Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome: 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr.
Monday, January 1; 7:45 p.m.
Show some school spirit for the 84th annual Sugar Bowl! This year marks the second time the bowl has hosted a play-off semifinal game. For the third year in a row, the #1-ranked Clemson Tigers will face off against the #4-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for a spot in the 2018 College Football National Championship, which will take place on January 8 in Atlanta. The other CFP semifinal game between Oklahoma and Georgia will take place at the Rose Bowl on January 1. Enjoy pre-game events during Fan Fest, which returns for its 12th year as a celebration of pre-game events on December 30 and 31. Meet at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot for football-themed activities and high-energy pep rallies. The fest is free and open to the public, and includes New Year’s Eve celebrations on Sunday night. Tickets for the Sugar Bowl are officially sold out, but options to purchase tickets through hospitality and travel packages are still available.
Chris Owens’s Twelfth Night Party
Mardi Gras Museum of Costume and Culture: 1010 Conti St.
Saturday, January 6; 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kick off the 2018 Carnival season at Chris Owens’s Twelfth Night party. Enjoy an evening of king cake, champagne, and live entertainment provided by The Yat Pack and David Cook. The event is hosted by Krewe of Stars, and serves as a benefit for their Mardi Gras Show Ball and Chris Owens’s Easter Parade. The event will also feature a special costume unveiling by Owens and Cook, as well as a meet-and-greet with Krewe of Stars members. Owens has been a French Quarter fixture and celebrity since the 1960s, and has hosted the “Patriotic Easter Parade” on Bourbon Street annually since the mid-1980s. The Krewe of Stars works to nurture and promote the talents of the New Orleans performance arts community through a network of members, a volunteer base, and fundraisers. Their annual Mardi Gras Tableau Ball recognizes “stars of the community” for their contributions in theater, music, media, and the arts. Tickets are available online for $30.
Wizard World Comic-Con
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: 900 Convention Center Blvd.
Friday, January 5; 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 6; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 7; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Beam me up, Scotty, to the Wizard World Comic-Con! Join tens of thousands of fans to celebrate the best in pop culture during the first weekend in January. Celebrity guests include Stan Lee, Ian Somerhalder, Charisma Carpenter, Holly Marie Combs, and Jon Heder. The weekend boasts numerous attractions for all fans of movies, comics, video games, TV, graphic novels, wrestling, MMA, anime, manga, and sci-fi. Bust out your best cosplay and sign up onsite for a costume contest on Saturday. Score a picture with or autograph from your favorite celebrities. Check out the artist alley, featuring acclaimed artists Ant Delucia and Phil Hester, to purchase original art or commission a one-of-a-kind piece. Browse the marketplace with hundreds of retailers selling themed merchandise, perfect to pick up a novelty gift or add to a personal collection. The event guarantees something for every fan of all ages, including live show entertainment, workshops, after-hours entertainment, show vehicles, a kids area, and more. Various ticketing packages and options are available online.
Tabasco Burlesque Opera
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré: 616 St. Peter St.
Thursday, January 25- Friday, January 26; 8 PM
Saturday, January 27- Sunday, January 28; 2:30 PM
Add a little spice to your life with Tabasco at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. The comic burlesque operetta also serves as a celebration of New Orleans’s Opera’s 75th anniversary and the Crescent City’s Tricentennial. Originally composed by George Whitefield Chadwick, Tabasco was first performed in 1894, embarking on a national tour after being met with critical and commercial success. International conductor Paul Mauffray will be bringing his own flair to Chadwick’s score and R.A. Barnet’s libretto. Also featuring a full orchestra and chorus, this show is a seasonal gem that you don’t want to miss! Tickets are available online starting at $25.
Krewe du Vieux
French Quarter & CBD
Saturday, January 27; 6:30 p.m.
Experience the original spirit of Mardi Gras during Krewe du Vieux. The parade’s 17 sub-krewes will display unique interpretations of the 2018 carnival theme. Since 1987, the Krewe du Vieux has retained a satirical sense of humor while also highlighting some of the best of NOLA’s traditional brass and jazz bands. This year’s parade is no different and will feature the comically named krewes of: C.R.U.D.E., Underwear, C.R.A.P.S, Comatose, Mishigas, and L.E.W.D., among others. The parade will be joined by 17 bands, and will begin on the corner of Decatur and Mandeville Streets.