The arts scene is in full swing this weekend with the Spring Art Walk taking place in Lake Charles, as well as the inaugural Dragon Boat Races. Lafayette will also be a hotspot for culture and the arts during its Festival International de Louisiane. Coming up next week are the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival and the CPSO's annual Senior Citizen Fishing Derby in Lake Charles, the 34th annual May Day Helicopter Fly in Carlyss and the 2013 Treasure Fest in DeRidder.
Here are your highlights for the weekend and beyond:
Spring Art Walk: April 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Charleston Cultural District in downtown Lake Charles. This free event will be hosted by the Southwest Louisiana Arts and Humanities Council and will feature art battles, pop-up art galleries, live music, vendors, pedi-cab rides and interactive activities. For more information, call 337-439-2787 or visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org.
Student exhibit during Spring Art Walk: April 26 at The Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles. The museum will offer free admission from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., during which time regular museum exhibits will be closed, and the work of S.J. Welsh Middle School students will be on display. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
Dragon Boat Races: April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. The dragon boat races will have a maximum of 30 teams. Each team will consist of 20 members who paddle a 41-foot vessel to the beat of their team drummer. The public is invited to watch the event, and there will be food and drink vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit Children's Miracle Network. This event is presented by the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation. For more information, visit www.stpatrickfoundation.org or call 337-430-5353.
The Children's Museum's Birthday Bash: April 27 at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad Street downtown Lake Charles. The Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The event will feature face painting from 10 a.m. to noon, an appearance by "Chico" the Clown, and cupcakes and refreshments served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 337-433-9420 or visit www.swlakids.org.
"Hot L. Baltimore": April 27, May 3-4 and May 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 and May 5 and May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Little Theatre, located at 813 Enterprise Blvd. in Lake Charles. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students with a student ID. For more information, call 337-433-7988 or visit www.thelclt.com.
Blues musician Ruthie Foster: April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus in Lake Charles. Tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults, $5 for children 18 and under and free for students with a McNeese or Sowela student ID. Tickets are available at the door or at http://banners.org/details.cfm?PRODID=111.
"Cajun Music and Zydeco": April 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 103 of Hardtner Hall on the McNeese State University campus. This lecture is the last of the Senior Adult Group Encounter (SAGE) series and will be given by Dr. Barry Ancelet, a professor of modern languages and the head of the Folklore Studies Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. For more information on the event or to register, call McNeese Leisure Learning at 337-475-5127 or go to www.mcneese.edu/leisure.
"A Night with Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth": April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Old Ranch on the McNeese campus. Roth will speak about his experiences growing up in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Hungary and living in the Auschwitz concentration camp. At the event, Roth will be presented with a key to the city. McNeese President Dr. Williams will also present him with a lapel pin, and Dr. Wygoda will present him with a signed copy of his book "In the Shadow of the Swastika."
Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival: April 30-May 12 in downtown Lake Charles. The event will feature the Walking of the Plank by the Lake Charles Mayor, the 15th Annual Contraband Days Car Show, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, a redfish tournament, a pirogue building contest, a barbecue cook-off, carnival rides, a fireworks display and a boat parade. A full schedule of events and performances can be found HERE. Admission to the festival is $5 per day for adults and free for children ages 5 and under. Festival passes may be purchased in advance for $13 HERE. There is also a $2 daily parking fee for festival attendees. For more information, click HERE.
Book signing by author Eric Jerome Dickey: May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Epps Memorial Library, located at 1320 North Simmons Street in Lake Charles. Dickey will introduce his new book Decadence and will sign copies for those in attendance. Copies of his book will also be available for purchase at the program. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Epps Memorial Library at 721-7090.
Annual Senior Citizen's Fishing Derby: May 3 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office's Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center, located at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles. Participants are asked to bring their own fishing gear -- (only one fishing pole per person, please). The CPSO will help bait lines, remove fish from hooks and bait shrimp for catching catfish. Refreshments will be served. All senior citizens in the parish are invited to this free event. For more information on the event, call 263-4563.
Louisiana Soccer Association State Cup: May 4-5 at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Centre. Players ages 14 and under will compete for the cup title, while players ages 16 and under will compete in a tournament to determine semi-finalists. Games start at 8 a.m. each day, and entry to the tournament is free. Refreshments will be sold at the event. For more information, contact Charles Stewart at email@example.com.
2nd annual Au Naturel Expo: May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. The event will showcase natural products for body and hair, fashion and jewelry. A health and wellness seminar will be offered along with free classes and drawings and a "Natural Cutie" photo contest for children ages 12 and under. Admission to the event is free. Curly By Nature is hosting the event. For more information, contact Joy Gallien at 337-274-6634 or visit www.curlybynature.biz or www.aunaturelexpo.com.
Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival's "Spike and Splash": May 4-5 at the I-10 North Beach in Lake Charles. Watercross racing will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The beach volleyball tournament will occur Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the full schedule of events, visit http://northcalcasieu.kplctv.com/news/news/78952-contraband-days-introduces-spike-and-splash-event.
