SWLA Weekend Guide

There is a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this weekend and beyond.

Here are your highlights:

Lake Charles events:

Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival: April 12-14 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. The event will feature a parade in downtown Lake Charles on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Performers at the festival will include Lil' Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers as well as Travis Matte and the Kingpins. Admission to the event is $7 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. for adults. Children 10 and under get in free. For more information, call 337-310-0083 or visit http://downtowncrawfest.com/.

The Dali Quartet: April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the F.G. Bulbur Auditorium on the McNeese campus. The group plays classical and Latin American music and will perform as part of the Banners Cultural Series. Tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 18 and under and free for McNeese or Sowela students. Tickets are available at the door or online HERE.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": April 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Shearman Fine Art Performing Arts Theatre on the McNeese campus. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets or more information, call 337-475-5040. This play is presented by the McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players.

Second Annual Earth Day Classic: April 19-21 in Lake Charles. The basketball tournament will take place at Hamilton Christian Academy, located at 1415 8th St.; Barbe High School, located at 2200 W McNeese St.; and Lake Charles Charter Academy, located at 3160 Power Center Parkway. Friday night's game will take place at Hamilton Christian Academy at 6 p.m. Saturday games will occur at each facility beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per day. Boys and girls from fifth through tenth grade will be participating. For more information, contact Abe E. Ware at 337-292-0720 or ware5ab@gmail.com.

March for Babies Walk: April 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prien Lake Park, located at 3700 Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. This is the 75th anniversary for the March of Dimes, and the walk will include a birthday celebration for the organization. Anyone interested in starting a company or family team can sign up at http://www.marchforbabies.org. Women & Children's Hospital is a presenting sponsor for this event. For more information, call Community Director Martha Grant at 337-233-8476.

Residential Trash Bash 2013: April 20 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles. This event is hosted by the City of Lake Charles and Team Green of Southwest Louisiana. For a list of items being accepted or for directions to the event, click HERE.

2nd Annual Arbor Day at Tuten Park: April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tuten Park, located at 3801 Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles. Admission to the event is free, and the event will feature games, entertainment and educational projects for children. The City of Lake Charles reTREE LC project will also be giving away 400 trees at the event as part of the Apache Foundation Tree Grant Program. For more information, call 491-1283.

Pottery demonstration: April 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, located at 1001 Ryan Street. Kenneth Baskin, Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at McNeese State University will conduct a gallery talk and pottery demonstration. The event will be open to all ages at no charge and is being held in conjunction with "Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery" currently on display at the center. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

Dinner at Mi CASA benefit: April 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the home of Sam and Denise Hebert at 3307 Henderson Bayou Road in Lake Charles. The dinner will be presented in partnership with the culinary team of Coushatta Casino Resort. The dinner will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Tickets are $150 per couple. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.fyca.org or contact Roxanne Camara at 337-436-9533 or roxanne@fyca.org.


30th DeQuincy Railroad Festival: April 12-13 at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum Fairgrounds. The festival will take place from 2 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. The event will feature a parade, carnival rides, food, games, live entertainment and tours of the historical Railroad Museum. Admission to the event is free, but tickets for rides and games will be sold at the festival for $2 each. For more information, call 337-786-8241.


The Harry & Lisa Trahan Family Band: April 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the ticket window of the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $5 and are general admission seating. This event is being held as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show.

Fort Polk:

4th Annual Thad Bailes Golf Tournament: April 13, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the tournament starting at 9 a.m., at the Warrior Hills Golf Course in Fort Polk. Participation in the 4-person scramble tournament is $50 per player and includes a golf cart, lunch and a green fee. For more information, contact Ray Ortiz at 337-208-7329 or Kem Johnson at 337-208-2058 or 337-239-3231.

Cajun Fest: April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Strike Zone Bowling Center parking lot on Fort Polk. Admission to the event is free. The event will feature live entertainment with performances by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and David Locklear. Static military displays will be set up. For more information, call 337-531-1787.


"The Help": April 13 at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 432 N Main St. in Jennings. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages $6 and under and $3 for seniors ages 60 and up.

Wine & Dine Dinner: April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Zigler Museum, located at 411 Clara St. in Jennings. The event will feature a champagne reception and a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Tickets are $100 per plate. The event will feature guest artist Patricia Love. For more information, call 337-824-0114.


Lafayette World of Wheels car show: April 12-14 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. The show will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. Guest appearances will be made throughout the event by Duck Dynasty's "Mountain Man," NASCAR driver Buster Graham, UBO World Lightweight Champion Mason Menard, and Michael Lewis, Team Ambassador for the New Orleans Saints. For more information, including entry forms, rules and regulations, visit http://lafayetteworldofwheels.com/index.html.


18th Annual Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival: April 12-13 in downtown Natchitoches. Performers will include Eddie Money, Joe Stampley, Johnny Earthquake and The Moondogs, Trini Triggs, LA Roxx and Josh Hyde and The Hitchhikers. Performance times and locations are available for FRIDAY and SATURDAY. Tickets are available are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 and under.

"Beasts of the Southern Wild": April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom at Northwestern State University. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating in the ballroom is limited. The screening of the fill will be followed by a question and answer session with director Benh Zeitlin and producers Josh Penn and Dan Janvey.

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