Thursday, September 19, 2013
"Before I Die" is a global public art project that invites the community to share their personal aspirations in a public space through non-destructive graffiti. The project, which started in New Orleans, will now be featured in SWLA in the heart of downtown Lake Charles.  The public is encouraged to write what they hope to accomplish in their lifetime on the wall.  The installation will officially open on Friday, September 27th.  It is downtown’s first interactive art installation and will be displayed in Lake Charles on the west side of 505 Bazaar at 314 Broad Street.

Longtime friends Charles Talen and Euric Fuselier, owner of 505 Bazaar, teamed up to bring this world recognized art installation to SWLA.  Talen says "it's a fun way for people to reflect on what they want from their lives and draw inspiration from the dreams of others."  They hope to keep the wall up as long as the community wants to enjoy it.

The Before I Die project started in New Orleans in 2011 by artist Candy Chang, after the death of a friend.  It has been featured in cities all over the world, including, Madrid, Spain, Beijing, China and Lisbon Portugal.  The Before I Die project has been in over 50 countries and in 20 different languages. 

For questions, contact Charles Talen at 337-370-0353.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana plays host to over 75 festivals a year! Needless to say, there is virtually always something happening. We would like to highlight a couple great events for you to consider.

Arts & Crabs Fest
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Arts & Crabs Fest began in 2010 as a response to the BP oil spill, and it aims to celebrate the ties between Louisiana seafood and culture by offering a comprehensive experience of the best of Southwest Louisiana's culture, food, music, and art.

Crab Cup"Arts & Crabs Fest stresses the importance of investing in local products - local art, local music, local restaurants, and, of course, local seafood," stated Erica McCreedy, Arts Council Executive Director. "We want to bring tourists to our area and let them experience our greatest natural resources: our seafood and our culture."

For a $25 wristband, festival goers can access an extensive crab and beer tasting which will feature local restaurants each offering a crab dish that is representative of their cuisine's styles and personalities. Typical dishes will include crab cakes and crab au gratin to crab ceviche and crab gazpacho. Each crab dish will be paired with a complementary Abita beer sample which will include brews that are not often seen in restaurants, such as the Abbey Ale, S.O.S., and Strawberry Lager. Similar to a wine pairing, each Louisiana beer will complement each dish's unique flavors and textures. Learn more at

Boudin Wars / Stars & Stripes in the Park Classic Car Show
Saturday, September 7, 2013
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Boudin Wars will be held on September 7th, 2013, during the annual "Stars and Stripes in the Park" event at Heritage Square. For more information, please call us at 337-527-0357.  The car show is free to the public, but tickets are EXTREMELY limited for Boudin Wars, and will be available at the Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur starting on August 5th. 

Each ticket allows the bearer to get a small sample from each boudin vendor.  The ticket holder will then be able to cast their vote for their favorite boudin in a "People's Choice" category. 

Tickets may also be purchased online at
Please note: Tickets purchased online will be charged a small service fee.  If you wish to avoid the fee, please visit us in person at the Henning Cultural Center to purchase your tickets.

Chennault International Airshow
Sat.-Sun., September 28-29, 2013
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Join the Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana for a day of entertainment and  dynamic aerial displays by some of North America’s top performers, military and civilian. Plus, check out the static display aircraft and interactive exhibits that salute Southwest Louisiana’s and Chennault’s rich military and aviation heritage.

Some of the entertainment includes:

  • Aeroshell Aerobatic Team- performing a series of precision formation aerobatic maneuvers, including their bomb burst, vertical rejoin, avalanche, the breath-taking “Switch Blade,” along with graceful loops and rolls.
  • Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo Team- the CF-18 Demo Team personifies the excellence required to keep the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) among the best aviation organizations on the planet. 
  • Dodge Jet Truck- the Flash Fire Jet Trucks are the worlds World’s Fastest Jet Powered Trucks achieving a record 375 miles per hour.

To learn more about the airshow or to purchase tickets, visit

Interested in volunteering at the airshow? Sign up at

To learn more about local events in Southwest Louisiana, visit

Friday, May 17, 2013
We all need to eat, right? And when we go on trips, we like to have great food and experiences sampling the local cuisine. In Southwest Louisiana's case cuisine and culture are almost synonymous! In an effort to make it easier for visitors to find the best Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has to offer, we left it up to the public to tell you where the Top 20 Restaurants in Southwest Louisiana are.

There were 175 restaurant nominations made by the public with 2,655 votes cast, beginning one month prior to National Tourism Week, May 4-12.

Here are the Top 3! (for the complete Top 20, visit:

  1. Steamboat Bills1004 N. Lakeshore Drive
    Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Phone: (337) 494-1070

    Cajun/Creole, seafood. Serving lunch, dinner & late night. Boiled crawfish (hot & spicy), crabs, seafood dinners, crawfish and shrimp pistolettes, gumbo, etouffee, po-boys & stuffed potatoes. Fast full-service restaurant. Banquet and catering available. Casual attire.
  2. Luna Bar & Grill
    719 Ryan St.
    Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Phone: 337 494-5862

    Located in Downtown Lake Charles, you will experience great food, eclectic atmosphere, live music and local culture.
  3. Pat's of Henderson
    1500 Siebarth Dr.
    Lake Charles, LA 70615
    Phone: (337) 439-6618

    Cajun/Creole, steaks and seafood. Crawfish is our specialty! Conveniently located off of I-210 (Legion Street Exit). Family-oriented with a relaxed atmosphere. We have luncheon specials. Banquet facilities are available. Casual attire.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana is known for its amazing cuisine, and no cuisine is held on a higher pedestal to locals than Crawfish (aka- mudbugs or crawdads). Usually boiled in a large pot and liberally seasoned, it's not unusual to see a local go through at least 5 lbs of these delicious critters! So if you are ever in the area and find yourself with the privilege to eat crawfish, you better be prepared!

Enjoy the this fun video and if you have a better way to peel a crawfish, take a video and share the link with us here in the comments section or on our Facebook wall at