Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: July_lowres

Go 4 th on the River celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks display on the New Orleans riverfront.

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Erath 4th of July Celebration — See May 30 for event description.

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July 4 Music Festival and Boat Parade (211 W. Main St., New Roads, 225-638-5360; www.newroads.net) — There's a parade of decorated boats and a contest for categories including Best Decorated Party Barge, Most Patriotic and more at the 35th annual event, which also includes live music. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

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4th Fest in Crescent Park (2300 N. Peters St., 504-636-6400; www.crescentparknola.com) — View the Independence Day fireworks show on the Mississippi River and hear live music. There also are food and drink vendors. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.

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Go 4th on the River (New Orleans Mississippi Riverfront; www.go4thontheriver.com) — The annual fireworks display includes two dueling fireworks barges on the Mississippi River, a fire boat spouting red, white and blue water and patriotic music. 9 p.m.-until. Free.

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Essence Festival (Various locations in New Orleans; www.essence.com/festival) — The music, culture and empowerment festival features seminars, product vendors, special events and live music by Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg and more. Times and admissions vary.

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Westwego Farmers Market Friday Night Concert Series (484 Sala Ave., Westwego, 504-341-9083; www.cityofwestwego.com/content/westwego-farmers-market) — The Brad Sapia Band performs at the outdoor concert, which also features food, drinks, crafts and more. 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. Free.

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Lebeau Zydeco Festival (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau, 337-351-3902) — The festival, which celebrates black Creole culture and Zydeco music, is known for its pork backbone dinners. There's also live zydeco music, dancing and Creole cuisine. Tents and lawn chairs are allowed. 11 a.m.-till. $12, children 11 and younger free.

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West Bank Beer Fest (NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, 504-302-4875; www.facebook.com/westbankbeerfest) — Attendees receive unlimited beer samples from participating brewers, plus there's live music, a raffle, kart track demos and more. Noon-5 p.m. $15-$70.

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Bastille Day Fete (New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; www.noma.org) — The seventh annual event honoring France's national holiday includes live music, dancing, special gallery tours, French-themed children's activities, performances and more. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $5, free for museum members.

13-15

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (1021 Convention Center Blvd., 504-383-4630; www.nolabulls.com) — New Orleans' version of Spain's Running of the Bulls includes runners chased by Roller Derby women with plastic bats (Saturday). The three-day event includes a kickoff party Friday, music, DJs, food, drinks, an Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest and more. Times and admissions vary.

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Dinner and a ZOOvie (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-1237; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoovie) — The family-friendly movie series extends through Aug. 3 and features outdoor movie showings (you can bring your own dinner) and access to the Cool Zoo splash park and Gator Run floating attraction. 6 p.m.-until movie ends. $6, additional $6 for splash park, free for children under 2.

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Sloss Music & Arts Festival (Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd St. N., Birmingham, Alabama; www.slossfest.com) — Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Griz are among 44 performers on four stages at the two-day festival, which also offers a silent disco (everyone wears headphones), a beer garden, an iron-pouring demonstration, art vendors and special exhibits. 12:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. daily. $130 for two-day pass.

17-22

Tales of the Cocktail (Various locations in New Orleans; www.talesofthecocktail.com) — The annual event for the cocktail community and spirits professionals includes seminars, workshops, tastings, internships, a cocktail apprentice program, tours and more. Times and admissions vary.

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Grand Isle Annual International Tarpon Rodeo (Highway 1, Grand Isle, 985-306-0535; www.tarponrodeo.org) — The oldest fishing tournament in the U.S. offers live local entertainment, arts and crafts, food, crab races and other activities. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. $45-$110.

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Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival (Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge; www.batonrougeirishfilmfestival.com) — Dozens of movies and short films focusing on Irish culture are screened, and there's music, Irish food, an Irish pub night and more. Times and admissions to be determined.

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Iberia Film Festival (Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St.; www.iberiafilmfestival.com) — The festival screens short independent films from local and international directors in narrative, documentary, animation, music video and experimental categories. Visiting directors and actors will hold Q&As following their films. Times to be determined. $10.


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