New Orleans definitely knows how to bring the party when ringing in the New Year. The city offers plenty of options to countdown to midnight to party the night away.
From festive fireworks to big bashes, celebrating New Year's Eve in New Orleans is a big celebration no matter which event you choose to ring in the New Year.
We’ve gathered some ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve in New Orleans on Monday, Dec. 31.
Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve
This is the third year that “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” telecast hosted by Ryan Seacrest will have a presence in New Orleans. Witness the fleur-de-lis drop and a spectacular fireworks show, as New Orleans closes out its Tricentennial year. Country stars Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris will headline the concert that also coincides with the Allstate Fan Fest. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Actress Lucy Hale will host the Central Time Zone celebration in New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public.
Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year's Eve Parade
The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade will feature floats, bands and other participants at 2 p.m. Is there a more New Orleans-style way to help ring in the New Year? The parade begins at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street. The parade wraps up at Canal Street. Check out the Allstate Fan Fest while you’re out and about.
Crescent City Countdown
Crescent City Countdown welcomes the New Year in New Orleans with the annual fleur de lis drop and Riverfront fireworks show at midnight. See the free “Symphony in the Sky” from the East Bank or West Bank of the Mississippi River.
DJ Soul Sister's 16th Annual New Year's Eve Soul Train
Ring in 2019 at the Civic Theater with the local “‘Queen of Rare Groove.” DJ Soul Sister has spun her tunes at more than a decade of dance parties, making her a “can’t miss” this New Year’s Eve. Tickets for this unforgettable night are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $100 for the premium open bar. Age 21 and older only.
Big Night New Orleans New Year's Eve Gala
Big Night New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is one of the city’s big parties held annually on New Year’s Eve. Dance your way into the new year with local bands like Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Shaw, Cha Wa, Brass-A-Holics and many others. New Orleans’ very own 610 Stompers will also make an appearance. Ticket prices for the entertainment-filled night vary based on package and time of purchase.
Galactic New Year’s Eve at Tipitina’s
Local band Galactic takes over Tipitina’s on New Year’s Eve with their creative style and music. Ticket price for general admission is $76, or you can pay $201 to experience the VIP treatment. VIP tickets include an open bar, a champagne toast, access to a VIP viewing section, signed Galactic gear and more.
New Year's Eve at the Southern Hotel
If you’re on the North Shore, the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington hosts a New Year’s Eve party with the Groovy 7 and a pine cone drop. End your night with a champagne toast. Cocktails and food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the band plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black-tie encouraged. Cocktail attire required. General admission tickets start at $75, plus taxes and fees.
New Year's Eve with Rebirth Brass Band at the Howlin' Wolf
Head down to the Howlin’ Wolf this New Year’s Eve, and experience a night of New Orleans’ funk and brass when the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band takes the stage. Tickets are $80, which include access to a premium open bar all night. Doors open at 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve with Boyfriend at One Eyed Jacks
Boyfriend, a female rapper, writer and artist, will perform at One Eyed Jacks on New Year’s Eve. Her songs and performances are filled with female-empowered messages designed to evoke conversation. Ticket prices start at $25 and range up to $150 for VIP access, which includes balcony access, complimentary champagne and a cash bar.
New Year's Eve Gala on the Steamboat Natchez
The Steamboat Natchez hosts a New Year’s Eve Gala with a holiday dinner buffet and live entertainment. The riverboat boards at 10 p.m. and cruises until shortly after midnight. Expect a great view of the fireworks from the boat. Tickets are available for $175 per person.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. The cruise will feature hors d’oeuvres, a buffet and open bar. Live bands will help guests dance into 2019. Toast the New Year with Champagne and festive party favors. Tickets are $189 per person.
New Year's Eve at The Riverview Room
The Riverview Room hosts a “Times Square of the South” celebration at its elegant venue starting at 9 p.m. Dance to music by the Top Cats while enjoying an open bar and buffet-style dinner. Cocktail attire is required. Black-tie attire is encouraged. The Riverfront venue also offers a great view of the midnight firework show. Tickets are $185.
