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Gambit’s 2016 Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: June 

click to enlarge Rosie Ledet played accordian at last year’s Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in New Orleans.

Photo courtesy New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation/Eric Simon

Rosie Ledet played accordian at last year’s Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in New Orleans.

3—June Under the Moon (New Orleans City Park, 1 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — This night in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is for ages 21 and older and features free beer and rides including a Ferris wheel and bumper cars. 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Admission TBA.

4-5—New Orleans Oyster Festival (Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; — The annual festival features oyster dishes from more than 20 local restaurants, live music and oyster-eating and shucking competitions. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

10-12—Southern Sportsman's Festival & Expo (Alario Center, 2000 Signette Blvd., Westwego, 504-835-6383; — The expo features products for sportsmen, demonstrations, seminars, family-friendly activities, regional music and food. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission TBA.

11—Juneteenth Folklife Celebration (Farmers Market Pavilion, 828 Landry St., Opelousas, 337-945-5064) — The celebration highlights the region's African-American folk art, heritage and traditions. 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Free.

11-12—French Market Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; — The 30th annual festival features food booths, live music, children's activities, fresh Creole tomatoes for sale and cooking demonstrations. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free.

11-12—Junefest Arts & Crafts Show (Coquille Park & Recreation Center, 13505 Highway 1085, Covington, 985-796-5853; — The second annual Junefest features 150 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free.

17—Concerts In the Courtyard (The Historic New Orleans Collection) — See March 18 listing for event description.

17-19—Louisiana Catfish Festival (St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, 17292 Highway 631, Des Allemands, 985-758-7542; — The festival includes live music, food booths, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts and a beauty pageant. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Free.

17-19—New Orleans Pride Festival (Various locations; — The festival features stage shows, live music, a parade through the French Quarter (7 p.m. Saturday) and a block party on Bourbon Street. Hours and admission vary.

18-19—Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; — The 10th annual festival presents traditional and modern Cajun and zydeco music, regional seafood dishes and a crafts fair. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free.

23-25—Beauregard Watermelon Festival (Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, 506 West Drive, DeRidder, 337-463-5534; — The event offers lots of opportunities to eat watermelon, including watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, and there's live music, arts and crafts and carnival rides. Hours and admission TBA.

24-25—Louisiana Peach Festival (Downtown Ruston, 800-392-9032; — The festival offers peach-focused food booths, a peach-eating contest, live music, arts and crafts, kids' activities, a treasure hunt and a parade. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat. Admission $10, $15 weekend pass, free for kids 6 and younger.

24-26—Snake Oil Festival (The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 504-723-1585; — The second annual festival showcases national burlesque, vaudeville, sideshow and circus acts and offers workshops, lectures and after-parties. Hours and admission TBA.

30-July 5—Essence Festival (Various locations in New Orleans; — Concert headliners for the weekend of music and empowerment workshops include Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell and Ciara. There are lots of other national, regional and local bands, seminars and other activities. Hours and admission vary.

30-July 4—Erath 4th of July Celebration (Edwards and South Broadway streets, 337-937-5585; — The old-fashioned street fair takes place over five days and includes carnival rides, food vendors, live music, fire department water fights, a parade and fireworks on Independence Day. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thu., 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri.-Sun., 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mon. Free.

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