Get in on the action surrounding some of the South’s biggest bowl games.
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta
On New Year’s Day, the free Chick-fil-A Fanfest kicks off with floats, vintage cars, and marching bands parading down Peachtree Street during the Peach Bowl Parade. Later, cheer for your favorite team members during the Pep Rally and Team Walks at the Georgia World Congress Center—no other bowl event in the country lets you interact with players so close to kickoff. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans
Can’t score a ticket to the prestigious Sugar Bowl? Worry not. Plenty of Crescent City restaurants and bars will show the big game on New Year’s Day—but Cooter Brown’s Tavern stands out from the rest. Its prime downtown location, 400 varieties of beer (fifty of them on tap), and twenty-three flat-screen TVs situated throughout the restaurant will make you feel like you’re in the Superdome (well, almost). cooterbrowns.com
Outback Bowl, Tampa
Pre-game matchups, anyone? Before the teams face each other at Raymond James Stadium on New Year’s Day, they’ll play tug-of-war with fans and cheerleaders at the Hilton Clearwater Beach on December 30. The following day, the marching bands will battle it out for fans at Busch Gardens. Wear team colors and get ready to sing your favorite fight songs. outbackbowl.com
This article was originally published in November 2015. Dates have been updated to reflect 2017-18 holiday events.