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click to enlarge Traditional Native American costumes and dances are among attractions at the Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival July 29.

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Traditional Native American costumes and dances are among attractions at the Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival July 29.

1Lebeau Zydeco Festival (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau, 337-351-3902; www.facebook.com/lebeauzydecofestival) — There's live zydeco music, food, pork backbone dinners and more. Tents and lawn chairs are allowed. 11 a.m.-till. $12, children 11 and younger free.

1-2Essence Fest — See June 29 for event description.

1-4Erath Fourth of July Celebration — See June 30 for event description.

4Bucktown Bash: A Shrimp & Music Extravaganza (Bucktown Marina; www.facebook.com/bucktownbash) — There's live music, children's activities, lots of shrimp dishes and other food, cultural exhibits, a blessing of the shrimp fleet at noon and fireworks at night. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $5, children under 12 free.

4Go 4th On the River (New Orleans riverfront; www.go4thontheriver.com) — The Independence Day celebration inclues a fireboat spouting red, white and blue water and dueling fireworks barges on the Mississippi River accompanied by patriotic music. 9 p.m. fireworks. Free.

Thursdays-NovemberThursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series — See March 16 for event description.

7-9San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Various locations in New Orleans; www.nolabulls.com) — New Orleans' homage to the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain features a run on Saturday with plastic bat-wielding roller derby league members in place of live bulls, and an after-party. There's a kickoff party on Friday with food, drinks and live music. El Pobre de Mi on Sunday features a brunch and the sixth annual Ernest Hemingway Celebration and Talent Contest with skits, dramatic readings and an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. Times and admissions vary.

14Bastille Day Fete (Spanish Plaza, New Orleans riverfront; www.bastilledaynola.com) — The celebration of French National Day includes music, French food and family-friendly activities. Time TBA. Free.

14-15Cajun Food & Music Festival (Burton Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles; www.visitlakecharles.org) — The Cajun French Music Association provides music for the festival, which also spotlights Cajun dishes including gumbo, jambalaya, cracklings and more. There are raffles for prizes ranging from an accordion to a hog, arts and crafts vendors and more. Hours and admission TBA.

14-15Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival (Prather Coliseum, 220 S. Jefferson St., Natchitoches, 318-357-4332; www.louisianafolklife.nsula.edu) — There's a fiddle championship, live music, Cajun dance lessons, workshops, food, demonstrations and crafts including Czech pysanka eggs, Spanish moss dolls, wood carvings and pine needle baskets. Live music includes Cajun, French Creole,  zydeco, blues, bluegrass and Texas swing. 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission TBA.

15-16Holly Daze Summer Market Arts & Crafts Boutique (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 985-796-5853; www.steinhauerproductions.com) — The shopping showcase features 125 artisans, boutiques and other vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

18-23Tales of the Cocktail (Various locations in New Orleans; www.talesofthecocktail.com) — The cocktail festival features a full slate of seminars, tastings, networking events and more for cocktail lovers, bartenders and spirits professionals. Times and admissions vary.

27-29Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo (Tarpon Rodeo Drive, Grand Isle; www.tarponrodeo.org) — Anglers compete in a number of fishing categories, and there's a pavilion with food and drink vendors, live music and more. Fishing starts at daylight, pavilion is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. There's a registration fee for rodeo competitors; admission to the pavilion is free.

29Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival (Farmers Market Pavilion, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas, 337-246-0718; www.attakapasopelousasprairietribes.com) — The festival spotlights the area's Native American heritage with traditional dances, drumming, demonstrations, jewelry making and basket weaving. Other activities include face painting, storytelling and a talking stick contest. The festival is alcohol free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

29-31Irish Film Festival (Various locations in Baton Rouge; www.batonrougeirishfilmfestival.com) — The annual event features dozens of movies and short films focusing on Irish culture, as well as live music, Irish food, an Irish pub night, a bagpipes performance and more. Times and admissions vary.



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