New Orleans area calendar for Dec. 26-Jan. 1 _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Patrick Monahan and the rest of the three-time Grammy Award-winning rock band Train will perform a free concert at Jackson Square in New Orleans at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Allstate Fan Fest in conjunction with the Sugar Bowl.


  • CAROLING WITH LOUISIANA HISTORY ALIVE: Noon, French Market Farmers Market Stage, Gov. Nicholls Street and French Market Place. Sing along to period and contemporary holiday songs with famous characters from New Orleans’ history. (504) 522-2621 or
  • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Art on the Spot, music by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. (504) 658-4100 or
  • STARLIGHT RACING: 5 p.m., Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd. Evening racing under the lights. $5. (504) 944-5515 or
  • “MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET”: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Fulton Street. Dancing lights, winter décor, falling snow and a 30-foot Christmas tree. Other highlights include a gingerbread house replica of the St. Louis Cathedral and live music.



  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873 or
  • CREOLE CHRISTMAS HISTORIC HOME TOUR: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., also Sunday; 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St. Visit five different public and private homes with holiday décor. $25. (504) 523-3939 in advance; (504) 524-9118 days of tour.
  • FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Also Wednesday.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944 or


  • KIRK FRANKLIN PRESENTS GOSPEL BRUCH: 10 a.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. Weekly presentation of local talent. (504) 310-4999 or
  • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Trombone Choir directed by John Risey. Christmas and jazz favorites. (504) 522-0276 or


  • “NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES — ONE WRITER’S CITY”: 7 p.m., Milton H. Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. Carolyn Kolb discusses her book about the Crescent City. (504) 596-2625


  • ALLSTATE FAN FEST: noon-8 p.m., Jax Brewery parking lot, 418 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Pre-Sugar Bowl events, interactive activities, including pep rallies and concerts at 6:15 p.m. each night. Fitz and the Tantrums perform Tuesday, Train on Wednesday.
  • ORGAN AND LABYRINTH: 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1320 Jackson Ave. (504) 522-0276 or


  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. By museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288 or
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE KID’S COUNTDOWN: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St. Celebrate the countdown to noon’s confetti and balloon drop, plus activities, music and Sesame Street’s The Count. $10. (504) 523-1357 or
  • ZOO YEAR’S EVE: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. Ring in the new year with games, music and prizes plus a noon countdown with hats, noisemakers and kid-friendly drinks. Free with zoo admission. (800) 774-7394 or
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH AT SUPERIOR SEAFOOD: 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar, 4338 St. Charles Ave. Prix fixe four-course dinner, live music from John “Papa” Gros and the Papa Grows Funk band. $45 (504) 293-3474 or
  • SUPER-SWINGING NEW YEAR — A DINING, DANCING CELEBRATION OF BIG BAND HITS: 9 p.m., The Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. Victory Big Band, dinner, midnight dessert and open bar. $190-$200. (504) 528-1943 or
  • ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR WITH DR. JOHN: 10 p.m., Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St. The New Orleans musical icon kicks off Le Petit Theatre’s Intimate Evening Series with his only local performance before his 2015 tour. $150, $200 for premium seating. (504) 522-2081 or
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE: boarding 10 p.m., cruise 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; Creole Queen Paddlewheeler, 1 Poydras St. Buffet, open bar, champagne and fireworks. $159. (504) 529-4567 or


  • CALLAN CONTEMPORARY: 519 Julia St., New Orleans. “Collective Memory: Works by Shawne Major”, Jan. 1-31; reception Jan. 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (504) 525-0518 or
  • HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. “Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans,” through March 29. (504) 523-4662
  • THE JOAN MITCHELL CENTER: 1000 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. “JMC@Prospect.3” exhibit to showcase biennial artists McArthur Binion, Los Jaichackers, Akosua Adoma Owusu and Hayal Pozanti. Ends Jan. 25.
  • MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERIES: 433 Royal St., New Orleans. “The Works of Erte & Artist Mark Kostabi,” until Jan. 1.
  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields, Japanese American Experiences in WWII” exhibit. “Manufacturing Victory - The Arsenal of Democracy.” The exhibit examines how the unprecedented drive of great leaders and industry brought America out of the Great Depression and united citizens on the Home Front. Through May 31.
  • Compiled by Leslie D. Rose