This week brings two very different ways to experience the great outdoors, but there’s no difficult decision to make: You can do both of them. Dinner and a ZOOvie happens Friday night, while the Southern Sportsman’s Expo goes on all weekend.
Summer’s wildest film deal
Call them Z movies: The 10 films that will unspool on a giant outdoor screen as part of The Audubon Zoo’s weekly Dinner and a ZOOvie series are all recent hits. First up, on Friday, is the Academy Award-winning animated feature “Inside Out.”
Wait — worried about the heat? Plan a cooling-off period first, starting at 6 p.m. at the zoo’s water attractions. Then, settle in for the film at 8 p.m. at the Capital One Field. For dinner, bring a picnic or visit onsite food trucks. Some zoo concessions will be open as well. And don’t forget to bring chairs and blankets.
Admission to the Cool Zoo and the movie is $12; the movie alone is $6. (Kids under 2 get in free to both.) Zoo gates will open at 6 p.m. Get tickets online until 5:30 p.m., or buy at the door. The series continues through Aug. 19. See audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoovie for the details.
Here’s the full schedule:
June 17: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’’
June 24: “Avengers: Age of Ultron’’
July 8: “Jurassic World’’
July 15: “The Good Dinosaur’’
July 22: “The Intern”
July 29: “The SpongeBob Movie - Sponge Out of Water’’
Aug. 5: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’’
Aug. 12: “Zootopia’’
Aug. 19: “Hotel Transylvania 2’’
A sporting chance
If you’re the outdoors type, check out the Southern Sportsman’s Festival & Expo Friday through Sunday at the Alario Center in Westwego. You can see — and buy — the latest in sports gear, especially for hunting, fishing and boating. Seminars will range from Inshore Saltwater Hard Bait Fishing to guidelines for surviving in the wilderness. There’s live music all day every day, as well as kid-friendly activities.
Hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 16, with adult, and free for kids under 6. A three-day pass is $15.