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NIGHTLIFE

When the sun sets along the Sabine River, residents of Southwest Louisiana venture out for a night on the town.

From live music and dancing to dining with friends, Southwest Louisiana is full of opportunities to relax, enjoy dinner and a movie, take in a concert — local favorites include the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys or Marcia Ball from nearby Vinton — or sit down for a show at one of the area’s theaters.

Nighttime events like the Spring Art Walk are also favorites among locals, featuring an evening of gallery hopping and socializing once a year in the Charleston Cultural District. Residents can also enjoy arts and culture by taking in a show courtesy of McNeese State University’s Bayou Players, who take to the stage throughout the year.

Live music & dancing

Dancehalls and nightclubs in Southwest Louisiana offer live music and dancing of all kinds. Cajun, country, rock and blues are just some genres that residents can experience live while out on the town. Popular acts range from local, homegrown bands to nationally-recognized musicians – all of which  put on an entertaining show.

The area’s numerous restaurants and nightlife establishments allow people to try new places and visit with friends and family. Each March, residents enjoy Live at the Lakefront, which features well-known local bands. Later in the spring, the popular Downtown at Sundown concert series cranks up every Friday evening May through July, with  upbeat music setting  the tone for a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Classical music & ballet

Southwest Louisiana is home to a symphony orchestra, the Lake Charles Little Theatre and the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, which features guest artists from world-renowned programs such as the New York City Ballet. In addition, McNeese State University presents its annual Banners Series, which includes 20 performances each year featuring a number of dance and musical programs.

Photo Credit: Michelle Higginbotham