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9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Fall Festival

Carnival rides, midway games, candy apples, cotton candy, regional delicacies, and of course, art and music . . . Festivals give us fun opportunities to celebrate our unique SWLA culture. Lake Charles is the Festival Capital of the Louisiana, and fall is the best time of year for this region’s favorite pastime. In our festival guide this year, we focus on all the local festivals from Vinton to Jennings and all points in between. So, in chronological order, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s fall festival season.

St. Theresa, Bon Ton Festival

Sept 20-22

Fri. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. 

Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Theresa Catholic Church 

4822 Carlyss Dr., Sulphur


St. Theresa Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition that began over 39 years ago. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone. You’ll find a wide variety of delicious food, plenty of rides, and awesome music! A large covered pavilion welcomes visitors for seating, eating, visiting, and listening to music. Also available are live and silent auctions, a garage sale, cake 

walk, face painting, sweet shop, and more. 

Calca Chew Food Festival

Sept. 29

St. Margaret’s Catholic Church 

2500 Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles

Church office 337-439-4585

If you like to eat, dance, and have fun, you’ll enjoy this festival. Calca-Chew Food Festival is an alcohol-free festival centered around their French Heritage. Everything about the festival is designed to keep this heritage alive. Foods like boudin, etouffee, jambalaya, and fried fish keep everyone’s taste buds on full alert. Their live and silent auctions add an extra dimension to the festivities. A children’s area offers games and food. 

Lake Charles Film and Music Festival

Oct. 4-5

Various locations in Lake Charles 

and Sulphur



The 8th Annual Lake Charles Film Festival offers a fun weekend of food, music, independent film screenings, an award ceremony for top films and scripts in various categories, seminars, premieres, parties, networking, and celebrity guests. This year, meet the cast of the hit CBS TV series "Shazam!” Actors Michael Gray (Billy Batson) and John Davey (Captain Marvel) will both be in attendance as guests of honor. Come hang out with them, get a photo with them, get an autograph, and gain valuable knowledge from them as they share stories about their acting careers, how to audition, how to work with an agent, and other tips to help aspiring actors break into the business.

Backroads & Beyond Radio Music Fest & Cajun Cooking Contest

Oct. 5

The Wilkerson Arena (Sweet Lake) 

2400 Hwy 384, Bell City, LA


Tickets $20, $25 at the door. 

Kids age 10 and under free. 

BYOC (Bring your own chair)

This family-friendly festival will feature performances by Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Dustin Sonnier & The Wanted, Charley Rivers (Band), Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin’ Cajuns, Ronnie Fruge & The Fruge Family Band, Pookie Marceaux (Band) & Nomad DJ Entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Cameron Parish Schools. Presented by Bou Boy’z Entertainment.

West Cal/Cam Fair

Oct. 10-13

Thursday 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Friday 5:00 p.m.–midnight 

Saturday 10:00 a.m.–midnight 

Sunday 1:00-6:00 p.m.

West Calcasieu Arena and & Center 

401 Arena Road


Admission $5 for ages 11 and older 

children under 10 free

Sulphur’s annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents - and for good reason. This 95-year-old fair welcomes an average of 15,000 visitors each year and features carnival rides, a livestock show, awards in various food, baked goods and arts and crafts contests, music, beauty pageants, wildlife exhibits, games, and attractions for both kids and adults.

Vinton Heritage Festival

Oct. 12

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Vinton City Park, 1200 Horridge St.

337-589-7453, cityofvinton.com


The City of Vinton will celebrate its annual Heritage Festival with good food, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, free games and jumps for the kids, and live music. No ice chests, alcoholic beverages, or glass containers.

Culture Fest Louisiana

Oct. 18-19

10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Lake Charles Civic Center 

900 Lakeshore Dr.




The 9th annual Culture Fest celebrates diversity in Southwest Louisiana with food, music, fashion, art, and performances that span across the many cultures and ethnicities found in our region. 

This year’s activities include a variety of events for all ages and backgrounds, including a cultural display area, an international village for children, a world café, and live entertainment. Approx. 30 countries are represented.

Chuck Fest

Oct. 19 

Noon – 2:00 a.m. 

(For indoor music venues. 

Vendors close at 10:00 p.m. 

and outdoor music ends at midnight) 

700 block on Ryan St., Lake Charles



Chuckfest celebrates all that makes Lake Charles special – music, food, and art. Festival goers will listen to live music on four stages (two indoor and two outdoor). An exclusive VIP area will be available for ticket holders, and a Kids’ Zone will include laser tag and face painting.


Oct. 19 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lake Charles Civic Center

900 Lakeshore Dr.



Hosted by the Arts and Humanities Council, this annual festival brings kids and art together through hands-on art projects. Local organizations and businesses will host booths where children can craft fun and creative pieces of art that they can take home, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and crafts.

Gulf Coast Egg Fest

Oct. 19

Lake Charles Civic Center 


@gulfcoasteggfest on 



An Egg Fest, you ask? It’s not what you think. This festival is dedicated to the Big Green Eggs and the "eggheads” who love them. In other words, it’s a barbecue festival! Fire up those big green egg-shaped grills!

Boudin Wars

Oct. 26

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Henning Cultural Center 

923 S. Ruth St. Sulphur



Boudin Wars pits local restaurants and chefs against each other for the title of "Best Boudin in SWLA!” Visitors will sample each vendor’s boudin, both traditional and exotic, and vote on the area’s best boudin. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at the Henning Cultural Center or online at www.brimstonemuseum.org.

Yellow Rails and Rice

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2

Jennings, La.


Basic festival package, 

$220 per person

This annual festival attracts birders from all over the country and provides one of the best opportunities to see the elusive Yellow Rail, a rare marshbird that migrates to the Gulf Coast each winter. The mission of the festival is to promote agritourism/ecotourism in SWLA. Audubon Louisiana will offer two Black Rail survey trips (on Oct 30 and Nov 1) as part of the festival.

Flea Fest

Nov. 9 – 10

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Burton Coliseum

7001 Gulf Hwy. Lake Charles


Admission $5, kids 12 and under free

This unique market features nearly four covered acres of anything and everything, coupled with delicious SWLA food and fun in a country fair-like atmosphere. The event takes place each Spring and Fall and features over 300 vendors selling antiques, retro & vintage items, handcrafted items, toys, collectibles, unique clothing, artwork, comic books, furniture, gifts, unique jewelry, plants, a farmers market and more. Kids will enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, and adoptable pets seeking forever homes. Food vendors on-site.

Smoke & Barrel 

Nov. 16

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Calcasieu Parish Courthouse Lawn 

1000 Ryan St. Lake Charles


General admission free

VIP tickets available.


Second annual Smoke & Barrel celebration will have two distinct admission areas and feature live 

musical entertainment from three bands during the event. The ticketed VIP area hosts a tasting with over 75 bourbon and whiskeys and a BBQ tasting featuring creative dishes from some of the top pit-masters in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The general admission area offers BBQ for sale along with batched whiskey cocktails and other beverages for purchase. An amateur BBQ competition will add to the excitement of the day.

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