Everything you need to know about this weekend’s Running of the Bulls in New Orleans _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- The annual bull run festival pays homage to the world-famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain. In true New Orleans fashion, costuming is encouraged.

Color/Advocate BlueSan Fermin in Nueva Orleans

The Running of the Bulls Saturday morning is the highlight of the weekend-long San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. A Spanish wine dinner Thursday, Friday night kick-off party, Saturday festival and Sunday brunch are also planned. nolabulls.com

Color/Advocate RedBastille Day

Celebrate the French national day at a free festival Saturday at Spanish Plaza with French food, music and a dog costume contest. There will also be fireworks on the downtown riverfront Saturday and a waiters race Sunday at the French Market. bastilledaynola.com

Color/Advocate BlueSouthern Sportsman’s Festival and Expo

20 seminars, a charity cook-off, multiple bands and family activities. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and $15 for a three-day pass. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego. southernsportsmansfestival.com