As much as I like springtime, graduations, and weddings, the hot sticky summers grind away at that joy until suddenly a glance at the calendar shows the beginning of the 'festival season' is at hand and the days of 112° heat indexes will soon be fading.

As you know the Marshland Festival is at the Civic Center next weekend (July 27-28) but this weekend we'll officially tee-up with the Cajun Music and Food Festival at the Burton Coliseum. For out of towners that's 7001 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles.

Google Maps- Burton Coliseum 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, La

Admission is $8 and kids 12 and under get in at no charge. The fun cranks up at 4 PM until 11 PM on Friday and again Saturday morning at 9 again going until 11 PM. Everyone has to be out by midnight or risk being turned into a King Cake.

A special feature will be the Cajun French mass and donut social Sunday morning at 8 in the CMFA Building and Museum at 3481 E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

Friday - July 20th

The 31st year of the festival features almost continuous live cajun french, zydeco music with the downbeat Friday at 5 from Francis Andrepont & The Cajun Ramblers. Doors open Friday at 4 PM.

Then at 8 PM kick, it with Sheryl Cormier and The Cajunettes and of course Friday features Arts & Crafts, Great Cajun Foods, Cold Drinks, Cold Beer (I feel dumb even mentioning cold beer) Cake Walks, Silent Auction, Live Auctions and a Sweet Shop.

Saturday - July 21st
Doors Open 9:00 AM and the musical lineup is:
10 AM to Noon - Ellis Vanicor & The Lacassine Playboys
12:30 to 2:30 PM - Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys
2:30 to 5:00 PM - Ronnie Matthews & Throwdown
5:30 to 8:00 PM - Emily Simon & Keepin' It Cajun
8:00 to 11:00 PM - Jesse Lege' & Friends

Head all the way south down on Common Street, it turns into the Gulf Freeway and the Coliseum is on your left, if you pass the airport on the right, you've gone too far, so turn around and come pass a good time.