July 26Boudin Boogaloo6 p.m.-9 p.m. TuesdayAce Hotel, Barnett Hall, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180www.acehotel.com/neworleansLucky Peach editor Chris Ying celebrates the release of The Wurst of Lucky Peach.
July 20Pasta Filata or the Pulled Curd8 p.m. WednesdaySt.
July 14Bastille Day Celebration6 p.m-10 p.m. ThursdayArnaud's Restaurant, 813 Conti St., (504) 523-5433www.arnaudsrestaurant.comThe prixe fixe menu marking Bastille Day includes canapes and a Parisian spritz cocktail and a four-course meal paired with French wines.
July 8Food Truck Roundup5 p.m.-8 p.m. FridayUrban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 517-4677www.myhousenola.comThe roundup features Mr. Choo, Grilling Shilling and Dat Dog food trucks and music by Shotgun Double.
The annual festival returns July 8-10
The Running of the NOLA Bulls isn't as dangerous as its namesake inspiration in Pamplona, Spain. But runners — or corredors, clad in white outfits with red scarves or accoutrements — may want to size up the bulls before taking their chances.
June 28Dinner with a Curator6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.TuesdayNational World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944www.nationalww2museum.orgThe National World War II Museum's Walt Burgoyne discusses Coastwatchers, which chronicles Australia's network of lookouts on Pacific islands in the years before Japan initiated war in the Pacific in World War II. The menu includes curried cauliflower soup, pineapple-avocado salad with chili-lime vinaigrette, mango-glazed salmon or slow-roasted pork shoulder and cinnamon baked apples.
June 23Bourbon Through Bluegrass6:30 p.m. ThursdayBourbon House, 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111www.bourbonhouse.comBernie Lubbers, former comedian and current "Whiskey Professor" for Kentucky's Heaven Hill Distillery, discusses bourbon.
Where to party through Labor Day
June 24-26 — Snake Oil Festival (The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 504-529-5844; www.snakeoilfestival.com) — The variety arts festival showcases burlesque, vaudeville, sideshow and circus acts.
And, if you must, how to sneak in
While "Olympic-sized swimming pool" is a valid plan for one's lottery winnings, more short-term solutions are available for aquatic summer fun. At some downtown hotels, new programs allow city residents to splash alongside hotel guests.
Marquee events and weekly shows
Hell Yes Next finals8 p.m. June 24The Joy TheaterHell Yes Fest and Stand-Up NOLA host the final round of the comedy contest.
Kayaking, tubing, water parks, pools and more
through City Park Nola Gondola (504-450-4400; www.nolagondola.com) offers 50 minute tours of New Orleans City Park waterways in an authentic Venetian gondola.
Circus acts, burlesque and “pain performance” at the second annual event June 24-26
On the marabou-feathered heels of the burlesque revival, sideshow performers are among vintage (or vintage-flavored) entertainers returning to the spotlight. A broad spectrum of acts ranging from comedic to grotesque appears at the Snake Oil Festival this week.