the Christmas parade has been postponed til December 10, 2016 at Read More →
Performing for you live in the Grand Event Center starting 8pm, Saturday. Tickets available a Read More →
A world of brass bands, rock and roll, pop radio, country, hip-hop and reggae all rolled into one big, beautiful band of color. In the great tradition of stunning acts, Bag of Donuts has to be Read More →
Celebrate 2016 at Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Party! Party begins at 8pm and includes midnight celebration Read More →
Mardi Gras makes its flamboyant entrance with the Twelfth Night Parade Extravaganza inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. There will be a lively, mini-parade featuring members of Read More →
The 59th Annual Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival will highlight all the local, natural resource industries in the area. The festival caters to all ages and interests featuring parades, a Read More →
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival will be January 16, 2016. More details to come. For more a complete list of the festival events, please call 337-491-9955 or visit www.kzwafm.com. 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 →