If you’re not totally incapacitated on New Year’s Day, get to the 85th annual Sugar Bowl Classic, which is one of six games that determine which teams go to the final College Football Playoff National Championship. There’s also a free fan fest with interactive games, giveaways and marching band performances in the Jax Brewery parking lot.
Cost: Tickets start at $150
Yes, Great Britain and the US had technically signed a peace treaty by the time this battle was fought on January 8, 1815. But General Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson and his troops didn’t know that. It’s one of the earliest examples of New Orleans’ semi-official motto: So far behind, we’re ahead. Celebrate the decisive victory with a weekend of festivity at the battlefield, where you’ll find re-enactors doing military drills and firing muskets and cannons, live period music, games, crafts, and a wreath-laying ceremony.
Dr. King’s birthday weekend brings a holiday, and many see the time off as an opportunity to do good in their communities. Join City Year AmeriCorps members and more than 200 volunteers from 8am to 1pm Monday, Jan. 21 for a day of service -- the project details will be released in coming weeks. Past projects have included rebuilding homes, tutoring children and delivering meals.