New Orleans area events July 4-11, 2013

THURSDAY

  • RIVERFRONT FESTIVAL: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., 200 Morgan St. riverside where the Algiers Ferry Terminal meets the levee. Live music by Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Egg Yolk Jubilee and Diablo Horns. Fireworks. Arts and crafts vendors and food. Free. (504) 362-6436.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

  • ESSENCE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., various locations in New Orleans. An annual music festival celebrating contemporary African American music and culture. essence.com.

FRIDAY

  • WORLD’S BIGGEST NATURAL HAIR MEETUP AT ESSENCE FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., Le Roux Supper Club & Banquet Hall, 1700 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. http://www.leroux.ning.com.

SATURDAY

  • BLACK GIRLS WORK OUT, TOO! NEW ORLEANS: 8 a.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Celebrity personal trainers Ellen and Lana Ector of Gymnetics Fitness Studio present a good workout, a healthy breakfast and personal fitness questions answered. http://bignightneworleans.com.

SUNDAY

  • SUNDAY SWING FEATURING THE NEW ORLEANS MOONSHINERS: 1 p.m.-2 p.m., free dance lessons; 2 p.m.-4 p.m., live music. Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Professional swing dancers will provide coaching for dancers of all levels while local musicians play World War II era hits. Free. http://www.nationalww2museum.org.
  • FADE TO BLACK II: 10 p.m., The Wine Bistro, 1011 Gravier St., New Orleans. $25. (504) 267-3405.

MONDAY

  • ESSENCE FESTIVAL-THE CELEBRITY TAKEOVER: 10 p.m., Roux House above Walk-On’s, 1009 Poydras St., New Orleans. Events will be hosted by Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Brooke Bailey, James “The Beard” Harden, Jacoby Jones and Show Magazine. This event is 21 and up and valid ID is required. Email Donnasoublet@gmail.com or call (504) 333-3472.

TUESDAY

  • ATURE WALK AND TITIVATION: 8 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 La. 190, Mandeville. A 2 hour walk in the woods. Free for members. (985) 626-1238.
  • MEET THE AUTHOR: 5 p.m., Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Cate Lineberry presents “The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines.” http://www.nationalww2museum.org.
  • STAGE DOOR IDOL, PRELIMINARY ROUND ONE: 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Fifty singers were selected at the open auditions in June and the first group will compete in round One. Cheer on the singers and vote for your favorite. $5 at the door. http://www.nationalww2museum.org.

WEDNESDAY

  • WEDNESDAYS ON THE POINT RIVERFRONT FESTIVAL: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 200 Morgan St. riverside where the Algiers Ferry Terminal meets the levee. Live music by The Yat Pack and DaRockits. Arts and crafts vendors and food. Free. (504) 362-6436.

ONGOING

  • THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: 533 Royal St., New Orleans. “Pipe Dreams: Louisiana under the French Company of the Indies, 1717–1731,” through Sept. 15. Hours: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m, Tuesday–Saturday and 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday. Free.