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Gambit's 2017 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: June 

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

1-3Birdfoot Festival — See May 29 for event description.

3New Orleans International Beer Festival (Champions Square, 1 LaSalle St.; www.neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com) — Attendees get unlimited samples of more than 150 craft beers, and there's live music, beer seminars, games and a VIP area featuring reserve beers. Time and admission TBA.

3-4New Orleans Oyster Festival (Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 1 Canal St., 504-888-7608; www.nolaoysterfest.org) — The annual festival features oyster-eating, oyster-shucking and the largest oyster competitions, as well as oyster dishes from more than 20 restaurants, food and entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

10New Orleans Pride Fest (Various locations; www.prideneworleans.com) — There's a variety of events, including live music, DJs, an evening parade through the French Quarter and a block party. There's also a family day on Sunday at Longue Vue House and Gardens. Times and admissions vary.

10-11French Market Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org) — There are Creole tomatoes for sale, as well as cooking demonstrations, live music, food booths and children's activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Free

10-11Kenner Hispanic Summer Fest (Laketown, Williams Boulevard at Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner, 504-487-4439; www.khsfest.com) — The two-day festival features Latin food, live music, Latin dances, crafts, kids' activities and more. Lawn chairs allowed. 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. $3 donation per adult requested.

11Oceanfest (Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/world-oceans-day-oceanfest) — The aquarium offers educational activities and displays about conservation and health of the world's oceans. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Free with aquarium admission: $29.95 adults, $24.95 seniors, $21.95 children 2-12.

15-17Snake Oil Festival (The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.; www.snakeoilfestival.com) — The festival showcases national burlesque, vaudeville, sideshow and circus acts and offers workshops, lectures and parties. Times and admission TBA.

16Concerts in the Courtyard See April 26 for event description.

17-18Coquille Park Arts & Crafts Show (Coquille Park and Recreation Center, 13505 Highway 1085, Covington, 985-796-5853; www.steinhauerproductions.com) — The indoor arts and crafts shopping expo features 100 vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

18Juneteenth Folklife Celebration (Farmers Market Pavilion, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas, 337-945-5064; www.cityofopelousas.com/juneteenth-folklife-celebration) — The celebration of African-Ameri- can culture and traditions includes folk art, cultural displays, crafts, music food and more. 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Free.

22-24Festigals New Orleans Women's Weekend Experience (JW Marriott, 614 Canal St.; www.festigals.org) — The women's empowerment event features a leadership conference, "bodacious bras" brunch, a "Stiletto Stroll" second line parade, networking events, special guests and more. Times and admissions vary, $399 for all-inclusive pass.

23-24Louisiana Peach Festival (Downtown Ruston; www.louisianapeachfestival.org) — There's a peach art contest and exhibit, cobbler-eating and cooking contests, a treasure hunt, an arts and crafts show, antique car show and parade. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. $10 daily, weekend pass $15, children 8 and younger free.

23-25Beauregard Watermelon Festival (Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, 506 West Drive, DeRidder; www.facebook.com/beauregardwatermelonfestival) — The two-day celebration of watermelons includes live music, food vendors, carnival rides, watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests and arts and crafts. Times and admission TBA.

23-25Louisiana Catfish Festival (St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, 17324 Highway 631, Des Allemands, 985-758-7542; www.louisianacatfishfestival.com) — Proclaimed "The Catfish Capital of the World" in 1980 by then-Gov. Edwin Edwards, Des Allemands showcases the fish in many dishes and serves sides of live music, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Free.

24-25Battle on the Basin MCVFD & DSRA Drag Boat Races (Joe C. Russo Memorial Boat Landing, Highway 70, Morgan City, 985-397-6012; www.deepsouthracing.net) — The family-oriented event features food booths and other activities. No alcohol is sold at the event, but ice chests are allowed. 10 a.m.-till. Admission TBA.

24-25Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; www.cajunzydecofest.com) — The 11th annual festival features Cajun and zydeco music, Louisiana food and an arts market. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free.

29-July 2Essence Fest (Various locations in New Orleans; www.essence.com/festival-2017) — The four-day music, culture and empowerment festival offers live music from Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Solange, John Legend, Chance the Rapper and others, as well as seminars, product vendors and special events. Times and admissions vary.

30-July 4Erath Fourth of July Celebration (Downtown Erath, at Edwards and S. Broadway streets; www.erath4.com) — Erath has hosted the old-fashioned street fair for 81 years. There are carnival rides, games, food vendors, live music, water fights between area fire departments, a parade and fireworks at 9 p.m. 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday & Monday; 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free.



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