New Year’s Eve at the Westin Hotel
Ring in 2019 at the Westin Hotel’s New Year’s Eve event. This all-inclusive party includes a decadent buffet, drinks and a view of the midnight fireworks show. The Bucktown All-Stars will provide live entertainment, while a DJ will spin on the Riverbend Terrace. General admission starts at $199, plus fees.
Toast the night with your fly friends and young professionals at Red Clay Soul’s Undeniable NYE party. The party takes over the New Orleans Jazz Market from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Rock with DJ Groove Kidd. The event features an open bar from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. and a complimentary midnight toast. General admission starts at $33.50, plus fees. VIP sections are also available.
First Annual All Black Affair New Years Extravanganza
The Revolution and Buktu NOLA team up to host the first annual All Black Affair New Year’s Eve Party starting at 9 p.m. The event will feature food served on the patio, four live DJ’s and VIP bottle service. General admission tickets start at $40. VIP admission and packages for VIP reserved sections are also available.
The Secret Garden New Year's Eve Celebration
NOPSI Hotel hosts an enchanting Secret Garden New Year’s Eve Celebration. Guests can enjoy live music in the main hotel lobby, while a DJ will get the party going at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Above the Grid. Tickets for $40 include entry only. Tickets for $195 include an open bar and a light buffet until 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Bourbon Vieux New Year's Eve Balcony Party
The largest balcony on Bourbon Street promises a spot overlooking the “wildest New Year’s Eve block party.” Folks looking for some French Quarter fun on New Year’s Eve can roll in 2019 at Bourbon Vieux’s New Year’s Eve Balcony Party. The ticket for this wild night is all-inclusive with an open bar and gourmet buffet. The party happens from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $170.
Big Bang: NYE at The Drifter Hotel
The Drifter Hotel wants to help you end 2018 with a “Big Bang.” The epic-sized, space-aged celebration will feature music, dancing and live entertainment. The Drifter transform the property by building a series of domes and structures that mirror a mini festival to usher in the new year. Ticket prices range from $30 to $80, plus taxes and fees.
Tchop Yard New Years Bash
Tchop Yard New Years Bash can be an option if you’re looking for a fun and chill evening with friends. The bar will have fire pits, heaters and tents at this outdoor party so that you can ring in the New Year while staying warm. Reserved seating inside and outside, with free champagne for all table reservations. The venue will also offer food specials as well. Tables start at $60.
New Year's Eve 2019 at The Maison
Fans of Frenchman Street can ring in 2019 at The Maison starting at 10 p.m. The three-floor party will include performances by the Soul Rebels, Sierra Green and the Soul Machine and DJ Dizzy. Tickets include VIP entry, a premium open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., a complimentary midnight champagne toast and snacks.
New Year's Eve at the Cannery
The Cannery hosts a New Year’s Eve event in Mid-City from starting at 8:30 p.m. with a unique view of the city’s fireworks. Spend the evening with food, drink and dancing. The Wiseguys are set to perform. Guests will indulge in a champagne toast to ring in 2019. General admission is $125, with VIP table reservations available. Complimentary, secure parking is available.
Pat O's on the River New Year's Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Pat O’s on the River in New Orleans starting at 9 p.m. Guests can purchase $165 all-inclusive tickets for an open bar, gourmet cocktail-style buffet, music and a midnight champagne toast with a front-row view of fireworks.
Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations
Dave & Buster’s throws a family-friendly celebration to ring in the New Year. Families can say cheers together with a New Year’s Eve package from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy several food items, a $20 power card for ticket games and unlimited video game play. There’s even a gingerale toast at 7 p.m. with balloon drop celebrations. Tickets are $38.41.
Audubon’s annual Zoo Year’s Eve event let’s families and kids countdown to noon to ring in the New Year. Pick up a party hat, and have a soft drink toast to celebrate the countdown. Music, games and prizes are also part of the celebration. Join in the fon from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is included with zoo admission.
Get crafty at the Louisiana Children’s Museum during the noon countdown to 2019. Kids can make festive noisemakers and paper bag party hats to help them ring in the New Year. A confetti toss and balloon release adds to the fun. General admission is $12 per person and $8 for museum members. Pre-registration is encouraged.