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A guide to festivities around the state July-August

Championship Bull Riding. CenturyTel Center, Bossier City. Aug. 22.

Northern Louisiana
Through July 5. Horsepower, Hawgs and Hotrods. Tilley’s Supercenter, 9650 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, 318-294-5161
Through July 5. “Sleeping Beauty.” Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Centenary College,  Shreveport, 318-869-5242, www.peterpanplayers.org
Through July 13. Elegant Ballroom & Latin Dancing. Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.ce.lsus.edu
Through July 14. Swingin’ Swing Dance. Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.ce.lsus.edu
Through Aug. 4. Summer Singles Shindig. Holiday Lanes, 3316 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, 318-746-7331, www.bowlholidaylanes.com
Through Aug. 9. 36th Annual Juried Art Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, 318-329-2237, www.masurmuseum.org
Through Dec. 25.  Fourth Friday Astronomy. Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, 318-424-3466, www.sciport.org
Through Dec. 27. Trapped Truth Society Open Prose and Poetry Reading. 3915 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport, 318-868-8932, www.trappedtruth.ballardsbytes.com
Through Dec. 31. SPAR Dance Classes presented by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation. 505 Travis St., Shreveport, 318-673-7727, www.myspar.org
Through Dec. 31. Shreveport-Bossier Chess Club. Barnes and Noble, 6646 Youree Drive, Shreveport, 318-798-6066
Through Dec. 31. SPAR Basic Computing Classes presented by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation. 505 Travis St., Shreveport, 318-673-7727, www.myspar.org
Through Dec. 31. SPAR Chair Aerobics presented by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation. 505 Travis St., Shreveport, 318-673-7727, www.myspar.org
Through Dec. 31. SPAR Guitar Lessons presented by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation. 505 Travis St., Shreveport, 318-673-7727, www.myspar.org
Through Dec. 31. SPAR Shotokan Karate Classes presented by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation. A. B. Palmer Recreation Center, 547 E. 79th St., Shreveport, 318-673-5336, www.myspar.org
Through Dec. 31. SPAR Zumba Dance Classes presented by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation. 505 Travis St., Shreveport, 318-673-7727, www.myspar.org
Through Dec. 31. Belly Dance Classes by Hip Moves. Sandy’s Dance Center, 111 Dalton, Suite 400, Shreveport, 318-465-4534, www.myspace.com/hipmoves
July 1. “Itty Bitty Scientists: Terrific Turtles.” Sci-Port Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, 318-424-3466, www.sciport.org
July 1-Aug. 5. Line Up & Dance It Up! Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.ce.lsus.edu
July 6. Teen Tuesdays: Self Portraits. Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, 318-329-2237, www.masurmuseum.org
July 6-Aug. 12. “The Tao of Star Wars.” Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.lsus.edu
July 7-28. Beginning Guitar. Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.lsus.edu
July 10. Biedenharn Special Evening Hours. Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, Monroe, 318-387-5281, www.bmuseum.org
July 11. Batman at Water Town USA. Water Town USA, 7670 W. 70th St., Shreveport, 318-938-5475, www.watertownusa.com
July 15. “Itty Bitty Scientists: Bubble-ology.” Sci-Port Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, 318-424-3466, www.sciport.org
July 17. Movies & Moonbeams presents: “Jumanji.” Betty Virginia Park, 3901 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport, 318-673-7727, www.moviesandmoonbeams.org
July 17-19. Crop 4 the Cure. West Monroe Convention Center, West Monroe, 318-801-0256
July 18. Angela Thomas. Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St., Shreveport, 318-21-5207, www.noelumc.org
July 18-19. “Shop Til You Drop” Arts, Craft & Gift Show. Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, 318-741-8900, www.bossiercity.org