Wild Beast Feast: May 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Dishes served will include game, pork, poultry and seafood. Advance tickets for the event are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 7 to 10. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $35 per adult or $15 per child. The Lake Charles Symphony is hosting this event. For more information, contact the Lake Charles Symphony at 337-433-1611.
McNeese Jazz Festival: May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus. This year's guest artist is jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 18 and under and free for McNeese and Sowela students with a student ID. Tickets are available at the door or online HERE. A full schedule of events can be found HERE.
34th annual May Day Helicopter Fly: May 2-4 at Hinch Field in Carlyss, two miles west of Southland Aviation. Flying starts each day at dawn and concludes at 10 p.m. The Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society (LARKS) will host the event. Participants will fly their radio controlled model helicopters for three days free of charge. Parking will also be free, and transportation will be provided for disabled patrons by calling 337-515-1158. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs, but refreshments will be sold on-site. For more information, contact Lynn Hinch at 337-540-0726.
Freddie Pate and the Be-bop Hop: April 27 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the performance beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rice Theatre, located at 323 North Parkerson Avenue in Crowley. The event will feature music from the 50s. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling 337-779-2343.
11th Annual 5K Run/1-Mile Walk: April 27 at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Pavilion in DeRidder. The race course will begin and end at Presley's Barbecue. Pre-registration runs through April 19 and is $20 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-Mile Walk or $10 for military members. Registration will also be held from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on the day of the race. Late registration will be $25 per race. Registration forms are available at the Beauregard Chamber of Commerce office located at 111 N. Washington St. For information, call Cindy Congleton at 463-5533.
2013 Treasure Fest: May 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in West Park in DeRidder. The event will consist of several individual yard sales featuring furniture, antiques, plants and more. Vendor setup will be held from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the morning of the event. Vendors will not be allowed to sell pets, and all unsold merchandise must be removed from the park upon exiting.
Bonne Chance: April 27 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.
2nd Annual Pistons and Flake Car Show: April 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park near the airport in Jennings. Admission to the event is free, and an awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. The registration fee for cars participating in the event is $15. For more information, contact Stuart Daigle at 337-329-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940": April 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 432 North Main St. in Jennings. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from a cast member or at the Strand Theatre box office the day of the shows. The "A Chip Off the Old Block" theatre group will perform. For more information, call 337-821-5509.
Festival International de Louisiane: April 24-28 in downtown Lafayette. The event will feature six music stages, a food court, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts and food vendors, cultural workshops, art galleries, cooking demonstrations, a world music store and a free shuttle service. Among this year's performers will be Mark Broussard, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and the Nimbaya Women Drummers. The full lineup can be found at http://lineup.festivalinternational.com/.
Petanque games: April 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the north end of Girard Park near the UL Lafayette Alumni House on Girard Park Lane. La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette will host the games and will provide equipment for participants. For more information, call Mike LeBlanc at 337-654-9467.
"An Evening with Elizabeth Smart": May 2 at 6 p.m. at Our Savior's Church in Lafayette. Elizabeth Smart will discuss her experiences regarding her abduction and captivity in June 2002 and her return to her family 9 months later. Since her return, Smart has been involved in promoting the prevention of abductions through the National AMBER Alert system, the Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other legislation. Proceeds from the event will go to the following Heart of Hope programs: the Children's Advocacy Center, the Sexual Abuse Response Center and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Tickets are available at www.theheartsofhope.org. For more information or for sponsorship information, contact Natalie Johnson at 337-269-1557.
Have a Cup of Tea, Indeed!: April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. Come enjoy a tea party and sample some wild teas. Also, discover secret historical treasures hidden within the magnificent gardens of Shangri La. This outdoor program is for participants ages 6 years and up. This program is part of the Spring Saturday Adventure Series and is free with paid admission to Shangri La. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. An RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
Secrets of the Trees: May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. Explore how to distinguish one tree from another and investigate the internal processes of trees that are native to this area. Discuss the environmental needs of trees and how they grow. This program is part of the Spring Saturday Adventure Series and is free with paid admission to Shangri La. Participants are asked to meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time. An RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call 409-670-9799. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
Jambalaya Cook-off: May 3 in Business Health Partners' parking lot in Sulphur. Registration is $200 per team and is being accepted through April 26. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m., and serving to the public begins at noon. The event will benefit the House of Refuge/Homeless Veteran's Shelter. For more information or to register your team, contact Erin Davison at email@example.com.
Lagniappe Festival: April 29-20 in downtown Welsh on Adams, Elm and South Streets. A parade will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday. The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Performers at the festival will include T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers, and Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush. Other events will include the introduction of the Welsh Lagniappe Pageant Queens and a food court. No ice chests will be allowed at the event. For more information, call 337-734-2231 or visit www.townofwelsh.com.