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.

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

Southwest Louisiana has roped ’em back in, as the Louisiana Junior High Finals Rodeo and Louisiana High School Finals Rodeo return to the Burton Coliseum. The Junior High Finals will take Read More →
Cameran Nelson live at Jack After Dark. About Nelson's knack for the neon lights and passion for the stage all started at the age of thirteen when he began playing bass in his Read More →
Downtown at Sundown second concert features Boomerang. Another “can’t miss” event this spring is the Downtown at Sundown Outdoor Concert Series , starting on Read More →
Background: During the City of Lake Charles Centennial Celebration, Mayor James Sudduth buried a time capsule at what is now 1911 Historic City Hall. When the capsule was buried, Read More →
Country superstar Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise will perform at Golden Nugget Lake Charles in the Grand Event Center on Friday, May 26 at 8:30 PM. Wynonna Judd rose to fame performing Read More →
Jason Turner live at Jack After Dark. About Jason Turner is a Jackson, Mississippi native and has been performing on stages across the Southeast for over 19 years. He has toured Read More →
Artist: Pointer Sisters Notable Song: I’m So Excited Date: Saturday, May 27 8:30pm Location: L’Auberge Event Center Tickets: On sale Read More →
Three Dog Night will bring their iconic hits to the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 27 at 8:30 PM as part of the Memorial Day Weekend trio of concerts. Three Read More →
Live music by Wayne Toups starting at 8 p.m. Read More →
Huey Lewis & The News will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Sunday, May 28 at 8:00 PM as part its celebration of Memorial Day. The live show will feature Read More →
Multi-Grammy Award winning band TOTO will perform at the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, June 2 at 8:30 PM. The shows are billed as "An Evening With Toto" and will Read More →
Downtown at Sundown third concert features Whiskey South. Another “can’t miss” event this spring is the Downtown at Sundown Outdoor Concert Series , starting on Read More →
Join us in Heritage Square for a free showing of Goosebumps! Bring a picnic and get there early for a good spot. All Movies in the Square begin at sunset. In the event of rain or high winds, Read More →
Country music icon Vince Gill will perform on Saturday, June 3 at the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles at 8:00 PM. Gill has sold over 26 million albums, with 21 Grammy and 18 Read More →
The Lake Charles Community Band will close out its 30th season with the Catch-A-Concert series every Monday in June . The concerts will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Read More →