July 20-22. Encounter Something New: Turkish Culture. Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.lsus.edu
July 20-Aug. 24. Get Two-Steppin’, Country Style! Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.lsus.edu
July 22. Colorful Chameleons. Sci-Port Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, 318-424-3466
July 27-Aug. 7. Northwest Louisiana High School Policy Debate Camp. Louisiana State University in Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, 318-797-5000, www.lsus.edu
July 29. Itty Bitty Scientists: Pop Fizz Science. Sci-Port Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, 318-424-3466
Aug. 4. Teen Tuesdays: Self Portraits. Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, (318) 329-2237, www.masurmuseum.org
Aug. 5. Itty Bitty Scientists: Toddler Tunes. Sci-Port Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, 318-424-3466
Aug. 7. Biedenharn Special Evening Hours. Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, Monroe, 318-387-5281, www.bmuseum.org
Aug. 13-23. “Babe, The Sheep Pig.” Margaret Shaffer Dickson Theatre, Southfield School, 1100 Southfield Road, Shreveport, 318-868-9619, www.peterpanplayers.org
Aug. 22. Championship Bull Riding. CenturyTel Center, 2000 CenturyTel Center Drive, Bossier City, 318-747-2501, www.centurytelcenter.com
Aug. 25-Sept. 29. Foxtrot Lessons. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, 318-573-3815, www.usadanceshreveport.org
Aug. 25-Sept. 29. Quickstep Lessons. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, 318-573-3815, www.usadanceshreveport.org
Aug. 29. “Fly Me to the Moon: An Evening Among the Stars.” ULM – Brown Gymnasium, Monroe, 318-398-7248

Central Louisiana
Through July 2. Photographers Guild. Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Main St., Alexandria, 318-443-3458, www.themuseum.org
Through July 25 (Saturdays) Cane River Green Market. Natchitoches, 318-352-2746
July 4. Celebration on the Cane. Fireworks over Cane River Lake, Natchitoches
July 22-26. Spectral Sisters 10-Minute plays Festival 1. Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, Alexandria, 318-442-1800
Through July 31. YWCA Swimming Lessons. YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville, 5912 James St., Alexandria, 318-442-3397, www.ywcaalex.org
Through July 31. Swim Classes. Peabody Magnet High School, 318-641-8914, 318-445-6717, www.rapides.k12.la.us/Peabody
July 3. Fireworks over Buhlow. Buhlow Lake, Highway 165, Pineville, 318-445-3439
July 4. Celebration on the Cane – Independence Day. Church Street, Natchitoches, 800-259-1714
July 18-19. Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival. Northwestern State University Natchitoches, 800-259-1714
July 21, Aug. 18. Enviroschool For Communities. Broadway Community Center, 712 Broadway Ave., 225-219-0877
Aug. 1. Red River Dance Theatre Company “Nutcracker” auditions. 2700 Lee St., Alexandria, 318-792-1699, 318-443-7500, www.redriverdance.org
Aug. 6. Dwight Yoakam in concert. Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, 800-946-1946
Aug. 6-16. “Flyin’ West.” Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, Alexandria, 318-442-1800
Through Aug. 7. YWCA Summer Day Camp. YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville, 5912 James St., Alexandria, 318-442-3397, www.ywcaalex.org
Aug. 10-11. Auditions for “Black Jack: A Thief of Possession.” Kress Theatre, Alexandria, 318-442-1800
Through Aug. 15. Suzanne Chamlin. Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Main St., Alexandria, 318-443-3458, www.themuseum.org
Aug. 21. Pat Benatar in concert. Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, 800-946-1946
Aug. 26-30. Summer 10-Minute Plays Festival 2. Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, Alexandria, 318-442-1800
Aug. 31. St. Joan of Arc Bazaar. Oberlin, 337-639-4868

Cajun Country
Through July 11. Jam Sessions at Vermilionville. Lafayette, 337-233-4077, www.vermilionville.org
Through Aug. 15. “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.” 1911 Historic City Hall, Lake Charles, 337-491-9147
