Don’t miss events in New Orleans, June 27-July 3, 2013

Country in the city

Country Hall of Fame artist Merle Haggard and singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson perform together at Champions’ Square, rain or shine 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $49.50. Go to

French Summer Wine Festival

French wines star at the annual event, sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. French music and offerings from New Orleans restaurants and children’s activities. At the The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St. Saturday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $55. Call (504) 458-3528 or visit

Bard none

“The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (abridged),” the witty, irreverant spoof of the playwright’s works, is staged at Tulane University’s Lab Theater, part of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; go to or call (504) 865-5106.

Third of July in City Park

For an early Independence Day celebration, bring chairs and blankets and listen to patriotic music with the Marine Corps Band on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn, then watch fireworks at the Peristyle. Food and drink for sale, or bring a picnic. Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

Especially beer

“Sustaining Life: Water. Grain. Beer,” an exhibit of African ceramic vessels from the collection of the Center for African and African American Studies at Southern University at New Orleans, is on display at The McKenna Museum. The museum is at 2003 Carondelet St. Go to