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We may not yet know who’ll be headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl next year, but that means all football fans are beginning to plan for a potential trip to New Orleans – especially those confident in a winning season for their team!

This season’s game falls on Monday, January 1, 2024, giving the perfect opportunity to spend the holiday weekend exploring all the Big Easy has to offer. So we’ve put together your go-to guide for a vibrant weekend full of adventure!

 

A Happening Holiday Weekend in New Orleans

One of the best perks of the Sugar Bowl is that its festivities take place each year over New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day, making it an action-packed weekend all around. 

It should come as no surprise that the Big Easy hosts an array of events to kick off the new year in style. One highlight each year are the fireworks over the Mississippi River, which can be seen from many locations throughout the city, including the riverfront and Jackson Square.

If holiday activities aren’t up your alley, there’s plenty more to do in and around the French Quarter.

Walk up and down Frenchmen Street, just around the corner from the Lanaux Mansion, or stroll down Bourbon Street. On either of these famous streets synonymous with revelry and celebration, you’ll find an adventure all your own. Navigate the bustling street, duck into legendary bars, and enjoy live music that reverberates through your soul as you raise a toast to your team’s victory and bond with fellow fans.

When you’re ready to catch the other weekend games, visit The Pelican Club or Manning’s to grab a bite or a brew and keep up with the score.

If a brewery is more your speed, you’re in luck: New Orleans boasts a handful of absolutely phenomenal local breweries, such as Urban South Brewery, NOLA Brewing Company, Second Line Brewing, Port Orleans Brewing Co., and Faubourg Brewing Co. Many of these breweries also offer highly-rated food, including Urban Smash at Urban South Brewery and NOLA Pizza Co. at NOLA Brewing Company. Even those breweries without a permanent kitchen provide a rotating array of popup kitchens and food trucks (you can find more information about popup kitchens and food trucks on each brewery’s website).

 

Game Day Glory and Tailgating Traditions

Once game day arrives, set your sites on the iconic Caesars Superdome, don your team’s colors, and embrace the camaraderie prior to kickoff.

Join the pre-game festivities throughout the French Quarter and in Champions Square, just outside of the Superdome. Indulge in some good old-fashioned tailgating and set the tone for an unforgettable day. Make time to catch the All State Sugar Bowl Parade for a taste of Mardi Gras!

And when it’s all said and done, whether your team triumphs or faces defeat, the post-game celebrations you’ll find throughout the city are a must. Head out on the town and relive the game’s most memorable moments with fellow fans.

 

Where to Stay

And of course, an integral piece of your plans over Sugar Bowl weekend should be choosing your home base for the weekend. At the Lanaux Mansion, you’re steps away from the fascinating walkways of the French Quarter or the lively scene on Frenchmen Street.

Whether you choose to stay in the Weiland Suite, Ruthie’s Balcony Suite, Beth’s Escape, or one of our other private suites, you’ll have everything you need for a weekend of adventure and more importantly, football. 

 

To book your room, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations

Sugar Bowl weekend in New Orleans promises the perfect fusion of football and adventure, and with the proper planning, you’ll be able to ensure your trip celebrates your team and offers its own adventure. Grab your gear and pack your spirit of adventure, and if you have any questions, you may reach us at (504) 948-6119. 

 

We’ll see you Sugar Bowl weekend!

The end of summer…the beginning of fall…September in New Orleans brings a change in the weather and even more to do and see.

 

We’ve pulled together everything we love about September in the Big Easy for you below!

 

Football

 

The New Orleans Saints are known for bringing the city alive. They’ve even been voted as one of the best teams to see play at home. They return to the Caesar’s Superdome for their first home game of the 2022 season on Sunday, September 18th against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

 

With the storied history between these two teams as well as the excitement that football brings to Louisiana, this game will be a can’t miss experience for all fans. Experience the “Who Dat Nation” up-close in the Superdome or nearby at Champions Square. If you’re looking to enjoy other parts of the city during the game, visit Bayou Beer Garden or Mid-City Yacht Club, where you can enjoy local food and drinks.

 

Festivities

 

While New Orleans is known for the French Quarter, its Spanish history is just as evident in the architecture throughout the city. Starting September 15th, New Orleans will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to honor its Spanish roots. Celebrate by booking a walking tour to see the beauty of the Spanish architecture, or visit a local Spanish restaurant. You won’t be disappointed at Costera, Barú Bistro & Tapas, Barcelona Tapas, or Lola’s

 

Looking for a festival during your visit? Attend the Beignet Festival in New Orleans’ City Park on Saturday, September 24th. Find beignets of all types and other sweet treats to try, while listening to live music, enjoying savory foods, and browsing through their artist market. 

 

Beignet Festival is a family-friendly atmosphere that gives its proceeds to programs benefiting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. For more information about the fest, visit https://beignetfest.com/

 

Music and More

 

No matter what your interests are, you’ll enjoy a visit to The Saenger Theater. Music lovers will delight in Earth, Wind, and Fire’s performance on September 20th as well as Diana Krall’s on September 23rd. Comedians are no stranger to the Saenger, and September will bring big names such as Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chris Rock.

 

New Oleans is also well known for its Burlesque shows. September brings the Burlesque Festival, beginning the 22nd and running through the 25th. House of Blues New Orleans will host this three-night festival featuring singing, dancing, and comedy acts. Time your visit well, and see the Queen of Burlesque crowned! The Burlesque Festival has been a favorite for locals since 2009, and this year’s acts will entertain adults from around the world. 

 

While this is only a short list, there are many other activities going on throughout New Orleans in September. Vue Orleans, The National World War II Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Mardi Gras World, and more are available year-round to offer one-of-a-kind experiences for people of all ages. 

 

Ready to book your trip and take part in these fantastic New Orleans experiences? We’d love to have you at the Lanaux Mansion! Visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations to book your stay today.