Marshland Festival, 2011

Louisiana is known for festivals. In fact we eat, drink and party as a way of life! We have tons of festivals year-round, and here are our top 5 favorite Lake Charles festival.

 

Louisiana is known for festivals. In fact we eat, drink and party as a way of life! We have tons of festivals year-round, and here are our top 5 favorite Lake Charles festival.
Louisiana Beer Fest
www.lousisanabeerfest.com
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Louisiana Beer Festival

The Lake area's newest festival
 
 
It's brand-spankin'-new, but the idea seems fool-proof. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the new Louisiana Beer Festival will take over the Lake Charles Civic Center. VIPs can enter at 11 a.m. and the rest of the world can get in at noon. Featuring more than 100 beers from across the state, nation and planet, it seems like a pretty safe bet that a good time will be had by all. The beers, featuring micro-brews and craft beers, will be accompanied by food -- not unlike a wine-tasting. It's just upscale enough to be respectable ... but there's beer, dude.
 
www.thetasteoflouisiana.com
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The Taste Of Louisiana Festival

Get a taste of SW Louisiana all in one place!

 
 

This one's a unique family celebration highlighting Louisiana’s traditions, food, music, and lifestyle collectively in one event. The event is designed to embrace the diversity of the state of Louisiana, and share the extraordinary to locals and visitors alike.  Food, fun, entertainment, in a nutshell.  What's not to love?

  • Culture – Presented through locally created arts, crafts, and an education corner
  • Food – Creole and Cajun dishes showcased by vendors, restaurants, and notable chefs
  • Music – Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, and local talent
 
www.marshlandfestival.com
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The Marshland Festival

One of the few Louisiana festivals geared toward raising funds for area schools.

 
 

So what festival DOESN'T offer fun, food and games?  But how many festivals raise money for schools?  How many are dedicated to children while still providing a ridiculously good time and great music? Twenty-two years ago, a group of parents, school teachers and administrators were concerned for the youth of Hackberry, La. These various groups of this northwestern Cameron Parish town were trying to provide a way to fund various school, church, and community organizations. Through these efforts, the Marshland Festival was born, and it's one of Lake Charles' finest events!

 
www.dtcrawfishfest.com
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The Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival

Come to Lake Charles and bring the family to one of the tastiest festivals ever!

 
 

Twelve hours of the best fun you have had in a long time.  You’ll find crawfish cooked every way possible, funnel cakes, pizza, sno-cones, shrimp on a stick, barbecue, turkey legs, fish, homemade pies and so much more. Also purses, T-shirts and jewelry will be available as well. Enjoy the best music,the best food and more fun than you can handle. Come out and bring the whole family to the best Crawfish Festival in the state!

 
www.contrabanddays.com
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Contraband Days

One of Lake Charles' oldest festivals

 
 

Once a year during the first two weeks in May, the city of Lake Charles, La., returns to rollicking, swashbuckling days of the pirates and buccaneers who once sailed the area's lakes, rivers, and bayous. Legend has it that the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte buried his contraband treasure somewhere along the Southwest Louisiana's plentiful waterways. The celebration of this historic figure and his adventures has grown into a twelve-day extravaganza of unmatched festivity.