Free Family-Friendly Events in Southwest Louisiana April 8 – 14, 2019




Free Family-Friendly Events in Southwest Louisiana April 8 – 14, 2019

A weekly list of free family-friendly events in Southwest Louisiana during Spring and Summer.

If you are viewing this after April 14, 2019, please check the Life section of our website for an updated list.

Unthinkable: Inside Criminal Minds Presented By Banners at McNeese
Dates: April 9, 2019
Location: 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – Directions
Time: 7:00 PM

Gallery Talk: The Birds of Audubon and Hitnes
Dates: April 10, 2019
Location: 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – Directions
Time: 6:00 PM

Groovin at the Grove with the Royal BluGarou featuring Wayne Toups
Dates: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
This event was originally scheduled for last week but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Location: Walnut Grove Neighborhood – Directions
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
People are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the music. Food and beverages will be available from local vendors. Street and lot parking is available throughout the neighborhood.

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival Presented By DeQuincy Federated Service League
Dates: Daily April 11, 2019 – April 13, 2019
Time: Thurs. 5-11 p.m.; Fri. 3 p.m. -11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.- midnight
Location: DeQuincy Railroad Museum Park – Directions

The Poetry and Travel Stories of Robert Cooper Presented By Banners at McNeese
Dates: April 11, 2019
Location: Stokes Auditorium, inside Hardtner Hall – Directions
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets are free but will be required due to limited seating.
More information and tickets.

Despicable Me 3 – Movies Under the Stars
Dates: April 12, 2019
Location: Prien Lake Park – Directions
Time: 7:30 PM

5th Annual Family Fishing Festival at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge 
Dates: April 13, 2019
This event was originally scheduled for last week but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Location: Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge – Directions
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
State licensing and fishing regulations apply.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own baits, life jackets, lawn chairs, ice-filled coolers for fish, sunscreen, drinks, bug repellent, and a wagon or cart to transport gear from the parking lot to the festival area, which is about a quarter mile walking distance. Participants will have an opportunity to fish for bass, bream and/or catfish from three ponds covering 6.5 acres. There will be a variety of learning activities for children to participate in as well as exhibits to explore. Drinks and snacks provided by sponsors will be available while supplies last. A limited supply of loaner fishing poles may be checked out on a first come first served basis. Bait worms and minnows will be provided while supplies last.

Earth Day Festival
Dates: April 13, 2019
Location: Central Library – Directions
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Gateway Church Community Easter Egg Hunt
Dates: April 13, 2019
Location: Gateway Church of God – Directions
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Autism Awareness and Family Fun Day Presented By The Missing Piece
Dates: April 14, 2019
Location: Westcal Arena – Directions
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Douglas Doty Exhibit
Dates: Weekdays until April 30, 2019
Location: Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA – Directions
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon
Dates: Recurring daily except Sunday until April 27, 2019
Location: 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – Directions
Time: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

No Man’s Land Free For All Bass Tournament
Presented By: Louisiana Travel & Kayak Bass Fishing
Dates: Ongoing until October 30, 2019
Location: Publically accessible waterways in Western Louisiana
More information

32nd Annual National Works on Paper Exhibition
Dates: Weekdays until May 9, 2019; Closed Saturday and Sunday
Location: McNeese State University, Grand Gallery –  Directions
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Charlestown Downtown Farmers Market in Lake Charles
Dates:  Weekly on Saturday
Location: Behind the 1911 Historic Lake Charles City Hall or inside the Historic City Hall if there is inclement weather – Directions
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
More information

Reflections Exhibit
Dates: Monday – Friday, Continuing through May 17, 2019
Location: Black Heritage Gallery – Directions
Time: Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

If you are hosting or know of any free family-friendly events in Southwest Louisiana, please let us know using our Contact Us page.

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