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New Orleans Festivals Guide: August 2014 

August

31-Aug. 3Satchmo SummerFest (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-522-5730; www.fqfi.org) The 14th annual festival celebrating Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong offers performances by contemporary and traditional jazz artists and brass bands, seminars, New Orleans cuisine and more. Hours vary. Admission free.

1-3Satchmo SummerFest (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-522-5730; www.fqfi.org) — See July 31 for event description.

2White Linen Night (900 Camp St., 504-528-3805; www.cacno.org) — White Linen Night takes place in five blocks of Julia Street and is attended by about 40,000 people (many dressed in white). There's live music, food and drinks, but the real draw is the art; more than 20 galleries and museums open their doors for revelers. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

13-17Delcambre Shrimp Festival (411 Richard St., Delcambre, 337-685-2653; www.shrimpfestival.net) — The festival honors the shrimping industry with a blessing of the shrimp boat fleet and events including shrimp cook-offs, fais-do-dos, carnival rides, boat parades, a food court and more. Hours vary. Admission varies.

15-17Southern Sportsman's Festival & Expo (Alario Center, 2000 Signette Blvd., Westwego, 504-835-6383; www.southernsportsmansfestival.com) — The event celebrates the Southern sportsman at the expo, which features product demos, seminars, family-friendly activities, regional music and food. Hours n/a. Admission n/a.

23Drake Salt Works Festival & Trail Ride (Downtown Goldonna, phone n/a; www.natchitoches.net) — The festival offers food, live music, children's activities, volleyball, a treasure hunt, a parade and a trail ride. Hours n/a. Admission free.

29-30Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run (Downtown bank of Cane River, Natchitoches, 318-471-9960; www.natchitoches.net) — There's live zydeco music, a dance contest, food, motorcycle games and a poker run. Hours 6 p.m.-midnight Fri., 1 p.m.-midnight Sat. Admission free Fri., $7 Sat.

29-Sept. 1Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival (Downtown Morgan City, 985-385-0703; www.shrimpandpetroleum.org) — Held in Morgan City's historic downtown district, the 79th annual festival features live music, food, cultural activities and arts and crafts. Hours vary. Admission free.

30Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Zydeco Festival Park, 457 Zydeco Road, off Highway 167 N., Plaisance, 337-232-7672 or 337-942-2392; www.zydeco.org) — It's the 32nd year for this celebration of zydeco. Musical offerings also include swamp pop, Cajun and Southern soul, and there's food and more. Hours 11 a.m.-till. Admission $15 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger.



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