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Weekend Picks: New Year’s Eve Festivities and More

Cheers to the (almost) New Year!

Fireworks over New Orleans
Fireworks over New Orleans. Photo via

Cheers to the (almost) New Year! Sure, there are plenty of ways to party on Saturday night — from New Orleans’ live broadcast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to a plethora of music options along Frenchmen Street and more. But if you need a few other ideas for how to spend the weekend, take a peek below.

New Year’s Eve fireworks. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

All Weekend

1. Pretty Lights New Year’s Eve — Electro maestro Pretty Lights brings his sound to Mardi Gras World on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve show featuring additional artists like Emancipator, Curren$yThe Soul Rebels, Manic Focus,Chris Karns, and Maddy O’Neal. Browse ticket options here.


2. Japanese Pub Food Pop-up Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall hosts a pop-up from Kaizouku Izakaya on Friday night starting at 6 p.m. We’re looking forward to the roasted yam with miso butter and steak bun…


3. New Year’s Eve Hustle DJ Soul Sister’s weekly Hustle gets the NYE treatment starting at 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Hi-Ho Lounge. No cover charge.

4. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve For the first time ever, the iconic New Year’s Eve countdown now includes central time zone… in New Orleans! Actress Lucy Hale hosts the festivities, happening around Jax Brewery in the French Quarter with performances from Jason Derulo and Panic! At the Disco. Don’t miss the fireworks!

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


5. Allstate Sugar Bowl Keep the weekend going a day longer when the Auburn Tigers take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Scope out tickets online.