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

Bastille Day Fete, Running of the Bulls, Shakespeare theater performances… it’s a Euro weekend in New Orleans.

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The San Fermin in Nueva Orleans festival features roller derby girls from across the country (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Orleans gets back to her European roots, owing the weekend itinerary to Spain, France, and England via Running of the Bulls, a Bastille Day fete, and a revival of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, respectively. Not limited to internationally influenced picks, this weekend also sees a book signing from Big Freedia (though her memoir’s title is a nod to the Commonwealth’s anthem) at Octavia Books and several performances and workshops as part of The New Movement’s sixth anniversary in the city.


1. The Tempest at Old Iron Works – Promethean Theatre Company kicks off its outdoor production of The Tempest at 7 p.m. with Friday and Saturday shows through July 18. A live, original score and original choreography from dynamic local artists are an apt accent to the bewitching drama. Tickets are $15 online.

2. Big Freedia Book Reading and Signing – The spirited bounce artist will read and sign her memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva, at Octavia Books starting at 6 p.m. Free.


3. Running of the Bulls The annual encierro starts at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday in the Warehouse District, pitting runners against roller derby players – “rollerbulls” – with horns and plastic bats. Though registration has already ended, you can gain Corredor access (entry to festival grounds) with a $15 ticket, or enjoy the free after-party, La Fiesta de Pantelones, at 4:30 p.m. at The Maison.

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Let them eat (cup)cake at Bastille Day Fete. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

4. Bastille Day Fete – The city celebrates France’s 4th of July equivalent with a free festival at Spanish Plaza featuring kids’ activities, a dog costume contest, live music from Hot 8 Brass Band, and more. Francophiles will oh lá lá over food options from Crepes a la Cart, Café Degas, and St. James Cheese Co., among others.

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5. Megaphone Marathons 6 at The New Movement – Celebrating its sixth anniversary, comedy theater The New Movement will feature nightly classes and performances plus special editions of standing comedy shows. Tickets are $10 at the door and $7 in advance online.

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