8 things to do this weekend: July 19 – 21

Events surrounding cocktails and dinosaurs are here to shake up your weekend.

Cocktail lovers can toast to fun this weekend, but we also found some family events in the mix. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down some events for you to check out.

Tales of the Cocktail

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

The premier cocktail festival shakes up New Orleans with a week full of events that spotlight the spirits industry. This annual meeting of mixologists, industry leaders and cocktail enthusiasts features seminars, tastings, competitions, networking opportunities and other events. While most events cater to professionals in the bar and spirits industry, other events are open to the public.

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Jurassic Quest

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

Dinosaurs will roam through New Orleans when Jurassic Quest heads to the Morial Convention Center this weekend. The event transports families back in time to walk among more than 80 life-sized dinosaurs. Other attractions include fossil digs, dinosaurs ride, exhibit tour, science stations, dinosaur crafts and bounce houses. Exhibit hours are Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $22 for kids ages 2 to 12 and adults ages 13 to 64. Kids VIP tickets are $36 for ages 2 to 12. Tickets for seniors ages 65 and older costs $20.

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Louisiana Sportsman Show

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

Outdoor enthusiasts can score deals on the latest gear and equipment when the Louisiana Sportsman Show returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this weekend. Scores of exhibitors will fill the show floor with fishing and hunting goods, many of which will be steeply discounted. There will seminars and activities for children throughout the weekend. Show times for the weekend are on Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and kids 13 and older, and admission for kids ages 6 to 12 is $6. Children age 5 and younger enter for free.

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'Mamma Mia!' at Rivertown Theaters

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

This weekend is your last chance to catch Rivertown Theater’s production of “Mama Mia!” The musical features two dozen hits from 1970s pop sensation ABBA. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. Showtimes this weekend are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $36.

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Krampus in July German Luau

Saturday, July 20

The Krewe of Kramus hosts a summer event blending a summer luau with a German biergarten. The Krampus in July German Luau happens from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate the off-season. Organizers encourage Alps-themed costumes, beach-themed costumes or a combination both. Maybe you can pair surf trunks with hiking boots. Tickets are $25. Tickets include entry, a lei, two beers and a hula performance. Plus, you’ll get access to the slient auction and raffle. Tickets must be purchased online prior to the event by 9 a.m. on Saturday. No ticket sales at the door.

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HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Show

Saturday, July 20 – Sunday, July 21

Take a walk on the wild side at the HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Show heading to Slidell on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of creatures will be on display at the event dubbed the “largest reptile and exotic pet show in Louisiana.” You can get a hands on experience at the educational section of the event. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children age 4 and under enter free.

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Local events celebrating 50th anniversary of the moon landing

Saturday, July 20

Many around the country are remembering the mission that brought man’s first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, here are a few ways locals can celebrate with events around the area this Saturday.

The St. Tammany Parish Library hosts a 50th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Slidell Branch. Guests can watch the historic video of the moon landing and hear first person accounts of watching the event. You can also watch a sky show inside the Star Lab, a portable planetarium.

The New Orleans Baby Cakes is hosting a ticket giveaway to celebrate the moon landing for their game against the Round Rock Express at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany hosts an event with space-themed activities scheduled through out the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Kenner Planetarium marks the event with exhibits, guest speakers, a planetarium show and a solar telescope viewing. The event is free to the public from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Celebrate the Apollo 11 landing with beer, movies and moon-themed snacks at Courtyard Brewery‘s moon party at 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Vegan 2 the Soul Food Festival

Sunday, July 21

This free outdoor festival celebrates healthy food and lifestyle choices from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Sunday at Lemann Park along the Lafitte Greenway. Enjoy free yoga and fitness classes, food, music, cooking demonstrations and health discussions. Vegan VIP tickets are available for $35, which gives guests access to free alcohol, free food and line skip passes.

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