Weekly Wins: Things to Do in New Orleans 1/1 – 1/7



Happy 2020, New Orleans! Celebrate with a local New Year’s tradition or create your own with one of the new, festive happenings taking place around town, including the magical 2020 Wizard World New Orleans.


Wednesday, January 1

50 First Jokes 2020

This New Year’s 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

Forget that you’re a muggle and enter the 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

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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 more than a history lesson. People are going to carry a statue of Joan, and her sword, to the St. Louis Cathedral. You might even get your own handmade decorated sword. (St. Louis Cathedral // 7-8:30 p.m. // Free to attend)

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 to attend)

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)


Tuesday, January 7

Wine Class: Pinot Noir Worldwide

Did you know that pinot noir is one of the most popular varietals in the world? Find out why, and sip on some favorites, as you’ve walked through the wonderful world of red wine via pinot noir. (Wine Class: Pinot Noir Worldwide // 6:30 p.m. // $25+)

Do you have something specific you’re looking forward to in this first week of 2020? Don’t forget to share all your adventures with us by tagging #FrayLife #NOLAFray in your social posts!

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