Spring has sprung! We think, anyway. The weather has been so back and forth in SWLA lately, but we think it should stay warm which is definitely a good thing! April kicks off some of the peak festival fun. And you know what that means – lots of date night ideas! A lot of these activities are centered around the local school Spring Break, but nevertheless, there’s a bit of fun for everyone!

Go get your two-step on at Walnut Grove with Rusty Metoyer! Zydeco is as much a part of spring as anything! April 5th, head out and Groove At the Grove.
Location: 1450 William St Lake Charles, LA
Cost: Free


One of my favorites is Adult Skate Night! Skate City makes room for just adults and spins tunes that are sure to take you back down memory lane as you glide across the hardwood. It sells out quickly so arrive early, and if you have your own skates, bring them on April 6th from 6:00pm-10:00pm.
Location: Skate City; 4720 Nelson Road Lake Charles, LA
Cost: $20 a person


After that is CyphaCon. Starting April 6th-8th, it is a sci-fi/gaming convention. If you’re the type of couple that likes to settle arguments by picking up the controllers, this is ideal. Every year it features some great local artisits selling commissioned art and costumes. They even have celebrity guests from sci-fi shows, movies, and animes! Don’t miss it.
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
Cost:  At-The-Door Weekend (all 3 days ) Memberships for Children ages 7-13 are $15, Children 14+ & Adult are  $40. Single-day membership rates: Children 7-13 are $15; Children 14+ & Adults are: Friday, $20; Saturday, $35; and Sunday, $20. Children 6 and under attend free. Memberships can be purchased at Paper Heroes on Ryan Street in Lake Charles and on the CyPhaCon website via the Civic Center box office through Ticketmaster.


Next up is the Family Fishing Festival. You know what the Bible says! Teach a man to fish, right? Well here’s your chance. There will be open bass and catfish fishing in three different ponds! You have to have a fishing license to participate so make sure all your paperwork is in order. Otherwise, go reel ‘em in!

Dates: April 7, 2018
Cost: FREE
Location: Cameron Prairie Refuge 1328 Highway 27 Bell City, La 70630
(For more info, call 337-598-2216)


The best part of Date Night? Ok, well next to the bonding thing…FOOD! And this next Date Night suggestion has plenty of it. “Food Trucks Invade” is a new local favorite. All of the local food trucks park in one spot. Wall around and sample all the good stuff while in good company on April 6th, form 5:00pm-9:00pm.
Location: Crying Eagle Brewery; 1165 E. McNeese St. Lake Charles LA
Cost: whatever you buy from the trucks!


The Flying Tigers Car Show is back for a third year and is a great daytime date idea. April 7th, from 9am to 3pm, take in the sights of some beautiful machinery.
Location: SOWLEA 3820 Sen J. Bennett Johnson Ave Lake Charles LA
Cost: $5 per person


If quiet, more calm dates are your thing there are some stunning exhibits in the area this month:
Location: Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan St Lake Charles, LA
Times: Thurs-Sat until May 26, 10am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Framing America
Location: Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W Sallier St Lake Charles
Times: Tues-Fri, 10am-5:00pm; Sat 10am-2:00pm
Cost: Call 337-439-3797

Colors, Canvases & Crativity
Location: Black Heritage Gallery, 809 Kirby St Ste 207 Lake Charles, LA
Times: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, untl May 25
Cost: FREE


Of course it goes without saying our old favorites are still on the calendar:

Sunday Brunch(with LIVE music)
Blue dog Café; 609 Ryan St Lake Charles, LA 70601

Zydeco Brunch
Sloppy’s Downtown; 329 Broad St Lake Charles , LA

Two Step Tuesdays
Sloppy’s Downtown; 329 Broad St Lake Charles , LA

Open Mic at Rikenjak’s
Rikenjak’s, 3716 Ryan St Lake Charles

As usual this is only the tip of the iceberg, because SWLA is always a party and always a good time. For more information contact any of the places listed above, the SWLA Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Central School, and the Calcasieu Council of Arts and Humanities!

Happy Dating!


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