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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals: August 


1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, — See March 7 listing for description.

1-4 — Satchmo SummerFest (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., — The 13th annual festival celebrates Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and his musical legacy. The event features brass bands and other local musicians playing traditional and contemporary jazz, as well as seminars about Armstrong, food and drink from local vendors, children's activities and more. Admission free.

3 — White Linen Night (300-600 blocks of Julia Street and surrounding area, New Orleans Warehouse District) — Many art galleries in the area open new shows for this celebration of the arts season, and along Julia Street there are food and drink booths and live music. There's an after-party at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC); tickets are required. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. block party, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. after-party. Admission free to block party, after-party admission n/a.

10 — Dirty Linen Night (500-1000 blocks of Royal Street, French Quarter) — A takeoff on the more genteel White Linen Night, this one day street party includes live music, a variety of food, local art, an opportunity to meet the artists and special sales at stores along Royal and surrounding streets. Hours n/a. Admission free.

10 — Red Dress Run (Armstrong Park, Rampart Street; 504-889-4274; — Runners in flamboyant red attire meet at Armstrong Park for a two-mile jog through the French Quarter, then back to the park for beer, barbecue, live music and more. Sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, the event is a fundraiser for charities. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free, race registration $65-$70.

15 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; — See March 14 for description.

20-Sept. 2 — Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival (Downtown Morgan City, 985-385-0703; — The 78th annual festival honors the shrimp and oil industries and includes traditional blessings of the fleet. The event features music, food, children's activities and more. Admission free.

24 — Polos & Pearls (Commerce, Ferdinand and Royal streets, St. Francisville, 225-635-3873; — The community festival includes live music, shopping and food. Hours 5 p.m.-till. Admission free.

31 — Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Zydeco Festival Park, 457 Zydeco Road, Plaisance, 337-232-7672 or 337-942-2392; — The 31st annual festival features zydeco music, a parade, food booths and more. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission $15, $5 ages 12 and younger.


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