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Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in New Orleans


Ah, New Year’s Eve. Time for celebrating a year gone by and looking forward to the year ahead. Time for resolutions. But most of all – it’s a night to have some fun. With that in mind, here are some ideas for how you can send 2018 off with style.

For the Kids

Zoo Year’s Eve – 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at Audubon Zoo

Celebrate the new year with music, games, party hats, and a Pepsi for toasting. The event is free with zoo admission or zoo membership and is a great way for kids to celebrate the New Year without waiting until midnight.

New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Children’s Museum

Kids can create their own noisemakers and party hats, party to live music, and celebrate the new year at noon with a balloon release and confetti toss!

Noon Year’s Eve– 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Dave and Buster’s 

Enjoy a breakfast buffet, unlimited video games, and get a $10 Power Card for ticketed games. There will be face painting, goodie bags, and a ginger ale toast at noon with a balloon drop for that grown-up New Year’s Eve feeling.

For the Foodie

Steak Night VIII – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Piece of Meat

It’s hard to go wrong with steak on New Year’s Eve, and Piece of Meat doesn’t disappoint. They’re offering a one-of-a-kind celebration this year with a menu selection worthy of the night.

Ring in the Revelry – 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Landry’s Seafood House

If you’re up to braving the French Quarter on New Year’s Eve, it’s hard to go wrong with Landry’s. This year they’re hosting an unforgettable party, with a full buffet, open bar, DJ and dance floor, midnight champagne toast, and a great view of the Jackson Square fireworks show.

For the Fireworks

On Thursday, Mayor Cantrell announced that beginning this year, New Orleans is bringing fireworks out of the French Quarter and to the people, with four fireworks shows happening at varied locations and times to make sure that everyone gets to participate in the fun. The early shows won’t be small – according to AFX Pro President David Spear, those displays will be “the equivalent to One Shell Square,” while the midnight show will be the size of the other three, combined.

8:30 p.m. in New Orleans East off Reed Blvd.

9:30 p.m. in City Park near Big Lake

10:30 p.m. on the river between Napoleon Ave and Jefferson Ave.

Midnight in Jackson Square

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