The Nellie Lutcher Better Block Event is “dressing up” Nellie Lutcher Memorial Parkway between S. Division St. and Broad St. with murals, refreshed crosswalks, temporary storefronts, and playgrounds, temporary outdoor seating – the works. Think of it as a movie set – with props. There are vendors that will sell their wares, and there will be food trucks and live entertainment from musicians. Everything from pop-up businesses to temporary murals will help the community envision what could be. Everyone who attends gets to play a role in the experience – even paint on the temporary murals! Also, community members who attend will get surveyed to tell the Better Block organizers what they would like to see stick around in a permanent fashion.

The main bulk of the Nellie Lutcher Better Block will happen on Saturday, Nov. 9. Businesses located along the Nellie Lutcher Memorial Parkway, in neighboring areas or entrepreneurs are invited to participate in the event to see what it would be like to have a business located in the area. Most of the vendors will be out selling their products from noon – 5 p.m., and music and live entertainment will be from 3 – 8 p.m.

If you don’t already know Nellie Lutcher, you need to learn about her! She was a jazz musician from Lake Charles, and the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District honors her legacy in a historically significant part of Lake Charles. So, the Better Block Event will help infuse energy and growth into the future of the district.

Check back often as more details are coming shortly.

Better Block Schedule:

Friday, November 8th

6 pm – 9 pm Outdoor Beer Garden hosted by American Legion Post 551 & Outdoor Coffee House by Nomad Joe’s

  • Live music by The Main Entre
  • Dinner by Soul Sisters
  • Dessert by Where is Alice P?


Saturday, November 9th

10 am Better Block

  • Children’s Park - hosted by City of LC Parks and Recreation
  • Mural Activities – painting and wheatpaste - volunteers will lead children and adults in beautifying the buildings
  • This will also mark the opening of the “Activated Street Scape” which includes street beautification, crosswalk enhancements, bike lanes and traffic calming.

11 am – 5 pm Pop Up Vendor Park - local small businesses including:

  • Blooming Woods
  • Danny Allain & wife – artists
  • Deep South Foods
  • Faith Collections
  • My Ka’Lection
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Southern Bicycle
  • Yeps Gourmet Popcorn

Noon – 5 pm Food Trucks: Burger Therapy and Hokey Poke

To learn more or sign up to volunteer, visit