We’re ushering in the new year in New Orleans this weekend. With 52 weekends to go, we’ve got plenty in store for 2019. Make it your resolution to spend some time in this magical city. Kick it off with free live music, art openings, or start the year off with a fitness class. Then, indulge in the first king cake of the year at the Krewe of Joan of Arc Parade in the French Quarter. Here’s where we’ll be this first weekend of the new year.
Wizard World Comic Con – From Jan. 4-6, Wizard World comes to New Orleans, bringing celebrities like Aquaman’s Jason Momoa with it. Enjoy panels, meet-and-greets, a costume contest, and more this weekend at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Ticket prices vary.
Jazz & Heritage Concert Series – Don Vappie, the world-famous banjo, guitar, and bass player brings his band, the Creole Jazz Serenaders, to the Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday, Jan. 5, for the first Jazz & Heritage Concert series of 2019. Sets are at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m at 1205 N. Rampart Street. Admission is free.
Arts District First Saturdays – Soak up the arts this Saturday from 6-9 p.m in the Arts District. Galleries in the area will be open with free admission including: Stella Jones Gallery, Octavia Art Gallery, Martine Chaisson Gallery, Lemieux Gallery, Jonathan Ferrera Gallery, Degas Gallery, Callan Contemporary, Boyd Satellite, Beata Sasik Gallery, Arthur Roger Gallery, and Ariodante Gallery. New works by artist Jacques Soulas (also owner of Cafe Degas) will be on display at the Degas Gallery, which will host a welcoming reception on Saturday from 6-8p.m. Opening times vary for each gallery. Visit the Arts District’s website for more information.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Rock of Ages: Tenth Anniversary Tour – Jam out with the tenth anniversary tour of Rock of Ages as it stops in New Orleans for two performances this Saturday and Sunday. The show is a blast from the past with music from hit rock bands of the ‘80s including Journey, Bon Jovi, and Twisted Sister. Shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, and tickets start at $39.50.
Phunny Phorty Phellows – This krewe parades down St. Charles Avenue via streetcar on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Head out for the costumes, revelry, and to ring in the first night of Mardi Gras. Then, stick around for the Funky Uptown Krewe which will follow.
Société Des Champs Elysée – The city’s newest Mardi Gras krewe, formally known as La Société Pas Si Secrète Des Champs-Élysées (The Not So Secret Society of the Elysian Fields), takes a lesson from the Mardi Gras playbook and the Phunny Phorty Phellows as it rolls through downtown via streetcar. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at N Rampart Street and Elysian Fields Avenue.
Krewe of Joan of Arc Parade – Celebrate the official start to the Mardi Gras season at the Joan of Arc Parade this Sunday in the French Quarter. This family-friendly walking parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Bienville and Decatur Streets and features medieval parade throws such as wooden swords, Joan of Arc saint medallions, and sword pendants. Parade-goers are encouraged to bring their own king cake to welcome the Mardi Gras season ahead of us.
Live Music – January marks another month filled with live music in New Orleans. This Saturday, catch soul band The Quickening at Gasa Gasa at 10 p.m. For more of the best live music throughout the month, see here.