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Weekend Picks: College Football Playoff National Championship and More

2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome hosts the College Football Playoff National Championship (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, it’s all about LSU, Clemson, and the College Football Playoff National Championship. With the game taking over the city, there are multiple events over the weekend that anyone can enjoy. We’ve got all you need to know and more this weekend in New Orleans.

Attend College Football Playoff National Championship events at Champions Square and throughout downtown New Orleans (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


College Football Playoff National Championship – Though the game isn’t until Monday, Jan. 13, there will be plenty of chances to get in on the action this weekend. Throughout the weekend, hang out at Fan Central in the Convention Center, which is a free, family-friendly experience with meet-and-greets, live music, clinics, and games. The Extra Yard 5k on Sunday morning benefits the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative (registration is $35). The AT&T Playoff Playlist Live will feature artists Meghan Trainor, Bastille, Tim McGraw, Judah and The Lion, and more with three free concerts starting Saturday night.


College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy Viewing Party – Now’s your chance to view the CFP National Championship trophy up-close before the big game courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection. Stop by on Friday from 5-8 p.m. for this one-night-only event, then check out THNOC’s latest exhibit, “Crescent City Sport: Stories of Courage and Change,” on the history of New Orleans sports. Admission is free.

City Park’s Botanical Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Thursdays at Twilight – Kick off the 2020 Thursdays at Twilight concert series with a performance from Bobby Cure and the Poppa Stoppas. Swing back in time with the sounds of Doo-Wop and the 50s while enjoying mint juleps. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the performance is at 6 p.m. in the Botanical Garden at City Park. Admission is $10.

The Contemporary Arts Center (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Place Over Time: Perspectives on the South Through Film – This Thursday at the Contemporary Arts Center, enjoy the third and final event in a film series exploring the South over time. The 1985 documentary “Sherman’s March” sets out to follow General William T. Sherman’s infamous march through the Confederacy in the latter stages of the Civil War, but he ends up finding something else. The film begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Helis Foundation.

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