Arts and Crabs Festival

Celebrate the ties between seafood and culture at the Arts and Crabs Festival in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Local Musicians Preforming in Lake Charles Louisiana

Local Musicians Preforming in Lake Charles Louisiana

Louisiana Blue Crabs

Live Louisiana Blue Crabs

Freshly Boiled Louisiana Blue Crabs

Freshly Boiled Louisiana Blue Crabs

Crabmeat au gratin, crab cakes benedict, crab bisque, marinated crab claws…do we have your attention yet? It’s no secret that Louisiana is home to some of the best food in the country. With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s always a supply of fresh, local seafood perfect for cooking both new and classic Louisiana recipes. Pair delectable cuisine with top-notch art and rockin’ live music, and you’ve got the makings of a textbook Louisiana Saturday night. This year, the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA in Lake Charles celebrates this connection of arts and music on Saturday, August 17 with the annual Arts and Crabs Festival. 

Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to sample a variety of crab dishes from talented Louisiana chefs. The chefs will be competing to see who will be crowned the king crab with chefs vying to win the “People’s Choice” or the judging panel’s “Best Crab Dish” awards. Among the participating restaurants this year are Cajun Tales, Panorama Music House, Luna Bar & Grill, Fiery Crab and more. Great crab dishes aren’t the only thing on display at this crab-filled event! It also boasts live art demonstrations and music from Emily Simon & Keepin’ It Cajun, as well as beer samples from Crying Eagle Brewery to wash it all down. 

For ticketing information and to learn more, visit the festival’s website. Share how you feed your soul by tagging #OnlyLouisiana