Have You Been to the Festival Capital of Louisiana?

Festivals abound in Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) – they’re up to their ears in festivals! 

More than 75 festivals and fairs are held in SWLA each year and Spring time is when many festivals kick off!

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is a destination that caters to everybody! The fun ranges from gaming resorts to golf courses to hunting and fishing, adventures and FESTIVALS! You can indulge in world-famous Cajun and Creole cuisine and soak in live Cajun French, Zydeco and alternative music.

Experience the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes year-round and celebrate Mardi Gras family-style in season.

Here’s just a smidgen of the fun you can have when you visit the Lake Charles area during the Spring and Summer:

Starks Mayhaw Festival – May 16 to May 18:

Celebrating 27 years, the festival features carnival rides, arts & crafts, live music, delicious Southern food and enough berries and jelly for the whole family. Get your fill of biscuits, jelly and home-churned butter and don’t miss the highlight of the festival, the Mayhaw Jelly Contest at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

Red, White, Blue & You – July 4

This Independence Day festival celebrates our forefathers and veterans who fought for our freedom and the current troops who now protect it. The Red, White, Blue & You festival features a parade through downtown Lake Charles, an apple pie baking contest, outdoor concert featuring the Lake Charles Community Band, and a fireworks extravaganza over Lake Charles.

Southwest Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Festival – July 19 to July 20:

The SWLA Hot Air Balloon Festival is a new festival coming to the Lake Charles area. Who doesn’t love live music, food, dancing, family-friendly entertainment, fireworks and hot air balloons!

Canjun French Music & Food Festival – July 19 to July 20:

Each year the festival aims to preserve the Cajun traditions and heritage through music, dancing and food. Along with delicious food and dancing, visitors can enjoy craft booths, games, rides and a Sunday morning Cajun French Catholic Mass with a Cajun choir. This festival is a true celebration of the Cajun heritage and culture.

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Marshland Festival – July 26 to July 27

The Marshland Festival helps raise funds for 15 various schools, churches, and community organizations in the area and has been rated amongst the Top 20 events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. You can enjoy music from zydeco, oldies, Cajun, and country. Local and National artist play during the festival. 

Photo via visitlakecharles.org

Arts and Crabs Fest – August 17:

Arts & Crabs Fest is a homegrown event celebrating the ties between seafood and culture. Event-goers sample from an extensive crab and seafood dish tasting featuring local chefs preparing a unique dish representative of their cuisine’s styles. Louisiana craft beer samples from Crying Eagle Brewing are offered as complementary pairings.Participating chefs battle for guests’ votes in the annual “Best Crab Dish” award, determined by popular vote.

Photo via visitlakecharles.org

Lakes Charles’ downtown is becoming a growing hotspot for foodies, art and music lovers, as well as boutique shoppers. An all new local spot – Panorama Music House – will offer a full calendar of live entertainment.

The beauty, tradition and culture of Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles is undeniable. If you are looking for a great family friendly vacation spot this Spring and Summer – consider visiting the friendly folks in SWLA!