Fairs and Festivals: 6/13-6/19

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Three festivals are happening in New Orleans between tomorrow and next Wednesday: Audubon Zoo's first ever Southern Fried Swamp Fest, another Thursdays at Twilight in City Park and this year's last Jazz in the Park at Armstrong Park. The best thing about these festivals is that if folks plan in advance, they can make it to all three!

Jazz in the Park closes out its 2013 season with music from Mike "Soul Man" Baptiste and Kermit Ruffins. As always, there will be arts, crafts, food, booze and a kids' play area. (3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Armstrong Park)

Hot 8 Brass Band at Jazz in the Park
  • Ben Harwood
  • Hot 8 Brass Band at Jazz in the Park

Thursdays at Twilight hosts Natalie Mae & her Unturned Tricks and offers food, mint julelps and other spirited beverages. ($10 general admission, $3 for kids ages 5-12. 6 p.m. Thursday in City Park's Pavilion of the Two Sisters)
Natalie Mae and Her Unturned Tricks - Hard To Love Someone - Voodoo Experience 2011 from Rehage Entertainment on Vimeo.

Southern Fried Swamp Fest is two days full of music, fun with animals, crafts and — most importantly — several fried Southern foods. Fried foods include crawfish bisque egg rolls, Oreos, boudin balls, bananas foster bread pudding and grits. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Audubon Zoo. Free with zoo admission, with zoo admission being waived for dads on Father's Day)

Audubon Zoos Swamp Fest

There's some lagniappe after the jump!

There will be a Jazz in the Park after party at Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Gallery, across the street from Armstrong Park at 704 North Rampart, from 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday.

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