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Gambit’s 2016 Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: July 

click to enlarge Six days of cocktails and more can be found at the annual Tales of the Cocktail July 19-24

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Six days of cocktails and more can be found at the annual Tales of the Cocktail July 19-24

1-3—Essence Festival (New Orleans) — See June 30 listing for event description.

1-4—Erath 4th of July Celebration (Erath) — See June 30 listing for event description.

2—Lebeau Zydeco Festival (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau, 337-351-3902; — The festival is known for its pork backbone dinners and live zydeco music, but there also are children's and family-focused activies. 11 a.m.-till. Admission $12, free for children under 11.

3—Happy Third of July (New Orleans City Park, 5 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — The pre-Independence Day festival includes fireworks from the Peristyle, music by the Marine Corps Band and concessions. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

3—Uncle Sam Jam (Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-838-4389; — The event features food vendors, live music, games and a fireworks display. Noon-10 p.m. Free.

4—Go 4th on the River (New Orleans riverfront, — The Independence Day celebration features dueling fireworks barges on the Mississippi River staging a pyrotechnic display to patriotic music. 9 p.m. fireworks. Free.

8-10—San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-383-4630; ­— The NOLA Bulls present the 10th annual running of the bulls at 8 a.m. on Saturday, featuring Big Easy Rollergirls chasing participants through the streets. There are opening and closing parties. Hours and admission TBA.

15—Bastille Day Fete NOLA (Alliance Francaise of New Orleans, 1519 Jackson Ave., 504-568-0770; — The largest celebration of French National Day in Louisiana features French cuisine and music and family-friendly activities. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission TBA.

15-16—Cajun Food & Music Festival (Burton Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, 337-794-2541; — The festival features Cajun music, a dance contest, French food, arts and crafts, a live auction, cakewalk and more. Hours TBA. Admission $8, free for children under 12.

15-16—Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival (Prather Coliseum, 220 S. Jefferson St., Natchitoches, 318-357-4332; — The 2016 theme is "Emerging Artists," and includes live performances by young artists, Cajun dance lessons, music workshops, food, crafts and demonstrations. The Louisiana State Fiddle Championship is Saturday in NSU's Magale Recital Hall. 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat. Admission $8, free children 12 and under.

15-16—Swamp Pop Music Festival (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales, 225-621-1700; — The two-day music festival features indoor stages and a full schedule of swamp pop music. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission $15 Fri., $20 Sat.

16-17—Holly Daze (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 985-796-5853; — Handcrafted items and a large selection of gifts are featured at this arts, crafts and gifts show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $5, free for kids.

19-24—Tales of the Cocktail (Various locations, 504-948-0511; — The six-day event features seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, dinner and cocktail pairings and networking events. Hours and admission vary.

28-30—Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo (Grand Isle, 985-787-2997; — The oldest fishing tournament in the country includes live music, family activities, crab racing, contests, arts and crafts and food vendors. Hours and admission TBA.

28-31—FestiGals (JW Marriott New Orleans Hotel, 614 Canal St., 855-425-9563; — The four-day women's empowerment weekend offers workshops, inspirational seminars, tours and shopping. Hours vary. Admission TBA.

30—Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival (Farmers Market Pavilion, 828 Landry St., Opelousas, 337-246-0718) — Opelousas' Native American heritage is celebrated with traditional dancing, drumming, storytelling and demonstrations. There's also food, arts and crafts, face painting and a talking stick contest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

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