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Weekend Picks: Bastille Day Fête, Running of the Bulls, and More

Running of the Bulls (Photo: Zack Smith)

This weekend in New Orleans, there’s one celebration after another. On Friday, head to the New Orleans Museum of Art to celebrate our French heritage with Bastille Day Fête. Running of the Bulls kicks off a weekend of fun with the main event on Saturday morning. Watch as #1 boxer in the world and New Orleans native Regis Prograis takes on Juan Jose Velasco at the UNO Lakefront Arena on Saturday night. Watch the championship match of the World Cup on Sunday by attending a watch party. What will you get into this weekend?

Running of the Bulls Photo: Cheryl Gerber
Running of the Bulls (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Running of the Bulls – Also known as San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, Running of the Bulls celebrations kick off Friday evening with El Txupinazo, the official kickoff party and a fundraiser benefiting Beth’s Friends Forever, at the Sugar Mill downtown. Saturday is the main event, El Encierro: The Running of the Bulls. At 8 a.m., runners dressed in white and red will flood downtown while trying to escape the “bulls,” also known as the Big Easy Rollergirls. Celebrations continue into the weekend – you can find more information here and purchase event tickets here.

The Pythian Market (Photo Credit Randy P Schmidt)

World Cup Watch Parties – This weekend, watch the final matches of the World Cup here in New Orleans. We’ve picked out five spots for you to kick back, relax, and enjoy the final few games all weekend long. Then, on Sunday, July 15, enjoy the championship game with a brunch party at the Pythian Market beginning at 10 a.m. and close out the month-long celebration.


Bastille Day Fête – On Friday, July 13, from 6p.m.-9 p.m., head to the New Orleans Museum of Art for Bastille Day Fête. Enjoy live music, a pop up shop by The French Library, food by Café NOMA, Boucherie, Café Dégas, Crêpes à la Cart, and Frencheez.  Cash bars featuring wines from across France will be in full effect. The night will also feature screenings of family-friendly French short films and a cooking presentation from Chris Montero, Executive Chef and Culinary Curator of Café NOMA and Napoleon House. General admission is $5.

Photo courtesy Hosanna Rull/ iRull Photos


Mujeres de Cine Film Series: Dancing Beethoven – Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Stern Auditorium on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a screening of Dancing Beethoven. This 2016 documentary by Arantxa Aguirre is an immersive look at the staging of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the Béjart Ballet of Lausanne, France. This is the first film in the four-part Mujeres de Cine film series which brings Spanish films made by women to NOMA.

Championship Boxing- Prograis v Velasco – This Saturday at the UNO Lakefront Arena, watch as world-champion boxer and New Orleans native, Regis Prograis, 21-0 (18 KO’s) takes on Argentina’s Juan Jose Velasco, 20-0 (12 KO’s), for the WBC Interim Junior Welterweight Championship. A feature in our “20 Questions” series, we talked to Regis ahead of this match to find out what  he loves most about the city. Purchase tickets here, and see the match live and in person beginning at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday.

The Kyle Roussel Organ Trio – This Saturday night, keyboardist and New Orleans native Kyle Roussel will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center on 1225 N Rampart St. Roussel began playing piano at age nine and currently performs all around the world with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He will be performing in two sets at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and both are free.


Summer Film Series at the Orpheum – Enjoy a free screening of The Princess and the Frog this Thursday, July 12, at the Orpheum Theater. The show begins at 7 p.m.

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