Louisiana's Playground is pleasant nearly year-round, but the spring is particularly great for a relaxing day spent fishing or kayaking along the Creole Nature Trail, or vibing at an outdoor concert series such as Live at the Lakefront or Downtown at Sundown. Celebrate Southwest Louisiana's rich history and culture at spring festivals like the Black Heritage Festival and Iowa Rabbit Festival which showcase our deep appreciation for the arts and our outstanding culinary scene. Plus, it's crawfish season and we relish any chance to indulge in mouthwatering seafood dishes until our heart's delight!

Live at the Lakefront in Downtown Lake Charles
Killer Photography

Top Things To Do


1. Attend a Louisiana Festival

Spring is here, and that means celebrating with Southwest Louisiana's unique festivals. Celebrate the music, food, and culture at the Black Heritage Festival, transport yourself to the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival, enjoy a celebration of the Gulf Coast’s colorful history and ties to the Caribbean at the Lake Charles Rum Revival, tap your feet to the full lineup of regional musicians at This is Home Fest and Live at the Lakefront or prepare for a land and sea takeover along the shores of Lake Charles at the Louisiana Pirate Festival. 

Crawfish Beauxdine's
Kathryn Shea Duncan

2.Catch 'Em, Clean 'Em, Peel 'Em & Eat 'Em 

Crawfish and seafood are a Louisiana delight – and Spring is the best time to get 'em! Order them by the pound and remember to request the lagniappe of corn, potatoes, and dipping sauce. You can find them at drive-through locations like Paradise Daiquiri, local restaurants like Honey B Ham, and events all season long. 

Wellness & Spas
L'Auberge Casino Resort

3. Treat Yourself 

Spring is the time for rejuvenation and our Lake Charles casino resorts certainly know how to define luxury. The Spa du Lac at L'Auberge is a full-service spa offering everything from massages and manicures to soaks and scrubs. At the Golden Nugget, the Spa and Salon features a multitude of luxurious 24K treatments, a sauna and a whirlpool to name a few of the amenities. Alevan Salon & Spa Sanctuary is a new addition to spas in the Lake Area, and you can also check out Scarborough's.

Family on the Creole Nature Trail
Lindsey Janies

4. Cruise the Creole Nature Trail

Start your journey at Adventure Point for information about the trail and a family-friendly interactive experience. A birders paradise, the spring season brings flocks of birds to the shoreline of the 180-mile All-American Road. Stop at Holly Beach before making the loop to the breathtaking Pintail Wildlife Drive where you can see a variety of wildlife, including alligators! 

Golfing at The National
Miles Partnership

5. World-Class Golfing

At Golden Nugget Lake Charles, The Country Club is known for its enjoyable layout and extensive pro shop. Next door at L'Auberge Casino Resort is the Contraband Bayou Golf Club, offering extensive play packages and well-maintained greens. The National's Golf Club features 14 lakes, 65 bunkers and is one of the most challenging courses. The Scottish links-inspired Mallard Golf Club recently opened with five sets of tee boxes, elevated greens, and is surrounded by native areas. 

McNeese Baseball Joe Miller Ball Park
Kathryn Shea Duncan

6. Geaux Pokes, Gumbeaux Gators, and Louisiana Voodoo

Take yourself out to a McNeese State University baseball game for an afternoon of cheering on the Cowboys (or your favorite visiting rival team). This Spring we also welcome the Gumbeaux Gators, one of three Louisiana baseball teams in the Texas Collegiate League. The stadium is near the regional airport and great dining options, including the family-friendly Crying Eagle Brewing-University. Check out the Cowboys' season schedule and the Gators' season schedule and get your tickets early or at the gate. Arena Football arrives in Louisiana's Playground at the Lake Charles Event Center this spring with the revival of the Louisiana Voodoo! Get your gear and tickets here.

Kayaking on Prien Lake
Kathryn Shea Duncan

7. Bike or Paddle Around in the Lake Area

Ride around Downtown Lake Charles on a glow-in-the-dark bike tour with Biking Through the Lake or Lake City Cruisers. Gear up for Spring with a tune-up and new specialized bike equipment from Southern Bicycle Company. Traveling with your bike? Prien Lake Park and the Lakefront Promenade are great places to go for a spin. For a variety of adventures including kayaking or boating, check out Lake Area Adventures

Cash & Carry Farmers Market
Kathryn Shea Duncan

8. Art & Farmers Markets

Southwest Louisiana boasts four weekly farmers markets brimming with fresh produce and local art. On Tuesday's at The Cash & Carry and every Saturday at the DeQuincy, Moss Bluff and Charlestown Farmers Market. The first Saturday of every month, Meet Me at the Market hosted by the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, features live performances and food trucks. The annual Spring Art Walk takes over downtown Lake Charles with local artists and live demonstrations.


9. Dine Under the Stars and Oaks 

The beer gardens of the much-loved Crying Eagle Brewing-University and Rikenjaks are bustling each spring with live music multiple nights a week and pet-friendly areas. Paul's Rib Shack boasts bone-licking barbeque favorites of brisket, pork, and baked macaroni all served on a welcoming outdoor patio. The Terrace at Lake Area Adventures offers a high-end dining experience closed off from the main complex. Enjoy locally sourced ingredients, perfectly paired drinks, and live music. Your four-legged friends can also order from their "For the Puppers" menu.

Live at the Lakefront Flamethrowers
Chad Moreno

10. Spring Concert Series

A little bit rock and roll and a little bit country, Lake Charles is a blend of contrasts. Springs kicks off with national touring acts performing at the casino resorts, free Live at the Lakefront and Downtown at Sundown concerts and more live music each night of the week

Upcoming Events

Spring Art Walk Apr 27

Spring Art Walk

The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana is bringing back the annual 2024 Spring Art Walk on Saturday, April 27…