Through December (Tuesdays). New Iberia Farmer’s Market. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, 888-942-3742
June 30-July 4. Erath 4th of July Celebration. Erath, 337-937-5585, www.erath4.com
July 2. SPAR Wars Swim Meet. 933 Parish Road, Sulphur, 337-721-3040
July 2-4. Golden Meadow/Fourchon International Tarpon Rodeo. Larose, 985-860-3287
July 3-5. 72nd Annual Fourth of July Fishing Rodeo. Prien Lake, Lake Charles, 337-485-1540
July 4. Fireworks & Band. Grand Isle, 985-787-2997
July 4. Firecracker Futurity & Derby Night. 2717 Delta Down Drive, Vinton, 337-589-7441
July 4. Red, White, Blue and You! Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-436-9588, www.visitlakecharles.org
July 4. Freedom Fest. 201 Reinhardt Drive, Lafayette, 800-346-1958
July 4. Fourth of July Parade. Main Street, New Iberia, 888-942-3742, 337-365-1540
July 4. Let Freedom Ring Festival. Peltier Park, Thibodaux, 985-446-0248
July 4. Red, White & Boom! Parc International, 412 Travis St., Lafayette, 337-232-4277
July 6-11. Sensational Summer. Children’s Museum, 327 Broad St., Lake Charles, 337-433-9420
July 9. Summer Film Festival. 204 W. Sallier St., Sulphur, 337-439-3797
July 9-12, 16-19. “Sanders Family Christmas” presented by Thibodaux Playhouse. 314 St. Mary St., LA Hwy. 1, Thibodaux, 985-446-1896
July 10-12. Louisiana Catfish Festival. St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 17292 Highway 631, Des Allemands, 985-758-7542
July 11. Louisiana Showcase Night. Delta Down Racetrack, Casino & Hotel, 2717 Delta Down Drive, Vinton, 337-589-7441
July 11. Louisiana Stock Association; Clinic & Show. SugArena, 713 N.W. Bypass Highway, New Iberia, 337-365-7539, www.sugarena.com
July 11-12. Chew’s Multicultural Hair Affair. Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-491-1256
July 11-12. Krewe of Bayou Petit Caillou Fishing Rodeo. Houma, 985-226-0049
July-Aug. Summer Film Festival. Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, 337-439-3797
July 17-18. Ninth Annual LDA Fishing Rodeo. Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle, 985-787-2997
July 18. Summer Pops. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, 337-433-1611
July 18. Silver Spur Rider’s Club. West Cal Arena, 2900 Ruth St., Sulphur, 337-528-9378
July 18. 10th Annual Summer Fun Kid’s Day 2009 presented by Synergy Bank. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, 985-850-4657
July 18-19. 22nd Annual Cajun Food & Music Festival. Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles, 337-477-4752, 337-436-9588, www.cfmalakecharles.org
July 23-25. 88th Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo. Grand Isle, 985-787-2997
July 24. Downtown Live After 5. Courthouse steps, Houma, 985-873-6408
July 25. Gridiron. 900 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-491-1256
July 25. Louisiana Paint Horse Show. SugArena, 713 N.W. Bypass Highway, New Iberia, 337-365-7539, www.sugarena.com
July 26. Family Fun Day and Poker Run. Weeks Park, 4412 Weeks Park Road, Lydia, 337-365-6578
July 26. SugaSheaux # 4. SugArena, 713 NW Bypass Highway, New Iberia, 337-365-7539, www.sugarena.com
July 31-Aug. 1. Marshland Festival. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, 337-762-3554, 337-762-3876, www.marshlandfestival.com
July 31-Aug. 2. Cleopatra 3rd Annual Fishing Rodeo. Coco Marina, Cocodrie, 985-876-5394
Aug. 1. Lydia Cancer Association’s August Angler’s Addition Fishing Tournament. Cypremort Point, 337-519-3947
Aug. 1. “Sesame Street.” Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-491-1256
Aug. 1. SLHS Hooks & Leaders Rodeo. Grand Isle, 985-787-2997
Aug. 7-8. Festival of Riches Square Dance Festival. Cyr Gates Community Center, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia, 337-364-6284
Aug. 8. Acadiana Barrel Race Association. SugArena, New Iberia, 337-365-7539, www.sugarena.com
Aug. 13-16. Delcambre Shrimp Festival. 409 E. Main St., Delcambre, 337-685-2653
Aug. 15. Acadiana Barrel Race Association. SugArena, New Iberia, 337-365-7539, www.sugarena.com
