Ahoy there Maties! It’s May and in Southwest Louisiana that means one thing: PIRATES!

Several of this month’s Date Night Ideas are pirate related…or rather, Pirate festival related. Of course, there’s lots of other stuff to do as well so let’s jump right in:

Louisiana Pirate Festival
Date: May 5-13, 2018
Time: Noon to 11:00pm daily

The 61 year old celebration of pirates and contraband is rocking, as usual. Located at the Lake Charles Civic Center Grounds, there’s so much to do. Concerts, food, carnival rides and more!

Food Trucks Invade!
Date: May 10, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Crying Eagle Brewing – 1165 E McNeese Street

Food Trucks and music by LANE MACK! Food Truck Line-up:
Paul’s Rib Shack Barbecue & the Bishopofbbq
The Sloppy Taco
Voodoo Momma’s
The Velvet Pig
Dat Truck- Elevated Street Food
O’Neills Gluten Free Goodness


Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00pm
v 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA

Sit back, relax and listen to the golden era of R&B and Doo Wop, brought to you by Golden Nugget and the smooth vocal styling of Frankie Valli. See Ticketmaster for pricing.


Dylan Scott Concert
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00pm
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive

In conjunction with the Louisiana Pirate Festival, Dylan Scott will perfom at Lakeshore Landing! Go listen to some tunes and maybe even boogie a little with your other half.


Gator Grand Prix Go Kart Races
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive

Anyone else have dreams of NASCAR? Rev up your engines. Or go-karts. Same thing, right? This event is also being held in conjunction with the Louisiana Pirate Festival.


Pirogue Building Contest
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive

Told you guys…the pirates have all the fun in May. Yet another grand happening brought to you by the Louisiana Pirate Festival, go out and watch people build and test these old fashioned, yet always reliable rowing machines.


Southland Conference Softball Invitational
Location: 4017 Hodges St

I personally cannot throw a ball to safe my life, but there’s nothing more exhilarating than watching the softballs roll off the hands of these amazing ladies and nothing more exciting then hearing the crack of the bat when they hit one out of the park. For more information, contact McNeese Softball.


McNeese Baseball v. Prarieview
Date: May 11 at 6:00 pm
May 12 at 3:00 pm
May 13 at 1:00 pm
Location: McNeese Baseball Complex (Common St./Contour Dr)

The guys are getting in on the action, too. Three days worth of it in fact. Geaux Pokes!


Lake Area Runners Contraband 5 Miler
Date:May 12, 2018
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive
337-274-3360 (call for registration info)
Walk, run….support the Lake Area runners. The Pirate Festival (once known as Contraband Days) brings a way for you to have fun and perhaps burn off some extra calories before your nuptials or anniversary. Of course, that’s only if you don’t stop by the funnel cake stand on your way out….


Patio Brunch with Wayne Dylan at Jack Daniel’s
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Location: 777 Ave. Lauberge

Enjoy the Louisiana weather with some good food, great company and even better music.


It seems Mother’s Day weekend is a busy one in the Lake Area. I guess they figured we’d need the rest of the month to recuperate!
But our reoccurring local favorites are still on the schedule:

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 always….HAPPY DATING!


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