8 Things to do this Weekend: July 13 – 15

Here are eight fun things to do around New Orleans.

Bastille Day festivities are in full swing this weekend, and the 'rollerbulls' are coming for you when Running of the Bulls kicks off on Saturday. Check out our top picks from around the area.

Running of the Bulls

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

The New Orleans version of Spain’s famous bull-running event, also called San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, kicks off on Friday and continues through Sunday. Roller derby team the Big Easy Rollergirls chase participants in the streets with plastic bats for the main event on Saturday. If you’re planning to run, here are a few tips that might help you survive the “Rollerbulls.” Other activities surrounding the main event include a pre-party, a post-race celebration immediately following the run itself, and a Hemmingway look-alike contest. Find complete information of all events here and purchase event tickets here.

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'Beauty and the Beast' at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

Parents looking for some family-friendly entertainment can check out Rivertown Theater’s production of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Showtimes for opening weekend include Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $36 to $40, plus applicable taxes and fees.

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Bastille Day Fete 2018

Friday, July 13

French-themed activities will take over the New Orleans Museum of Art during the annual Bastille Day Fete on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers say the celebration takes on an extra special meaning this year as New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial. Activities include live music and dancing with local swing band the Bon Bon Vivant, a cooking demonstration, guided gallery tours, numerous French-themed kids’ activities, a pop-up shop by The French Library and multiple food trucks. General admission is $5.

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Mr. Legs XVIII

Saturday, July 14

More than a dozen male contestants will show a little leg for charity at the annual Mr. Legs pageant on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Generations Hall. Contestants will get judged by a panel of celebrity judges for categories including best costume, hairiest legs, sexiest legs and others to get crowned “Mr. Legs XVII.” The event also includes complimentary food, a bar and a silent auction. Live entertainment will feature the Les Rebelles and the Pussyfooters. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit Bridge House/Grace House.

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Championship Boxing: Prograis vs. Velasco

Saturday, July 14

Pro-boxer and New Orleans native Regis Prograis gears up for his next world title fight at the UNO Lakefront Arena this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. World-champion boxer Prograis takes onTickets Argentina’s Juan Jose Velasco for the WBC Interim Junior Welterweight Championship. Tickets start at $38, plus taxes and fees, via Ticketmaster.

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2018 Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party

Saturday, July 14

Check out the 2018 Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The party takes places in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon, between North Lopez and Esplanade Avenue. The event includes food, music, children’s activities and an art market. Guests can also join a costume contest with a prize awarded for the best Napoleon or Marie Antoinette costume.Vendors include 1000 Figs, Cafe Degas, Fairgrounds Coffee House, Liuzza’s by the Track, Nonna Mia, Lola’s, Pal’s Lounge, Santa Fe, Swirl Wines and Toast Cafe. The block party is free and open to the public.

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Vegan 2 The Soul Festival 2018

Sunday, July 15

Great food meets vegan options at this inaugural, free outdoor festival. Vegan 2 The Soul Food Festival combines food, lifestyle choices and music into one event. The fest starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday in Washington Square.

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French Market Bastille Day Bartender & Waiters Race

Sunday, July 15

Celebrate Bastille Day New Orleans style at the annual French Market’s annual Bartender and Waiters Race at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Participants must speed walk (no running is allowed) for approximately 2 blocks without spilling any food or drink from their carefully configured race trays.

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