Celebrate the New Year this January in New Orleans
New Orleans is a great place to start the new year! This month marks the transition from holiday season into Carnival season, and although Mardi Gras celebrations will for sure bound to look a little different this year, it won’t stop this vibrant, exciting city from being in the festive spirit. With the weather starting to cool, it’s also the perfect time to check out some famous restaurants to try warm, traditional dishes like gumbo and etouffee!
January Event Calendar
King Cake Festival
The 9th annual King Cake Festival, held in Champions Square, celebrates one of New Orleans’ most popular and loved treats! You’ll get to enjoy different king cakes from some of the best bakeries while enjoying live music! This event is free and open to the pubic! Organizers have not yet updated the public on this event in reposnse to COVID. Official date TBA!
In New Orleans, January 6 of each year marks the end of holiday season and the start of carnival season! It is the official day that you can start buying King Cakes in stores. This is also the date that you can get a little taste of New Orleans' Mardi Gras spirit! Catch some beads and throws from "The Not So Secret Society of the Elysian Fields," that rolls on the Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar line. They will depart from Elysian Fields Station, go to Union Station, and back again.
Things to Do in New Orleans in January
Grab beignets and coffee
There are certain foods that you shouldn’t leave New Orleans without trying, and the beignet is one of them. Best described as a deep-fried doughnut (without the hole), loaded with powdered sugar, and paired perfectly with coffee, this sweet treat dates back to the 18th century; the French-Creole colonists introduced them! Visit Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter, a 24-hour beignet shop founded in 1862 that doubles as a historical landmark. Although Cafe Du Monde is the most iconic place to grab beignets and coffee, there are many other cafes throughout the city to get your fix!
Go on a food tour
It’s no secret that New Orleans is famous for its delicious food. With so many different flavors and “have-to-try” dishes, picking the right restaurants can get overwhelming. From gumbo to etouffee, and everything in between, going on a food tour is the perfect way to get a taste of the staples!