Aug. 15. Silver Spur Rider’s Club. West Cal Arena, 2900 Ruth St., Sulphur, 337-528-9378, www.westcalarena.com
Aug. 15. SugaSheaux # 5. SugArena, New Iberia, 337-365-7539, www.sugarena.com
Aug. 18. Little Britches Rodeo Open 4D Barrel Race. West Cal Arena, 2900 Ruth St., Sulphur, 337-762-3931, www.westcalarena.com
Aug. 20-22. World Catfish Rodeo. Grand Isle, 985-787-2997
Aug. 22. Family Festival. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, 337-436-9533
Aug. 29. IFA Redfish Tour. Grand Isle, 985-787-2997

Baton Rouge/Plantation Country
July 7-26. “Jamie Wax’s Goin’ to Jackson.” Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334, www.manshiptheatre.org
Aug. 7-9. Balloon Championships. Brec’s Perkins Road Park, 7122 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, 225-933-2027, www.laballooning.com
July 3, Aug. 7. Bayou River Boat Adventures Bird Watchers Tour. 18158 Rushing Road Hwy 42, Prairieville, 225-698-6956
July 3. Come 4th on the 3rd Donaldsonville Fireworks & Fais Do Do. Mississippi Street, Donaldsonville, 225-323-4970
July 4. 3rd Annual 4th Fest. Court Street, Port Allen, 225-344-2920
July 4, Aug. 1. Baton Rouge Arts Market. Main Street, Baton Rouge, 225-344-8558
July 4. Celebrate the 4th on the Fourth! Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334
July 4. Confetti and Fireworks fundraiser. Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334, 225-389-7213
July 4. USS KIDD: Star-Spangled Celebration. 305 S. River Road, Baton Rouge, 225-342-1942
July 4. Manship Theatre presents Fourth on the 4th. Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334
July 9. The Iguanas. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334
July 10. Art Melt juried art show. Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, 225-389-7200
July 10, Aug. 14. Bayou River Boat Adventures, Photographer Tour. 18158 Rushing Road Highway 42, Prairieville, 225-698-6956
July 12. “The Wizard of Oz” film viewing. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334
July 17. “Purple Rain” film viewing. Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, 225-344-0334
July 17-18. Deep South Crane and Rigging Swamp Pop Music Festival. Ascension Civic Center, 9608 Airline Highway (Highway 61), Sorrento, 877-753-9990
July 18, Aug. 15. Art Gumbo Market. River Region Art Gallery, 1835 N. Magnolia Ave., Gonzales, 225-328-7354
July 24-25. Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration. St. Francisville Inn, St. Francisville, 800-488-6502, www.audubonbirdfest.com
Aug. 1. Jr. Choupique Rodeo. Paulina, 225-869-8966
Aug. 7-8. Balloon Championships. Pennington Center and Brec’s Perkins Road Park, Baton Rouge, 225-933-2027
Aug. 16-23. “Laura Week” at Laura Plantation. 2247 Highway 18, Lutcher, 225-265-7690
Aug. 22. White Linen  Night. 11788 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, 225-635-3873

Greater New Orleans
Through Dec. 27. The Sunday Gospel Brunch. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans, 504-310-4999
Through Dec. 30. The Louisiana State Museum and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club present: From Tramps to Kings. The Presbytere, 751 Chartres St., New Orleans, 504-568-6968
July 2. Ogden After Hours: The Geraniums. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, 504-539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org
July 2. First Thursdays Wargames. National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-527-6012 ext. 333, www.nationalww2museum.org
July 3-5. 15th Annual Essence Music Festival. Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, 504-587-3822
July 4. Maafa, presented by Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Armstrong Park/Congo Square, 835 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, (504) 569-9070, www.ashecac.org
July 4. Independence Fest. Treasure Chest Casino, Kenner, 504-443-8000
July 4-7. Zephyrs vs. Iowa. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
