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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals: July 

July

3 — Uncle Sam Jam (Lafreniere Park, 300 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-838-4389) — Warm up for Independence Day celebrations with live music, food, beverages and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Hours 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission free.

3-4 — Erath Fourth of July Celebration (Corner of Broadway and Edwards streets, Erath, 337-937-5585; www.erath4.com) — This street fair and outdoor fais do-do features live music, food and souvenir vendors. On July 4, there are water fights between fire departments, a 5-kilometer fun run, a parade at and fireworks display. Hours 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, 6 p.m. -12:30 a.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. –midnight Thursday. Admission free.

4 — Bucktown Bash (Bucktown Marina, 325 Metairie Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 504-731-7083) — The afternoon festival features live music, food from Bucktown restaurants, a kite-flying contest and a fireworks show. Hours 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission $10, children 11 and younger free.

4, 11, 18 and 25 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description.

4-7 — Essence Music Festival (Various locations; www.essence.com) — The annual festival includes four days of music by national and local acts on eight stages at the Superdome, empowerment seminars and more at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and other special events. Hours vary. Admission $130.50-$2,700.

6 — Lebeau Zydeco Festival (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau, 337-351-3902) — The 23rd annual festival is a day of live zydeco music, games and more. The pork backbone dinners are a big draw. Hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission n/a.

11-14 — San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, aka Running of the Bulls (Various locations; www.nolabulls.com) — Patterned after the traditional running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, this festival replaces four-legged bulls with horned women's roller derby teams wielding plastic bats at runners. The festival also includes other traditional San Fermin parties and events, some free. Hours vary. Admission varies.

17-21 — Tales of the Cocktail (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-948-0511; www.talesofthecocktail.com) — The 11th annual celebration of spirits includes 59 seminars on a wide range of topics from tiki bars to American drink culture, as well as tasting rooms, "Spirited Dinners," competitions, awards and more. Hours vary. Admission $40-$100 single events, $141-$695 ticket packages.

18 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description.

19-21 — Cajun French Music & Food Festival (Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 337-794-2541; www.cfmalakecharles.org) — The 26th annual music, food and Cajun culture festival takes place in an air-conditioned coliseum and includes Cajun dance contests, a live auction, a French Mass on Sunday other activities. Hours 4 p.m.- 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday- Sunday. Admission $7, children under 12 free.

26-27 — Hummingbird Celebration (Various locations, 225-635-4224; www.audubonbirdfest.com) — The event kicks off with a wine and cheese reception and speaker and includes biologists banding hummingbirds at private gardens. Hours 6 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday. Admission free.

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