POSTED Tue. Dec 30, 2014

Creative Culture

New Year's Eve In New Orleans

It’s the most anxiety-inducing holiday of the year! Just what are you going to do? Who are you going to smooch? What if someone’s having a better time across town at that party you said you didn’t want to go to but now secretly wish you’d attended?

Never fear! Below is NewOrleans&Me’s guide to New Year’s Eve events in New Orleans, from family-friendly affairs and free celebrations, to big-ticket musical performances from local legends like Dr. John and Galactic. There’s plenty of options for everyone.

First, for the kids—Audubon Zoo hosts its Zoo Year’s Eve celebration on the 31st from 10:30am to 1:30pm, with a countdown to Noon to ring in the new year. The free event include jugglers, hula hooping, party hats, noisemakers, and a bunch of other games and prizes.

Of course, perhaps the most frequented New Year’s event in town takes place at Jackson Square. A free night of music and partying culminates with a spectacular fireworks display high above the Mississippi River. You can watch the fireworks from Jackson Square or the rooftop of nearby Jax Brewery. Or, you can take it all in from a riverboat cruise aboard the Natchez or Creole Queen. Ticket and reservation information for New Year’s riverboat cruises can found here.

A more intimate New Year’s option can be found just around the corner from Jackson Square at Le Petit Theatre (616 St. Peter St.), where Dr. John will perform as part of the venue’s aptly named “Intimate Evenings” concert series. The legendary New Orleans native is sure to provide an entertaining show at one of the city’s most historic venues. Ticket information can be found here.

Also in the French Quarter, DJ Soul Sister hosts her 12th Annual New Year’s Eve party at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St.). The funk and soul music mainstay spins vintage vinyl all night long. This is the place to go for a dance-heavy New Year’s. Tickets are only $10 (!) and include a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. More info can be found here.

Uptown at Tipitina’s (501 Napolean Ave.), funk-veterans Galactic return for their annual December 31st concert. California Honeydrops and the always-entertaining DJ Quickie Mart join them to ring in the new year. Tickets are $75.

In mid-city, Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal Street) hosts its 1st Annual Boudin Ball, featuring Ed Volker & Los Reyes De Legarto. The event features cajun food and a wide variety of musical talents, including the Lafayette-based Dege Legg, and former Carolina Chocholate Drops member Leyla McCalla. The night starts at 10:00pm. More details can be found here.

Other New Year’s Eve events to check out:

Quintron and Miss Pussycat @ Freret Street PubliQ House, 8:30pm. Elaborate music and puppeteer stage show.

Ludacris @ Masquerade in Harrah’s. Doors at 9pm.

The New Mastersounds and Dumpstaphunk (plus an opening solo set from jazz-master Jon Cleary) @ The Joy Theater. Doors at 9pm.

Eric Lindell @ Circle Bar, 10pm. Roots rock/blues guitarist performs at a venue that played a keyed role early in his career.

Glitch Mob @ Republic, 10pm. Bass-heavy dance, hip-hop, and electronica.

Rebirth Brass Band @ Howlin Wolf, 10pm. Hot 8 Brass Band opens.

“Big Night New Orleans New Year’s Eve Gala,” featuring Cowboy Mouth, Royal Teeth, and more @ Hyatt Regency, 9pm. Indoor party with all kinds of local talent, including 610 Stompers and the Bad Girls of Burlesque. Ticket information can be found here.

Hall Lany Syne: New Year’s Eve at Preservation Hall. 2nd Annual end-of-year celebration with a midnight toast by the Preservation Hall All-Stars. Ticket information can be found here.

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