The blistering heat gives way to cooler temperatures, signaling the start of fall festivals in Louisiana. You won’t have to travel far to celebrate delicious cuisine and top notch entertainment. If you're looking for a beautiful outdoor experience, attend one of the many autumn festivals that make Louisiana the Festival Capital of America.
Traditionally, festivals were designed to commemorate or give thanks to a specific ethnic or cultural topic. These celebrations offered a sense of belonging and informed members of events within the community. Many festivals focused on agriculture and the harvest of crops. Today, festivals continue this tradition with added entertainment and shopping opportunities.
Festivals are an enjoyable time for all ages, however spirits can be dampened by unforeseen circumstances. A small amount of preparation can avoid annoyances and ensure your experience is a success. Do’s and Don’ts for festival participation include:
Consider packing the following items:
• Water bottle
• Driving directions
• Sunglasses and sunhat
• Hand sanitizer
• Sunscreen/bug spray
• Light jacket or sweater
• Phone with a camera
Pro Tip: If you're staying overnight at a venue, be sure to write a checklist of all items needed for camping.
Follow the rules.
Festivals are a time to let your hair down, but don’t hinder another’s enjoyment by acting inappropriately.
Long hours in the sun can quickly lead to dehydration. Bring a water bottle and take frequent sips to avoid heat stroke.
Take lots of pictures.
You'll want to remember the unique things you see and do.
Take time to rest.
It's easy to get over-ambitious and try to see and do everything. Take time to enjoy specific points of interest to avoid exhaustion.
Expensive items can easily be lost or stolen.
You want to be prepared, but hauling unnecessary items will quickly become tiring.
Go at peak times.
Overcrowding can quickly ruin your fun. Consider attending the festival earlier or later to avoid long lines or bad seating.
Shop until you're ready to leave.
Take note of items you want and purchase them right before you head home. Carrying around bags of stuff will get cumbersome after a few hours.
Lose your friends and family.
Visit and memorize a visible location with all members of your party. If you get separated, go to that location and wait for someone to show up.
A good grasp of festival do’s and don’ts
is essential, however your fun can still be ruined without proper festival attire
. Footwear that give you blisters and clunky purses can quickly take your attention away from the festivities around you. Avoid wrecking your fun by wearing the following items:
Appropriate clothing for the weather.
Clothing you don’t mind ruining.
A small purse or bag with sunscreen, pain medication, hand sanitizer, granola bar, band aid, phone, cash, ID and keys.
Take your newfound knowledge
and apply it while enjoying hundreds of fall festivals in Louisiana, especially those in Lake Charles. Lake Charles is home to some of the largest festivals of the season and should be a definite “must-see” on your festival list in the months of September and October. Be sure to check out these events:
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 7 a.m to 3 p.m.
Location: St Margaret Family Life Center
The Calca-Chew Food Festival is an alcohol free event centered on French heritage. The festival is designed to educate people about this culture and offers delicious southern French cuisine.
Date: October 3, 2015
Time: Noon to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free music (BBQ dinners $6 and $8)
Location: The Grove at Heritage Square
A full day of BBQ challenges with live music and BBQ dinners.
Date: October 9-11, 2015
Location: Various venues
The Lake Charles Film & Music Festival showcases independent film and video in Southwest Louisiana. Festival participants can enjoy film screenings, industry seminars, an awards ceremony, parties, good food and live music.
Date: October 17, 2015
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
A fun festival with a pumpkin carving contest, Scare Pageant, Scary Okie and Zombie Walk. A great opportunity to eat delicious food, shop and win prizes.
Cal Cam Fair
Date: October 14-18, 2015
Location: West Calcasieu Arena
A fall tradition for Southwest Louisiana residents featuring carnival rides, livestock show, contests and entertainment. No alcohol allowed.
Lake Charles is the place to be for exciting fall festivals and events. Remember festival etiquette and wear proper attire to enjoy good food, entertainment and the beauty of the outdoors. Don’t forget to stop by Isle of Capri Casino® Hotel Lake Charles
and continue your fun with cozy accommodations, appetizing dining choices and tons of opportunities to win big!