San Fermin in Nueva Orleans
Thursday through Sunday
With a bevy of events surrounding the actual Running of the Bulls, San Fermin brings a bit of Pamplona, Spain, to the Crescent City. Starting with a Spanish Wine Dinner, a kickoff party and the actual running, the weekend continues with more parties, plus a Hemingway contest for dramatic readings and lookalike competitors. The running will be Saturday, 8 a.m., beginning at the Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Other events are throughout the city, with various prices and times. www.nolabulls.com.
Southern Sportsman’s Festival and Expo
Friday through Sunday
The Southern Sportsman’s Festival and Expo is a bonanza of events for the outdoor enthusiast in everyone, with exhibitors, music, food, children’s activities, hands-on activities and one-on-one discussions with experts. Admission is $8 and up for adults, $5 for military and 16 and under and kids free Friday. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego. (504) 835-6383. www.southernsportsmans
Fridays and Saturdays through July 18
The Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon’s words come to life again, this time in the form of “The Tempest.” Promethean Theatre Company and In Good Company stage Shakespeare’s drama about the machinations of the dispossessed. Admission is $15. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 18, plus 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 13. The Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., New Orleans. www.tempestnola.brownpapertickets.com/
Bastille Day Fête
“Allons enfants!” Celebrate French National Day or Bastille Day (July 14) a couple of days early with the Bastille Day Fête, just some of the beaucoup events in the U.S.’ most French city. The free festival has music, food, children’s activities, a water show on the Mississippi River and even a dog costume contest. Plus, there are other events through July 14 in conjunction with the event. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, Canal and Poydras Streets at the River, New Orleans. www.bastilledaynola.com.
Mr. Legs XV
An evening of entertainment, fundraising and a view of some men’s gams will be on tap for the Mr. Legs XV Contest to raise funds for Bridge House and Grace House. Winner chosen by who raises the most funds through tickets, sponsors and donors, with prizes for hairiest and sexiest legs. $40 advance, $45 door. 6 p.m., Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. (504) 821-7288. www.bridgehouse.org/support-us/events/mr-legs.
‘Sentimental Journey: The Big Bands of World War ll’
The National WWII Museum’s own Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the big bands of the era. This romantic evening will feature classic hits like “Sentimental Journey” “Begin the Beguine,” “Stardust,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “Take the A Train.” Also July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22 and Sept. 12. $65 dinner and show, $30 show. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans.
(504) 528-1943. www.stagedoorcanteen.org.
Wednesday, Saturday through July 22
Fusing Shakespeare’s words with live music, soundscapes, song and movement, “Incarnate” opens Wednesday as the final offering in Tulane’s Shakespeare Festival season. Directed by Chaney Tullos, the show is “an intimate story about love,” produced in partnership with Compleat Stage. 7:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Saturday. $15, $12 seniors and students. Tulane Lab Theater, McWilliams Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 865-5105. www.neworleansshakespeare.org.