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Allstate Sugar Bowl, Wizard World Comic Con and More

The Superdome lit up for Allstate Sugar Bowl (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

This weekend in New Orleans, ring in the New Year with the Allstate Sugar Bowl, or explore New Orleans in a new way. Wizard World Comic Con returns, and the new year starts strong with First Saturday Gallery Openings. Kick off the New Year in New Orleans. 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Riverfront (Photo: Paul Broussard)


New Year’s Eve is a big celebration here in New Orleans. From all-inclusive, hotel-hosted parties, to live music celebrations, to daytime family-friendly events, there’s something to suit everyone. Join us and toast to one of the coolest cities in America, if we do say so ourselves!


Kick off the new year at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Watch as the Georgia Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears go head to head in the Superdome on New Year’s Day. The game starts at 7:45 p.m., but the Fan Jam will begin at 4 p.m. with food, games, music, and fun in Champions Square. Celebrate the new year, New Orleans-style with a visit to a local park, a brunch date, or one last trip to Celebration in the Oaks before it closes for the season.


Wizard World Comic Con – Wizard World Comic Con returns to New Orleans celebrating 10 years this first weekend of the new year. From January 3-5, 2020, thousands of fans will come together for the very best in pop culture, science fiction, movies, television, gaming, and more. This year, look out for the “Smallville” cast reunion, plus celebrities from “Outlander,” The Princess Bride, and “X-Men: The Animated Series.” See here for ticket prices and more. 

Julia Street (Photo: Paul Broussard)


First Saturday Gallery Openings – Enjoy an art stroll on this first weekend of January on Julia Street. Participating galleries include Ariodante Gallery, Arthur Roger Gallery, Beata Sasik Gallery, Søren Christensen Gallery, and others. The event is free, self-guided, and from 6-9 p.m.

Kermit’s 9th Ward Juke Joint Grand Opening – Join New Orleans musician Kermit Ruffins as he celebrates the opening of the 9th Ward Juke Joint at 5119 St. Claude Avenue. The grand opening kicks off at 4:20p.m. and features free food and entertainment from the BBQ Swingers Live. Admission is free.

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