Party till dawn? Get goofy with the kids? Enjoy a peaceful brunch? Have a good laugh? There’s something for everyone in New Orleans when it comes to celebrating the arrival of 2017, starting with the biggest news for New Year’s, the arrival of “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.”
Nobody did a countdown like the late Dick Clark, and this year’s "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017" is making New Orleans the home of its first Central time zone countdown.
While Ryan Seacrest hosts the New York festivities, "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lucy Hale will host a New Orleans show broadcasting live beginning at 7 p.m. from just outside Jax Brewery, traditionally topped by the fleur-de-lis drop. The show will coordinate performances with the Allstate Fan Fest.
The Allstate Fan Fest
Back for its 11th year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl offers an array of interactive activities, including a free concert, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The free event at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street is a great way to spend the day while waiting for the evening’s festivities.
JAX Brewhouse presents NYE Ball Drop 2016
In New York, the place to be is Times Square. In New Orleans, New Year's is headquartered at JAX Brewhouse, whose balcony overlooks the Mississippi River, offering an enviable view of the New Year's fireworks.
Doors open at 9 p.m. for this premium open-bar event that also features an array of entertainers including aerial artists. Tickets start at $85.
For more information, vist www.jaxnola.com/neworleansnyeballdrop.
New Year's Eve Frank Sinatra Style at The National WWII Museum
Step into the past to welcome the future at BB's Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Guests will start with a welcome Bellini cocktail, then continue to a four-course Italian dinner by The American Sector Restaurant + Bar. Dinner and dancing will be carried out to the music of Frank Sinatra — featuring vocalist extraordinaire Spencer Rocca — and the Victory Swing Orchestra. At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast and a chocolate buffet. Member tickets are $174.99, and nonmember tickets are $184.99. To purchase, call (504) 528-1943.
Tipitina’s Celebrates With GALACTIC + Boyfriend
Spring for the VIP Experience on New Year’s Eve at Tipitina’s and you’ll be treated to not only a performance of Galactic and Boyfriend at 10 p.m. but an evening that includes a full catered dinner by Jacques-Imo’s, an open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, a champagne midnight toast, Tipitina merchandise and signed limited-edition Galactic gear. VIP tickets are $201 per person. Tickets for just the concert are $76.
Big Night New Orleans New Year's Eve Gala
The 610 Stompers, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Cowboy Mouth and more will take the stage at the Big Night New Orleans New Year's Eve Gala, an all-inclusive New Year's Eve event, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave.
The evening features four main-event ballrooms, endless beverage stations, multiple dance floors, a midnight countdown celebration and giveaways with more surprises.
A portion of the tickets purchased through Louisiana SPCA will benefit the nonprofit; visit www.la-spca.org
For the smaller set, the best parties in town are at the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Audubon Zoo — each host their own countdown to noon.
Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Countdown to Noon!
From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, children of all ages are invited to make noisemakers and party hats while enjoying live music. At the culmination of the countdown, there will be a giant balloon drop and confetti toss.
Admission is $5 per person for museum members or $10 per person for nonmembers. Preregistration is highly recommended and ends Friday., December 30th
Zoo Year's Eve
At the Audubon Zoo, "The Swing Setters," a troupe of professional jazz musicians specializing in interactive performances tailored just for kids, will be the headliners of a full schedule of activities from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Capital One Performance Pavilion and field, including live music, a dance party hosted by Super Star Events, games, prizes, juggling and appearances by a host of costumed characters.
A kid-sized “ice” ring crafted of high-tech plastic also will be open near the Capital One Stage from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Skating tickets are $5 for Audubon members and $7 for nonmembers, and are good for one-time access to the rink. Children younger than 2 enjoy free skating. Ticket sales will close at 2:30 p.m.
LAUGH A LITTLE
After such a crazy year, who doesn’t need a good laugh? The Joy Theater hosts French comedian Gad Elmaleh at 8 p.m.
Touted as the "Ben Stiller of France" and the "Jerry Seinfeld of French Comedy," Elmaleh is arguably the biggest and most loved comedic star in France.
At the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, popular comedian Amy Schumer will take the stage for her performance at 8 p.m.