Chuck Fest 2024 | 10/19/24

About Chuck Fest

Chuck Fest is an annual Louisiana-centered music, art, food, and culture festival held in Downtown Lake Charles in mid-October. The festival started as a grassroots event in 2014 run by local restauranteurs Dave and Nan Evans. Chuck Fest quickly took off from a single small stage to what is now a full-fledged downtown event.

Following the numerous natural disasters that hit SWLA in 2020, Chuck Fest was handed to the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA to bring back the beloved festival for the community. Despite an abbreviated planning period, Chuck Fest 2022 was a major success with nearly 12,500 in attendance over the 12-hour event. It was as a major financial boon for many downtown businesses and local art and food vendors, as well as an exciting performance opportunity for Louisiana-tied musicians.

Chuck Fest is proudly presented to the community of Southwest Louisiana by the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA through our partnerships with the City of Lake Charles, Visit Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and our generous local business sponsors.

Mission of the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA

The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana supports arts and culture initiatives, events, and organizations in our 5-parish area that bring a unique cultural experience and quality of life to local citizens while helping to bolster tourism and economic growth in our region. Our mission is to expand, enrich, and strengthen the diverse cultural heritage of Southwest Louisiana.