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Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: June

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1, 22 & 29
Dinner and a ZOOvie (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-1237; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoovie) — The kid-friendly movie series extends through Aug. 3 and features outdoor movie showings (you can bring your own dinner) and access to the Cool Zoo splash park and Gator Run floating attraction. 6 p.m.-until movie ends. $6, additional $6 for splash park, free for children under age 2.

1-2
Birdfoot Festival — See May 29 listing for event description.

1-3
Symphony Book Fair (University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave.; www.lpovolunteers.org) — The annual book sale features special collections including Henry James books, yearbooks from the 1930s-1950s, Charles Darwin's Origin of Species and more. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (free after 3 p.m.), free Saturday-Sunday.

1-3
Walker Percy Weekend (Various locations in St. Francisville; www.walkerpercyweekend.org) — There are panel discussions about Walker Percy's life, work and influence. There also are social activities and more. Times TBA. $160-$195.

2-3
Cajun Heritage Festival (Larose Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose, 985-228-0845; www.cajunheritagefestival.com) — There's a woodcarving competition, sales of wooden boats, dolls, ducks, fish and birds, a duck call contest Saturday and food and crafts vendors. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $5.

2-3
New Orleans Oyster Festival (Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; www.nolaoysterfest.com) — There's an oyster-eating championship, oyster-shucking contest, lots of dishes made with oysters, arts and crafts and entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

Thursdays-June 7
Jazz in the Park — See April 26 listing for event description.

7-9
Louisiana Corn Festival (206 Pershing Ave., Bunkie; www.bunkiechamber.net/lacornfest) — The Bunkie Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual three-day festival, which features live music Friday and Saturday, a street dance, games, corn-cooking contests, a children's parade, pirogue races, shucking and eating contests and carnival rides. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday. $3, $1 for children 2 and younger.

8-10
New Orleans Pride Festival (Various locations in New Orleans; www.togetherwenola.com) — There's a large parade through the French Quarter on Saturday, information booths, vendors and performers near The Phoenix on Elysian Fields Avenue. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Free.

9
KSF-Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Kickboxing Competition (Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-835-1877; www.ksfworld.org) — The Shaolin Institute sponsors the U.S. Open martial arts championships in kung fu, tai chi and kickboxing. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission to be determined.

9
Yacht Rock on the Lake (New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, 504-836-2205; www.saveourlake.org) — The inaugural event features live music, bars, food from local restaurants and food trucks, and an arts and crafts marketplace. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. $8, free for children age 12 and younger.

9-10
Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1100 N. Peters St., 504-636-6400; www.frenchmarket.org) — The festival includes dishes and cocktails made with Creole tomatoes, live music, kids' activities, tomato-eating contests and a Bloody Mary Market. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

16
Rock & Rouge Women's Music Festival & Beyond (New Orleans Jazz Museum, Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.; www.therockandrouge.com) — The inaugural festival features bands fronted by women, food by women chefs, female vendors and programming including panel discussions about science, technology, engineering, art and math. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.

22-24
Louisiana Catfish Festival (17292 Highway 631, Des Allemands, 985-758-7542; www.stgertrudedesallemands.org) — There's live music from bands including Tet Dur, Ryan Foret & the Foret Tradition and Aaron Foret, plus carnival rides, games, a raffle, a marketplace and vendors offering catfish in platters, boats and boulettes and on po-boys. Other food also is available. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Free.

23-24
Louisiana Cajun- Zydeco Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; www.cajunzydecofest.com) — Dedicated to the dancehall music of southwest Louisiana, this festival offers two days of music, food, an arts market, interviews with performers and more. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily. Free.

30-July 4
Erath 4th of July Celebration (Downtown Erath, at Edwards and South Broadway streets; www.erath4.com) — The old-fashioned street festival includes live music, carnival rides, a nightly fais do do, games, food and drink vendors, a dance contest on Tuesday, and fireworks display on Wednesday. Times TBA. Free.



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