Originally founded in 1861, Lake Charles has become the fifth largest city in Louisiana and a major cultural, industrial, and educational area in southwest Louisiana. Home to Nissan of Lake Charles as well as two colleges, and a huge center for tourism, gaming, and the arts, Lake Charles is a booming cultural getaway with plenty of things to do and see.
Lake Charles boasts a number of Cultural Districts, including the Cottage Shops, the Charlestown District, and the Nellie Lutcher Memorial Cultural District, which knit the community closer together by working with artists, business owners, and the local and state government to renovate historic buildings in the area. Lake Charles has become an epicenter for artists looking to connect with consumers in a way that shows off the region's talent and cultural roots.
Several annual festivals and events often come to the area, the most obvious being Mardi Gras, which is a cultural staple throughout Louisiana. Other annual events include the Contraband Days Pirate Festival, the Downtown at Sundown Music Festival, and a number of events celebrating Cajun life, food, and culture. These events are especially important because they remind Lake Charles of its Cajun roots. The nightlife in Lake Charles is also brimming with live music and casinos.
Wherever you are in Lake Charles, Louisiana, something is always happening. That's why we at Nissan of Lake Charles are proud to call the region our home. There's no place quite like the culture and community in southwest Louisiana.