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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.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 | 7 PM F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University $20 Adults | $5 Children (under 18) | Free to McNeese and Sowela students with current ID Read More →
Tickets on sale Jan. 16, 2018 Tickets start at $20! Celebrate what’s possible as the adventures of five daring Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney Read More →
Multi-Grammy award winner, George Benson will bring his smooth jazz/R&B style to the Golden Nugget’s Grand Event Center on Friday, April 27 at 8:30 PM. Raised in Pittsburgh, Benson was Read More →
Each year on the last Friday in April, the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles brings Spring Art Walk to downtown Lake Charles. This free event concentrates the Lake Area arts Read More →
Get ready to enjoy four fantastic movies on Fridays this month during “Movies Under the Stars.” Movies start at sundown - close to 8 p.m. - but get there early to get a good seat. Read More →
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 | 3 PM Stokes Auditorium, Hartdner Hall, McNeese State University FREE and open to the public (no tickets. first come, first served.) 2016 Read More →
Sponsorship Opportunities are now open for CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s sixth annual Dragon Boat Race, scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018. Each dragon boat will have 22 people Read More →
Mark your calendar for our upcoming second year Crawfish and Music Festival, we are lining up the music. We already lined up a fabulous blues band and will have a lot more to offer. Bring a Read More →
The Louisiana Pirate Festival is a 10-day festival held on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center and Seawall. The 61-year old festival is the oldest festival in the City of Lake Read More →
Thursday, May 3 4PM – 9PM – FAMILY NIGHT 4PM Buccaneer Pirate Read More →
Thursday, May 3, 2018 in the Coliseum of the Lake Charles Civic Center Read More →
Friends of Shannon Cox are hosting the 6th Annual Derby for Dollars at The Stables at LeBocage on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to benefit Family & Youth’s Shannon Cox Counseling Center. Read More →
ABOUT THE BAND Amanda’s fiddle continues to make wonderful melodies as she holds a firm place in music history in a city that delivers harmony like no other. Between the release Good Read More →