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.
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!