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

Runners in red dresses take to the streets of the French Quarter in August for the Red Dress Run.

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Lagniappe Classic Dog Show (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, www.akc.org) - More than 1,000 dogs representing 190 breeds compete daily for Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show trophies. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free.

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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 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 years old.

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Satchmo Summerfest (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-522-5730; www.satchmosummerfest.org) - Celebrating the life and music of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, the annual festival includes live music, seminars, food vendors, family activities and more. Hours to be determined. Free.

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White Linen Night (300-700 blocks of Julia Street and locations in the Warehouse District) - The art walk and street party includes live music, food and cocktails from local restaurants, and galleries extend their hours and showcase new offerings. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Free.

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Westwego Farmers Market Friday Night Concert Series (484 Sala Ave., Westwego, 504-341-9083; www.visitwestwego.com) - Junior & Sumtin Sneaky performs at the outdoor concert, which also features food, drinks, crafts and more. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.

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Red Dress Run (Crescent Park, 1008 N. Peters St.; www.noh3.com) - Runners of all genders put on red dresses to jog around the French Quarter. There's food before the race and an after-race party featuring live music by Remedy and Dash Rip Rock. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration $45 and up.

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Arts & Crabs Fest (Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, 337-439-2787; www.artscouncilswla.org) - Crab dishes, Louisiana cuisine, regional roots music and local craft beers take center stage at this 21-and-older event. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $30 and up.

22-25

Cutting Edge CE Conference (InterContinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave.; www.cuttingedgenola.com) - There are sessions covering entertainment law, the music business, film financing and tax credits. There also are speakers, a showcase of new works in music and film, a products show and more. $35-$250, $20 for showcase.

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Ride the Bull Kayak Tournament (1618 Highway 1, Grand Isle, 225-952-9200; www.ccalouisiana.com/cca11/index.php/ride-the-bull-kayak-tournament) - The extreme kayak saltwater fishing tournament is in its ninth year at Bridgeside Marina. There are cash prizes for the 10 largest redfish, best team weigh-ins and women and junior anglers. Times and registration fees TBA.

30-Sept. 3

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival (715 Second St., Morgan City, 985-385-0703; www.shrimpandpetroleum.org) - The harvest festival includes live music, food, an arts and crafts show, a blessing of the shrimping fleet, a street parade, carnival rides, a 5K run and fireworks. 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. midnight Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday. Free.

30-Sept. 3

Southern Decadence Festival (Various locations in the French Quarter; www.southerndecadence.net) - There's a walking parade in the French Quarter on Sunday at this annual gay festival, which draws more than 200,000 people. There are street parties, club parties, DJs and The Bourbon Street Extravaganza free outdoor concert on Saturday. Times vary. Admission to be determined.


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