27 Super Fun Things to Do in NOLA This January



Break into the new year with fun. Mingle with wizards or laugh at several comedic acts. Mardi Gras will be around the corner, and you can prepare for the festivities early. You can even be a part of history by helping to break a world record. There is a lot going on in New Orleans, so check our Month Ahead to see what’s new.

Wednesday, January 1

50 First Jokes 2020

This New Years Day annual event will make sure you will start your year with a laugh. This event is special because it will be the first joke they are going to tell this year. (The New Movement // 8-9:30 p.m. // $10)


Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5

2020 Wizard World New Orleans

Hey Muggles, this is your chance to enter a wizarding world. Fiction will come to life, and magic will transcend reality. There will be a series of events designed to enchant you. You can also meet special guests and shop from specialty vendors. (New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center // Various Times // $35-$150)


Saturday, January 4

African Flavor Excursion

This is an opportunity to have a taste of Africa. There will be classic dishes from a North African menu that may remind you of traditional New Orleans cuisine. The evening will be extra special thanks to music and a silent auction. (New Orleans Drink Lab // 6:30-9:30 p.m. // $120-$200)


Sunday, January 5

Community Self-Defense Class

This class looks at kung fu and how you can use it for self-defense. You don’t need any martial arts experience in order to enjoy this class. You will learn effective techniques that you can use in case you are in a situation where you need to protect yourself. (New Orleans Shaolin-Do // 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. // $100)


Monday, January 6

Joan of Arc Parade

The Maid of Orléans, Joan of Arc, is going to have a parade for her birthday. This parade will give attendees a history lesson. People are going to carry a statue of Joan, and her sword, to the St. Louis Cathedral. You might get your own handmade decorated sword. (St. Louis Cathedral // 7-8:30 p.m. // Free)

Mari Lwyd 2020

New Orleans is going to be practicing the Welsh tradition of Mari Lwyd. The tradition is about drinking and insulting your neighbors with rhymes. Essentially, you need to get your diss track ready. (Confetti Park // 6:30 – 9:30 // Free)

Bywater Bakery’s 4th Annual King’s Day King Cake Kick-Off

King cake, a staple food during Carnival, is having a special day. You can eat your favorite flavor or try something new. You will also enjoy a selection of music playing throughout the event. (Bywater Bakery // 12-6 p.m. // Free to attend)


Wednesday, January 8

Gallery Talk: “Tina Freeman: Lamentations” with Russel Lord

Hello Louisiana residents, this is your opportunity to enter a casual event where you can talk with members of the art community. This event will look at a photo-documentation of Louisiana wetlands and glacial landscapes. (New Orleans Museum of Art // 12-1 p.m. // Free to attend)


Friday, January 10

Golden State Warriors vs. LA Clippers French Quarter New Orleans Viewing

This Friday you can hang with your friends while watching the game on a big screen TV. You will hear the stadium cheer thanks to the amplified sound. There will be food and drinks to help make this a fun experience. (The American Sports Saloon // 9:30-11:30 p.m. // Free to attend)

New Orleans Vogue Night

The FX originals series Pose previously featured this event. If you are a fan of fashion and dancing, you will have a great time enjoying the best of both of these worlds. (Urban Anti // 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. // $10) 


Sunday, January 12

The Big Chili Chill at NOLA Brewing

Drink your favorite NOLA beers while eating the best chili around. You can get an unlimited chili tasting and can vote on your favorite. There will be live music to help enhance your experience. You can even enter your own chili to get prizes. This event also supports a non-profit to help support families fighting pediatric brain cancer. (NOLA Brewing // 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. // $10-$100)

Historic Costume Tour & Workshop

You can preview the museum’s costume collection just in time for Carnival. After the tour, you can participate in an umbrella decorating workshop. Your ticket also includes snacks. (Louisiana State Museum // 2-5 p.m. // $20-$25)


Monday, January 13

College Football Playoff National Championships

Root for your favorite team for the College Football Playoff National Championship. Get hyped and enjoy the experience. (Mercedes-Benz Superdome // 12-4:59 p.m. // Various prices) 


