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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals: June

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June

1-2 — New Orleans Oyster Festival (Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 1 Canal St., 504-835-6410; www.neworleansoysterfestival.org) — The fourth annual festival spotlights the state's versatile bivalve, with about 20 restaurants offering oyster dishes, music, an oyster-eating contest, an oyster-shucking competition and a largest oyster contest. Proceeds help to support the Louisiana oyster community, fishermen and their families, as well as security for NOPD's 8th District. Admission free.

1-2 — Back to the Beach (Laketown, Williams Boulevard at Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner; 504-836-2205; www.saveourlake.org) — The 24th annual festival offers two days of music by local bands, vendors selling food and drinks, arts and crafts. There are activities for the kids. June 2 features a car show of about 500 classics. Hours 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10.

6 and 13 — Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-233-4276; www.armstrongpark.org) — See April 18 for event description.

6, 13, 20 and 27 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description.

7-8 — Opelousas Spice & Music Festival (South City Park, 1524 S. Market St., Opelousas, 337-948-5227; www.opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com) — The ninth annual festival offers a family-friendly atmosphere, food booths, live music, carnival rides, cooking demonstrations and more. Hours n/a. Admission $7, $3 children 10 and younger.

7-9 — Day the War Stopped (Various locations, St. Francisville, 225-635-4224; www.daythewarstopped.net) — The event commemorates the day Confederate Masons stopped the Civil War long enough to bury Union soldier Lt. Com. John E. Hart and includes historic presentations, a burial reenactment, live music, dancers and more. Hours 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission varies.

8 — Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1008 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org) — The one-day festival features fresh Creole tomatoes, food, live music, misting stations and indoor and outdoor activities. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free.

8 — LCCMC-UN Celebration de Cajun-Leur Culture (Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 501 Samuel Drive, Eunice, 337-457-5601; www.eunice-la.com) — The family-oriented one-day festival offers a range of Cajun foods, music and lots of dancing. Hours n/a. Admission n/a.

8-9 — Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco) — Three stages of Louisiana music, and arts and crafts area, food and a stage where musicians are interviewed are among the highlights of this two-day festival. Hours 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission free.

15-16 — Fried Food Fest (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The inaugural event will present all types of fried foods such as fried seafood cheese grits, fried Oreos and Twinkies and other fare. There also will be arts and crafts displays and more. 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.

20 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description.

28 — The Great Race (N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, 423-648-8542; www.greatrace.com) — Covington hosts an overnight stop for teams in the nine-day classic car rally. About 100 antique cars will be on display downtown as racers check in and rest before the final leg of the $150,000 race, which ends in Mobile, Ala. Hours 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

28-29 — Smoked Meat Festival (Northside Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., Ville Platte, 337-363-1416; www.smokedmeatfestival.com) — The family-friendly event has children's activities, beauty pageants, cooking contests, live music, food, crafts and more. Hours: Friday 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 8 a.m.-midnight. Admission $7, children under 12 $1.

29 — Freedom Fest (Lake Arthur Park, 102 Arthur Ave. Lake Arthur, 337-329-3300; www.lakearthurfestivals.com) — The Independence Day celebration comes early and offers a day of live music, food, a scavenger hunt, magic show, games, swimming in the lake and a cardboard boat race, all culminating with a fireworks show. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission $5, children 6 and younger free.

29 — French Summer Wine Festival (Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-458-3528; www.facc-gc.com) — The 14th annual event features as many as 20 French wines, French music and cuisine from a host of New Orleans restaurants. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission $65 (see website for early-bird and VIP ticket prices).

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