New year, New Orleans. Check out how to kick off 2017 with help from the Crescent City. First things first: nurse that hangover. Then, we’ve got you covered with special programming, live performances, sports events, exhibits, festivals, and more. Happy New Year!
15 Things to Do in January
Nurse your hangover
Long night? Treat yourself on Jan. 1 to some of our favorite hangover helpers here. Or…
Celebrate National Bloody Mary Day
If you’re a firm believer in “hair of the dog,” Jan. 1 is also National Bloody Mary Day. Take a look at some of the top contenders in the city.
Cheer at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
With a special Fan Fest and ties to the first New Orleans’ broadcast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the Sugar Bowl isn’t just about the game. But about that game: the Auburn Tigers take on the Oklahoma Sooners at 7:30 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 2. Scope out tickets here.
See “The Lion King” at The Saenger
The classic tale with unforgettable music comes to The Saenger Theater Jan. 4-29 with varying evening and matinee showtimes. Tickets available online.
Ring in Carnival
Jan. 6 is Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, marking the start of the Carnival season. Though Mardi Gras doesn’t really get rolling until early February (Mardi Gras Day is Feb. 28), you can welcome the season by checking out the Joan of Arc or Phunny Phorty Phellows parades.
Nerd out at Comic Con
From Jan. 6-8, don your best cosplay for Wizard World Comic Con at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. David Duchovny, Dave Bautista (WWE and Guardians of the Galaxy), and Christopher Lloyd are just a few of the buzz-y names on this year’s guest list.
Get all dressed up for Bal Masque
The Link Stryjewski Foundation presents the second year of its fundraising gala on Jan. 7 at The Orpheum Theatre. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which in turn supports a variety of local youth causes, like the Youth Empowerment Project and Kingsley House. Tickets are pricey, yes, but they include food from chefs like Mario Batali and John Currence and entertainment from Dr. John. The black tie event also requires a mask — there’s really no better excuse to get gussied up.
Dance for Donna Summer
The Joy Theater commemorates a favorite disco diva with their event, “Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer” on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets from $25.
Commemorate the Battle of New Orleans
On Jan. 8 (though there are additional events Jan. 6-7), Chalmette Battlefield honors the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. A wreath-laying ceremony and reenactment are thoughtful ways to journey back in time.
Dance at a David Bowie Birthday Tribute
After David Bowie’s death last January, New Orleans celebrated his life with a second line. This year, One Eyed Jacks looks back on the star man’s golden years with a birthday tribute on Jan. 8. Tickets are $25.
Explore your supernatural side on Friday the 13th
Toast National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Head to The Carousel Bar & Lounge for a traditional hot buttered rum on Jan. 17. Or, make it at home using this easy recipe.
Watch “E.T.” set to a live score
Indulge in King Cake Festival
On Jan. 29, get your king cake on at the annual King Cake Festival. Proceeds benefit Ochsner Hospital for Children, so the calories don’t count… right?
See the work of a surreal photographer
Louisiana photographer Clarence Laughlin was a pioneer in the field, and his surreal images are on display all month long (and through early March) at The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibit is free to attend.