The 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 all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

 Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 436-9588, or go

March 17 & 18, 2017

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event


Rhea Shields (left), vice president of the Iowa Rabbit Festival, receives the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Brant Parish (right), chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (March 1, 2017)— The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Iowa Rabbit Festival as a 2017 Top 20 Event for the month of March. 

Celebrating the economic and culinary impact rabbits have in Southwest Louisiana, the annual Iowa Rabbit Festival is a one-of-a-kind event. This family-friendly event has it all, from great food to live music and cook-offs! All proceeds from the festival go to support the community of Iowa and various other youth organizations, schools and not for profit groups. Don’t miss this hare-raising good time Friday-Saturday, March 17-18, at the Burton Coliseum Complex.

Welcome to the Official

Iowa Rabbit Festival Website.

Hop on over to our new location

 Burton Coliseum Complex

​7001 Gulf Hwy,

Lake Charles, LA 70607

All Proceeds donated back to various school clubs, ​boy scouts, scholarships, athletics, etc.
Adult Admission 
Friday $10.00
Saturday $10.00
Weekend Pass $15.00
​Advance purchase:
You can purchase now through Ticketmaster.
Children under 11- free