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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals: May 


All month — Natchez Festival of Music (Various locations, Natchez, Miss., 601-442-4272; — Live music and stage performances, Broadway shows, operas and other arts activities are scheduled in a number of venues. Hours vary. Admission varies.

1, 8, 15 and 22 — Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square Park, 504-585-1500; — See March 6 listing for description.

2-5 — New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival (Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 415-385-3025 and Mudlark Public Theatre, 1200 Port St.; — See April 25-28 listing for description.

2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 — Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-233-4276; — See April 18 for event description.

2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, — See March 7 listing for description.

2-5 — New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 504-410-4100; — See April 26-28 listing for description.

3 — Zoo to Do (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — This adults-only gala features live entertainment, cocktails, food, a silent auction and a raffle for a Lexus. A black tie or white linen suit is required attire for men, and cocktail dresses for women. Hours 8 p.m.-midnight, 7 p.m.-midnight patron party. Admission $195, $155 Audubon Institute members, $110 members ages 21-35 (early bird rates available through April 5).

4 — Sunset Herb & Garden Festival (Marie Street, Sunset, 337-662-3542; — The 17th annual festival presents plants, herbal products, pottery, garden art and presentations. There's also a children's area with games, face painting and more. (Rain date May 5.) Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children age 6 and younger free.

4 — TARC Garden and Market Festival (TARC-Houma Airbase, 1 McCord Road, Houma, 985-873-6495; — There will be speakers addressing horticulture subjects, as well as educational displays, a plant sale, lawn and garden product vendors, live entertainment, food and an Ask the Experts booth. Hours 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission $3, children under 5 free.

11 — Crawfish Mambo (University of New Orleans Campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, The Cove on Founders Road, 504-280-2586; — The second annual event celebrates Louisiana crawfish with a mudbug cookoff, all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish and live local music. Other food and beverages will be sold. The event supports professional development programs at UNO. Tickets $20, children 6 and younger free.

11 — Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival (Tchefuncte River, 403 St. Francis St., Madisonville, 416-962-8899; — Teams of dragon boaters compete in a range of racing categories, and there are food and vendor booths, exhibitors and an awards ceremony. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission free.

11 — India Festival (The New Orleans Museum of Art; One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 ) — In partnership with The Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans, NOMA is excited to present the first ever India Fest on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The festival will be the largest celebration of India in Louisiana and will incorporate various aspects of Indian culture from the traditional to the modern. Events will include demonstrations, performances, music, art activities, dancing, and more. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (museum closes at 5 p.m.) Admission $5 per guest. NOMA members and children under 6 years old are free. Please call (504) 658-4100 or visit or for more information.

12 — Mother's Day at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — Celebrating Mother's Day at Audubon Zoo has become a tradition for many families. Irma Thomas headlines a day of music performances, and there is a range of food vendors as well as an arts and crafts show and other activities. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $17.50 adults (mothers get in free), $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members.

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

17-19 — Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue; — A full lineup of local bands play on three stages along the bayou. There's also an arts and crafts area, food and drink vendors, community groups' information booths and more. Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission free.

21-24 — Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival (Various locations, 504-451-6578; — This international music festival presents live chamber music performed in intimate venues by internationally renowned musicians as well as upcoming young talent. Hours vary. Admission varies.

22-25 — New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Various locations; — The 21st annual event includes wine dinners at more than 30 restaurants, tasting events, the Royal Street Stroll through the French Quarter, seminars, grand tastings featuring more than 75 restaurants and 1,000 wines and a gala. Hours vary. Admission varies.

24-26 — New Orleans Home + Design Show (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., Hall I; — There are seminars on subjects such as renovation, restoration and entertaining, and some activities involve local designers and celebrities. Decorating is covered with furniture, art and interior design products and tips, and there will be exhibits and information about fashion, lifestyle and landscaping. Hours noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $9, $5 with military ID, children 11 and younger free.

24-26 — Bay Harbor Fest (Downtown Bay St. Louis, Miss., 571-228-2506) — Jazz, Cajun, zydeco, Southern soul rock and more music genres will be featured at this Memorial Day weekend festival on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The festival features music, food and drink vendors and an arts village and overlooks construction of a world-class yacht harbor. Admission to be announced.

24-26 — Greek Festival New Orleans (Holy Trinity Cathedral grounds, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259; — It's the 40th anniversary of this showcase of Greek food, music and culture. There's a traditional Greek dinner or a variety of a la carte choices, lots of children's activities and traditional Greek dancers and music. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, children under 12 free.

25 — Asian Heritage Festival (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — The Asian Pacific American Society partnered with Audubon Zoo to present a festival celebrating the culture of Asia with traditional song and dance as well as arts and crafts and more from countries such as China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Taiwan and the Philippines. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members.

25-26 — Lake Arthur Regatta (Main street, Lake Arthur, 337-329-3300; — Two days of sailing on the Memorial Day weekend become a festival with Cajun cuisine, regional and national live bands and more. Hours all day. Admission free.

26 — Zydeco Extravaganza (Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, 2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, 337-594-3137; — The 27th annual festival touts itself as the largest single-day zydeco fest in the world. It features indoor and outdoor stages presenting zydeco music, plus food and more. Hours noon-11 p.m. Admission $15 advance, $20 at the door.


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