New Orleans events, Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 6, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Children and parents grab for confetti at the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.



  • NEW YEAR’S EVE KIDS’ COUNTDOWN TO NOON: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Midday celebration for youngsters with confetti toss and balloon release, crafts, Red Hot Brass Band and more. Preregistration strongly suggested. $10, $5 members. (504) 523-1357.
  • ZOO YEAR’S EVE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. A day of entertainment and events will herald the new year, including members of the Star Trek troupe, superheroes and storybook characters. Countdown at noon.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARADE: 3:30 p.m., through the French Quarter to Canal Street, New Orleans. Pre-Sugar Bowl Carnival-style procession, starting at Decatur Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, proceeding on Decatur to North Peters Street and ending at Canal Street.
  • YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.
  • HOLIDAY IN THE PARK: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Lafreniere Park, West Napoleon Avenue entrance only, Metairie. Driving and walking tours of thousands of light displays throughout the park. Carousel rides, ornament making, music and new displays. $5.
  • OLDIES BUT GOODIES NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE: 8 p.m., Norco Knights of Columbus Home, 375 Spruce St., Norco. A benefit for ARC of St. Charles, features music and setups. $40 couple. (985) 764-9402.
  • WESTWEGO NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: 8 p.m., Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, Westwego. Music, fun and fireworks. VIP tables available for charge. (504) 341-9083.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE IN JACKSON SQUARE: 9 p.m., 700 Decatur St., New Orleans. Music by Luke Winslow King, Cyril Neville’s Swam Funk with Big Chief Monk, fleur de lis drop at midnight and “Symphony in the Sky” fireworks over the Mississippi River. (985) 630-4604.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE — VEGAS STYLE: 9 p.m., BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Music, dinner, dancing, entertainment and midnight toast reminiscent of the heyday of glamorous “big room” entertainment, with music of Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra by the Victory Swing Orchestra. Retro Vegas glam attire suggested. $140 and up. (504) 528-1943.
  • RING IN THE NEW YEAR ... NEW ORLEANS STYLE: 10 p.m., Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. David Torkanowsky and the New Orleans All Stars, plus Germaine Bazzle, George French, Nicholas Payton, Ricardo Pascal, Lucien Barbarin. $35 and up. (504) 274-1829.


  • Happy New Year!
  • CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed New Year’s Eve; New Orleans City Park. Expansive light display, rides, music, photos, characters and more. $8, rides additional.
  • CHRISTMAS IN THE CREVASSE: 6 p.m., Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center, 152 Shadowbrook Lane, LaPlace. Hayrides through five acres of farmland with more than 70 lighted frames. Snacks available, coloring contests. Closed when raining. (985) 346-3709.
  • ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL: 7:30 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Ole Miss faces Oklahoma State in one of the four standards of the college bowl season.


  • PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m.; also 6 p.m. Monday. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106.
  • NOLA GAMING FEST: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., also Sunday; Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Attendees learn, compete and play in many ways, including structured tournaments for a variety of PC, console and tabletop games. Also vendors, speakers, panels and demos. $30 full access.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944.
  • KWANZAA LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES: noon, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1724 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Join the Kuumba Institute for week-long lighting of candles to celebrate the “cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.” (504) 569-9070.


  • JACKSON DAY RACE: 8:30 a.m., Marconi Drive and Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. Annual 9K-race normally traces Jean Lafitte’s route to Jackson Square but due to construction, the race will follow the west side of City Park to Orleans Avenue and end in the French Quarter. $50.
  • YOGA IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. $5 suggested donation. (504) 293-4721.
  • HARRY POTTER MOVIE MARATHON: noon, St. Tammany Parish Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Kids 7 and up can attend movies 1-3 (all rated PG) from noon to 8 p.m. Ages 9 and under may not be left unattended. No registration is required. Bring blankets and pillows. Kids 13-18 may stay for movies 4-8 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., with permission slip. (985) 646-6470 x 116.
  • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. John Rankin, guitarist, presents a concert of jazz, folk, blues, R&B and classical. (504) 670-2520.


  • NEW ORLEANS CHILDREN’S CHORUS PLACEMENT HEARINGS: 4 p.m., Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Choral auditions for ages 5-18. No experience necessary and all are placed. (504) 482-7892.
  • TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000.
  • CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983.


  • IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC BIKE RIDE: 6 p.m., Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. NOLA SOcial Ride cyclists gather for live music and cycling.


  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288.
  • JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841.
  • “THE STRUGGLE IS REAL —FINALLY BREAK THE DIETING CYCLE, TRANSFORM YOUR MIND AND BODY AND EVOLVE INTO THE PERSON YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Karol Brandt-Gilmartin and Robby D’Angelo discuss and sign their book. (504) 895-2266.
  • “YEAR OF THE GOOSE” AND “THE FINE ART OF F$#KING UP”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Carly Hallman and Cate Dicharry discuss their respective books. (504) 899-7323.
  • “THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS — BUT FOR A PIECE OF WOOD”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rob Chapman discusses his book about the final days of the War of 1812. (504) 889-8143.
  • PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS: 6:30 p.m., Willow Street Car Barn, 8201 Willow St., New Orleans. The masked and costumed riders herald Carnival as they take to the streetcar line of St. Charles Avenue for a ride that ends at Lee Circle after a jaunt to Canal Street.
  • JOAN OF ARC PARADE: 7 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. The annual Twelfth Night parade salutes the French heritage of the city and the “Maid of Orleans” birthday (604 this year). The 300-plus participants begin at Toulouse and Decatur streets, take a left onto Decatur, right at Conti Street, right at Chartres Street, right on Ursulines Street, right on Decatur to pass the Joan of Arc statue, then to Jackson Square for the end.


  • “BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS” SYMPOSIUM: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Sunday, Jan. 10; Nunez Community College Auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. Speakers, scholars and historical artifacts will be a part of this annual event surrounding the historic engagement. Jazz lunch provided.
  • THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Bobby Cure and the Poppa Stoppas bring the doo-wop back. $10.
  • “AN EVENING WITH JOSÉ TORRES-TAMA”: 6:30 p.m., Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. “Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares” is a debut collection that documents 25 years of Torres-Tama’s poetry in his unique bilingual voice. (504) 596-2660.


  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.
  • MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410.


  • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. www.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans.
  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.
  • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
  • GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna.
  • MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. (985) 624-3147.
  • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers.
  • GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743.
  • CRESCENT PARK CRAFTS BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mandeville Wharf, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Every third Saturday, except January, February and August.
  • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi.
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465.
  • SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
  • SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market and flea market. (504) 813-5370.
  • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds.


  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037.
  • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214.


  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET WEST BANK: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 12715 U.S. 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Luling. (504) 782-8517.