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May 3-13, 2018

Experience our unique pirate and seafaring festival with events on both land and sea, including watercraft exhibitions and a fireworks display over the lake.

On the shores of historic Lake Charles, the Louisiana Pirate Festival showcases entertainment by a variety of talented musicians, performers and artists.  Plus, this year’s festival also includes the inaugural Louisiana Pirate Festival Costume Ball and the first-ever Louisiana Pirate Festival Parade Extravaganza!


Join us for a family-friendly event with cannon demonstrations, costume contests, local arts and crafts, themed souvenirs, a boat parade,  a Little Matey Children’s Area with Captain Crabbe, a petting zoo and inflatables, daily Buccaneer parades on site, pirogue building and rain gutter pirate ship races, games and attractions, including the acclaimed Todd Armstrong Carnival, a Barbecue Competitors Alliance Cajun Pirate BBQ Cook-Off and more.  And don't miss our Culinary Coffer where you'll discover a treasure of great Pirate-pleasing foods. Shiver me timbers, we’re going to have some fun!

What's New?

louisiana pirate festival parade extravaganza - May 6

There is nothing more "Louisiana" than a parade! Sign up to participate in the parade or save the date for good old-fashioned fun. The parade will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Click here for details!


Louisiana pirate Festival Costume BAll - May 11

The inaugural LPF Costume Ball will be held on Friday, May 11, in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center. This will be a festive time for all to get into the spirit of the Louisiana Pirate Festival by dressing up in pirate attire. Save the date and start browsing for your Perfect Pirate Outfit. Click here for more details! You must be at least 21 to attend. Click here for tickets!



The Louisiana Pirate Festival was chosen as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Special Thank You to our Sponsors

The festival is sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, McDonald’s, Louisiana Radio Communications, Full Air, TelCom, Billy Navarre Chevrolet, Profit & Loss, Raising Cane’s, Bayou Rum, Todd Armstrong Shows, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Lloyd Lauw Collision, Frosty Factory, Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel Lake Charles, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Event Solutions, Henderson Implement, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Dupont Sewer, Allstate Insurance Agents Dean & John Day, Boost Mobile, Crane Ceaux and Advantage Machine Supply, LLC.

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900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601

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