What: Races for several species, including camels (8:40 p.m.), ostriches (7:10 p.m.) and costumed mascots from schools and sport teams (7:55 p.m.), round out a program of 11 Quarter Horse races. The event includes a Zydeco concert in the grandstand as well as a half-dozen New Orleans food trucks selling their wares.
Where: Fair Grounds Racetrack and Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.
When: Saturday, from 4 to 9:55 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general admission at the gate only; free for children 12 and younger. VIP packages are available. For details, go to Fairgroundsracecourse.com.
More: On Saturday, the Fair Grounds also hosts the inaugural “Tails & Ales Presented by Abita Beer,” a tasting featuring a variety of craft and specialty beers from around the world. “Tails & Ales,” which includes live racing admission, is $30 in advance through Ticketmaster.com or $35 at the door. The VIP experience — which includes a VIP hour from 4 to 5 p.m. — is $60. Discounted “Designated Driver” admission is available for $15 (General Admission) or $25 (VIP).