2017 Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Events

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Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation held the 5th annual Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Thank you to all of our guests for coming out to the most festive event on the lake!

The annual Christmas boat parade sailed down the New Basin Canal into Lake Pontchartrain as guests enjoyed the best viewing party on the lakefront complete with raffle prizes, music from local choirs and Benny Grunch and the Bunch, pictures with Santa, food and drinks from local eateries, holiday cocktails, craft beer, book readings, and much more!

Thanks to all of our Yuletide Raffle participants! You can view the winners of each prize by clicking here.

For more information and to see photos from the event, click here.

We'll see you next year!

Thank you to all the spooky ghosts who joined us for our New Canal Haunted Lighthouse on October 29!

We had a great afternoon weaving our way through a spider web maze, fun activities and games, storytelling, arts and crafts, costumes, and candy galore!

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation held its 28th annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota, a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

LPBF's Beach Sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.  Volunteers, partners, and sponsors help care for the areas that drain the Pontchartrain Basin by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains on city streets and rural roadways.  As an added activity, storm drain markers are placed on drains in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.  This second project will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain.  Designated areas for cleanup around the lake included Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and East Baton Rouge parishes.


LPBF would like to thank Toyota for being the Beach Sweep presenting sponsor for over ten years.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation held the Lighthouse Glow Run on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy a scenic evening on the lake!

Guests enjoyed a half mile kids fun run and a 2 mile run/walk along  Lakeshore Drive beginning and ending in front of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.

A post-race party followed the race and feature food, drinks, and entertainment.

See the Lighthouse Glow Run page for more information.

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for another fantastic clean up!

LPBF's 3rd annual Spring Sweep presented by Entergy was held on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The cleanup was from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the picnic was from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you would like to sponsor this event in 2018, please email joannh@saveourlake.org or anne@saveourlake.org.


On Friday, June 9, 2017, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation hosted its annual Lakefront History Trolley Tour and Social from 5pm to 8pm.

Guests learned about the history of Lake Pontchartrain and the Lakefront on a relaxing trolley car ride. Tours began at 5pm and were a ½ hour in duration. Before, during, and after the trolley tour guests enjoyed entertainment by Just the 2 of Us and all you can eat food and drinks at the New Canal Lighthouse. Guests were also able to take a free tour of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum before or after their tour on the trolley, generously donated by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company.

Thanks for joining us! We'll see you again next year.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lake Pontchartrain Craft Fair!

The Lake PontchARTrain Craft Fair was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the New Canal Lighthouse. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation hosted over 60 vendors selling a wide variety of arts and crafts, including artwork, jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, pottery, soaps, jellies, face painting, & more! Admission was free, and the New Canal Lighthouse Museum was open for discounted tours.

This Earth Day celebration also featured activities for children of all ages, including activities from LPBF’s Education team, a “How to Build a Fairy Garden” demonstration from Turbo’s Fairies and Gnomes, a demonstration of the Reactive Digital Systems' TopoBox, face painting, and sand candy creations.

That's a wrap on GiveNOLA Day 2017!

You helped Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation raise $6,385 to support our programs and projects and helped the New Orleans community raise nearly $4.9 million for local nonprofits.
 Our Lake and Coast say thank you for your continued dedication as LPBF continues to serve as the voice of the public.


Guests came out to the New Canal Lighthouse to celebrate the opening night of the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races with all you could eat and drink crawfish and beer. Thanks to all who came out! For event photos and more information, click here.