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New Orleans summer festivals 2016 

Where to party through Labor Day

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Jared Howerton


24-26Snake Oil Festival (The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 504-529-5844; — The variety arts festival showcases burlesque, vaudeville, sideshow and circus acts. Admission $20, $30 reserved seating, $40 VIP. Doors open 8 p.m. nightly.

30-July 5Essence Festival (various locations; — It's a weekend of music and empowerment workshops. Hours and admissions vary.


1Sparks In the Park (Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, Covington, 985-892-1873; — Patriotic music and a fireworks display are highlights. Hours 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

2Slidell Heritage Festival (Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell, 985-788-6171; — The festival features live music, food, crafts, and a fireworks display. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission $10, free for children 12 and younger.

3Happy Third of July (New Orleans City Park, 5 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — The festival includes fireworks, patriotic music and concessions. Hours 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

3Uncle Sam Jam (Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-838-4389; — The event features food, music and a fireworks display. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.

4Go 4th on the River (New Orleans riverfront, — Dueling barges present a fireworks display on the Mississippi River set to patriotic music. 9 p.m.

8-10San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-383-4630; — NOLA Bulls presents the 10th running of the bulls at 8 a.m. Saturday, featuring Big Easy Rollergirls (pictured) chasing participants. There are opening and closing parties. Hours and admissions vary.

15Bastille Day Fete NOLA (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 504-568-0770; — The celebration of French National Day features French cuisine and music and activities. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Entry to NOMA $5, members free.

15-16Swamp Pop Music Festival (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales, 225-769-9994; — The two-day music festival features indoor stages and a full schedule of swamp pop music. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission $15 Fri., $20 Sat.

19-24Tales of the Cocktail (Various locations, 504-948-0511; — The six-day event features seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, dinner and cocktail pairings and networking events. Hours and admissions vary.

28-31FestiGals (JW Marriott New Orleans Hotel, 614 Canal St., 855-425-9563; — The four-day women's empowerment weekend offers workshops, seminars, tours and shopping. Hours and admissions vary.


5-7Satchmo Summer Festival (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-522-5730; — Celebrating the life of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, the festival offers two music stages, seminars, food and family activities. Hours TBA. Admission $5, free for children 12 and younger.

13Red Dress Run (French Quarter; — New Orleans Hash House Harriers presents its annual fun run for local charities, where everyone wears a red dress. Registration $55 until June 30, $80 day of race.

27Brewsiana Craft Beer & Music Festival (House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; — The festival is for adults 21 years and older, and it features 21 craft beers, including rare releases, live music and food. 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets, $12 general, .$15 (sample seven beers), $35 (sample 21 beers).

31-Sept. 5Southern Decadence (various locations; — The gay celebration includes parades, contests, parties and a parade. Hours and admissions vary.


2-4Louisiana Seafood Festival (City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd.; — The festival offers food, cooking demonstrations, live music and arts and crafts. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Tickets available at


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