July 5. Improv Comedy at P.J.’s Coffee & Wine Bar. P.J.’s Coffee & Wine Bar, 5359 Mounes St., Harahan, 504-731-2905
July 7. Road to Essence Music Festival feat. Joe. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans, 504-310-4999
July 8-12. Seventh Annual Culinary Cocktail presented by Tales of the Cocktail. French Quarter, New Orleans, 504-343-4285, www.talesofthecocktail.com
July 8-12. Zephyrs vs. Omaha. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
July 9. Ogden After Hours: Ponderosa Stomp Collaboration. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, 504-539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org
July 11. New Orleans Hornets “Honeybees” 2009-2010 Dance Team Auditions. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., New Orleans, www.nba.com/hornets
July 10-12. San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. French Quarter, New Orleans, www.nolabulls.com
July 16. Ogden After Hours: Alex McMurray. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, 504-539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org
July 16-19. AKS Gem Show. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985, www.aksshow.com
July 17-19. Sheinhauer Arts & Crafts Show. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985
July 18, Aug. 15. Living History Corps. National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-527-6012 ext. 333, www.nationalww2museum.org
July 18, Aug. 15. Bywater Art Market. Royal & Piety streets, New Orleans, 504-944-7900, www.bywaterartmarket.com
July 18. First Annual Gulf Coast Family Reunion Showcase presented by Better Opportunities Right Now. Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson St., Covington, 985-867-1206, www.gcfrs.com
July 20-23. Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
July 23. Ogden After Hours: Improvisational Arts Council. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, 504-539-9600
July 25-26. Great Southern Gun & Knife Show. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985
July 24-27. Zephyrs vs. Memphis. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
July 25, Aug. 29. Arts Market of New Orleans. Palmer Park, New Orleans, www.artscouncilofneworleans.org
July 30. Ogden After Hours. Larry Sieberth & Friends. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, 504-539-9600
July 31. Terence Blanchard in Concert. Patrick F. Taylor Library, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 504-539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org
July 30-Aug. 1. Metairie Kennel Club AKC Dog Show. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985
July 30-Aug. 2. Satchmo Summer Fest. French Quarter, New Orleans, 504-522-5730, 800-673-5725, www.frenchquarterfestivals.org
July 31-Aug. 2.  Louisiana Kennel Club AKC Dog Show. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985, www.akc.org
Aug. 1-4. Zephyrs vs. Iowa. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
Aug. 7. Green Day with The Kaiser Chiefs. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., New Orleans, 504-587-3663, 800-756-7074, www.neworleansarena.com
Aug. 8-9. Greater New Orleans Expo Bird Fair. Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego, 504-349-5525
Aug. 8-9. Word of God Conference. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985, www.catholicproductions.com
Aug. 14-17. Zephyrs vs. Colorado Springs. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
Aug. 15. The Jonas Brothers. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., New Orleans, 504-587-3663, 800-756-7074, www.neworleansarena.com
Aug. 18. Def Leppard. New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., New Orleans, 504-587-3663, 800-756-7074, www.neworleansarena.com
Aug. 18-21. Zephyrs vs. Salt Lake. Zephyrs Stadium, Metairie, 504-734-5155
Aug. 29-30. Intergalactic Bead Show. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-465-9985, www.beadshows.com
Aug. 1-Sept. 30. COOLinary New Orleans Dining celebration. New Orleans, 504-566-5011, www.coolinaryneworleans.com
 

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