Tuesday, January 14

The Fundamentals of Cheese

If you have ever had a question about cheese, this event will be able to answer it. Liz Thorpe, a cheese expert, will teach the class. Thorpe has an impressive career and has talked to Rachel Ray and the Wall Street Journal about cheese. You will have a true professional guide the experience while you can sip wine and taste cheese. (NOCHI // 6-8 p.m. // $65)


Wednesday, January 15

Creole Aesthetics in Carnival Acts

You will get the opportunity to listen to Mardi Gras Indian tribal music and art. Tribal chiefs will tell you their stories and explain their masking traditions. The Creole Heart exhibit synergizes with this event. (The Cabildo // 6-9 p.m. // Free to attend)

Speed Dating at Pythian Market

Put down your phone and look up! The love of your life (or maybe your new BFF) could be right in front of you at Fray’s latest speed dating event. In addition to enjoying the lovely company of all your fellow speed daters, you’ll enjoy food, drinks, extended happy hour and the opportunity to win great raffle prizes. This is a 21+ event. (Pythian Market // 7 p.m. // $15)


Friday, January 17

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

You can ask Alexa to play Hedwig’s theme, or you can listen to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra play it in person. There will be a HD screen so you can watch the movie in tandem with the music. (Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts // 8-10 p.m. // $55-$125)


Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19

Anthony Pinchbeck Sensei Friendship Seminar

The dojo is welcoming Anthony Pinchbeck, an Aikikai instructor, for a special seminar. This seminar will focus on relaxed movements and body alignment. At the end of the seminar, you may gain insight and clarity in your life. (NOLA Aikido // Various Times // Various prices)


Saturday, January 18

Advanced Illuminated Skirt

Bring out your inner Daft Punk for Mardi Gras with this fun class, where you’ll make light-up costumes. (NOLA Craft Culture // 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. // $150)

Roar into Roe with NOAF

Who says a Supreme Court decision can’t be funny? This is a comedy show that celebrates the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case. All proceeds from the show will support the New Orleans Abortion Fund. (The AllWays Lounge & Cabaret // 8-10 p.m. // $10-$20)


Tuesday, January 21

Museum Selfie Day

But first, let me take a selfie. Go and visit the New Orleans Museum of Art and take selfies with the special geotags. The museum will post your selfie on their Instagram, and you can win a one-year membership. (New Orleans Museum of Art // 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // Admission fee varies) 


Wednesday, January 22

Slark Moan, Doctors, Baby Bats

Slark Moan is a one-man band who produces quality indie music. His music blends different genres to create a unique sound. You will also experience music by Doctors and Baby Bats. (Gasa Gasa // Doors: 8 p.m. // $7-$10)


Friday, January 24

Murder Mystery Dinner

There’s been a murder, and everyone is a suspect, including you. This three-course meal will take you into action. This event will get you thinking like Sherlock Holmes as you examine clues and suspects. The question is, whodunnit? (Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center // 7-10 p.m. // $45)


Saturday, January 25

Bacon & Booze Crawl 2020

When you start the event, you will get a free bacon flight and a t-shirt. You can eat all your favorite bacon dishes and drink discounted beers and cocktails. There is even a professional photographer who will help you make precious memories. (Downtown New Orleans // 3-9 p.m. // $22-$30)

Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, the authors for “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” are holding a special lecture and workshop. You can learn how to create the perfect garden that reintroduces biodiversity in New Orleans. (New Orleans Botanical Garden // 9-11:30 a.m. // $25)

Night of 1000 Stevies

This is the second annual Night of 1000 Stevies, celebrating the iconic Fleetwood Mac member and solo artist Steve Nicks with performers offering different versions of the famed artist. (One Eyed Jacks // Doors: 9 p.m. Starts: 10 p.m. // $25)


Friday, January 31

The World’s Largest Line Dance — World Record

This is your chance to compete with Beijing and break the world record for the World’s Longest Line Dance. You will be doing the Cupid Shuffle with people across New Orleans. The best part, Cupid will be there live to perform his hit song. (City Park Festival Grounds // 7-9 p.m. // Free to attend) 


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