Special Alert
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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.

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

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio Read More →
Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Production will present the fifth season of Live @ the Lakefront , a free Read More →
Average White Band is a Scottish funk and R&B band that had a series of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980. They are best known for their million-selling instrumental track Read More →
Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, AZ. They first came to notice with the song "Hey Jealousy" from their first major label album, New Miserable Experience. Read More →
If you’re interested in feasting on savory dishes prepared by local food enthusiats from the ameteur to the professional who enjoy hunting and fishing, then you will want to purchase Read More →
Delbert McClinton is an American blues, rock, and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since Read More →
Are you ready, Lake Charles? The Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Production will present the fifth season of Live @ the Lakefront , a free Read More →
The final concert of the season returns to the Rosa Hart Theatre on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM . A surprise special guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Trevor Jones’ Read More →
Michael McDonald has been thrilling listeners with his distinctively soulful style for four decades. From '70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as "What A Fool Believes" and solo hits Read More →
Louisiana Railroad Days Festival is an alcohol-free, family friendly, three day festival. There is no admission fee or parking fee (there is a fee for carnival rides). The Louisiana Railroad Read More →
Acrobats of Cirque-tacular is a heart-stopping mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism. Discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent, concert hall, and Read More →
CyPhaCon is returning for our 7th year at the Lake Charles Civic Center! For ticket info, click a Read More →
CyPhaCon is pleased to announce the return of our official Convention Pub Crawl celebrating its 2nd year! All CyPhaCon Attendees over the age of 21 can Read More →
Tickets will be sold at Civic Center box office Saturday 10am to 9pm after the advance ticket deadline is over. Tickets can be purchased on Friday at Read More →
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Friends of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Wetlands are working with Read More →