Photo Caption: Judith Washington (left), executive director of the Black Heritage Festival, receives the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Sam Wilkinson (right), chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.





For additional information, contact:

Colten Miller, publications/systems manager

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Black Heritage Festival

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Feb. 21, 2018) —The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Black Heritage Festival as a 2018 Top 20 Event for the month of March.    

Held Saturday, March 10 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, the festival brings together the cultures of Africa and Southwest Louisiana and brings out the best in our community. Celebrating diversity, culture and education, the festival is filled with legendary Zydeco, Blues and Gospel performers as well as The Market Place, featuring African art, clothing and more!

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 436-9588 or visit