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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!

Check back in the coming weeks for our exciting, expanded entertainment line-up!

What's New?

louisiana pirate festival parade extravaganza - May 6

Save-the-date if you would like to have an entry in the first-ever LPF Street Parade on Sunday, May 6, or if you like to join friends and family for a celebration of Southwest Louisiana fun! Check back for more 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. Check back for more on ticket information!



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. 

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