Kick off the new year right by getting involved with your New Orleans community. With festivals, live music, tasty food weeks and more, there’s something for everyone happening this month.
Check out a few of the highlights going on in January, and see how you can get involved around the area.
A Night of Blue
If you’re a fan of smooth blues music, then this is the night for you. Presented by the Crimestoppers, A Night of Blue will feature performances from local musicians and artists. There will also be food from local restaurants, an open bar, and a silent auction throughout the night.
Tickets can be purchased online, and all of the money raised from sales will go towards youth crime prevention programs.
Kayak Tour Cleanup on Bayou St. John
Explore the city and help a good cause with the kayak tour and cleanup! The tour will run through the waters of the Bayou St. John, and attendees are asked to gather the plastic straws, grocery bags, fishing lines, bottles, cans, and more that are scattered throughout the water.
The cost of the tour is totally free, but if you’re feeling extra eco-friendly, then you can bring along $5 for a local environmental organization.
Taste of Tabasco Week
Did you know that the world-famous Tabasco sauce finds its home in Louisiana? In honor of this iconic sauce, the city of New Orleans will be celebrating is 151st annual Taste of Tabasco Week.
Restaurants all over the city will be premiering special dishes flavored and inspired by Tabasco sauce. The dishes will only be on the menu for a limited time, so hit up a few local restaurants soon for these can’t-miss meals.
King Cake Festival
What’s more New Orleans than King Cake? Celebrating its sixth year, the King Cake Festival brings together bakeries and local vendors for a good cause. With dozens of King Cakes to taste and ogle and tons of events happening throughout the day, the festival has quickly become a popular event in the city.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the Ochsner Hospital for Children. The event is totally free to the public, but tasting tickets are required for trying any cakes.