arts and crabs fest

Ashli Waldrep (left), executive director for the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana receives the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Brant Parish, chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

LAKE CHARLES — The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Arts & Crabs Fest as a 2017 Top 20 Event for the month of August.

Celebrating the arts and culture of the region as well as the culinary arts found in Southwest Louisiana, Arts & Crabs Fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, from 5-8 p.m., at the Burton Coliseum.

The event will offer an extensive crab dish and beer tasting, featuring local chefs preparing a unique dish representative of their cuisine’s styles.

Crab chefs will also battle for festivalgoers’ votes in the annual Best Crab Dish Award, determined by the amount of tips each chef receives. Additionally, the event will feature live Cajun music by Nee de Traditionne (“Born from Tradition”) and an eclectic art market with live demonstrations. A limited number of early bird tickets are priced at $30, and the remaining tickets will be $40 each. Tickets are available to purchase online at

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

For more information about the Southeast Tourism Society, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or go to For more information about Arts & Crabs Fest, contact the Arts Council of SWLA at (337) 439-2787, or visit