Contraband Days 2017 will be held May 4th – May 7 on the Lake Charles Civic Center Grounds.

Contraband Days 2017 is fast approaching and they’ve changed it up a bit in honor of this being the 60th year of the the festival. Although the festival has been shortened by a few days, parking and entry into the festivities will be FREE this year.

Businessmen and a Pirate’s Treasure

Contraband Days was started in 1957 by a group of Lake Charles businessmen who wanted to attract tourist as well as provide cultural and recreational activities for locals. They chose to use a pirate theme because of the legend that pirate Jean Lafitte buried treasure in the area. The festival has continued on the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds ever since.

Shorter, but Still Fun!

Even though the festival has been shortened this year, most of the usual music, food, carnival rides, contests, events and entertainment will still be there. Organizers had even planned to bring back the boat races, but unfortunately they were not able to make that happen this year.

Contraband Days will begin Thursday, May 4 with Family Day, and sail out of town Sunday, May 7. The schedule also shows that the Todd Armstrong Carnival will remain on the Civic Center grounds until Sunday, May 14.

For a full schedule of events for Contraband Days 2017 visit: