Presented annually by the Arts & Humanities Council and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, this signature culinary event will take place on Saturday, August 18th, 5pm - 8pm, at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.  This is a 21 and over event.

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Arts & Crabs Fest is a homegrown festival celebrating the ties between seafood and culture – our region’s greatest national assets. Festivalgoers sample from an extensive crab and seafood dish tasting, featuring local chefs preparing a unique dish representative of their cuisine’s styles. Louisiana craft beer samples are offered as complementary pairings.


Participating chefs battle for festivalgoers’ votes in the annual “Best Crab Dish” award, determined by popular vote.

Arts & Crabs Fest, recognized for five years in a row as a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, also features live Louisiana music and an eclectic art market with live demonstrations.

Arts & Crabs 2018 tickets are now available at!